Nestabilities: Creating Your Own!

Thanks to Gerti for today’s topic! What a GREAT application for the Metamorphosis tool in KNK Studio.

Here question involved taking a flower shape and trying to create her own set of nested shapes, progressively getting smaller without having the shape become distorted using Transform>Inline. If you’ve ever tried to use that particular function on, say, a heart, you’ll see that quickly you lose the shape:


However, there’s yet another hidden treasure in KNK Studio called Metamorphosis. To use this function, start with your original shape and then make a duplicate. Resize both to create the largest size you’ll need and the smallest size you’ll need. Then select both and use Alt-7 to perfectly center:


Then select both and go to Transform>Metamorphosis. Enter the number of extra hearts you want created between these two sizes, for example, 14:


Click on OK and there you have it! If you want to delete every third one for the look of a Nestability, do so. Personally, I would just keep all of them since you never know what sizes you might want to use:


Finally, thanks to Kelly for asking me about the Match Layers and New Layers option. These are used when you want to have transitioning of the colors, as well as the sizes. With Match Layers, the program will pick existing colors from the Shop Palette to create the transitioning colors. With New Layers, the program will first try to match, but then will create new colors, as needed for the transitioning.

To use, create your two shapes. In this case, I made the inner heart white and the outer heart red. I then made sure that the white heart is on top (select it and use Ctrl-F). Then I did the Transform>Metamorphisis and this is the result, which would be REALLY useful for a Print and Cut.


Play with this… using different colors for the two shapes! You can create some really cool things to print out!  : )

Modified Fan


Rachel in New Zealand contacted me yesterday with a design request. She wanted to recreate a slightly unusual welded word title she had found on a card. The above screen shot shows the image based on the design she sent to me. So, how do you create it easily? Well, maybe you would like to give it a shot yourself first in KNK Studio before watching the video. Hint… I started with the Fan Shape.

Modified Fan Video

If you are interested in learning more about welded lettering, be sure to check out two videos I sell in my store: Creating Welded Letter Titles and Creating Monograms. I now sell directly via Paypal and my videos can also be purchased at Scrapbook Die Cutter via credit card and Paypal.

Next Retreat… Raleigh, North Carolina!


Our recent St.Louis KNK Retreat was a big success and one of the attendees, Barbie Creech, has decided to host the next one back home in Raleigh, North Carolina! Just in time for the onset of the holiday season, the theme for this retreat will be Decorating, Entertaining, Celebrating, and Gift Giving with lots of fun project ideas, in combination with Klic-N-Kut classes and demonstrations.

Barbie is currently making the arrangements for the October 23-25 retreat at a 6-month-old Holiday Inn near the airport. She needs to get a general idea of the number of participants interested in coming. The hotel rooms are $79 per night for Friday and Saturday and there is a shuttle from the airport, a large meeting room with floor and wall outlets, 24 hour security for the meeting room (so we can leave our cutters and computers in there overnight), free Internet access, 5 meals and snacks, goodie bags and prizes. Based on 15 attendees, the price will be $375 per attendee and an optional $125 for meals for spouses.  The hotel cost is separate.  Arrangements for vegetarian meals can also be made.

The retreat will be limited to 20 attendees (so that I can provide personal attention to each student).  A deposit of $100 will reserve your spot and installment payments can be made.  Final payment for the retreat will be due September 30. More details about making payments and class descriptions will be posted soon.

If you have any questions about this retreat, please contact Barbie at or me at Hope to see you there!

The 4 Forms of Text in KNK Studio

Thanks to Johanna H, I discovered something new last weekend at the St. Louis KNK Retreat. There are FOUR forms of text versus just three. I have already referred to text as being either “Just Typed”, “Converted to Graphics” or “Having Applied Break Path.” But I found out that ungrouping text provides yet another condition in which the typed title will be broken into individual letters BUT you can still go back to the text Smart Bar on any individual letter. Cool!

Today’s video shows all four forms and their differences.

Now I’m waiting to see if anyone comes up with a 5th! Let us know!