ThermoFlex Extra for heat sensitive materials

I received this adorable free bag with a purchase, and at first did not have a clue what to do with it. It is a synthetic leather, so I had some concerns. I looked up the instructions for the KNK heat transfer vinyl and found that ThermoFlex Extra works with heat sensitive materials.

Free Pink Bag

Free Pink Bag

I needed a bag to carry my dog supplies when we traveled to a meeting or a show. This is a nice roomy bag and would work well for carrying blankets as well as their water and food bowls.

I used a combination of old designs to create a personalized bag.

Decorated pink bag

Decorated pink bag

I had so much fun with it, I found another bag on clearance and decorated it to carry their brushes, paperwork and treats.

This bag has soft leather trim. I put a textbook inside it to iron the sections between the trim, then ironed the lettering onto the trim.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 24
  • v = 175
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Open or create your design in the software.
  2. Reverse the design.
  3. Cut using the appropriate settings.
  4. Use a heat press or iron to transfer the vinyl to the bag following the instructions from TeamKNK.

I think I need ThermoFlex Extra in every color now!!!

T-Shirt on demand

My daughter wanted a special T-Shirt for a sorority event – they are very involved with several charities throughout the year. She found a picture online and asked me to whip one up! Ha ha ha, I said. But I did it anyway. And since I was working on vinyl and getting the heat press all warmed up, I also made a T for me. I was absolutely amazed at how tiny I could get the letters to cut.

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Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 17
  • v = 250
  • p = 1

Settings: (Heat Press):

  • 310-315 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 3-5 seconds

Steps:

  1. Create the design in MTC.
  2. Reverse the image. I added rectangles around every other line to make it easier to weed.   MTC
  3. Cut the design using the recommended blade and settings.
  4. Weed the excess HTV.
  5. Position on the T-shirt as desired.
  6. Press for 3-5 seconds.
  7. Remove the carrier sheet.
  8. Cover design with non-stick sheet and press for another 3-5 seconds.
  9. Let cool and wear.

Check out how tiny these words are!

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I’m just not that kind of gal! (Free Rhinestone Bling File)

My DH and I aren’t overly affectionate or demonstrative, especially in public. But I always know how he feels ~ and when he’s trying to figure me out he gets it right most half of the time. And I also know that sometimes he likes me to subtly tell the (whole) world that I love him. So, this project is for you, dearest husband (and a little for me, since I love my glitz! nearly as much as I love you [giggle]).

Materials:

Settings:

  1. Silver Metal Flake Iron-on (red cap blade)
    1. Force = 58
    2. Speed = 10/10
    3. Passes = 1
  2. Purple Deco Sparkle Iron-on (blue cap blade)
    1. Force = 110
    2. Speed = 10/10
    3. Passes = 1
  3. Rhinestone Rubber Motif (blue cap blade)
    1. Force = 115
    2. Speed = 10/10
    3. Passes = 2
  4. Rhinestone Rock-it Flocking (blue cap blade)
    1. Force = 101
    2. Speed = 10/10
    3. Passes = 2
  • Heat Press or Iron – 300 degrees Fahrenheit or Cotton setting

Method: 1. I used Make-the-Cut to create my file. I was concerned about cutting the very fine lettering so I made the text on the ‘front’ design thicker with a light shadow layer, and then deleted the original. Screenshotfront However, on the ‘back’ design, I did a little more work. After selecting my font and creating the text, I decided to weld the 2 and the 5 together. Then I gave the text a shadow layer that was slightly thicker than 1/2 the size of my 10SS rhinestones. I used the shadow layer to create the outline of stones (versus fill), then deleted the shadow layer. Screenshot1 Next, I added a couple of circles to the design and adjusted the position of a few other circles – just to smooth the lines out. Screenshot2 2.  Cut the template material. Brush in the stones and use rhinestone transfer tape to pick up the designs. (Click here for more detailed rhinestone instructions) Set aside. 3.  Reverse (mirror) the text and cut the iron-on vinyl. Test cut, Test cut, Test cut! I can’t tell you how many times I had to test cut the metal flake. It was my first time using this material, and I started with normal iron-on vinyl settings. BUT… I found it was a lot tougher than your everyday iron-on and it needed a lot more force! And then, when I cut the holographic vinyl – wow that required even more force. I saved myself a lot of aggravation and wasted material throughout this project by testing cutting each material until I got a perfect cut. And what a stunning result! 4. Apply the vinyl – 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 seconds. For the Silver Metal Flake and the Deco Sparkle, wait for the material to cool before peeling off the transfer layer. Using a teflon sheet, I applied heat again for about 5-8 seconds. 5.  Apply the rhinestones – 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 seconds. Peel off the transfer paper. 6. Stand in the sun and shine (or is it sparkle?)! All I know is its lovely bling! Front Back Ta – da! Here it is outside (on me, not a hanger), near dusk but with the sun coming from the horizon. It literally put sparkles all over my face and the ground when the sun hit it! 20130913_170652 The sunrise rhinestone pattern on the front of the T-shirt could be used for an accent on any project. Please download the entire file for free here for a limited time. Thanks, and Enjoy! Michele

Deco Sparkle™ – Heat Transfer (Iron-on) Vinyl

Deco Sparkle™ is a holographic heat transfer vinyl that will add Pop and Shine to your projects! While it adheres to nearly any fabric except nylon, it is not recommended for applications where you need ‘stretch’.

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Deco Sparkle, like most iron-on vinyl, is cut in reverse and the carrier is removed after application. This means you put the bright side down on your mat and cut on the dull side. You can use either a standard blade or a thick material blade – but this material will require higher pressure than a simple, one-color heat transfer vinyl. Make test cuts to ensure proper settings for blade exposure, speed and force.

Deco Sparkle should be applied with even pressure at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 seconds. Use a teflon sheet to prevent damage to the design. The carrier sheet is peeled off when its cooled. If the vinyl starts to come off with the carrier, simply increase pressure and reapply heat.

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Deco Sparkle can be combined with other materials for additional eye-popping effects (See Team KNK post on 16 September 2013). However, it cannot be layered.

As with most heat transfer (iron-on) applications*, wash garments inside out in cool/cold water.

* Iron-on Flock is the exception

 

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