Combining Text & Designs – Using Siser Metal HTV

I am so excited to be headed to Hawaii on Saturday for the Silhouette Summit!  This is the 10th Anniversary of Silhouette America— so some exciting things are planned.  This Summit is where all new products are introduced & launched!  I will be sharing the information as it is released with all of you — so stay tuned!   Rumors are that very exciting new products are coming!!

In preparation for this trip, I had to make a few things!  And I decided to use one of the newest Siser products to do so!!  Thought I would share one of those with you today!

 Siser Metal HTV

This amazing product has been available in Gold & Silver for a while, but is now available in 2 new colors — Bronze & Tiger Lily!!  I love these new colors & thought I would try the Tiger Lily for my Aloha Shirt to Hawaii!  This colors says summer & fun to me!  Siser Metal HTV is only available from an authorized Siser retailer – and I got mine from Sparkleberry Ink!    This Metal features show stopping shine with a smooth finish and soft hand that can be washed and worn without becoming lackluster.  It is flexible & soft  — you will love the way it stretches & feels!

Combining Text and Design

The font I used for this design is  — quite appropriately — the Ocean Font from the Silhouette Design Store – Design #199988

The Pineapple design is Design #198751 from the Silhouette Design Store

 

To create this text/design combination, first open the Text Style panel in Silhouette Studio & select the font “Ocean”.  Then click on the text tool –>workspace–>and type the word “Aloha”.   I sized the design up to where I thought I might want it — makes it easier to work with, too!   Then, right click on the text and “Ungroup”.

 

At this point, I removed the letter “o” from the word & open the Pineapple design from my library!  Obviously, it is much larger than I want it to be, so I scaled that down & placed it in the text.   I moved the letters around until I was happy with the placement. Then, selecting only the letters, I used the Alignment tool in the Quick Access Toolbar  –> and aligned the letters to the bottom.

Now, we are just about ready to cut!  Because this is a Heat Transfer Vinyl, we must cut from the back.  I like to flip my designs manually before cutting, so with the entire design selected, I right click & choose “Flip Horizontally” from the drop down menu  –> click on the Send tab.

For this metal HTV, I used the default setting for “Heat Transfer Smooth”, but upped the force to 6.

Place the Heat Transfer Vinyl on the mat — shiny side down.    Or in this case, pink side down.  This vinyl is so nice & thin – -it literally cuts like butter!

Once the vinyl is cut, I removed the excess HTV from the Pressure Sensitive Carrier sheet.   It weeds so easily!!!  You are going to love it!

I used my Craft Pro Heat Press from Heat Press Nation for this project!  I love this 9×13 clamshell press – -its the perfect size for my workspace, and it has the slide out drawer — to make it easy for placement and to keep you from getting burned!  And you can’t beat the price for purchasing from a reputable company like Heat Press Nation!

Heat your press to 305 degrees F — then Preheat the garment for 2-3 seconds, to remove any excess moisture.  Then, place the design where you would like it & using medium pressure, press for 10-15 seconds.

This product is a COLD PEEL – so you must wait until it has cooled down to remove the carrier sheet.

If you are using a home iron, SiserNA recommends that you use the following instructions –

• Set iron dial between Cotton and Linen
• Cover design with Kraft paper or non-stick cover sheet
• Place on flat, hard surface (ironing board not recommended)
• Press iron with medium/firm pressure (do not slide iron)
• Press each section of design for 10-15 seconds
• If areas of design lift after application, replace cover sheet
and re-press for 5-10 seconds

That’s it, you peel the carrier sheet & you are ready to hit the shores of Oahu!!   I will be sharing more information about the Summit in upcoming posts — so stay tuned!

Also, we still have very few spaces available for the June All Things Silhouette Conference in Peachtree City!!   There are amazing classes, vendors, sponsors & so much more!  Join us for an amazing weekend of learning, crafting, inspiration & fun!  To sign up for this event, click here!  

 

Until next time — Aloha!  

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