Sublimating Siser HTV white glitter on a black shirt

It’s here! My table arrived a day early, and I had an unexpected day off work. I had no idea I was off work until I logged onto my work computer and saw the schedule. Since I had some paperwork that I wanted to complete, I completed the work assignment and logged off after two hours, and after that, I just rested. The past several weeks have been so busy, and I know my body needed the rest, so I listened and rested.

About ten minutes ago, I finished reapplying Siser (pronounced Ceasar) white glitter HTV to the black long sleeve shirt I’d sublimated last week; I then reapplied the Set it Off design. I used my Cricut EasyPress 2 as my “heat press.” I must say it did a great job. Why did I reapply the design? I washed the shirt and forgot to turn the shirt inside out. Guess what? Most of the shirt design’s ink was washed out with the first wash. Hmm, not great. Silhouette made the printable HTV I’d used. I’m not going to give up on the Silhouette. Next time I print on the Silhouette printable HTV, I” be sure to turn it inside out when washing.

But back to the Sublimation on HTV white glitter. The above photo shows the A-Sub paper after pressing it onto the black long sleeve shirt.

 

Mistakes with this Siser white glitter HTV

I see a bit of ghosting near the girls’ pigtails; however, that’s my fault; I did not prep the shirt before applying the design. In addition, the recently Set It Off that I printed was slightly smaller than the original. Since I measured the glitter against the background already on the shirt, it’s a tad smaller. I noticed this before applying the Siser HTV white glitter; however, I used it anyway since I will add something else to that area.

I still haven’t unpacked the table. Who knows, it might wait until I’m off of work. I’m off Thursday and Friday of this week and the following Monday.

 

 

Adding a Collapsible Desk to my Office/Crafting Room

A few weeks ago, I started actively looking for a suitable crafting table. Over the years, I’d looked at them; however, this time, I started researching them again to purchase one within a few months. I knew that I still wanted a table that was collapsible so that I could put it away when not in use.

I found the Folding Multipurpose/Sewing Table Craft Table Sturdy Computer Desk by Sew Ready on Amazon. Awesome! Sew Ready is the same brand I’d looked at for crafting tables three years ago. I added it to my Wishlist, knowing I would come back and purchase that desk by Spring. This morning, I decided to log onto Amazon, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was 33% off! What cost a little over $170 when I added it to my Amazon Wishlist was now $119. You better believe I bought that desk. It should arrive this Tuesday, which I think is perfect timing. I have several projects that I want to complete, some involve sewing, and that desk will come in handy.

This morning, I sublimated a cotton shirt using A-Sub Sublimation Paper and Siser EasySubli™ HTV.

Siser HTV allows me to print onto shirts that are mostly polyester. By the way, the glossy side goes down. This is because you print on the rough/matte side. Also, you need to peel off the sheet located on the shiny side of the HTV. What are my thoughts? Done correctly, it’s fabulous. I did experience ghosting on the first EasySubli; however, that was my fault since I did not prep the area before adding the EasySubli. I sort of like the look of it since it has the illusion of a smoky background; however, it’s not something I plan to repeat if I can help it. The next sublimation I did was much better. I used the same image. However, I did see a few flaws, and I believe it’s because my Cricut EasyPress was too hot. I only have three sheets left. Ai Yi Yi! I ordered more Siser EasySubli™ HTV, which should arrive sometime this week. It must be trending; I’ve had a time finding it anywhere. Thankfully my hunting was successful, and I found it at ProWorld. It’s my first time purchasing from that company.

I’ll have to take pictures of my first two sublimation efforts. Although I made mistakes, I’m delighted that I’m finally starting sublimating.

Silhouette Printable Heat Transfer; Applying Heat Transfer Vinyl to a Cotton shirt

Cricut EasyPress 2 12″x10″

It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything involving a heat transfer vinyl (HTV,) and the times when I did use it, I just used a regular iron. From what I’ve read, while a standard iron can get up to high temperatures, which is needed for HTV, the irons (typically) don’t maintain the same consistent temperature over the entire surface. It’s typically the hottest at the center of the iron. OK, well, that explains why some of my HTV’s years ago didn’t turn out the best, and I was OK with that. Those were projects that I created with my daughter using my Brother Scan N Cut, she was happy with the sayings made and cut with that die cutting machine, and that’s all that mattered.

Now, I’d like to do a bit more than the cute little mom/daughter projects that I did with her. I have designs and sayings that I’ve created that I would love to see on clothing. I’ve done extensive research on the different types of methods used with fabric, and the styles that appeal to me at the moment, are HTV and sublimation.

Initially, I was planning on trying Sublimation printing onto shirts first. I’ve already printed a few images that I wanted onto sublimation paper; however, since I don’t have polyester fabric, that will have to wait a bit longer. I have 100% cotton apparel, so HTV is the right choice. I haven’t taken the leap and purchased a heat press yet; however, I have the Cricut EasyPress 2. It’s my newest Cricut device, Which I’ve had for almost a month, and I ONLY got to use it today. It was still in its original box, unopened. So much has happened in my life that I had to put most of my crafting adventures on hold while I tended to a sick parent.

Over the past several years, I’d watched numerous videos on printable HTV, so I was familiar with the process. However, I must say that it was exciting turning what I’d learned from watching and reading those tutorials into me creating my own HTV print.

What did I press? The cartoon version of Set it Off. I purchased the .png file on Etsy and knew it would be the first printable HTV I used with my Cricut Press.

Set It Off – Movie

I’d seen the movie, Set It Off, starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett, Kimberly Elise, and Vivica Fox, when it came out years ago. I enjoyed the movie, and I loved this cartoon interpretation from that scene even more.

I’d purchased two long sleeve black cotton shirt blanks yesterday; one for myself and the other for my daughter. They’d been washed and dried and were ready for their HTV press. Unfortunately, the only printable HTV I could find locally was Silhouette Printable Heat Transfer Dark Fabric. So I picked that up early today.

OffNova Heat Press Mat 14″x16.”

I’d already purchased a sturdy, heat-resistant mat. Isn’t it cute?

I printed the designs using my Canon Pixma 8620.

Settings I use with my Canon Pixma 8620

  1. Commonly Used Settings: Photo Printing
  2. Media Type: High-Resolution Paper
  3. Print Quality: High
  4. Paper Source: Rear Tray

 

I made a mistake. On the first sheet I printed, I reversed the image. I was thinking about sublimation printing, where you do reverse the image. With printed HTV, you put the printed side face-up. So there’s no need to reverse the image.

HTV print on Cricut EasyPress 2 bag

No problem, I placed the first image on the bag that came with my Cricut. The design turned out great.

Shirt Prep

I lint rolled the shirt, and the instructions state to prime the surface where the HTV will go. I did that. I set the temperature to 320 F, and the timer set at 20 seconds. I placed the design face up and the Teflon sheet on top of the design. I applied firm stationery pressure, pressed the button so that the timer would count down, and 20 seconds later, I had created my own HTV printed shirt. The next level of HTV printing for me will be HTV layering. I’ve watched a few videos about that and will continue to increase my knowledge on the subject before I test it out myself.

HTV print on long sleeve black shirt

I’m thrilled with how my HTV print turned out, and I’m looking forward to creating more designs with my Cricut EasyPress 2.

Cricut’s Heat Guide

I just discovered that Cricut has a Heat Guide for their Easy Press. It will give you the suggested temperature. I just used it, and based on what the website recommends, it’s stating that I should press 100% cotton at 340 F, and the press time should be 30 seconds. My temperature was 320 F for 20 seconds. Since I plan to create more shirts tomorrow, I’ll try it out then.

I am wishing everyone a fabulous 2022.

 

New Years Eve; another three day weekend

I’m looking forward to some more time to be creative. I ordered 50 sheets of Graphix Inkjet Shrink Film which should arrive sometime today. Early this morning, I bought Siser Easy Subli HTV and Mask Sublimation Sheets, five sheets each. That should come sometime next week. I’ve read that it allows you to print your sublimation designs on fiber that is not polyester. I also ordered Sihouetee heat transfer HTV for dark fabric, which I’ll be picking up later today. I also bought two long sleeve black shirts; one for myself and the other for my daughter.

I’m curious to try them all out; I’ve seen a few videos about it from various Youtubers; I’ll order it in larger batches if I like how they feel.

It’s currently 11:03 AM, and I’m tired. I’ve been awake since 2:00 AM. Don’t ask me why? I most likely will try to take a nap for about an hour. Currently, I’m sipping some Earl Grey tea and am thankful that I’m not working. I plan to create more shrink film crafts, and perhaps I’ll sublimate a mug? If I do so this evening, I do believe I’ll post my results on Threadlover.

Making Charms using Shrink Film and Canva

I must say that I’m pleased with my first attempts at printing on Shrink Film. Since I was in middle school, I haven’t used shrink film, which was a long time ago. Back then I knew the film as “Shrinky Dinks.”

Over the past few weeks, I’ve watched a few videos about shrink film, and I finally got to create a few shrunken images on Sunday. I was excited to make some charms. My goodness, was it a challenge to find printable Shrink film locally? I finally found it at a JoAnn Fabrics, which was about 40 minutes away from our home. I just added that to the list of errands that I completed on Sunday.

However, since I was unsure exactly how large I wanted the pictures to be before shrinking, I thought it would be a good idea to watch another video. While this Youtuber didn’t say the size she started, I could easily see her images that were to be shrunk. So I used that as a guideline; I also took her advice.

  1. I reduced the Opacity under Transparency to 50%.
  2. I increased the saturation by 50%.
  3. Increased Contrast by 50%.

Shrink film can be cut using my Cricut Maker 3, I hand cut the images since I did not have the proper blade tool. I plan to use the Cricut Deep Cut Blade. Before placing these in my portable oven, I ADDED A PUNCHED HOLE since I wanted to attach these to my keys or planner. I experimented with adding three punched holes to the design and creating one hunched hole. Interestingly, there wasn’t that much difference between the one-hole punch and the multiple-hole punched items. Since I’d already heated my convection oven to 350 F, I only had to place the shrink film images inside the oven. I set the pictures on a silicone sheet and put them in the oven to bake. It took about 1.5 minutes for them to shrink. Once removed, I placed it on a mat and pressed it.

I’m loving my charms made from shrink film. I purchased UV resin and Modge Podge, and I applied one Modge Podge coat to the charms. In a week or so, I’ll add UV resin. I purchased ArtResin from the store today. I already have the proper ventilator mask to use when working with the resin. I have goggles, gloves, and old clothes that I don’t mind tossing. I know you have to work with resin in a well-ventilated area. I’m seriously thinking about painting them outside.