I will try to shorten this shaggy-dog story of how I ended up with the KNK. It began with a friend demoing her new Scan & Cut by Brother. Wow! I was seriously impressed how you could stamp images, feed the paper into the S&C and out comes perfectly cut images of your stamp. Dies could be a thing of the past with this! So I talk to my dear hubby, Bob, about this machine saying I am interested in it but prefer to wait until sometime next year when I feel like the bugs (if any) are ironed out. Good idea he says…then proceeds to research what is out there in the cutter world of crafting. Gee…I had no idea there were so many choices and such advanced ones as well.
Bingo…after researching numerous machines, and there are many great ones out there, I am now the proud and delighted owner of the Klic-N-Kut Maxx Air or KNK. This machine uses the Make the Cut software that allows you to load pretty much anything and pop out perfectly cut images. But wait…there's so much more it will do. I have only scraped the surface after having it for 2 weeks now. It does have a learning curve in mastering the software but once you get the hang of a few things, the rest starts to come easily. I have been able to print and cut older WM stamps that I haven't used in years. I can cut out shapes that match any stamp I have and stamp directly onto the shape however I wish. Clear stamps are fantastic with this since you are not limited in any method of reproducing the images. WM stamps are semi-limited in that the easiest way to use them is to print the image and then cut it rather than cut the shape and then stamp it. But either way I am head-over-heals with this machine. On top of stamps there are millions of images on the internet, many free, that can be downloaded into the software. Any SVG file is usable, any image that can be scanned is also usable. The resources are endless. This machine does not take cartridges but I am able to also download my Cricut images and use those cuts as well. See? Endless! One more thing about the KNK…we also chose it over others due to the incredible customer support. We were so impressed with the knowledge, patience and enthusiasm. We always got answers on the first call!
To do everything, the KNK requires a scanner, a computer, and a printer. The Maxx Air is NOT portable however the Zing model is. The KNK can cut on so many different materials also…even balsa wood!
So here is my first completed card using the KNK for all the images. The Gift Girl and Christmas Tree stamps are WM stamps. I first stamped them in black ink on white paper, scanned the images, imported them into the MTC program. (Once those steps are done, that does not have to be repeated) From there I printed the images allowing (via software) for a "shadow" around the entire image. Next I then cut the images on the KNK which uses a fine laser beam to register the coordinates