Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Crazy about HTV!

I've been very busy with little people this last year and a half.  But now that they are getting older and can entertain themselves for little bits of time, I find more crafting time.  I completed bunnies for Easter that I cut out last year but didn't have time to put together.  I was even able to cut a couple more for new babies.

This has been a very busy file for me.  I think I can safely say I've made more that 50 of these cute little guys!

But more recently, I've been hearing the call of vinyl.  It is a medium I have really wanted to learn more about.  I had ordered some heat transfer vinyl a couple of months ago, but didn't have the courage to try it.  I then decided I needed a heat press and so I bought myself a 15 x 15 clamshell from eBay.  Man, does it make this vinyl more fun to do!  I've tried my hands at a couple of projects, both with HTV and adhesive.  I've used the adhesive before, but with some improvements on the ecal 2 software, I think my projects are looking even better.  Here are the ones I've done over this last week.
 This was my first htv project.  I cut the vinyl too deep and had to piece it all together on the shirt.  Not really the result I wanted, but a lesson learned.
 I bought a bunch of these glass cutting boards/trivets at the Dollar Tree over a year ago, with the intent to etch or put vinyl on them for gifts.  I finally got a couple done along with my Dollar Tree tumblers and yes, these are Dollar Tree mugs.  I'll give these away in a drawing for our neighborhood work day this Saturday.

I tried my hand again at a different style Star Wars day shirt.  I had better results, by not cutting all the way thru the htv.  I think I need to work on sizing now.
Now when I go to Wal-Mart, I'm on the look out for cheap apparel to add htv too.  I thought a unicorn was just what this little summer romper needed.  I'm getting better!

My last project today was inspired by some clearance fabric I found at Wal-mart.  I watched a tutorial on Cuttin Corners vinyl on applying heat bond ultra to fabric to make it like htv.  I then made a shadow cutout in black vinyl to edge it.  My placement was a little off.  I'm going to need better lighting by my heat press.  But I do love the look.  Now to see how long it will actually last!

Be sure to check out Betsy at Cuttin Corners vinyl, or the folks at Expression vinyl for great tutorials and ideas for using vinyl.  

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