by Sandy McCauley | Jan 29, 2009 | Breaking Path, EPS Files, Free Videos, Reducing Nodes
The other day, at one of the KNK Yahoo groups, I posted some new links to web sites with free vector graphics. Kylee, one of the group members, contacted me asking for some help with how to import and use these images. She had chosen one of the free files, which is TRULY a jewel to find! Above is a beautiful set of ornamental designs by Garcya available at:
Designus – Free Ornamental Design
So, Kylee wanted to know how to pick just one of the images to cut. So, I made a quick video showing the process and, at the same time, decided to add in a little bit on reducing nodes and also simplifying the image. Enjoy and let me know if you have questions!
by Sandy McCauley | Jan 24, 2009 | Magic Mesh, MAXX
Happy New Year! Sorry it’s been so long since I posted. Many of my new customers received KNK’s for Christmas and I’ve been busy helping them get acquainted with their new machines. I have a healthy list of blog topics from the readers here, but before I get started on those, I wanted to show all of you some creations I made with cutting Magic Mesh on a MAXX back in early December.
First off, I’m sure many of the scrapbookers and cardmakers here are very familiar with Magic Mesh since it’s been around for a number of years. For other readers here, it’s a mesh product with a repositionable adhesive backing. You cut it with scissors and adhere it onto paper and cardstock for adding embellishment to your designs. Originally it came in 3″ wide rolls and in a range of colors. More recently, the Magic Mesh company has begun selling a thinner, softer version in 6″ rolls AND in 12″ x 12″ sheets:
A sampling of these newer versions was sent to me by the Magic Mesh company for testing on the KNK MAXX and did I ever have fun cutting this stuff!
The 12″ x 12″ sheets come attached to a backing paper and I left the backing paper on during cutting. It successfully cut at a setting of 80 and in a single pass. For the 6″ rolls, I used scissors to first cut and apply a 6″ x 8.5″ sample to a sheet of cardstock and then I used MAXX to cut out my shapes, thus cutting through the Magic Mesh and cardstock at the same time. For this process, I used the same pressure, but used two passes. In both cases, the results were fabulous:
The Magic Mesh words cut at the top and the two samples below were both cut from the 12″ x 12″ sheets. Then I also cut other shapes from regular cardstock and either applied them above or below the Magic Mesh cutting:
And my favorite….
This shows the rolled Magic Mesh having been cut and pressed to a sheet of cardstock first. The small rectangle is the test cut I always make to ensure the settings are correct:
And then, I designed a welded letter title and cut it out… again, both layers being cut at once:
For those of you with older KNK’s, you will also be able to get the same results. I did find it both faster and easier to have the Magic Mesh applied to the cardstock first. Otherwise you’re needing to align the mesh cutting with your cardstock cutting and that can be a bit tricky. I did learn to use Un-Du to temporarily disable the stickiness of the mesh during the alignment and that helped a lot. Yet another great use for Un-Du! : )
To purchase Magic Mesh, check your local crafting stores or you can order it on-line at their site:
Magic Mesh Web Site