Free KNK File: Scroll Tree

Tree  card

This is Cara’s adorable Christmas card! Her husband, Bryan, designed the file and they cut out the parts on their yellow Klic-N-Kut. Because I had recently assisted them with getting their KNK to cut from Vista 64, they shared this file and photo with me and I then received permission to share with all of you! Thanks, Bryan and Cara!

The link to download this file is:

Scroll Tree

Note: This file is only available in .KNK format.

Thickening Shapes


BeCca contacted me last week with a stick tree that was impossible to cut due to extremely thin branches. So, I used the same process I’ve shown in several of the designing videos on this blog to make the branches thicker. The difference in this particular case was that part of the image needed to remain unchanged.

Ginsu to the rescue! lol I simply cut off the branches, thickened them using the Stroke and Fill tools (combined with the Basic weld), and then reattached the branches to the trunk. The new Thickening Images Video shows the process in detail. Note that I also have videos in my store which cover more details on using the Ginsu Knife and Polyarc Editing.

Finally, after having a partial crash of my site after a Word Press update a week ago, I now have the Store back in business! So, if you have been trying to purchase the new tracing videos without success, they are now available again:

Downloadable Videos

Quick Method for Welding to the Inside of a Rectangle


Carol B contacted me the other day after she inadvertently discovered the Decorative Border function in KNK Studio. She asked me if I was aware of it and I responded that I was. It’s covered in Section 8.9 of the KNK and ACS User Manuals. HOWEVER, there was something about Carol’s file that triggered something I had never thought of before! She had a hearts image selected when she clicked on the Decorative Border function and KNK Studio immediately placed the inner part of the border around her hearts:

That’s when I realized that the border was actually a frame (with a hollow interior), thus you could use it to weld the images to the inside rectangle! And further, it’s REALLY easy to drag that interior rectangle to overlap perfectly and maintain centering with the outside rectangle at the same time. The only thing one needs to remember to do, is change everything to the same color before welding. This is FAR easier and faster than either of the methods I’ve taught in the past and I’m so very happy to have available now. Thanks, Carol! And here’s the video to watch:

Use Decorative Border to Weld to Rectangles

New Video Release: Auto-Tracing for KNK ACS DM!


I’m so happy (and relieved) to finally announce the NEW Auto-Tracing video which covers all three versions of auto-tracing in KNK, KNK GE, ACS Design Studio, and Design Master. The version you have is based on the license files at the time of your software purchase. If you’re not sure what you have, not a problem… there’s even a quick separate video in this package to show you how to find out!

In total, there are 15 videos contained in this package for a total of 96 minutes of step-by-step instructions. Unlike my prior videos, I decided to NOT merge these 15 videos into one, so that users could more easily go back to any particular segment to re-watch. While I have the videos separated into folders based on which version of the vectorization they need to watch, I encourage watching all of them because I also show some additional tips on things like editing images both before and after tracing, quick tricks to improve trace lines, and preparing images for paper piecing projects.

Because this video package is almost 70 mb in size, I’m also offering it with the option to be sent on a CD. Here are the links for both product listings:

Auto-Tracing for KNK, ACS, DM: Downloadable

Auto-Tracing for KNK, ACS, DM: CD Version

Josselet’s Jostle It!


Credit for today’s post goes to Brenda Josselet who has found a quick way to align nodes horizontally or vertically, thus making editing straight line images much easier. I was so impressed with her discovery that I just had to come up with a name for it that would make it hers forever. So, I’m calling it Josselet’s Jostle It because you do kind of jostle the nodes in the process!
Here’s the video to see how it works. I’ve also added a few more things you may not have thought of before, so hopefully there’s something for everyone in this post. Thanks again, Brenda, for sharing your discovery!

Josselet’s Jostle It