I'm so excited!!! Yesterday I finally recieved my order of heat transfer vinyl. What's that you say? It is only one of the coolest things that you can use your Cricut on. It is basically an iron-on vinyl that you can cut out with a Cricut or any diecutter for that matter. It is expensive, so you need to be careful when you use it, or you will waste it like I did. Below is how to use it---and how to avoid making the mistake that I made.
I would highly suggest making a practice cust on regular cardstock before using the heat tranfer vinyl. I wish I would have taken that advice, and then I wouldn't have wasted so much. All the images need to be cut in reverse. That means pressing the flip button on before cutting. If you are cutting a phrase out, you will also want to spell the word backwards in addition to turning on the flip button. If you forget to do this like I did, you will waste some of the vinyl. Make sure that you cut your image on the dull side of the vinyl. When the image is cut, you will want to trim the page around your image so that you don't waste any of the vinyl. Peel away the excess vinyl from your image and any of the inner pieces you don't want on your image (ex. the circle in the middle of the letter "o"). Place the sticky/dull side down on your material----if you don't you are going to mess up your iron and the vinyl---don't ask me how I know...I just made a lot of mistakes the first time I used this stuff. Place your iron on the cotton setting and let it heat up. Iron the image down on your material on top of a hard surface for 20 seconds. I had to put a towel over the image because it started to melt the jacket's material. You can peel off the backing while it is still hot. Presto Change-o, you just transformed your garment into a work of art.
I made a ton of mistakes when I started using this stuff, but I would still highly reccommend it because the results are fantastic when you finally figure out how to do it. You can even do multiple layers by ironing one color on top of the other one. If I can figure this out, I have no doubt that you can do it too!!! I bought the heat transfer vinyl sample pack from H&H sign company. It was the best deal that I've seen on the Internet so far. I will definately be buying more, especially if these jackets sell this weekend.
This is going to be the last weekend at Downtown Live in Escondido. They lost their funding source and cannot continue to pay the bads for the free concerts. So I'm going to be looking for a new place to sell my goods. I'm going to apply to the Escondido Farmer's market and hopefully I can get a spot there. There are quite a few people already there, so I don't know if it is going to work or not. On July 17th I will be at the Shepherd's craft fair in Bonita located at 3990 Bonita Rd. Stop by and say hi if you are in the area. I'd love to meet some of my readers.
Have a great weekend. I hope this works this time. I think this is the 3rd time I tried to post this. Oh well...have a good one!!!