Monday, 19 September 2016

Creating an offset for layering HTV - Novelty Pillowcases

Good Morning Gorgeous Novelty Pillows Creating Offset for HTV by Janet Packer for Silhouette UK #Silhouette #vinyl #gifts #homedecor #tutorial

Janet here with a fun gift idea - novelty pillow cases. With different designs the pillow slips can be a great gift for adults or a fun addition to a kid's room.

In this post I'll explain how to combine two designs in the Silhouette Studio® software, combine two types of vinyl and create a space around the words so that the two vinyl media don't overlap. This method keeps the design as flat as possible, giving a neat finish, and ensuring the pillow cases are more comfortable in use as well. The same offset technique can be used with regular vinyl and even in general paper-crafting.

Black flocked heat transfer vinyl
Gold smooth heat transfer vinyl
Silver smooth that transfer vinyl
Iron or heat press
Silhouette CAMEO®
Silicon or non-stick sheet
Weeding Hook
Quote file downloads by Sophie Gallo (#140987, #140989)
Starburst file downloads by Lisa Norris (#68600#68596)
Pair of Egyptian cotton pillow cases

STEP 1: Prepare the file

Open the quote and a starburst file in the same window and delete the parts that you aren't going to use. Arrange and resize both elements of the design to suit the pillowcase size and the other pillow. I lined up the sun centre with the 'O' in 'morning' and made the quote just under 12" as my flock vinyl is 12" wide.  I coloured them too just so you can see them a little better on screen. 

Point edit the sun centre to just fill the 'O'.  This is easier than it sounds. Click on the sun, then Edit Points and move the points (grey squares) inside the 'O' to the within the black part of the letter. Then move the points outside the 'O' to within the letter. 

Now we're ready to create the offset. Select the phrase, open the offset window, select Offset, (internal offset is the default). Change Offset Distance to 1.5 mm, keep Round, and click Apply.  Click Object > Group right away, while the offset pieces are still selected.  Deselect the offset (click on an empty part of the screen), select the sun, then select the offset and click Modify > Subtract. 

The sun will now be in lots of pieces. Delete any tiny pieces that you might have trouble cutting and weeding.  Although not strictly necessary, I made one piece slightly bigger, as I thought it looked a little strange when deleted. 

(optional) Just so that I don't mislay any of the pieces I like to regroup the sun pieces. The quickest way to do this is to move the phrase aside and draw a selection box around the sun and group it (Object > Group).

STEP 2: Prepare to Cut

Prepare to cut by taking one element at a time, draw a weeding box (and weeding lines, if necessary)  around it. In the Cut settings window choose the correct type of heat transfer vinyl. I used smooth gold and silver for the sunbursts/starbursts and flocked black for the phrases and DON'T FORGET TO REVERSE BOTH ELEMENTS (Object > Mirror > Flip Horizontally).

STEP 3: Cut and Weed the Media 

Making sure that you have the correct media type selected, cut your media. If you haven't used either before carry out a test cut and adjust your settings accordingly. Remove the media from the mat and remove the excess parts with a weeding tool.

STEP 4: Applying the media

I found it easier to get the placement right by applying the flock first. However, if you are using both flock and smooth vinyls you'll notice that the flock is considerably thicker than the smooth vinyl and if you apply the flock first, it can be difficult to get sufficient pressure on the edges of the smooth vinyl when using a heat press.

I followed the instructions on the packaging for applying the vinyl with an iron, but I found that I had to apply extra pressure with the tip of the iron in those places where the smooth didn't initially adhere.

However, the pillows turned out beautifully and they feel great too!

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