I know you guys hear me gush about SparkleBerry Ink ALL. THE. TIME. I try not to be such a fan girl, but I’m totally in love with the awesome patterns that are available in both adhesive and heat transfer vinyl. It’s like, where have you been all my life? Pairing that up with an adorable burlap bunny bag from Craft Chameleon and you have a win-win in my book!
I’m excited to introduce using patterned heat transfer vinyl to the box, and SparkleBerry Ink sure hooked us up with a super awesome Butterfly pattern that is great for both spring and Easter! If you haven’t used patterned HTV before, be sure to follow the tutorial (and read in advance) since it’s a little different that traditional HTV.
So Mandy from SparkleBerry Ink was super great and did an amazing Facebook Live video on how to use pattern HTV. If you’re a visual learner or just want to see how super cute her videos are, check it out here!!
To start with, there are two important things to know about using patterned HTV:
- You need a carrier sheet (included in your box).
- You DO NOT mirror your design, you cut it like you would adhesive vinyl.
So with those out of the way, let’s take a look at the actual project.
Grab your super cute burlap bunny bag (from Craft Chameleon) and measure out the size of your design. I do this using my cutting mat, since it’s transparent, and determined the bags are about 10” x 10”.
In order to set up your design, go ahead and go to your Design Page settings and change your page size to 10” x 10”. This is beneficial for determining the size you actually want your file to be. I also had to play with the Rotate View (unusual), so keep an eye on that when you are cutting without a mat.
Once your design is set up, you now want to change your Design Page settings to fit your actual material. I know, a lot of changes, but this one is super important. You don’t want to accidentally place your cut file in the wrong area, so reflecting the size of your material will prevent that if you make it a habit. Also make sure you select the right mat (or no mat) and turn on your Cut Border.
Now you noticed I didn’t mirror my design, right? That’s important, don’t forget! This pattern HTV is too pretty to waste!
When it’s time to cut, go ahead and go to your Cut Settings menu and make sure your cut lines are turned on (unusual unless you are working with an SVG file).
Now that your cut lines are verified, select Heat Transfer Material (smooth) from the Material Type and adjust your blade on your machine to 2. Here’s a recap:
Blade: 2 | Speed: 8 | Thickness: 4
Make sure you do a test cut!! Don’t waste this pretty HTV by not checking that you have the right settings, because each machine and blade can be a little different!
Ok, so let’s talk about weeding, because this stuff weeds like a dream! You won’t have any problems with that at all!
Isn’t that a gorgeous pattern?!?
Now it’s time to use the carrier sheet, which is really similar to what you usually have on traditional HTV, except we are going to apply it ourselves.
First, peel back the semi-transparent backing. The clear side is the carrier sheet (mask) and the frosty side is the backing. Save the backing because this mask is reusable!!
Once separated, lay the crystal clear sheet (sticky side down) straight onto the pattern vinyl, just like you would adhesive vinyl.
Once the carrier sheet is in place, just start peeling it back and the HTV will come right up with it!
Once you peel it up, this will look more like what you would expect HTV to look like after weeding, with the pattern against the clear carrier and the non-pattern side facing you.
Now all that is left is to press it! I use between 305 – 320 degrees (depending on what my heat press is on, I’m lazy like that!). Press it for about 10-20 seconds the first time.
Now this was a little different, on this bag, I had to slowly remove the carrier sheet (it’s super sticky the first time you use it) and then press the bag a second time to get a really good press. If you have a hard time getting the HTV to separate from the carrier sheet, don’t be afraid to press again!
And of course this is the final product!