Hello, Karen here and like many of you, I suspect, I only used my Silhouette for cutting paper or card. I was aware that it could cut other media but never explored the possibilities.
A couple of months ago I made a frame using Silhouette vinyl and it was such a dream to use that I have decided to 'dip my toe' into the world of HTV (heat transfer vinyl).
This tutorial is about how I made a decorated T-Shirt but the possibilities are endless. There are many, many YouTube videos and I watched a couple and then decided to take the plunge. You may find a method that suits you better than this one but this worked very well for me.
STEP 1 - Making Your Design.
- I had some beautiful gold HTV and wanted to use it on a T-Shirt for my daughter. I looked in the Design Store for designs that were 'Sunshine' themed and found two that I liked.
- Added it to the centre of the sun. I then copied all of this onto another page and this is what I am going to cut in gold.
- As I wanted the design to have a black outline I used the Offset option to create an extra outline around the sun - this one was 0.125.
- I then did the same to the text but this time made the offset distance 0.05 in.
- I separated my two colours onto two separate drawing areas and flipped them horizantally using the option under 'Mirror' in the Object menu at the top left of your page.
- So that you can see how this looks I have coloured the designs yellow for the sections I am going to cut from gold and black for the black pieces and added an 11.5 square around each design.
STEP2 - Cutting your vinyl and applying to your shirt.NOTE - you must place your vinyl onto the cutting mat with the plastic side down. This usually means that the lighter colour of your vinyl is facing up.
- I put my gold vinyl onto cutting mat (smoothed down carefully to make sure there were no air bubbles) and set my blade depth to 1.
- Once cut I used the pick tool to remove all the pieces I didn't want.
- I then did the same with my black vinyl.
- With the plastic side on top, I ironed the gold onto my t-shrt and once it had cooled slightly carefully pealed off the plastic. I then carefully lined up the black outline and ironed that on top of the gold. Be very careful to ensure that all of the gold is covered by the plastic backing of the black vinyl or you may catch it with the hot iron and ruin it.
I was very pleased with the end result and loved the contrast between the black and gold.