I’ve got a fun project today that garnered a serious eye-roll from my husband when he saw it. But then the eye-roll quickly turned into him Googling my St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt idea to see if it was trademarkable. He was certain it was SUCH a clever idea that we were on our way to swimming in cash like Scrooge McDuck. Sadly, we discovered I’m not the only punny person around. Womp womp womp. No money swimming for us. That’s okay – can you imagine all the papercuts!?!
All this punniness started as part of this month’s Expressions Vinyl ambassador challenge. Expressions Vinyl provided funding for the post and an awesome collection of heat transfer vinyl so I could make something fabulous for St. Patrick’s Day.
Isn’t it beautiful?!?!
Plan A was to do some type of home decor project since those are usually my favorite. I was brainstorming away trying to come up with something clever for a tea towel.
My brainstorming led me to “Irish”, and my first thought was “Irish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener”. But that really wasn’t exactly the best idea for home decor…or for anything else.
Then I came up with a winner – “Irish You Wouldn’t Pinch Me”. It makes me giggle a little every time I say it. You’ve got to use your Leprechaun voice for the best impact. As much as I wanted to do something super original for the house, the phrase just HAD to go on a shirt. I made a simple design using KingThings Petrock font.
I’m not going to do a step by step heat transfer vinyl tutorial, because you can get that in my superbowl T-shirt post. I DO have some tips for working with Glitter HTV to share.
1. MIRROR, MIRROR – Once you have a design, select all the pieces and use the Mirror Right (or Left) option BEFORE cutting. I forget this almost every time! From now on, just associate your glittery HTV with Michael Jackson’s glittery gloves, which takes you to the song Man in the Mirror. See, you’ll never forget again!
2. SHINY SIDE DOWN – Just like you are looking at the back of the design on the screen once it is mirrored, you want to be looking at the back of your HTV when you are feeding it in the machine. The shinier side should be face down on the mat. For glitter HTV, the pretty glitter side goes down.
3. TEST CUT – For glitter HTV, you’ll want to start with the flocked HTV setting, then do a test cut before proceeding. Seriously, every time, do a test cut.
I can’t tell you how many text message conversations I’ve had with a fellow Silhouette user where we have complained about wasting materiel because the setting we ALWAYS use wasn’t quite right for a particular piece of vinyl. Then we get annoyed with ourselves because it could have been avoided if we spent the 10 seconds to do a test cut.
4. SKIP THE IRONING BOARD – I did my first HTV project on the ironing board, and it took a lot of muscle and patience. I figured out I could use a harder surface, like a desk protected with a towel, and it would work better. This time, I laid the T-Shirt on the granite counter top and it worked unbelievably well. I’m convinced the harder the surface, the less time it takes the HTV to adhere. Obviously PLEASE be cautious that you don’t scorch a wooden desk or fragile counter. I think buying a smooth tile from the hardware store just for HTV would work great.
5. PROPER PLACEMENT – If you are making a shirt for yourself, you can use washi tape to get the image placement just right. Put the shirt ON, then figure out where you want the image. Your weeded HTV will actually stick to the shirt for a little test. When you have the placement just right, add a piece of washi tape to mark it before removing the shirt. It’ll be right every time!
Following those tips, I ended up with this gold and green sparkle-fest. If you haven’t used glitter HTV before, it’s even more amazing in person!
My new St. Patrick’s Day shirt even works great under my favorite green cardi – gotta stay warm!
For more St. Patrick’s Day glittery greatness, check out the creativity from the other Expressions Vinyl ambassadors!
Ashley from Simply Designing combined rhinestones with HTV – brilliant!