Mastering Heat Transfer Vinyl

I recently received a Cricut Explore Air 2 for Christmas and OMG am I overwhelmed with project ideas! Seriously, the possibilities are endless! I’ve planned so many ideas for gifts in the future – wine glasses, coffee mugs, t- shirts and tank tops… One of the things I love about the Cricut machine is how inexpensive projects can be. The machine itself is the initial cost, but you can find supplies on sale and super cheap. I’m always seeing funny shirts or cute coffee mugs in stores like Target with unreasonable price tags attached- with the Cricut machine, I can make exactly what I want for only a few dollars. My Pinterest board is getting a little out of hand with ideas…

I decided to begin with HTV, I wanted to get acquainted with the machine, materials and the design app- which really helped calm down those overwhelming feelings and fears of making any mistakes. And I have to say, I really think I’ve mastered the basics! So far I’ve crafted pillows, tank tops and t shirts.

I will show you a step by step demonstration of my creation so you too can begin creating on your own . Step 1 is to create the image you want to cut inn Cricut Design Space. Choose your font, measure the size of the project and decide which vinyl to use. For this project, I wanted the design to lie 11 inches wide on my t shirt and to use one color vinyl , so I grouped the entire image together to be cut all at once. (If you are using multiple cuts, you will need to load multiple mats into the machine).

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Once you have your design ready, click the Make It button to preview the cut on the mat (below).

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If you are pleased with how the cut will be displayed on your project, click on the mat (1) in the upper left hand corner to mirror the image. This is extremely important for HTV, since the project will cut backwards to be weeded and turned around correctly on your project!

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Press Continue and the app will instruct you to load your mat into the machine and press start. Now watch your Cricut Explore Air 2 work it’s magic!

 

When the machine has stopped cutting, you will be able to see the entire cut intact backwards.

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This is where you will begin the weeding process. You will need to pull apart everything you don’t want printed onto your project. There is a think layer of film on the right side up, keeping your project intact to be transferred onto your project.

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Take that entire sheet and place it onto your project exactly how you want it to lie permanently. I have the 12×12 Cricut Easy Press, which is a god send for HTV Projects- I’m so glad I purchased it! You can enter in the specs of your project online for exact temperature and press time.

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I pressed my Everyday Iron- on at 345 degrees F for 30 seconds.

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TA-DAH! The final outcome of my HTV Project… any The Office fans out there?!?!

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I honestly think this is super easy and I’m surprised at my own skills that I was able to successfully complete so many HTV projects! This really is becoming an obsession. Check back, because next, I am tackling adhesive vinyl!

 

 

This might seem like a lot of steps, but trust me, you’ll get the hang of it! You’ll catch the creative bug too! Check out some of the other HTV pieces I’ve created, below!

Also, be sure to check out my latest tutorials Cricut: “How- to” Adhesive Vinyl  and Cricut: Birthday Gift Edition for some awesome adhesive vinyl ideas! You can also learn how to make you very own Johanna Gaines inspired earrings with my DIY Faux Leather Earrings tutorial! Do you have a Cricut machine? What projects are you making?

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