Free Valentine Design with Layering Tips for Heat Transfer Vinyl

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Valentines Day is just a two days away — and I know that I’m a little late!  But I’m going to share this with you anyway, along with some layering tips for Heat Transfer Vinyl!  You still have time to make a quick shirt, can pick up some layering tips – -or if all else fails, save the design for next year!!

This is a design that I created in Silhouette Studio, using the font Charcuterie Family, that I purchased on Mighty Deals.   There are 22 different set of fonts that come with this deal – for only $19!  I used the “Ornaments” to create the heart, banner & arrow in this design – -While using the Serif set for the text!    I love using a variety of fonts to design!   Since they are already cut files in Silhouette Studio — there is no tracing needed!

In the file that I’ve included for you here today, there are several pieces to the design.    When you open the file, it will look like this:

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You will notice that there are two sets of hearts & 2 sets of the black banner background.  (Just FYI – -I’ve only colored these in to make it easier to see.  And the piece that is blue, you will actually use white HTV or vinyl when you cut.)    The reason for the two sets, is that it gives you more options when cutting.

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So, what does that mean?   This design has several layers.  So, if you were going to use Card Stock & create a card with this design, you might want all of the dimension  – to make it more 3D.  Then, you would use Set #1 of the heart & banner.  (The other pieces of the design are the same).     Simply Ungroup, select the pieces of the design you were going to use & delete the others.  Then, you would layer the red heart first, next the full black banner & arrows, white banner – and lastly — the text & tiny black hearts.

If you are cutting Heat Transfer Vinyl — (or regular adhesive vinyl), you don’t want all of that bulk from the multiple layers — so you would delete the solid red heart & black banner — and use the other two – Set #2.   I have removed the part of the design that would be underneath everything else, to reduce the bulk.  Then, to make it a little easier to line up, I offset the design by just a tiny bit — so that you won’t have any gaps when lining it up!  And then, you can layer everything in the order listed above!   (Now, I know that some of you are going to want a tutorial on how to do this — and I promise it will come soon.   But, if I did that here today — you wouldn’t get this design until Valentines Day 2017!!)

TIPS:  

  • I used Siser Easyweed from SiserNA — and I love this vinyl!    It weeds like butter, and when properly applied — lasts forever on your garment!  It can be applied both with a heat press or a home iron!   For a great tutorial on using a home iron for your Heat Transfer, watch Joe from SiserNA!    He has some great tips on how to use your iron, what temp settings to use & more!   Be sure to watch this all the way through!  (FYI — Full disclosure!  SiserNA is a sponsor for our All Things Silhouette Conference — & we love them!)    When using your home iron, apply the Heat Transfer Vinyl one layer at a time!  Repeat the process (that Joe shares here) each time.
  • Download the SiserNA app onto your phone — (both Apple & Android) – to always have the settings & product choices all right at your fingertips!  I use this all the time!
  • If you are using a Heat Press, you should set  your heat press @ 305 degrees.  Be sure to pre-press your garment 2-3 seconds to remove any moisture.   Now — here is the time-saving tips for you Heat Press owners:  You can layer your Siser Easy Weed with a one-second tack!  Simply start with the bottom layer (heart), cover with the press cloth & press for 1-2 seconds.  Then lift the press, remove the press cloth & peel away the plastic carrier sheet.  Place your next layer down & repeat the process!  When you are pressing the last layer (which is the “Mom” text in this design), you will press the full 10-15 seconds to secure everything to the fabric.   Then, I remove the plastic carrier sheet & with the press cloth over the entire design, I press another 10 seconds.
  • Doing this eliminates any shrinkage of the vinyl – and keeps you from having gaps!  If you press each layer 10-15 seconds, then there is a possibility the bottom layers could draw up a little & leave gaps around your design!  Not to mention – -it saves so much time!  (Who likes standing at the heat press, counting down the seconds??)

For Free “Mom” Heart Design – Download HERE

I love this method & have been using it ever since Joe shared it with me at the last All Thing Silhouette Conference!   Speaking of the Conference, our April 2016 event is totally sold out!  If you missed it,  we have just opened up the registration for November 5-6, 2016.  Do NOT miss this one!!   We are so excited to have Melissa Viscount of Silhouette School Blog joining us again in November – -along with so many of our wonderful presenters — Lori Whitlock, Cindy Eckhoff, Becky Dykes & Lisa Potts are all returning!  Others are still being confirmed – -so those will be posted as they are nailed down!   Be sure to sign up early!!   Our previous conferences have both sold out about 2 months prior to the event – -and I’m confident that this one will too!!

I have some other big news that I am literally “busting at the seams” to share — but it will have to wait just another day or two!  SO, be sure to stay tuned to both the blog & social media!  You will love it!!

Until next time —

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much, Terri! First thing I did was download the Siser NA app!!!

  2. great tips, will be using this for upcoming valentines.

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