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Friday, May 13, 2011

My first knk project

So I decided at last "To do"

One of my favorite quotes

      “I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try.” - Nikki Giovanni

So I decided I will start cutting with the blade instead of just using the test pen.
Have to rethink everything from loading mat , to setting blade depth to setting origin!! You are in control.
Definitely takes a while to master especially if you are used to cricut but all this gives you more range in cutting.  Take it step by step - think one thing at a time - play with pen to get the origin and loading mat mastered and then use the blade. Also watch lots of videos! Sandy's videos are so easy to understand and gets you jumpstarted.

So here's my first cut. Yep my own design - a medallion. I played with nodes and created the center petals and then altered the segments in a square and easy peasy a design. This on e was cut very small. The whole assembled piece is about 2 - 2/12 inches. I just used white cardstock and colored layers using sharpie - 4 layers all in all. So I am happy about intricate cutting.

But couple of things - I had to use a cricut mat as the krylon spray that came to make the mat is a bad idea. I should have used zig two way or diluted Alene over and over.

Another thing was I had inadvertently set the cutting /plotting default to cut 3 inches up

So watch those numbers. I changed the x to 0 and everything was alright.

So of course I have been playing with the software and here is another file screen shot

I will have the files to download in the tab. You can tweak it a bit if you want to cut it right.
The cupcake bottom was a pentagon with top cut off with ginsu knife. I love this. A little bit of tweaking and it will make such a good deepam for deepavali

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