Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cutting Overlays with a 12" Klick-n-kut

I've gotten several e-mails in the past 2 weeks asking about Overlays. These questions are about cutting overlays with a 12" KNK machine, so that is what this post pertains to. If you have trouble with skewing go to my friend Sandy's blog and scroll down, on the right side you'll see where you can search topics by post, go the the one marked Skewing and go through her check list.
1. When you cut overlays you need to make certain your mat is very straight, first I put the rollers at about 1/2 from the edge of the cardstock, then I put the front edge of the cardstock on the edge of the rollers and make sure the same amount of paper is in front of each one.
2. When I put my blade on my start of origin, I get down very close, eye level to make sure I'm right on the point I need to start. This makes sure you have the same amount of border all the way around your paper.
3. I always make sure my mat is good and sticky and my blade is sharp, when I put the cardstock on the paper, I use a brayer to make sure it is stuck on the mat well.
4. The first time you get ready to cut a overlay, go ahead and do a practice run, open your KNK software, and put a 11.5" square in the middle of your 12" square, to make sure it is in the correct spot, turn on your Snap to Grid and make sure it is 1/2" from each edge of paper. When you get done cutting this, measure each side with a ruler, if your 1/2" border is there on each side, then your good to go for cutting overlays. If not, e-mail me and we'll figure out what to do.

Here is Monday's Free file, it is a overlay you can try. If you finish any layouts or cards with any of my files, feel free to send them to me, I may even post them on my blog.



debenj said...

Thank You! This overlay is very nice & thank you for the cutting tips.

Lisa said...

Thank You! This is my favorite layout of yours it's beautiful!!! Thanks also for the tips on how to actually get them cut right. I did what you told me to when we were at the Trace Creek Crop, at least now I'm not running off my paper! :)

Sandy McC said...

I posted an "I Love Your Blog" Award on my site. :-) Have fun picking another seven of YOUR favorites! Sandy