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If you’ve ever wanted to try an iron-on vinyl layering project but felt a little intimidated, or just didn’t know where to start, this tutorial is for YOU, sis!
I’m going to show just how easy it really is to layer HTV to create a fun, colorful design using 5 colors of iron-on vinyl, including a glitter HTV!
Let’s get started!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cricut Machine
- Cricut Iron-On
- Cricut EasyPress2
- Cricut EasyPress Mat
- Cricut Weeding tools
- Iron-On Protective Sheet
Step 1: Cut and Weed your iron-on vinyl
Using your Cricut machine, cut out all of the different layers of your project. Remember, when cutting HTV, you want to lay it shiny side down on the mat and always, ALWAYS mirror your image before cutting.
Step 2: Arrange the design in layers
Now that you’ve got all of your layers cut, you want to lay them out in the order that you will press them, starting from the bottom layer and working up.
Working with heat transfer vinyl is so much more forgiving than adhesive vinyl because you can move and reposition your layers until you get them in exactly the right position before you press everything.
Step 3: Press
Once you’re happy with how you’ve laid out all of your layers, you’re ready to begin pressing.
To start, remove all of the top pieces until only the bottom layer is left on the shirt. Note: You can press as many pieces as you want in a single layer but be sure your carrier sheets (the shiny plastic sheet that is over your iron-on vinyl) are not overlapping.
Pro Tip: When layering heat transfer vinyl, you CAN layer colors over colors, but you CANNOT layer regular heat transfer vinyl over glitter heat transfer vinyl. It won’t stick as well, and you will be able to see the texture of the glitter vinyl through the regular vinyl.
Once you’ve pressed your first layer of vinyl onto the shirt, you are ready to move onto the next one. Simply lay the next layer over the vinyl you’ve already pressed, cover the entire thing with parchment paper or a protective sheet, and press again.
Continue this process until all of your layers have been pressed.
Pro Tip: If you’re not sure of the time or temperature setting for the iron-on vinyl you are using, be sure to check Cricut’s Heat Guide for guidance.
Once you’ve pressed all of your layers, your new design is done and ready to go!
So, what do you think? Are you ready to give layering a try? I love seeing what you create, so be sure to leave me a comment down below or tag me, @hollimostella, on social media so I can see your projects!
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