Creating Rhinestone Templates with Make the Cut Software

I have done up a series of videos where I explain and try to de-mystify making your own rhinestone templates with your digital cutter.
I have tried designing rhinestone templates in both KNK Studio and Make the Cut! software and although I am most familiar with KNK – for most users Make the Cut is the way to go. Make the Cut unlocks a ton of features for your digital cutter and works with most cutters- including KNK machine ( i.e. KNK Zing, Maxx) Cameo, Silhouette, Pazzles, Gazelle, etc.
I did the video tutorial for making Rhinestone templates in 5 sections. I won’t get any cinematography awards with this series of videos but it’s a good start .
You will also feel immediately better about your own craft area when you see how I operate -I am the friend that always makes you feel better about your own housekeeping skills :-)
The steps that are covered include designing your rhinestone template with Make the Cut software from an SVG, using your cutter to cut out the template, placing rhinestones then lifting with transfer tape , and then the fun part applying your design to card ( or fabric).
I used a very simple image of a crown on a card cut out using design from Lettering Delights Card Set C and design #3.

To do rhinestone template and design from start to finish this is what you will need:

1) Software to make design ie. Make the Cut or KNk Studio. Depending on demand I am happy to create video for KNK Studio- let me know if you would like me to do.
2) Digital cutter
3) Rhinestone Rubber Motif
4) Template backing for rubber- chipboard, foam core, etc. ( You stick rhinestone template on to this and serves as backing). When done you can use over and over.
4) Rhinestone Transfer Tape
5) Rhinestones (you need HOT FIX Rhinestones- stones that have glue on the back)
6) Shur Line Trim/Touch Up Pad or similar
7) T-shirt, fabric, paper , etc to place your design
8) iron or heat press ( you will also need thin tea towel or card stock to place over rhinestones when using iron)
9) Baking sheet or similar ( you put finshed rubber template in this and brush in stones- the dish just makes it easier to collect unused rhinestones)

Optional
-talc/powder/cornstarch and brush to dust over rhinestone template before putting in stones,. This helps them lift a bit more easily. I find this step invaluable.
-Speedball 4-Inch Pop-In Hard Rubber Brayer

Part 1

Creating Your Rhinestone Template in Make the Cut

Notes: Make sure to save your work often. Also make sure you have it properly sized.
Once you create your rhinestone design you cannot re-size. A 4 inch design can’t be re-sized to 8 inches- you need to start from scratch with an SVG of 8 inches.
The holes will just get bigger and not fit the rhinestones.

In my video, I use a simple SVG file of a crown that I plan to put on a paper card.

Download Crown SVG and finished rhinestone template SVG HERE

Part 2

Creating Rhinestone Templates with Make the Cut Part 2- Cutting Out Your Design

When setting origin leave at least 1 inch of empty space around your design. This will make it easier to brush in stones.
Notes: Remember to adjust your blade offset and use a thick material blade.
Settings to Cut Rhinestone Rubber with Make the Cut Software
KNK Groove-E and Maxx: Speed of 150 and force of 75. Blade offset .50-60. Use multicut of of 2 passes.

Settings for KNK Zing for Cutting Rhinestone Rubber
Speed of 10 and force of 85. Blade offset .75 force of 84 and Multi cut 2. Use multicut of 2 passes.

As always- test cut on small piece of rubber to make sure you get results you want- also remember to record!!!
Guaranteed that if you don’t you will forget!

Part 3 & 4 -

Creating Rhinestone Templates with Make the Cut- Adding Rhinestones to Your Rubber Template

In my video I am using a card design from Lettering Delights, Card Set C and design #3.
I had to make 2 parts because I had a technical difficulties near end of the process.
Make sure you have your Shur Line Trim/Touch Up Pad or similar handy and to pre-talc the rubber before putting in stones.
When you lift up transfer tape you can use your design right away or place on the transfer tape backing to store for later.

Part 5

Creating Rhinestone Templates with Make the Cut- Applying Rhinestones to Media

Make sure you iron plugged in and set on high with steam OFF. I set in between cotton and linen. If you have a heat press then of course use.
You need to do on a surface that isn’t too soft. Don’t use on ironing board or thick towel- you wont get good positioning with the iron.
If you are using on fabric I put sheet of chipboard or cardboard in between layers of fabric so glue doesn’t stick on the other side.
If you are doing on pare also put paper in between layers so glue doesn’t bleed.
You would press iron on for 15 seconds on each section.

Note- These designs hold up very well in wash , etc of done properly- don’t release heat too soon. I am very impressed that none of my stones have fallen off.
Generally larger stones i.e. SS21 and larger don’t do so well and will be more likely to fall off.

Rhinestone and Rhinestone Supplies
ME! You can buy Rhinestones, transfer tape, Rubber Rhinestone Motif from Quilling Patch Store- Rhinestone Supplies

High Quality Rhinestones in Canada- “Rhinestone Canada

Free Dragonfly Cutting file in SVG GSD KNK and MTC formats

Well- VERY inspired by my rhinestones! I did up school logo for my daughter and made her a t-shirt to wear for cheerleading on the weekend and now the whole team wants one! Yikes. That’s alot of teeny tiny rhinestones to deal with. You can see the shirt on my post, First Rhinestone Project
They want hoodies so now I am looking to buy 30+ cotton hoodies at reasonable price.
I am going to make up some simpler designs that I can use on cards- that will be TON of fun and great way to use up odds and ends of my growing rhinestone collection.
My mom was over this morning and saw the T-shirt and now wants her own so I am working on a rhinestone template of a dragonfly- which seems much easier that n the intricate school logo. I wil post the dragonfly rhinestone template up when it is done- likely tonight or tomorrow.

In the mean time in keeping with flora and fauna theme this month I do have a dragonfly cutting file to share that is base for my rhinestone template.
Its nothing earth shattering but I do like the simplicity of it- I thin making a bunch of these up with paper scraps will look great as an accent to cards and scrapbook pages.

To see the rest of flower series and for more flower and nature cutting files, visit my Nature Cutting Files gallery.

Dragon fly Cutting File for Scrap booking, Cards and Paper Crafts

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Dragonfly SVG GSD KNK formats

Download Dragonfly Cutting File in SVG GSD KNK and MTC formats

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This Dragonfly digital cutting file is available in GSD KNK, MTC and SVG formats. For more information on different types of cutting files, read Cutting Files Explained.

Dragonfly Cutter file download in GSD KNK MTC and SVG

Dragonfly SVG vector image is for use with SCAL ( Sure Cuts A Lot) software. , Inkscape and Make the Cut cutting software. Used with variety of different craft cutters.

Dragonfly GSD cutting file download can be used with(QuicKutz) Silhouette machines, Xyron Wishblade and Craft Robo. You just use the regular Robo Master that comes with your digital cutter..

Dragonfly cutting file in MTC format is for use with Make the Cut 3rd party software.software and can be used with most digital craft cutting machines; including, Pazzles Inspiration, Bosscut Gazelle, Silhouette and Silhouette Cameo
and KNK cutters etc.

Dragonfly Cutting File in KNK format is used with Klic n Kut ( KNK Element, Maxx, KNK Groove, etc) OR use KNK Studio GE software with your Craft Robo, Wishblade or Silhouette Cameo die cutter.

Do you have a cutting file suggestion? Yes, I do take requests- post your suggestion in comments section or email me with your cutting file requests. Feel free to enclose a link or image.

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Rhinestone Supplies Arrived!

supplies for making rhinestone t-shirts

Very excited! Finally got in all my supplies to start making rhinestone templates!
It is actually quite affordable to get into making your own rhinestone designs for t-shirts, etc if you all ready have a digital cutter that can cut the rbber template. A KNK Zing or Silhouette Cameo or Silhouette works perfectly. I know some people can do with their Cricuts.
The nice thing about Zing and Cameo is they are nice and wide to accommodate the rubber templating.

I took a quick pic of the supplies you need to buy- other supplies you will likely have all ready in your house ( i.e iron and baking sheet).
Shown in my pic is a roll of rhinestone template rubber ( thin rubber sheeting) , transfer tape to hold your rhinestones in place while you hot fix them with your iron ( or heat press if you happen to have one !!! :-) ) , a pad to slide the rhinestones into place one you have cut out your template. The one most people recommend in the Shur Line Trim/Touch Up Pad, some T-shirts ( I picked some up in different colors today at Micheal’s for 3.00 each on sale) and of course rhinestones!
I bought my rhinestones from this site, Rhinestone Canada which has great prices. I think theprices might even be worthwhile for Americans to buy. My only issue was the shipping charge 12.99 to ship a small manila envelope.
One piece of advice- a gross of rhinestones doesn’t go as far as you think :-). I ordered small quantities f some because it was my first order and wanted to see different colours but next time will order WAY more! I also would have ordered much heaver on the clear rhinestones.

So VERY excited to get started! My first project will be a sea turtle design T-short that has special meaning and OR a T-shirt for my daughter to wear for cheerleading.

Will keep you posted on this next craft addiction endeavor.

I use both Make the Cut and KNK Studio to make the templates and will let you know which one I prefer. I suspect the MTC because you can basically create your vector design and then CLICK a button to turn into a rhinestone pattern.