Hi everyone. This week the design team at Silhouette UK was asked to use Heat Transfer Vinyl in a project. I decided this was a perfect time to decorate a burlap zipped pouch I had been given as an Xmas present and wanted to use this to store pencils in for my bullet journal. In addition, I thought this was also a good opportunity for me to try something new – layered HTV.
Now I have used HTV before, however, not the Silhouette brand, nor have I layered before. So this project had a few new experiences for me. I did find that the Matt white HTV to feel thinner than previous brands, however, I found it adhered very quickly with an iron, much better than previous brands I had used. Another new experience for me was Glitter HTV. When I first cut it, I didn’t think it had cut, but when held at an angle in the light I could see it had. One thing to note, I found it more bothersome to weed than the matte white but it still gave a good end result. Make sure you head over the Silhouette UK blog to find out the full details, including my tips and tricks for this project. Link at the end of the post.
Layered HTV process overview
To start, add a shape representing your blank in the design window. You can alter the measurements using the aspect ration button (looks like a double ended diagonal arrow)
Next add you design, adjust the size accordingly. To add a shadow layer, use the offset button to add an extrnal offsett around the design.
As we are using HTV, we must mirror the design. You can do this by right-clicking and selecting ‘flip horizontally.
Don’t worry if you forget to mirror your design, the programme will now remind you if your material selected in the send window is set to HTV. When you press the send button it asks you ‘Have you mirrored’. Hopefully, you won’t make a mistake again with HTV!
Layered HTV - Tips for using an iron instead of a heatpress
As I iron – don’t do another HTV to warrant a press, I find it is best to press on a hard surface like a table. My ironing board is too flimsy and has too much given in order to get enough pressure. I layer a towel on top of my table and this works just fine!
To layer this, I pressed the white matte vinyl for a few seconds only until the clear plastic backing would peel off. Do not completely press this so that the grain of the fabric is clearly seen through the vinyl. As you need to add a layer you don’t want to scorch it. Once you have pressed the first layer, place the second layer over the top and press again. I find it useful to use parchment paper over the top to protect my iron the plastic back and to prevent scorch marks on my vinyl.
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*this post was produce as part of my design team work for Silhouette UK/Graphtec GB. I have not been paid to make this post, but I am given supplies from Silhouette UK/Graphtec GB to use. However, I only create projects I am proud of and use the products that I love. The information provided is based on my own personal experience – I am not an expert.