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A Blast from the Unexplored: Sublimation on Glitter HTV

With all the trying, successful experimentation, and recent projects you have made, do you think it will all be enough to say the saga of your DIY-ing with HTV has ended? Are we sure we are done exploring everything beneath the layers of HTV’s world and everything under its sun? 

 

Believe me or not, there’s one more than our naked eyes didn’t see coming…Whoa! Look there? There’s that space we haven’t mastered! Can you see that shining and splendidly shimmering thing winking from a certain distance from your HTV world? If you've seen it yet and don’t know what it is, well let me just tease you a bit! I could strongly sense you want to ask what it is but of course I won’t be telling it to you, FOR NOW. Instead, we will be revealing it to you later!  

 

So, Hi to every curious mind out there and to those who are thrilled of figuring out what is this we are talking about. Yeah, there is no other way to find out but to stay with us until we reach the end of the tunnel. Don’t worry this is exciting! We guarantee that we will be in charge of entertaining you and shoo all the boredom away!  

 

Casting the Nets: Catching that Next Big Hit 

 

So you are asking for the clues or rather you want a blind item to reveal? Since we love you this much and we are generous enough to give you super legit details, no more prolonging of agony! Let that HTV type along with its fresh design method is revealed! 

 

Curtains down, please! It is the Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl on Sublimation Printing kicking off on your crafting table. Guess what? It is set to exemplify a stellar exhibition of stylistic effects on your design! From the “unexplored” to the liveliest element of crafting, the stepping stone to the latest advancement of creation is here. Well, prepare your eyes to see not just a glowing but a brighter tomorrow and a future of booming business!

 

Sublimation + Glitter HTV: Can You Sublimate on Glitter HTV? 

 

           Is it happening? Is it possible? Plop! That is a sound for the bubble of questions that popped out after curiosity had been satisfied. Yes, you can undoubtedly use Glitter HTV for Sublimation. How come? The answer is very simple. If sublimation had been tried and applied with varieties of HTV materials before, then why not with Glitter HTV? Of course, it won’t be missed either. It might be specifically different and might be a little too special compared to other vinyl; sublimation on Glitter HTV is something you can do to add daze to your customization business and your customer’s great demands. 

 

What is Sublimation on Glitter HTV? 

 

Sublimation on Glitter HTV is an enabling method that allows the dyeing of ink to create and transfer sublimated imprints on HTV materials like Glitter HTV to your targeted baseThis breaks the barrier of design application not only limited to materials such as polyester, unicolor mediums, and customization materials or fine surface HTV types. Thus, this could also produce highly accurate quality and highly vivid color images with an additional impression of texturized appearance on your finished product. 

 

Sublimation with Glitter HTV: It’s for Your Never Have before Detailed Images

 

Ever since “Sublimation” also known as “Dye-Sub” has existed, it has long ruled the modernization of conventional printing; and made a big turnaround for lots of personalized items in combination with a variety of vinyl materials. For people who are in search of a unique workaround, Sublimation with Glitter HTV brings to you an outstanding and mounting deal with a good comeback. To list things out, here is Sublimation with Glitter HTV for some of its unbeatable advantages! 

 

Advantage #1: Sublimation with Glitter HTV is Not a Choosy Customization Method. 

 

           Clothing and soft blanks? They are maybe the best base material where you can attach your sublimated Glitter HTV, yet the versatility of this method of decoration can give you the freedom to attach your design and be flexibly using it to any surface or substrates you want for your project! Aside from the fact that it can make the appearance of your finished product appealing; it is also a great way to embellish the hard type of surface blanks. If you want more products to offer and items to customize, 100% it can give it all!!

 

Advantage #2: Sublimation with Glitter HTV is your Budget-Friendly Design Application.

 

           See how fairly economical materials for sublimation with Glitter HTV are! When you are trying to consider doing this method, it is a great way to start up, especially if you have already with you your Cricut. You don’t have to be bothered if this will require you a drastic change in your printing equipment or printing supplies. Since your heat printing equipment and vinyl materials are still needed for the process, you don’t need to delete them from the list of your ingredients. You don’t need to buy a new printer and all, for you can convert your printer into a printer that can be used for sublimation. 

 

Advantage #3: Save time, Save Energy! 

 

           Achieving a feast of colors for your design through conventional printing makes you consume all your time and energy? This time you don’t have to! Invest less vigor in this design method where weeding lots of vinyl materials is not needed. Sublimation with Glitter HTV can give you comfort in creating personalized items. The process is very straightforward with less set-up time and produces highly digitized print in an instant. 

 

Advantage #4: Prints to Last for a Life

 

           Combining sublimation and Glitter HTV is a good combination of crafting forces. It is no question why it is a great choice for imprints that needs to last for a long time. Not like in traditional printing, this method is commendable by adding endurance and sturdiness to the design that won’t fade or crack. As long as the item is printed properly, it will stay with a good fight of permanence. 

 

Advantage #5: Sublimation with Glitter HTV is for HQ and Professional Quality

 

           Let your eyes witness how your design cradles the surface of your project! See your imprint never get ghosted and busted for it surely sits on the top of your surface in the white or dark background without affecting the details of your imprint. Sublimating Glitter HTV can still retain that highly enriched color and the clearness of the image similar to the result you are expecting to. Also, when the design is attached to your base material, it is attached as if it is part of your surface. Plus, it adds wonderfully shimmering texture to the glitz of the HTV giving a special effect. 

 

All You Need to Know About Heat Pressing and Sublimating Glitter HTV

 

Come here with me craft buddies! And by the way, don’t forget to bring extra barrels of wisdom with you, for this section will going to fill up the list of your know-how. We are just heading down to the most exciting part of heat pressing and sublimation with Glitter HTV! If you want your piece to possess glamour and vibrant shine, do not skip this. This is the most essential part of the information that guarantees to shower transformations on your projects and will make you equipped for the process. 

 

How do You Sublimate Glitter HTV?  

 

Before radical change takes place, bigger possibilities are locked with limitations even though sublimation offers countless opportunities for customization. For such reason during then, it is believed that sublimation could only work best and directly to substrates containing polymer elements such as polyester and if not, it would provide undesirable results. 

 

With the smart collaboration and innovation brought to us by our creative manufacturers in the industry, they had removed the entire wall that hinders limitless possibilities. Gone are the days that if without base material in polyester we can’t able to produce customized output. Gone are the hesitations that when we sublimate with HTV, especially on Glitter HTVs, it might produce poor products. Now, we can sublimate an HTV even a Glitter HTV in two ways, whether on polyester or cotton; in dark or light colors. There is nothing that can stop us now from heat printing and sublimating everything in our design layout while having the fairest image imprint. We can have both and all on our side!

 

How is the process of Sublimation on Glitter HTV works?         

 

From the usual course we know, that the standard process of sublimation uses high heat and pressure when transferring the imprint. The dye turns into its solid form without undergoing its liquid state and heads straightly into its gaseous state. After then, it is attached directly to the project’s surface. Meanwhile, for the sublimation process with Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, the design is indirectly transferred before it is placed going to the base material. This means the design must be sublimated first on the sublimable material called sublimation paper. Then, via heat and pressure provided by the heat press; it enables the ink to sit on the top of the glitter HTV and fully adhere the image going to the base material like t-shirts or fabrics

 

  • What do I need for Sublimating Glitter HTV? 

 

Your Glitter HTV in this twist of design transfer isn’t just an ordinary ingredient for the sublimation process. To fully understand how Glitter HTV works in this process, let’s talk about it. 

  1. Substrates – Substrates are also known as craft blanks (Sublimation Transfer Paper) in printing customization and sublimation. These materials are capable to print an image using sublimation ink. Generally, it is a common name for an item in which sublimated designs are first placed and then transfers design on a vinyl material via heat printing going to the base material. 

 

  1. Base Material – This represents your “medium” or main surface in which sublimated designs are finally transferred producing a finished product. It can be a hard base material such as paper, mugs, tumblers, etc. or it can be a soft one like fabrics that are polyester or cotton; dark or light in color.

 

  1. Heat Press Machine – It is the tool that makes the sublimated design on the HTV material attach to the medium’s surface through its heat and pressure. 

 

  1. Sublimation Printer – One of the most essential pieces of equipment that will also contribute to your design having the best image quality and full-color imprints. For the sublimation process, usually, it is recommended to use printers that are intended for sublimation. This includes printers like Sawgrass, HP, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, and Epson. Although, this is quite costly as an investment for the beginners in crafting. As an alternative, conversion of the printer into a sublimation printer will do, however, once it is converted it cannot be undone. 

 

  1. Craft Cutting Machine – This refers to your cutting machine such as a Cricut or Silhouette which enables you to cut your designs out and prepares them for adhering. 

 

  1. Weeding Tool – It is a tool that will help you eradicate unnecessary and excess vinyl that is not included in your design. 

 

  1. Glitter HTV –It is a type of HTV material designed to be receptive to sublimation inks and allows the crafter to customize a design whether on polyester, cotton, or blends. It also makes design transferring not limited to white fabrics but also can be done on dark ones. Glitter HTV has a glittery white version of its own and this is usually used for dark-colored surfaces giving you the most vibrant imprint. Simply, Glitter HTV is your Heat Transfer Vinyl where your sublimated design sits and is adhered to your base material.

 

  1. Non-Stick Cover Sheets – A material that will keep your sublimated design and HTV suppressed from too much heat. This includes Parchment Paper, Teflon Sheet, and Silicon Non-Stick Cover Sheet. Since high temperature is required to sublimate a design upon transferring and even in activating the adhesiveness of the HTV, this can protect your design from burning or scorching and even be away from sticking on the heat press’ heated platen. 

 

  1. Heat Transfer Tape or Thermal Tape – A heat printing accessory useful for holding the substrate and maintaining its place rightly onto the surface when sublimation and heat pressing is done. 

 

  • Do you need to Mirror Glitter HTV for Sublimation? 

 

           Whenever we are working with HTV on any kind or any process, the common advice that we always notice is to MIRROR DESIGN and STRICTLY DO NOT FORGET IT. 

 

           The answer is YES. Glitter HTV is not exempted from this and it is applicable once it undergoes sublimation. This must be applied during your design creation and before the cutting process takes place. This means, that once your materials are both mirrored, it will give you the exact areas that need to be properly cut and will exactly tell which side must go down when design transfer takes place. Therefore, both sublimated designs and HTV must be in duplicated copies, both must be mirrored. 

 

  • How do you Heat Press Glitter HTV with Sublimation

 

           Are you asking now if it is not too early to be proud of the assurance this method is giving us? Are you thinking it is not yet the time to celebrate the best breakthrough that hasn’t happened yet for your venture or while the method hasn’t been applied and tried by yourself? 

 

If you didn’t get any sweat dropped on your forehead while understanding what sublimation with Glitter HTV is and how it works, I am confident enough that this is going to be a piece of cake for you! 

 

Step by Step Guide on Heat Pressing Glitter HTV with Sublimation

 

           The nice thing about heat pressing Glitter HTV with sublimation, the process isn’t much different from the usual routine. The only thing is the element that has been added for this process brought a little twist. To know how here are the comprehensive steps for heat pressing Glitter HTV with Sublimation prepared only for you. 

 

Step 1: Creating a Design Layout using Design Software

 

  • Start by creating your design on your computer software. By doing so, on your own you will get an idea of how you want the image to appear on your base material before applying it. 
  • You can also find a design online if you prefer to use a ready-made one for your project.

 

 

Step 2: Design Adjustments, Resizing, and Mirroring

 

  • Make sure your designs are well adjusted. The size of your substrate and vinyl material must be proportioned according to your base material so that when cutting and transferring of design all will be done correctly. 
  • Always mirror or duplicate your design. 

 

Step 3: Cutting of Glitter HTV

 

  • After finalizing everything on your design, start loading your Glitter HTV on the cutting machine. Once done, weed away the excess and unnecessary vinyl material that is not part of your design.

 

Step 4: Printing and Trimming of Design on Your Substrate 

 

  • To sublimate your design going to the Glitter HTV, print your design first on your substrate or sublimation paper using the sublimation printer. 
  • If your sublimation printer is not available in your workroom, the best alternative is to convert a printer for sublimation. 
  • Once the image is printed out, using your scissors trim closely your image printed on your substrate. When you sublimate it on top of the Glitter HTV going to your base material, it will be laid down easily and aligned properly. 

 

Step 5: Pre-press the Base Material

 

  • Before attaching the Glitter HTV to the medium’s surface, make sure to pre-press at a temperature of 300°F for about 3 seconds to 5 seconds. This will remove moisture, unwanted folds, and wrinkly areas. Doing this, will assure a smooth adhesion process and avoid bubbling of the vinyl when heat is applied. 

 

Step 6: Application of Glitter HTV and Design Transfer

 

  • First adhere your Glitter HTV on the surface of the base material, for Glitter HTV, press the vinyl from about 320 °F to 330 °F in 15 seconds to 20 seconds. 
  • When pressing, you may cover your surface with Teflon Sheet or Non-stick Cover Sheet. 
  • Once done, remove carefully the carrier sheet. 

 

Step 7: Transferring of Sublimated Design on Glitter HTV

 

  • Align properly your substrate containing your sublimated design. Place it on top of the Glitter HTV with the substrate containing the design side facing down the surface. 
  • You may secure the alignment of the substrate on top of your Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl by using thermal tape. It will avoid the design from moving and avoid ghosting when pressing. 
  • Apply a non-stick cover sheet like Teflon Sheet or Parchment Paper to protect your design from receiving much heat. After this time, your print is now ready to be pressed and be sublimated. 
  • Press your imprint using a heat press machine at a temperature of 375°F to 400°F for about 30 seconds to 60 seconds or until the design has completely transferred. 
  • Carefully remove the non-stick cover sheet and the heat transfer tape to reveal the gorgeous, vibrant, and full-color appearance of the design imprint. 

 

Hurray! There is so much reason to get creative while getting modernized in designing! Finally, a wonderful touchdown for our journey on Sublimation with Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl has been achieved! For today’s session, whether you mean it or not, we are all carried away by how Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl can give rare and different sparkle to our design. Of course, this also includes how sublimation leaves traces of uniquely and fine visual imprints on whatever pieces we plan to make. 

 

If you think that this method can give you glowing results and success, then now is the perfect moment to try it on your project! If you feel the same as me and you felt Sublimation with Glitter HTV is the best discovery that happened in your crafting journey, don’t let this good opportunity be knocked off! There is no other perfect moment, other than starting now! What are you waiting for? Hurry and grab this awesome and lovely fulfillment to see your finished look and pieces shine on their own glamour! 

 

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What the Craft? It’s the PUFFtastic Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl!

To all DIY community, everybody is looking thoroughly up and around the town of the viral “CRAFT MATERIAL VARIANT”. Even from merchants to the online store, all are earnestly seeking this incredible specie of craft ingredients, and unfortunately, it is still unknown. As we heard, it is considered to be harmless yet contains dangerously beautiful qualities of a uniquely specialized DIY-ing element. It can be craftily wonderful and amazing in your piece.

 

I believe you wouldn’t want to come running late for this! You are now also in the ride of searching for a chance to experience this viral “CRAFT MATERIAL VARIANT” on your creations. Am I right? Today, in a blink of an eye, we will delve for it! The question is, are you ready to become a craft enthusiast in your way? If it’s an absolute yes, then great! CRAFT EXPERT MODE, LOCKED IN!

 

By the way, here is what you need to do. STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN. Our heart for crafting will be our radar leading us in what we are looking for. Meanwhile, our senses will be our invisible eyes for us to see the real beauty of that viral “craft material variant”. Since there’s nothing more left, let the personal and real “hunting” experience begins right now. Be the first one to find and discover it! If not, be the first one to have a firsthand encounter with it!

 

The Craft Material Variant: It is called PUFF Heat Transfer Vinyl

 

For sure, many dig in their time for this quest while some go a deep haul and do some store hopping just to have a close encounter at this target material. You know what? It is shockingly surprising! 

 

Craft enthusiasts in the DIY world and Crafters in all parts of the HTV industry announced very important findings! Finally, that craft material variant is now ready to be made known to everyone. You won’t believe it and it will wow you! The one that we are searching for all this time is none other than the “PUFF HEAT TRANSFER VINYL”. A crafting material that is indeed an impeccable discovery to customization of products!

 

The PUFFtastic Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl: What’s with it?

 

Well, if you are in the look of a craft material that can give the popping view and viral creative effect to your design, one name we got in here is the Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl. This material may not be one of the main stars among our vinyl materials however this time the spotlight is on for it. 

 

           Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl at first glance might just look like a normal, thin, and flat iron-on vinyl but behind it lays a distinctive characteristic that cannot be found and compared to other materials you have used before. Far from the average HTVs, Puff HTV is a special iron-on material that selflessly expands carrying the so-called “puff effect”This gives depth, texture, and dimensions to your design after the printing process. It is an impressive material that can bring different tastes or something that’s never been expected to carry an optimizing work in your DIY projects. 

Did you know? 

 

     Puff HTV is also a type of iron-on film with a Polyurethane composition containing foam effect. It has a sticky liner that easily activates for adhesion and permits transfer of design permanently attach to your surface. When it undergoes cutting and weeding, it easily and swiftly passes the process

 

The “Puff Effect”: How does it take place to Puff HTV? 

 

           The right amount of heat and pressure is the triggering factor that can release the magic. This can make you run a show for an exciting exhibition a Puff HTV can do. Its unique ability to give a “puff effect” resulting in a 3D feel of the image always takes place when heat is placed and pressure applied into it. As soon it is completely exposed to a hot temperature and receives the right amount of pressure, it selflessly expands and voluminously rises. In just one press using your heat printing tools, it will guarantee you to achieve the puff finish that adds dimension to your imprint.  

 

Puff HTV: Why it is “viral” to crafter’s Artistic Eye? 

 

At this point, it sounds so sure your curiosity is now growing bigger and further! Who wouldn’t wait for more? The little sneak peek of it hangs our excitement and increases our expectations! Similar to others, you are not only amazed by this HTV’s rare quality but its anonymity gets you extra intrigued by it. So it’s about time to have the performance and let Puff HTV lay all of its cards to give you a real deal of the other things it can do for your design!

 

           Here are some lists of reasons why all eyes are on this extraordinary “variant of craft material”.

 

  • Hippy Vibes on the groove? It’s doable! Aside from beautifying your design layout, Puff HTV’s 3-dimensional effects are not only in demand for kid’s clothes but in fact, it can be suitable for any customized items fit for all ages. 

 

  • Get your imprints fashionably alive and greets everybody with fun, bold, and rich colors! This HTV offers a selection of colors in different varieties from the most used pallet to strikingly vibrant neon colors. Additionally, Puff HTV can give you a live transition of colors upon the process of application. Once the heat is applied, the color it gives to your design becomes brighter while the shading lightens to give more emphasis on the edges of your text. Isn’t it? It is so cool to use! 

 

  • For leisure or activity clothing? Expand the choices you can offer and cater to your customer needs using this HTV material! Whether the outfits are for daily or activewear you can stamp out that imprint on any selected items you wish and your customer expected you to design. You can also decorate totes, bags, pillowcases, kitchen aprons and so much more using this Puff HTV. 

 

  • Puff HTV is also great when it comes to compatibility. It will not give you headaches in thinking about where surfaces you can attach it to or at which cutting machine you can cut it. First, its compatibility with fabrics such as cotton, polyester, poly/cotton blends, leather, uncoated polyester, or spandex will make your printing goes well. Just take note, Puff HTV is not compatible to adhere on nylon, dye-sublimated, or coated fabrics. Secondly, you can do your work in this HTV even if you are in the comfort of your own home or for commercial purposes like bulk printing. It is suitable to cut mostly with any cutting machines and thus truly satisfies the intricate cutting needs of your design. 

 

  • Puff HTV has also a durable material and has a plastic backing that is sensitive to pressure which allows you to do repositioning of your design. 

 

Designing Level up: The Basic Guide to Usage and Application of Puff HTV

 

           As we go leveling up to the phase of encountering Puff HTV, in this section every tip will be given and every “how” will be answered. So before your colorful ideas fly off and let your imagination burst, it’s important not only the details about Puff HTV are what we should be familiar with. Instead, we must master everything we need to learn, everything we need to do, and everything that is needed in the application process of it. 

 

How to Use Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl? 

 

           Ready your pen and notes because our most important puff journey begins right now! Make sure not to miss any single detail about its application process.

 

  • Cutting Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl

 

Cutting part in the HTV application process can be the smoothest or roughest stage to go through. Why? From the moment you load your HTV on the cutting mat, you cannot go wrong with how you place it or with what setting you will use. Cutting can be easy and clean as long as you use the correct cut setting for your HTV. On the other hand, when the cutting process is good your weeding will be swift as well. 

 

Since we mentioned already that Puff HTV is a flexible material and compatibility with other craft tools isn’t difficult. Cutting will be easy as long you have with you your most reliable cutting buddy, your craft cutting machines. Cutting machines like Silhouette Cameo, Cricut, Brother Scan N Cut, Roland Graphtec, and others are known cutting machines that can fulfill a one-of-a-kind cutting task for you.  

 

  • How to cut Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl using Silhouette Cameo?

 

Making your first cut on a Puff HTV using your Silhouette Cameo is not complicated or frustrating at all. Crafting is so simple and stress-free with this powerful cutting machine. To help you out, here are the basic steps to guide you in using Silhouette to cut your Puff HTV. 

 

Step 1: First thing first, before you load your HTV and press that send button to deliver your design on the cutting machine, check and know first what is the appropriate cut setting for your Puff HTV using Silhouette. 

 

Blade: Standard, 3

Setting: Heat Transfer Material (Smooth)

Speed: 8

Thickness: 6

 

Blade: Standard, 3

Setting: Heat Transfer Material (Smooth)

Speed: 8

Thickness: 6

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Make sure you have downloaded and install Silhouette studio. In this way, you can ready your layout by applying the proper scale and position intended for your design. You may also use shapes, texts, or ready-made designs available in the software or open your own cut files directly. 

 

Step 4: Load your HTV to the cutting mat going to your cutting machine. 

 

  • Which side of the Puff HTV goes down the mat? Before you place your HTV on the cutting mat, be sure to place the “cut side” of the Puff HTV. As for HTV, it has two sides that are intended for cutting and ironing. For Puff HTV, noticing which face of it goes for cutting is very easy. The DISTINCTIVE SHINY FACE of the Puff HTV is the one that GOES DOWN THE CUTTING MAT and the MATTE FACE go UP.  

 

Step 5: Test Cut. To avoid wastage of your material, doing test cuts will give you the security of the setting you applied for cutting the HTV is working properly. It is always best the prescribed cut setting for Puff HTV. Similarly, to other HTV types, the cut setting intended for it must be applied.

 

Note: You need to increase the blade’s depth or force if it didn’t go through the vinyl material. Decrease the blade’s depth if it nudges through the cutting mat and gets stuck. 

 

Step 6: After the test cut, you’re good to do your final cut. 

 

 

  • What Setting do you cut Puff HTV on Cricut?      

                 

           Cutting Puff HTV using a Cricut Machine is another good option for lots of crafters. Like other cutting machines, it can cut all kinds of HTV types, and certainly, it can do the intricate cutting for Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl. 

           

           To make your cutting with Puff HTV excellently good here is a recommended cut setting when you think about using Cricut Machine. 

 

Blade: Standard, 3

Setting: Iron - on

 

Blade: Standard, 3

Setting: Iron - on

 

 

 

 

  • Does Puff HTV need to be mirrored when cutting? 

 

Like any other process involve in the usage of HTV, mirroring is important for it is the key to making your material shy away from a bad cutting day. Mirroring is applied when it comes to the cutting process for its safeguard and to ensure the correct side of the design is being cut properly. Therefore, similar to other HTV, Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl is not exempted when it comes to mirroring. 

 

Note: It does not only depend on what type of HTV you are using for you to apply mirroring in the process. It can also be depending on what kind of design layout you have on your imprint. For example, for text and unsymmetrical design mirroring is required. While symmetrical or non-text design, mirroring is not needed for whether you cut or print it, it will appear alike. 

 

Application of Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl

 

In any type of vinyl material you use for your creation, the application process and the heat printing elements don’t have much difference or it’s no difference at all. Whether you choose to apply standard, holographic, pattern, or other HTV types, it will make your fashionably creative ideas stand out. 

 

After knowing how cutting should be done with Puff HTV, this time let’s get familiarized with the basic steps to the application of Puff HTV. Later, I’m confident at end of this session, you will be able to perform and execute the best application practices with your Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl. 

 

  • General Steps to Puff HTV Application

 

Step 1: Preparation 

 

  • The place of work must always be clean and must be an area to work pleasantly. 
  • For heat printing preparation, a sturdy pressing spot is required especially when applying pressure to the design. 

 

Step 2: Design Creation

 

  • With the software available on your computer, you can create your design. You can also use readily-made designs available on your software or open the self-made cut file if you already have one. 
  • To finalize the design, apply appropriate size and color contrast to match your base material. 

 

Step 2: Design Mirroring

 

  • Don’t forget to mirror your imprint. The benefit of this, it will make the HTV correctly face on the cutting mat and even when applied. 

 

Step 3: Cutting of the HTV

 

  • Follow proper positioning of the HTV when loading it to the cutting mat. The shiny side faces down the cutting mat. 
  • You may also do a test cut to assure everything will be set before doing the final cut. 
  • For Puff HTV’s cut setting, apply the suggested cut setting which will be appropriate to the cutting machine you are using. (You may refer to the cut setting mentioned previously if you are using Silhouette Cameo or Cricut). 

 

Step 4: Weeding 

 

  • Weeding Puff HTV is similar to the usual HTV you have used before. Remove the unnecessary vinyl that is not part of your design. 

 

Step 5: Heat Pressing and Design Application

 

  • You may pre-press your medium if it is a fabric so that moisture and creases will be removed. Pre-pressing will help you have a smooth application of your design. 
  • Set your iron or heat press with a temperature of about 320 °F or 160 °C with medium pressure and a time setting of about 15 seconds. 
  • When using a heat transfer cover sheet, parchment paper is much suggested to be used with puff HTV. 
  • Peel the carrier sheet while it is warm. 

 

  • Is Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl can be layered? 

 

Are you thinking of more ways to let your imprint with Puff HTV become like a magnet that can attract customers’ attention? That idea might be a good game plan for you; yet have you ever thought of ways to do it? 

 

As we all know, the HTV application technique called layering is one of the game-changer to heat printing most used by crafters. To customers who love stylishness, distinctiveness, and edginess, playing with colors by placing one colorful piece of vinyl material on another layer of HTV can give a different impact and impression. If we talk about the edginess or stylishness of an imprint, no doubt Puff HTV can serve this to you by giving a “3 dimension appearance or puff effect”. It’s already a plus factor present in Puff HTV and it can be enough reason to make customers drop in your shop. However, if we will make use of “colors” to double up your imprint’s charm it may come with a “BUT”.

Here’s a bit of sad truth. Puff HTV can be a good HTV to apply on your surface however, it cannot play with colors as the layering technique requires. The main reason, Puff HTV belongs to the group of specialty HTVSpecialty HTV for layering is classified as HTV intended to be top layer only and not ideal to be a base layer. For such reason, first, top layers in the layering process are mostly thicker and uneven or rugged in texture so it can’t provide an even surface for better application. Secondly, if Specialty Vinyl will become the base layer to accomplish layering, it might not endure receiving high heat end up melting, and will ruin the surface, unlike real HTV base layers. In a clearer picture, if another HTV has a base layer quality and requires high heat for application; they will be placed on the top of the Puff HTV; as a result, it will not attach well. Additionally, it will not provide good surface contact for adhesion and it will just scorch after multiple presses of heat. Specialty HTV like Puff HTV can accomplish its use by highlighting or emphasizing the edge look and making the texture of your layered imprint more visible. 

 

And yes, you might not know, what you are looking for could be just right inside your crafting room! It is indeed enthralling! We didn’t expect, after all, exploration and all, this craft material variant called PUFF HTV is just on our shelves! So shall we say, finally the search is officially over? Definitely yes! 

 

These big findings in today’s session only imply that we don’t need to search the whole surface of the earth just to find the perfect material we are looking for. Now I suddenly remember some of the few lessons I learned in my science class when I was young, like how some scientists accidentally find out their discovery and turned it into their greatest inventions. This is also the same as choosing and making our craft material more functional. As the saying goes, “sometimes you just have to use your eyes and look closely right where you are standing”

 

If this moment we spent together makes you more inspired, well I can’t wait to see your design lies at the top of the surface of your medium using this vinyl material

 

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A Heart to Art V-day Concepts using HTV as Craft Material

“Starry night, stars are bright. Stars of this universe are aligned tonight. Hear this longing as your light lit up and make this wish come true with all your might…” 

 

Open your eyes, my dear….Oh! I know... I startled you a bit but relax…I won’t bite you. I am your V-day elf sent by the one and only, Valentine’s Day master, Cherubim. I hear your heart chantingly calling out a V-day elf through your valentine’s wish… And here I am!

 

Unexpectedly, the strong power of passion brought you here… Welcome to the HeARTY Factory of the mystic Love Landia! --- A place where “V-wishes” are made to materialize, full “heART” and delivered with “love”.

 

Get ready to unfold this journey… An enchanting tour is set for you to see magical ideas in creating a delightful Valentine’s Day project. With that, just for a night, we’ll let you experience being a V-day elf making heart’s day mission accomplished, and making a match made in heaven!

 

Whimsically Crafty: Vinyl Materials, A Heartful DIY Ingredients

 

           You’re Valentino or Valentina is worthy of a thoughtful present. Buying gifts from the best stores that we know are good, but what is even more adorable is to give a gift that could not be beaten by any other expensive things because it is woven with E.F.F.O.R.T and handcrafted with L.O.V.E. 

 

You, as an on-the-job V-day elf for this session, we’ll introduce you first to the most beguiling crafting ingredient here in HeARTY Factory ---- The Heat Transfer Vinyl. This material is here to help us create the loveliest projects we can ever make. Take note, you don’t have to be bothered and feel wondering if using this material requires pro or intermediate skills for even a newbie crafter can do this. 

 

To find out the reason why HTV must be included in your toolbox and why we should use this as our main material let me give you a walk of it. 

 

  1. Your customized gift to be made using HTV this Heart’s Day celebration is best to represent your utmost, thoughtful gesture and show how you love people around you.  

 

  1. Using your favorite HTV, you can produce cool and spur-to-action ideas of different patterns, textures, and finishes, uniquely. 

 

  1. Items to make using vinyl materials are not limited there are boundless options to do. From fabrics, cards, glass, accessories to stuff toys… seasonal projects like these are up for longevity and durability! Perfect remembrance for memories to last for a lifetime!

 

  1. With HTV, we can personalize just about anything under the sun! Any design imprints in any theme, young and old will dearly love to see the printed design of its sugary sweet endearment! Oh… You can’t wait to hear your lovey-dovey say “Honey, My love... You’re sooo…sweeeeet!”

 

Whether you mean it or not, I can feel you can’t get enough of the romantic picture inside of your head. Look at you! Your heart titters as it looks forward to a V-day full of hearts and affection!

 

A Great Steal of Heart: The Best Five HeARTISTIC DIY V-Day Projects 

 

It might be really difficult to sleep at night especially you want to surprise at the same time impress your love with a special valentine’s treat. I’m sure you think keenly of making it unforgettable and one–of–a–kind. Well, be amazed and keep your sight gleaming with the excitement of the surprises you can apply after this close encounter with HTV!

 

V-day Project #1 Explosion Memory Box 

 

           A burst of an idea is going to turn the hands of the clock back in time the romance ignites in your relationship! Couples who have been together for ages…people who just sealed their connection with an official label, it isn’t impossible to travel back with the best feeling you ever have! An Exploding Memory Box will make more worthy of reminiscing all the “first time”… The first time you felt that deep feeling in your heart… The first time you two, your eyes meet…Your first date and so much more!

 

Exploding Memory Box? What is it?    

        

An Exploding Memory Box can make an irking greeting card not just appealing but more interactive and thought-provoking. It’s a craft where various flavors of creativity such as memory keeping, scrapbooking, journaling, and card making are combined. 

 

           At first sight, it’s like an origami box made of pieces and sheets of cardstock folded up with a lid on its top making it look similar to an ordinary box. Behind this contains an explosive surprise found within each layer and can be embellished using different designs, memorable photos, doodles, notes, or any kind of motif you like. When the lid is off, the leaves of the decorated layers will pop up revealing what’s inside of it and the most heart-melting message it contains.

 

Creating Exploding Memory Box with HTV Twist

 

Did you know? 

 

     DIY-ing Exploding Memory Box isn’t complicated to construct! Aside from cutting out the box manually, you can download a free template of it… Use your Cricut Machine to cut in an instant! While for the coverings, linings, and cute accents of design, HTV can give you different patterns, textures, and finishes fit on your project! 

 

 

 

Materials: 

  • Free SVG cut file/ Template of Exploding Box
  • Cardstock (different colors depending on the color combination and the thickness you want)
  • Glue
  • Design paper
  • Scoring Stylus
  • Cricut Cutting Machine
  • HTV
  • Heat Press, Easy Press Mini, or Iron

 

General Steps in Applying HTV on Exploding Heart Memory Box

 

Step 1: Cutting of the Cardstock with Cutting Machine

 

  • Using the free SVG File, on the design space select all the object in the file that needs an alteration of the score to make it visibly seen. 
  • Place the scoring stylus before cutting, and then load the cardstock on the cutting mat. 

 

Step 2: Assemble the layers of Exploding Box

 

  • Once all the section of the exploding box is cut, start assembling by folding the pieces that contain score lines. 
  • If all needed sections are folded, glue the base and you may add additional layers if you want to. Make sure to dry the glue. 

 

Step 3: Designing the Inner layers 

 

  • In every flap of the exploding box’s layer, you can write notes, add calligraphy, and photos on it. 
  • If you want to have heart shapes or romantic text to be sparkly, glittering, embossed, or in a 3d dimension, you may attach HTV using Heat Press, Easy Press mini, or an Iron. (Note: Just follow the same process of design creation, cutting, weeding, and design transferring with your chosen HTV). 
  • Add mini-envelopes/pockets in other vacant flaps to tuck in other secret surprises inside your exploding box. 

 

Step 4: Assemble the inner box and its lids. 

 

  • The inner box will be the centerpiece of the exploding box. Form the cardstock into a mini-box. Add design and accents. 
  • Fill in the box with sweet treats or a surprise gift. 

 

Step 5: Assemble the Main Exploding Box

 

  • Place the inner box you recently did at the center of the flaps of the inner layer. 
  • Start folding the flaps up as it forms the main box shape. Place the lid on top to lock all the flaps in each corner of the box. 
  • For the final touch, wrap a red ribbon to give a gift box-like-appearance around of it. 

 

V-day Project #2: For His or Her, Matchy-Matchy Couple’s Tee for a Two

 

           On this Valentine’s Day don’t just have a peaceful candlelight dinner date with your babe instead go out and enjoy a sweet bonding day while having an H.H.W.W. moment --- HOLDING HANDS WHILE WALKING together…  Therefore a MATCHY-MATCHY FEVER IS ON!

 

        A pair of twinning couple’s shirts with HTV will share the ecstatic feeling of your relationship through cool, cute, stylistic, or eye-catching designs on your image imprint. Try to imagine this one on your design imprint… A minimalist tee with a design like the two of you become the main target of cupid’s bow and arrow will surely remind your love-struck and love at first sight memory as it hit each other’s heart. A couple's shirt that shouts and boasts to the whole world how lucky you are to be your partner’s love of his/her life is indeed a nice proud moment or have hilariously HTV V-day shirt where your girlfriend is being the “real boss”. 

 

           This idea might just be very common but don’t think it will be old fashion in concept or style. Trust me this won’t be a boring shirt to wear on your date because HEAT TRANSFER VINYL gives justice to your fabulous plan!

 

Creating Matchy-Matchy Couple’s Tee

 

Materials: 

  • Cotton Tees
  • HTV
  • Heat Press Machine or Iron
  • Parchment Paper or Teflon Sheet

 

General Steps in Applying HTV on Matchy-Matchy Couple’s Tee

 

Step 1: Ready your design using design software. Measure the design size proportional to the medium’s surface. 

 

Step 2: Flip the design to ensure the right positioning when cutting, weeding, and even upon attaching it to your surface. 

 

Step 3: Cut your design using a cutting machine carrier sheet side up. 

 

Step 4: Weed and remove excess HTV. 

 

Step 5: Pre-press the shirts for about 5 to 10 seconds to remove the moisture and to eradicate wrinkles on your surface. Take note, pre-pressing also helps to create an initial bond to your surface, tool, and HTV. 

Step 6: Apply heat and pressure using Heat Press or Iron according to the heat settings needed by your HTV. Use parchment paper to protect your design. 

 

Step 7: If some design did not adhere well, repress for additional 15 seconds.

 

Step 8: Peel the Carrier Sheet either hot or cold (depending on the HTV used). 

 

 

V-day Project #3: Operation!... Make a Date Romantic with HTV inspired Decorations

 

           Genuine love doesn’t need “whys” for both couples to express it. Every day, with your loved ones, is an opportunity to make them feel and cherish how much you love them. However, since our world is fast phasing, it’s undeniable there are times that workloads snatch some of our precious time, and love sparks become weak. This Valentine’s Day, it’s high time to rekindle the fire!

            An “Uninterrupted-Unlimited-Me-Time” will give you a break from what’s keeping you busy and guarantee to refocus your world to him or her. On the night of Heart’s day convert your backyard to be an outdoor but homey venue where nobody can interrupt you. Design your backyard trees using warm lightings and nicely HTV V-day banners hang across another tree… A rose petal pathway with candlelight kerb will give a heart-pounding walk of her going to you or him going to you… Then, while walking let your honey read a romantic message on a V-day Chalkboard Sign. Lay perfectly a blanket on the grass with pillows on the side along with your cooked sumptuous food. Wow---- What a very special event… It’s a “date” not only to save on your calendar…then, again and again, to save in your heart to your mind!

 

Creating HTV Inspired Decorations: V-day Banners and Chalkboard Sign

 

Materials: 

 

Banner and Chalkboard Supplies

  • Cardstock (for the Adoption Banner) 
  • Standing Chalkboard (for the Chalkboard Sign) 
  • HTV
  • Easy Press or Iron
  • Non-stick Cover Sheet
  • Braided Ropes for Banner 

 

General Steps in Applying HTV V-day Adoption Banner and V-day Chalkboard Sign

 

Step 1: Ready all the materials needed to be designed using software and designs needed to cut on the cutting machine. 

 

For the Adoption Banner: 

 

  • To make the cardstock in a banner that requires no cutting manually, using a free downloadable template with a 5” x 7 “size in each banner (can be resized according to your preference), load and cut it on your Cutting Machine. After, cut your selected HTV according to the design template you’ll also use. Always MIRROR. 

 

For the Chalkboard Design:

 

  • Make your design or use a ready-made one that’s available on your computer. 
  • When cutting the HTV even if it’s text or an image make sure to mirror.  

 

Step 2: Weed the excess HTV. 

 

Step 3: Apply heat to transfer the design and after, patiently wait for the right time to peel off the carrier sheet. 

 

For the Adoption Banner: 

 

  • Line up your cardstock along with your HTV. 
  • In heat pressing, you may use the heat tool available in your working area. Start pressing in low heat for about 290°F to 300°F in 30 seconds for the front face and 15 seconds on the back (note that the settings depend on the need of your HTV and medium).  
  • Peel the carrier sheet carefully. To prevent the cardstock from curling place some heavy books while the finished design fully cools down. 
  • Once all are done, assemble all the banners using the string or ropes. 

 

For the Chalkboard: 

 

  • After weeding the design, place text or image to be printed on the chalkboard to its designated position and cover with parchment paper. 
  • Press each section for about 315°F, 15 to 30 seconds in time with a medium to firm pressure. 
  • Check if all the designs adhere fully because if not, recover the design with another parchment paper and repress for another 15 seconds. 
  • Peel off the carrier sheet carefully. 

 

V-day Project #4: A Cupful of Affection

 

           Don’t miss out on the chance to sculpture the brightest smile on your sweetheart’s lips! Wake up your king or queen with a shower of kisses. Take for the direct route to his or her heart via good food through his or her stomach.

 

 Giving breakfast in on bed on a beautiful morning of February 14 will deliver a love spread in the air…For a secret move that will surely win her, express how much you value your love by telling “I Heart You” --- three words full of love caffeine using the personalized coffee mug you prepare for him or her. Let your chosen HTV make the writings on the mug design be vividly seen and snatch your honey’s eyes direct on that sweet message. See every sip of hot coffee or hot chocolate gives a sip of love in the sunrise!

 

Creating an HTV coffee mug for A Valentine’s full of affection

 

Materials: 

  • Coffee Mug 
  • Heat tools: Mug Press, Heat Press, Iron, or Heat Gun 
  • HTV
  • Non-Stick Cover Sheet

 

General Steps in Applying HTV on a Coffee Mug

 

Step 1: To ensure the mug is free from any dirt or fingerprints, clean by using rubbing alcohol. Avoid touching the mug after its cleansing. 

 

Step 2: Layout your design using designing software. 

 

Step 3: Mirror your design and cut it using the cutting machine. 

 

Step 4: When applying heat on the design and medium, follow the settings depending on the type of heat tool and the type of HTV you use. Use a protective covering to secure the design from excessive heat. 

 

HEAT TOOL

TEMPERATURE, TIME, PRESSURE

 

 

 

Settings applied may vary depending on the HTV used. Always check the manufacturer’s instruction

HEAT GUN

275°F to 325 ° F,

10 seconds (per section) ,

IRON

400°F to 425 °F,

10 to 15 second(per section)s,

Firm Pressure

EASY PRESS

380° F – 400 ° F,

10 to 15 seconds (per section),

Firm Pressure

HEAT PRESS OR MUG PRESS

350 °F to 400 °F,

150 to 210 seconds

Medium to Firm Pressure

 

Step 5: Check if the design all adhere, if not repress.

 

Step 6: Let the mug cool down for about 20 seconds, then peel the carrier sheet off. 

 

V-day Project #5: The Cuddly Cutie Teddy Bear 

 

           V-day is a season where everyone can love and be loved! Though having a companion for this day isn’t a requirement to be happy. But what if you are one of those who are waiting and looking for the right time to say the things that’s kept in your heart for a very long time? 

 

Valentine’s Day is the best day to confess your feelings or proposed to the one and the only apple of your eyes. If you’re thinking about making your big move and you want to get her “YES” in a sure-shot chance… Don’t hold back for you can bring flowers, chocolates, and even your reinforcement team! Bring with you the boys--- the Cuddly Cutie Bears with an HTV imprint asking her this question “Will you be my Honey?” or “Will you be my forever?” Now, who can say no to a token of love added with your crafty touch? It’s irresistible!

 

Creating Cuddly Cutie Teddy Bears with HTV Imprint 

 

Materials: 

  • Teddy Bears or Plush Animal Stuff Toy
  • HTV 
  • Heat Press, Iron, or Easy Press Machine
  • Teflon Sheet
  • Cutting machine and scissors

 

 

General Steps in Applying HTV on a Teddy Bear/ Plush Animal Stuff Toys

 

Step 1: Create or use a pre-design file in your computer’s software to start with.

 

Step 2: Cut the design using a cutting machine and don’t forget to apply the GOLDEN RULE: ALWAYS MIRROR YOUR DESIGN. 

 

Step 3: Trim the HTV and remove all the excess by weeding it.

 

Step 4: Pre-heat the teddy bear for a few seconds with a Teflon sheet to remove the moisture and make it a little flat as possible. By the way, be sure the head of it is away from any heating element. 

 

Step 5: Layout your design on Teddy’s belly or chest with the carrier sheet face side up. 

 

Step 6: Apply heat using your heat tool for about 15 to 20 seconds on a medium to firm pressure with a temperature of about 320 °F (temperature depends on the heat setting of the HTV used). Always use a Teflon sheet to protect your design and teddy from excessive heat. 

 

Step 7: Peel warm or cold (The settings vary depending on the HTV used) 

 

Step 8: Re-fluff the Teddy Bear to back on its shape. 

 

           Your on-the-job training as a V-day elf finally ends here! Did you enjoy your magical experience here? As much as we want you to stay here…It’s about time for you to get back in your world my dear or else you’ll be forever locked up here…You don’t have to be sad either for the true essence of celebrating love awaits you in your real world… I and Valentine’s Day Master Cherubim hope you’ll be able to see and use the answers you found here for your V-day wish! We will see each other again in the coming and more Valentine’s Day to come….

 

           Ouch! Did you see me fall on the couch! Are you watching me sleeping, my friend? What a wrong time to see me in this scene! I didn’t notice I fell asleep here while thinking about the best ideas for this coming heart’s day…

 

What? I was talking while I was sleeping? OHHH! Did I snore so loud too? Ugghhh… I’m having my dreams… Dreams that as if so real…. I’m fully awake… Come on let’s plan now! Oh! You too let’s start preparing the best Valentine’s Day ever!

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Iron-on Vinyl to Stamp Unique Imprints on Yoga Mats

       Did you know? There are two things and two exercises that people shifted to do for the past two years of being stuck and locked at home during quarantine? These activities include working out, for example, this Yoga, an exercise that I am trying now which is good for the body while craft making by DIY-ing as a form of workout for the mind. Since the pandemic happened, many of us started to appreciate these activities to be healthy and be mentally fit even in the space or backyard of our own home.

 

           Today, I can’t wait to reveal to you what is our next and main itinerary! I’m so glad you came and joined me not only to stretch out but to have a hands-on experience of how Yoga Work out feat crafting is. As you wonder what’s with this… Not to spill the excitement, it has something to do with our DIY inspiration ---- Iron-on Vinyl a.k.a HTV, and YOGA MAT, the materials bound to grind with us. Earlier is just a warm-up, later are surely fun and great! Trust me your “super bods” will make its muscles useful!  

 

A New DIY Project to Work-out a Sound Mind and Body

 

          I bet this isn’t your first time to apply an HTV on a not-so-ordinary surface and got curious if it could work or not? Trying an HTV to a surface that’s not a fabric but actually, a rubber-like material might give you a second thought if it’s possible? To know the answer, there is no other way but to find out! Le-go!

 

Can we use Iron-on Vinyl to Decorate a Yoga Mat? 

 

           Here’s a breathtaking answer if we can apply HTV to a yoga mat or not, and glad to tell you that it’s still a YES. Why? How did it happen? 

 

         A Yoga Mat’s foamy structure either made out of natural or mostly synthetic materials, doesn’t hide the idea that it can be a very delicate and sensitive material to use. As far as successful DIY-ing using HTV is a concern, this might be something we don’t feel confident especially where heat could be applied or base material to be used where an HTV stick…. For it still requires heat for the application. 

 

          A great game-changer here, if we are to use the tandem of these two materials for DIY-ing, the magic still relies on one of the key components of the application --- the amount of heat. Good thing we have a perfect companion to easily and flexibly adjust to any circumstances like this. Meaning to say, some types of HTV can adhere at a low temperature which makes it favorable for a safe application to a foamy-high-heat sensitive medium like a yoga mat. So when decorating this material using HTV, we only uses HTV that can adhere to a low temperature. 

 

Why does Yoga Mat fit for decorating using HTV? 

 

Are you starting to believe 100% that a yoga mat can be perfectly fine for an HTV application? Oh, come on! I could still see doubts in your eyes! Well, it’s not on my vocabulary to give up. Let me try to persuade once more your mind and heart by giving you the other reasons why a yoga mat fits the HTV application. 

 

  • To cut the boredom away and strike the magnet of laziness in doing your yoga routine, using HTV will bring your concentration back! Start meditating mantras or scripts for your yoga meditation by personally printing it on your workout mat… Perhaps, you may also want to print your fitness vows to remind your body goals. Achieve!

 

  • To stick or not to stick? To scorch or not to scorch? Well, when doing yoga two things are for sure to burn out, your stress, and your body fats! As for HTV and the yoga mat, you don’t need to worry if heat will damage the look of your design. Just pick the HTV that is for low-temperature application and you’re free to stick any imprints you want. Oh! You don’t have to worry much as well if the design will lift after some time since the HTV is applied at a low temperature. HTV and Yoga Mats’ synthetic or rubber-like component cooperatively works when both heated. As a result, it gives a good adhesive bond to each other.  

 

  • Since lots of fitness centers are closed, people are into different forms of exercise and even online. Exercising at home and buying accessories for working out is an all-time high. Apparel decorators created a brand new way to reach out to customers by customizing and making an awesome design for their products. According to gym-buds-at-home, they become eager to work out when their outfits down to their accessories or equipment are up for the good vibes! Using HTV, you can keep your customers looking good, in good mood, and feel good while exercising… If you’re seeing this as a good business opportunity, customizing using HTV is the fastest passport for you to use! 

 

Maybe these reasons could be enough for us not to fear and see bright possibilities ahead when it comes to heat pressing HTV on a yoga mat. Getting into this craft whether, for creativity or business, nothing can stop the hype of personalizing and making items fancy beyond the hems of the traditional shirt using HTV!

 

Flex that Flexible Creativity: Discover the Best HTV to Apply on Yoga Mat

 

Now, let’s get exercising the nerves in your ARTISTIC MINDS and flex your CREATIVE MUSCLES for this is the right time to pick the best HTV for your Yoga Mat! How do you see the total look of your DIY Yoga Mat? Would you want it to have tweaks of flamboyant colors? Do you want it to have cool and sporty imprints on it? Or how about having a simple and minimalistic design that reflects your personality and the attitude of you working out? 

 

           Whatever design is on your mind right now, that blueprint of your creative plan will come to reality and will be beyond your expectation! Listed here are the HTV varieties compatible with your medium. This will help you be ready for the action and later on to the actual application process. Now have this for your viewing satisfaction! 

 

           The legendary Regular Heat Transfer Vinyl is one of the starter packs that will not let you run out of a wide shade of options. This HTV type is good for plain or unicolor yoga mats for it can provide a way out for your basic design needs. Regardless of how intricate or detailed such text or outline of your design is, solid imprints on the medium’s surface are achievable with a top-quality style and durability. Regular HTV is not just your classic decorative material, even if this is commonly used by many of the crafters, it is surprisingly can go with the current of traditional designs or combinations of colors for a modern application.  

 

Let the innermost beauty of your yoga mat be out as it is decorated by different and seasonal or abstract patterns given to you by Pattern Heat Transfer Vinyl! This specialized pre-printed HTV will be your ticket to go places as you were immersed by the inner peace in your mind. Pattern HTV comes with various patterns and numerous styles that will suit any setting brought to you by your yoga meditation. If it is taking you to a nature scene of petals and large leaves, floral patterns will be nice for your workout mat. On the other hand, when it connects you to a scene full of animals or other creatures from nature, an animalistic print will get you more submerged in your concentration.

 

           People who love doing yoga at night time to release muscle tension for them acquire good sleep will enjoy every night of meditating. Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl applied on your yoga mat will be your “reflector” in the dark! This HTV is not just great for its decorative purposes but more functional when safety is being talked about. With the glass bead technology, it contains, it lights up best in the darkest conditions and produces strong reflectability. Meaning, it will be easy for others to notice other people exercising or doing yoga in low light areas. So whether you’re in the middle of an open field or park where people enjoy evening workouts, you can now do a variety of yoga poses without worrying much about your safety to bicycles or people passing by. 

 

           What color of aura do you think your body will radiate after a very nice yoga session? I guess you’re thinking it deeply… Metallic Heat Transfer Vinyl will give you an artistic way of transmitting that positive vibes in you! Get those shows stopping shine displayed on your best workout buddy and see it stand out on its way to the crowd. Create a personalized design that glares along with its super soft foil look and rich smooth finish. It is easy to weed and apply. You can even choose and play any gorgeous colors that mirror a wonderful yoga day of you!

 

           Hit up that striking character to your design with Electric Heat Transfer Vinyl! Taking the look of your yoga mat to the next level will transmit and make a flow that electrifying aura to the whole atmosphere of your yoga session. Cut and stick easily some detailed imprints or logos on your workout accessory with Electric HTV. Producing pearlescent metallic sheen that offers astounding texture never seen before from heat-applied materials, this doesn’t fade quickly after application. Its long-lasting quality maintains dazzling colors and brilliant finish. 

 

Sportflex Iron-on Vinyl 

 

Have the HTV that can synchronize to the vigorous action and activeness of your workout?  Sportflex Iron-on Vinyl can flexibly join you along the way of your stretching, handstands, and challenging yoga pose. This stretchable HTV can guarantee its stretchiness whether on your yoga tops or yoga mats. This is a material that can bend along with your medium without the design imprints distorting. It’s lightweight and secures a strong bond to your surface. It is highly recommended to mediums for activewear and this is a quality that also matches to use as a decorative material to workout accessories like a yoga mat.

 

See that! We can never go wrong with using Heat Transfer Vinyl! Successful and countless creations are waiting for us to make! Heat Transfer Vinyl is just a one-of-a-kind and mind-blowing material we can ever have in our crafter’s toolbox. Again HTV proves that whatever kind of surfaces you have, whether it’s traditional t-shirts or unconventional base materials it can adhere. 

 

The Heat Setting Application of HTV on Yoga Mat

 

         In this section of our talk regarding HTV application on a yoga mat, we mentioned right before this type of material for DIY is quite different from our recent mediums. Based on what we know and what we can see, a yoga mat is a very heat-sensitive material. We can’t apply much heat and this concerns the application of HTV on its surface. Isn’t it? If the used amount of heat is inadequate in the application, larger possibility that the HTV will just lift. So the problem is what we should do about this?  

 

           First thing first, before you pick and attached the desired HTV for your project, check initially your Yoga mat. Why? Simply, it doesn’t mean that most Yoga Mat is made from synthetic materials and comes with types of workout mats made from PVC, TPE, or PER, they will be durable to any kinds of elements that can affect it. Unfortunately, like kryptonite which makes superman weak, as to Yoga Mat, heat is its weakness. Knowing the heat-absorbing capacity of your yoga mat and its thickness for an HTV application will help your base material out from the danger of burning. So I made a table here below for you to estimate in advance how much heat you must apply or avoid and you may also check in advance what type of HTV you can use for your project!

 

MELTING POINT OF MATERIALS CONTAINING PVC, TPE, and PER

SYNTHETIC COMPONENT

MELTING POINT (°C / °F)

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

(component contains by PVC type of Yoga Mat)

160°C-210°C

or

320°F - 410°F

Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) 

(component contains by TPE type of Yoga Mat)

171°C-221°C

or

340°F - 430°F

Polymer Environmental Resin (PER)

(component contains by PER type of Yoga Mat)

167°C-216°C

or

332°F - 420°F

 

Secondly, after knowing deeply the possible quality and material of your chosen yoga mat for your DIY, then we don’t need to be restless on the heat application process. At least, at the first point, it already gives us a glimpse of what vinyl material we can use and how we could adjust to the temperature required both for the medium and the HTV. 

 

As heat is where the success of transferring the design relies, normally HTV varieties can be applied at a temperature of 265°F to 320 °F or above (depending on the specific HTV type and medium type along with their capacity). For this project, a low temperature of 210 °F to 260°F is advisable to use if you are using Heat Press Machine or Home Iron. The temperature might also increase to 280 °F to 300 ° F if one is using Easy Press Machine. In addition, to protect your design and your medium from excessive heat, crafters use “FLEXIBLE APPLICATION PAD”. It is made from silicon rubber which acts as a heat covering sheet during design transferring. Upon using this, as you apply heat, you may adjust your base temperature a little bit higher so that the right amount of heat will be transmitted going to your design. On the other hand, if you directly place heat on your design and medium without using heat covering, just use the low-temperature setting applicable for your HTV. 

 

How Long Should You Press HTV On Your Yoga Mat? 

 

           Aside from heat, pressing time is another key indicator of a successful HTV application. Similar to heat application, we can’t go lacking in heat or else our HTV will not adhere. Meanwhile, we can’t go beyond the amount of heat either our HTV will adhere to but will make our medium scorch, or either the HTV or the yoga mat will burn. 

 

           For the length of pressing time, we should do presses that may range to 5 seconds (per design or text) or 10 to 20 seconds for one whole imprint. And if you will use a flexible application pad for heat protection both for your design and yoga mat, the length of pressing time will also increase or double. If you want to make sure that all of your design adheres well, a repressed time of 10 to 15 seconds can be done. TAKE NOTE: JUST MAKE SURE TO USE YOUR HEAT COVERING SHEET OR FLEXIBLE APPLICATION PAD.

 

HEAT SETTING APPLICATION 

OF HEAT TRANSFER VINYL TO YOGA MAT

HTV TYPE

TEMPERATURE

TIME

Pressure

LOW HEAT TEMPERATURE SETTING

TEMPERATURE ACCORDING TO MANUFACTURER’S GUIDE

PRESSING TIME DIRECTLY TO THE HTV

PRESSING TIME WITH FLEXIBLE APPLICATION PAD/ HEAT PROTECTION SHEET

REPRESS TIME

Regular HTV

 

260°F/126°C

 

(300°F/  148°C - Easy Press)

 

305°F/150°C

5 seconds to seconds each design

10 seconds (per design)

10 to 15 seconds

(at 280°F temperature)

Firm Pressure

Pattern HTV

260°F/ 126°C

305°F/150°C

10seconds 

20seconds 

10 seconds 

Medium Pressure

Reflective HTV

260°F/ 126°C

305°F/150°C

10 seconds to 12 seconds

20 seconds to 24 seconds

10 seconds 

Medium Pressure

Metallic HTV

210°F/ 98°C

305°F/150°C

10 seconds

20 seconds

10 seconds 

Medium Pressure

Electric HTV

 

210°F/ 98°C 

 

(300°F/ 126°C -EasyPress)

 

305°F/150°C

15 seconds

30 seconds

10 seconds 

Medium Pressure

Sportflex Iron-On Vinyl

210°F/ 98°C

305°F/150°C

10 seconds

20 seconds

10 seconds 

Firm Pressure

 

Good or Bad Press? A Quality Check to Scorch Free Finished Product

 

We are almost on our way down! Heat pressing the design you made is the most exciting and the most awaited moment for every crafter. Who isn’t eager to see the final results of his or her work after doing all the cutting and weeding? I’m very confident that if you will answer this question by raising your hands, you’ll be the first to wave your hands up in the air. However, is it still possible for you to hold yourself for bits of seconds? It’s not that things are going too quickly but we can’t go over and end up having failed finish product.

 

To complete all you need to know for this project, knowing the indications of you making good heat presses on your design and medium will help you get away from a bad hair day. There are only two of the tips you must add to your list! 

 

Tip #1: You’ll know that you did a great job on heat pressing HTV on your yoga mat when the texture of the base material is visibly seen or coming through the vinyl material. It means to say that the designs adheres well one-time big time on the medium’s surface! And when you remove the HTV’s plastic backing guarantees that it can be removed safely without stressing the foamy structure of the yoga mat. 

 

Tip#2: Once you do the HTV application on a yoga mat, always check for the “signs of bad pressing” Your eyes need to be watchful for any marks of heat! When you see residues of clear glue coming out around the ends of the HTV’s carrier sheet, it can be visibly mean of over pressing resulting in an over amount of heat applied to your surface. 

 

“Now…Take a slow and deep inhale….Freely let out a complete exhale... Feel the connection between your body, soul, and nature… Relax your hands and fingers…”

 

What a great way to end our crafting session with a yoga meditation! This has been a good day! Now gone are the thoughts that remind us of the vanishing of precious times where we can do things without limitation. With all we have been through this pandemic and no single people have been exempted to pause and halt living normally… Truly, “there’s good in every bad”… Not all misfortunes in every situation in this time of crisis are up for misery if we just search for it. 

 

Today’s Yoga and crafting session slows us down to focus on things we haven’t tried before. See how our artsy minds held us to go places beyond our imagination… Because of this great inspiration for a DIY project, it has exercised our inner heart for crafting!

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Strip Flock Vinyl

ENRICH YOUR STYLE WITH STRIP FLOCK HEAT TRANSFER VINYL

You've probably heard or seen how beautiful Heat Transfer Vinyl to fabrics can be on the internet and wondered how you could do it perfectly. So, you're going to do some research on it, watch video tutorials, or read blog articles like this one. Let me tell you a little bit about this Heat Transfer Vinyl, and then I'll tell you about one of the best kinds of HTV vinyl you can use for your vinyl projects and business-the Strip Flock Heat Transfer Vinyl! Strip Flock is making a lot of noise in the crafting industry, and many crafters have already fallen in love with it.

Heat transfer vinyl is a specialty vinyl material used to decorate or personalize T-shirts, garments, glass, tote bags, mugs, and wood. HTV Vinyl contains a heat-activated adhesive backing, which allows the vinyl to permanently transfer to your garment when heat pressed with sufficient time, temperature, and pressure. The simplicity of the Heat Transfer Vinyl process contributes to its popularity. HTV vinyl does not require years of experience in the printing industry, making it an excellent choice for beginners. A heat press machine can also be accommodated without sacrificing a lot of floor space. It allows you to print on a variety of materials, use a wide range of unique colors, patterns, and textures. Moreover, its price is affordable yet will give you a high-quality outcome. 

 Crafters who have just begun their Vinyl projects may find it unusual, to begin with, another type of heat transfer vinyl to adhere to their mediums. Of course, we want a perfect outcome for our Vinyl projects. That is why we take great care in researching the new vinyl materials we intend to use.

 It can take a long time to find new products to try and even longer to figure out how to use them. That is why we decided to compile all of the information you need to know about Strip Flock Vinyl right here. Some of the most frequently asked questions by our dear crafters are listed below.

So let us begin with the basics.

STRIP FLOCK VINYL: WHAT THE FLOCK!

Heat Transfer Vinyl is a popular material in the crafting industry because it comes in various styles and colors. After you've learned how to use Printed Pattern HTV Vinyl and Printable HTV Vinyl, allow me to introduce you to your new crafting material. Today, we'd like to focus on this frequently asked question: "What is strip flock heat transfer vinyl?"

Strip Flock Heat Transfer Vinyl is a thicker vinyl with a suede-like texture. It is soft to the touch and adds a unique dimension to your projects. Most customers will describe this vinyl as a less expensive alternative to embroidery. It is a special type of heat transfer vinyl with a lovely raised soft and fuzzy texture. It is also the industry's only flocked vinyl that can be layered on top of it. Layering allows you to take full advantage of the beautiful color selection and easily create textured, visually appealing garments!

Strip Flock Vinyl is a great upgrade Here is why:

  • Strip Flock that can be layered on itself.
  • It is CPSIA Certified so that you can decorate kid's items safely.
  • It can be a HOT or cold peel (so no more waiting)

Now that you know what Strip Flock Vinyl is, it's time to upgrade your vinyl projects and business!

STRIP FLOCK VINYL: FLOCK IT, POP IT!

Crafters consider the mediums they want to use to ensure the adhesion of HTV vinyl. It is advisable to use strip flock vinyl for fabrics because of its suede-like texture and velvet finish. 

Flock vinyl is fabulous on kid's clothing because it adds a level of softness and cuteness to their clothes. 

You could also enjoy using flock vinyl to create professional logos for staff uniforms. The vinyl texture helps distinguish the logo from the clothing – after all, you want your logo to stand out and be noticed! Flock vinyl is one way to achieve this.

Flock vinyl is also great for sports lovers because it looks great on hoodies, caps, and team shirts.

We've also discovered that flock vinyl works particularly well on certain surfaces and fabrics, such as:

  • 100% cotton
  • Poly/cotton blends
  • 100% polyester
  • Leather

Let me give you some types of projects which are best to use with this product:

 Pillows: Let's be honest. We enjoy decorating pillows with various types of vinyl. So, if your sofa set includes pillows, you can add some unique designs to them with strip flock vinyl! We enjoy personalizing the designs we want to put on something to make it more special and to show guests our creativity.

 Baby Onesies: With the fuzzy texture of this product, it's the absolute go-to material for infants. I am sure they will also love the cute designs they are wearing!

Logos: You want your business to stand out? So why not use a vinyl that does the same.

Faux Embroidery-To achieves this look; you'll want to layer a thin style vinyl (like Easyweed) and add an offset with Strip Flock Vinyl to the outside. That's a great design idea!

WHAT IS STRIP FLOCK VINYL MADE OF?

I want to go over the basics of Strip flock Vinyl, so this HTV vinyl is composed of three distinct layers. The very shiny front is our clear carrier sheet, a thick plastic piece. It's like a built-in high task mask or a transfer tape. So basically, you don't have to use these two to pick up your designed vinyl. Then there's our Strip flock vinyl behind, which will peel off of our carrier sheet. This is where the soft velvety finish can be found. The soft velvety finish and the back are where our adhesive is, activated when heat is applied. When working with any heat transfer vinyl, avoid wearing lotions and creams because they can interact with the adhesive and reduce its durability. You could also wear an oven mitt to avoid nasty burn when working with a heating machine!

The bold colors make Strip Flock Vinyl excellent to add dramatic effects to your fabric. 

The texture and material are the primary differences between Flock and smooth heat transfer vinyl. Flock vinyl is fuzzier and pops up for dimension, whereas smooth vinyl is flat and, of course, smooth. Smooth vinyl is more delicate, whereas flocked vinyl is tougher, so it could be used as an alternative to embroidery. 

What's going on? Is there an alternative to embroidery?

Yes! That's the good news you will read today! Since flock vinyl has a raised velvet-like texture, it mimics the appearance of embroidery, making it a low-cost alternative. I am confident that with another high-quality option to offer your customers, your Vinyl business will boom immediately, regardless of budget.

Flock is ideal for full-color designs on sweatshirts or the backs of jackets at a low cost and in less than 5 minutes of labor time. It enables your customers to select the best option for their budget. Also, Flock Vinyl is ideal for lightweight garments that may not withstand the weight of embroidery threads, such as women's cotton t-shirt. When embroidered, a two-color t-shirt design on cotton t-shirt may become too heavy. Additionally, embroidering a large image and graphics on a garment can be costly and time-consuming. Flock Vinyl's raised textured finish makes it possible to achieve a quality look while remaining lightweight on the garment. And, if you need a professional-looking logo on your employees' uniforms but have a limited budget, this could be the solution. It gives you a professional appearance at a much lower cost.

LAYERING STRIP FLOCK VINYL: SAY YES TO MULTI-COLOR DESIGNS!

Strip Flock Vinyl is a heat transfer vinyl with a suede texture and a raised feel. With a wide range of color options and the ability to layer, this product will provide you with the one-of-a-kind appearance you strive! Strip Flock Vinyl can also be layered on top of itself, just like the classic version, for even more impressive effects!

Strip Flock Vinyl's deep, opaque colors make it ideal for retro designs or any time you want a premium look. It is perfect for use on caps, bags, and garments that require textured visual interest. Cover with other materials or more Strip Flock after using this as a base layer! This material's ability to be layered tells the user to use multi-color designs!

Strip flock vinyl can be layered on top of other types of vinyl. It can be pressed on top of regular HTV vinyl to create a border around the text, an image, or another design. And you can also layer strip flock vinyl on strip flock vinyl. It brings the design to life and makes it stand out!

Now, we're going to layer strip flock vinyl to another strip flock vinyl. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to layer your strip flock vinyl:

  • First things first, gather all your needed materials like strip flock vinyl, cutting machine, tweezers, heat press, and of course your T-shirt. Your strip flock vinyl must be in contrast. If your first layer is dark, choose a light color as your second layer and vice versa. 
  • So let's assume that you will adhere your name to your T-shirt. The first layer is black, and the second layer is white. Cut out your name on your cutting machine with appropriate cut settings. Make sure that the size of your designed vinyl will fit perfectly on the size of your shirt. Also, don't forget to mirror your design!
  • After cutting it out, weed out the excess vinyl using your tweezers. Don't be too fast in weeding, as it may tear your strip flock vinyl!
  • Now that it is ready to press on heat pre-heat your t-shirt for 3 seconds. Put the first layer on it. You can use a ruler to make sure that you adhere to your designed strip flock vinyl at the perfect angle. 
  • Put a Teflon sheet or parchment paper and press it for 5 seconds at 320 degrees Fahrenheit using medium pressure. 
  • Let it cool completely before peeling off the carrier sheet.
  • Once you have already peeled off the carrier sheet, layer the second strip flock vinyl onto it. 
  • Again, put a Teflon sheet on your layered strip flock vinyl. 
  • Press it at 320 degrees Fahrenheit using medium pressure for 10 seconds. 
  • You can turn it over and rub it to cool it down completely before peeling off the carrier sheet. 

Layering different types of Heat Transfer Vinyl is absolutely fun to do, but then, what should you pay attention to when combining or layering different Heat Transfer Vinyl?

Because of the ease of use, I'm sure you're all eager to try out some experiments with your HTV vinyl. Remember this tip for layering your HTV vinyl, whether it's regular HTV vinyl, printed pattern HTV vinyl, printable HTV vinyl, or strip flock HTV vinyl.

Pay attention to temperature, time, and pressure. When using an iron or a heat press to stack different layers of heat transfer vinyl on top of each other, you may encounter problems if the temperature, pressure, or time settings are incorrect. When pressing on multiple layers, keep in mind that the first layer receives the additional heat from each additional pressure. Assume you printed a four-color design for the recommended 15 seconds per layer. The first layer would have a total pressing time of one minute, which would not look good.

Furthermore, if the vinyl is pressed on the heat for too long, it may shrink. The message is thus to heat the first layers for a short period of time (1 to 5). This is especially important for proper design alignment.

SETTINGS FOR YOUR STRIP FLOCK VINY: GOOD SET, GOOD OUTCOME!

Setting the machines needed for your vinyl projects is the best thing you have to do first because it varies and depends on the types of vinyl you will use. Whether it is a heat press, heat gun, easy press, or clothes iron, your heating machine has different heat settings that are appropriate for your vinyl and medium. 

So, if you are now ready, let's start making crafts using Strip Flock Vinyl!

HOW TO APPLY:

SELECT!- As with all vinyl projects, you must choose your preferred design for your medium. So, if your fabric is dark, it is much better to choose a light color of Flock Vinyl such as white, yellow, green, cyan, and so on. Choose a dark-colored flock vinyl to emphasize and highlight your design if your fabric is light. Your design can be any graphics you want to put on your medium. It could be your name, Bible verse, favorite cartoon character, and emojis.

MIRROR! After choosing your design, make sure to flip or mirror it before cutting. Because you'll be ironing it face down on your fabric, your design will be backward if you don't flip it. 

CUT!- Now load your flock vinyl on your cutting machine. If you have a Cricut machine, set it like this; Blade: Standard

 Setting: Iron-on+

Speed: High.

Thickness: Medium

Blade Setting: 4.

 

Don't worry, I included some cutting machines, and later on, you will know the settings of each device. 

WEED!- Remove the excess vinyl from around your image/lettering once your design is complete (this is called weeding). You can use tweezers to weed the extra vinyl perfectly without tearing the designed vinyl. 

PRESS!- Using a heat press, set your heating machine in 320°F/160°C Temperature, Medium pressure, and about 15-20 seconds pressing time. Preheat all fabric for 3 seconds before pressing for best results! Place a Teflon sheet or parchment paper on top of your fabric as well, then press it carefully. 

A friendly reminder, my dear crafters; Every type of Heat Transfer Vinyl has its own recommended pressing time, temperature, and pressure settings, so do your research to avoid scorching your HTV vinyl. Hotter is not always a good idea; if you apply too much heat, the vinyl will not adhere properly, or it may shrink, and of course, you don't want to damage your fabric too!

 PEEL!- You should also determine whether your vinyl can be peeled hot or cold. This refers to removing the clear carrier sheet and whether you can do so immediately after pressing (hot peel) or if you must wait until it has fully cooled and the adhesive has had time to set (cold peel). Make sure to double-check before anxiously pulling off that carrier sheet; you don't want all of your hard work to go to waste. Let it cool down first before peeling off the carrier sheet when using Flock Vinyl.

For a long-lasting adhesive of your Strip Flock Vinyl, follow these washing instructions:  

  • Wait 24 hours before the first wash
  • Machine wash warm or cold/mild detergent
  • Dry on normal dryer setting
  • Do not dry clean

And that's it! You can now enjoy the new texture of your designed vinyl. That was so quick and easy to follow right? So, what are you waiting for? Get up and start Craft Vinyl with us!

STRIP FLOCK VINYL: READY, SET, CUT!

So now I'm going to walk you through cut settings to get the perfect cut of your designed vinyl! Strip Flock Vinyl is a pretty thick vinyl, and it's awesome when you apply it because it has that nice fuzzy look. But, cutting it can be kind of tricky, so it's better to try out some different test cuts and figure out some good cut settings that work for your cutting machine.

 

Each manufacturer should specify the requirements for cutting and pressing particular vinyl. It will also be determined by the type of cutter you will use. But, once you get the hang of it, using strip flock vinyl isn't too tricky. As previously stated, you will need a vinyl cutting machine to cut your strip flock vinyl. It's also worth noting that flock vinyl necessarily requires a deeper blade than smooth vinyl. The machine software will help you in selecting the proper cut settings.

To ensure that your cutting machine cuts correctly, it's best to start with small sample size. Just follow this general guideline carefully to cut your Flock HTV perfectly!

Because this HTV vinyl is so different, they require different cut settings. When cutting smooth vinyl, you can use the standard cut vinyl settings, but when cutting flock vinyl, you must increase the depth to allow your blade to cut through the textured Flock. So, once you've decided on a design, place your strip flock vinyl on a cutting mat. Before cutting out your designed strip flock vinyl, always mirror the design. I've listed various cutting machines and cut settings to help you cut your strip flock vinyl perfectly.

   Cricut:

Blade:Standard

 Setting: Iron-on+

Speed: High.

Thickness: Medium

Blade Setting: 4.

 

 

  Silhouette Cameo:

Blade:Standard,4 

 Material:HeatTransfer,Flocked 

 Speed:5 

 Force: 6 

 

  Scan N Cut:

 Blade: Standard, 4 

 Cut Speed: 1

 Cut Pressure: 2 

 

  Roland GS/GX-24:

Blade: 45°

 Gram Force: 80-90

 Offset: .250

 Speed: 30 cm/s

 

 

  Graphtec:

Blade: 45°

 Gram Force: 10 

 Tool: CB09+0

 Speed: 30 cm/s

 

 

  MH, SC2, LP3, and Titan 1:

 Blade: 45°/60°

 Gram Force: 100-110 

 Speed: 180mm/s

 *Blade Advancing Varies

 

  Titan 2 & 3:

Blade: 45°/60°

 Gram Force: 100-110 

 Speed: 300mm/s

 *Blade Advancing Varies

 

 

  

STRIP FLOCK VINYL ON CRICUT SETTINGS

Cricut cutting machine is one of the best and trusted cutting machines for crafters. All primary cutting machines can easily cut strip flock vinyl with the proper cut settings. Also, if you're using the Cricut cutting machine, it's a good idea to read the instructions first. You can also use the Silhouette CAMEO 3 or the Brother Scan N Cut in addition to the Cricut. We must not overlook the importance of mirroring our design before cutting. When working with heat transfer vinyl, the shiny side of the material always goes face down for cutting.

Set your machine to "Iron-On +" and then test to see if this works for a Cricut cutting machine. You must ensure that the knife goes through the Flock and not through the transparent back.

As with any new vinyl or a new machine, you must first do a test before making a final cut. Take a moment to cut a design and see if it works. Change what needs to change, and then go for it. That's a simple rule when cutting out any type of vinyl for you to achieve the desired outcome. 

Strip Flock Vinyl will add texture to your fabric and beauty to your vinyl projects. This vinyl is a great choice for a more dramatic effect if you're making crafts. Now, I'm pretty sure you're all amazed by heat transfer vinyl because it always brings you new features that you'll surely love! I can't wait to see your Strip Flock Vinyl Projects, so why don't you share them with us?

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Heat Transfer Vinyl On Metal

METAL WITH HEAT TRANSFER VINYL: A GOOD CONDUCTOR OF HEAT IS WHAT YOU NEED!

Our dear crafters' favorite mediums include fabric, wood, glass, tote bag, and mugs. Did you know that heat transfer vinyl isn't just for fabric, glass, wood, and mugs? I know that you have already explored and done vinyl projects with these mediums and thinking about what other substrate you may use.

To tickle your creativity and add your vinyl projects, let me tell you another medium you can use which will perfectly match with heat transfer vinyl-and that is metal! Yes, you heard it right! To add information with this medium, did you know that metal is a good conductor of heat? That is why metal is one of the best mediums you can use. Whether flat or has a curved surface like a tumbler, any metal will work with htv vinyl. 

Because HTV vinyl involves heat, avoid experimenting with surfaces that could melt like plastics. Please be cautious if you are performing any vinyl projects at home! 

Don't let yourself get burned!

METAL AND HEAT TRANSFER VINYL: WORK AND ADHERE TOGETHER!

Metal is not just a plain and boring thing you always see around your home. Why not put a few designs on it with heat transfer vinyl? Since metal is a good conductor of heat, you'll need extra care doing your vinyl project as you may get a nasty burn! If you are now ready, let's get it on! 

  • First things first, you have to prepare all your needed materials, it includes your heat transfer vinyl, high-task mask, heat tape, cutting machine, tweezers, scraper, gloves resistant to heat, or an oven mitt, an extra towel, and of course your heating machine. It would be best if you also had alcohol for cleaning your surface. 
  • Find a safe workplace using a heating machine and wear protective gloves or an oven mitt for your hand's safety.
  • You should also safeguard your work surface from heat; you can use a thick cotton cloth to protect the thing you are using. Additionally, it would help if you had another piece of cotton fabric or thick dishtowel to put pressure on your HTV vinyl while being heated. (This is preferably for substrate with curve surface)
  • As you and your working area are now safe, you can now choose your preferred design for your metal surface (tumbler or a metal lunch box). It could be your name, bible verses, or your favorite cartoon character. You could also layer it to add more spice to your design!
  • Make sure you mirror your design before printing it out. Also, see to it that your design will perfectly fit the size of your medium. You could measure first your medium and adjust the size of your designed htv vinyl.
  • As you have already decided the theme of your design, place it on your cutting mat, then load it in your cutting machine to cut out the image. Weed out the excess vinyl using tweezers slowly but surely to avoid unwanted tearing of htv vinyl.
  • The next step is to pick up your designed htv vinyl using a high task mask then, lay it on your metal surface using a squeegee or a scraping tool to flatten it. This would also avoid creasing the design of your htv vinyl.
  • Prepare to heat up your htv vinyl. If you use a heat gun or clothes iron, get a towel or gloves resistant to heat or an oven mitt as your metal medium will get hot. 
  • After applying enough time, temperatures, and pressure, carefully peel off the high task mask. Allow your medium to cool down completely.
  • Using a sealer to secure your htv vinyl will last long after several times of using and washing.

And that's it! Another Vinyl project is added to your collection. I know you can do it, and I am happy to share your vinyl projects with us!

HEAT PRESS ON STAINLESS STEEL: PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR HANDS!

Have you ever wondered about trying ironing heat transfer vinyl on an unordinary surface but were doubtful if it would stick or work? Have you ever had an idea for an awesome project that involved htv vinyl and non-fabric mediums and wondered if the vinyl would adhere? Sometimes the key for a perfect adhesion of htv vinyl depends on the time, pressure, and temperature you are using. So, it's a perfect idea to learn first about your medium and the types of vinyl you are using because it requires appropriate temperature, pressure, and time.

There are many heating machines to transfer our designed vinyl on mediums, but now we will answer this question as we will use this heating machine on metal.

"Can we use a heat press on stainless steel?"

The answer for this is a roaring YES! 

You probably think that a heat press machine is only for fabric as this is commonly seen. So for you to know, a heat press machine is designed to apply heat and pressure to a material for a set amount of time. They're typically used with fabrics, but specialty machines exist for mugs, glass, and tumblers. So, the heat press we will use is for curve and round substrates like a tumbler and mug. 

Are you ready to learn how to use a heat press on stainless steel? The press I am going to use can accommodate different sizes of stainless tumblers and mugs. I'll show you how to set up the press and use it to adhere your designed vinyl onto your medium. If you've been thinking about buying a heat press, this post is for you! Have you already purchased a tumbler press? Keep on reading to learn how to use it properly!

Because heat travels quickly through metal, please use a towel, gloves resistant to heat, or oven mitt to hold your project if you intend to try this at home. 

  • So let's assume that you have already printed out your preferred design. Pick up your designed vinyl using a high task mask. Load it in your cutting machine and weed out excess vinyl using tweezers. 
  • Place your stainless steel on the heat press with care, being careful not to wrinkle or fold the high task mask. You could also use a tape resistant to heat to secure that your designed vinyl will not move and everything is tight. 
  • Just pull the handle toward you to close the press. You'll need to press the green button to start the timer manually.
  • Set the temperature of your heat press to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, or 204 degrees Celsius
  • Set the pressure to "medium-heavy" and the timer to 60 seconds.
  • When the timer goes off, open the press and remove the tumbler. Use an oven mitt or a thick towel to pick up your medium as this is extremely hot! 
  • Carefully remove the transfer tape and the high task mask. You can use tweezers in this process.
  • Wait for a few minutes to cool down your mug and enjoy!

HEAT PRESS ON METAL: ONE PRESS AWAY!

Today on this blog, we're testing our htv vinyl on metal surfaces, so you don't have to! Time, pressure, and temperature—are the three most important components of successful adhesion. These will need to be carefully adjusted when using metal. 

The substrate we are using is a metal panel. Let's put on the table the materials we are needed.

  • Heat Transfer Vinyl
  • Cutting machine
  • Tweezers
  • Transfer tape
  • Gloves resistant to heat/oven mitt
  • Parchment paper
  • Standard heat press
  • Metal panel

The next step would be printing out your graphics.

  • Select the design you want to put on your metal panel. It could be your name, your motto in life, a bible verse, or any graphics you prefer.
  • Be mindful of the sizes. Take a look at the size of your metal panel first to estimate the size of your design.
  • Don't forget to mirror your design.
  • Now, cut it out on your cutting machine. Then, weed out the excess vinyl using tweezers.
  • Using a high task mask and scraping tool, carefully pick up your vinyl.

So, the next step is preparing your metal panel. 

  • Pull back the film on your metal carefully.
  • Lay down your graphic on top of the metal panel.
  • Align the metal panel with the image or graphic.
  • To secure that your htv vinyl will not move, put heat tape on the sides of the metal.
  • Set your Heat press to 399 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 seconds.
  • Place the parchment on the heat press, and put your metal on it. Then add another parchment paper on top of it. 
  •  Use medium pressure to push down and wait 30 seconds. 
  • Lift the heat press up and carefully remove the high task mask from the metal panel to reveal the finished product! You can use an oven mitt to pick up your metal panel. 

 

DIY LICENSE PLATE WITH HEAT TRANSFER VINYL!

 Now that you realize that metal and heat transfer vinyl are perfectly matched like fabric, woods, and glass, you probably think of another metal surface where you can stick your designed vinyl. Let me give you some metal objects that you may use with heat transfer vinyl.

The process for these objects is just the same with the metal panel and stainless steel tumbler. You print out your preferred design, cut it out, and weed out the excess vinyl. Using a flat surface, you can use a heat press or an easy press. If your medium has a curve and round surface, it's better to use a mug press or a heat gun. 

So, a License Plate is another metal object where you can add htv vinyl. You can personalize your license plate by writing your name on it or adding some graphics. The materials you need are; blank license plate, your preferred design and image, heat tape, parchment paper, and a heat press. 

So the first step is to select the design, image, or graphics you want to use on your license plate. The protective film on your license plate must be removed. Place the image on top of your substrate, design side down, and apply with heat tape on both sides. Now, place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of your heat press and then put the license plate with htv vinyl. Make sure to place a piece of parchment paper on top of your substrate. Use medium pressure, 400 degrees Fahrenheit in 45 seconds, to set up your press. Remove the transfer paper as soon as it's finished. Keep an eye on your plate because it will be extremely hot! Allow it to cool for a few minutes for your safety.

That was so easy. I am 100% sure that you can do it too!

 If you love to cook, it's time to upgrade your metal Tupperware using htv vinyl. That will be a pleasing presentation for visitors if they see your customized Tupperware! If you have a business and looking for signage- a metal panel is for you!  

See? metal is also a fantastic substrate for your heat transfer vinyl. The process was so easy; anybody could do it with the proper steps. You can even do this at home if you get a simple heat press machine or even a clothes iron. With this all-inclusive guide, I believe you can begin those one-of-a-kind vinyl projects and create eye-catching customized designs. As I previously stated, it is not difficult at all, and with some practice, you may even be able to start and expand your own business!

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