HTV Happy New Year! – Free File from Team KNK

HTV – a multisurface product?

I’m so glad to be on holiday and finally able spend time in my craft room. I love trying out new products and techniques. And this one is SPECTACULAR! You are going to want to get into your craft room ASAP!   front_opt-1

I read about this technique somewhere, but I was skeptical. Have you ever tried heat transfer vinyl like GlitterFlex on non-porous surfaces – not on fabric for which the product is primarily marketed? It works even better, and apparently lasts longer than glitter decal vinyls. Just make sure the surface you are applying it to is safe for high heat!

The design I used was a freebie from New Evolution Designs, as a wallpaper. They have some very cool and unique designs and lots of freebies.   New Evolutions Designs

I pixel traced the image in Make-the-Cut, which was extremely easy since the design has such clear definition between the colors and is a high quality (high pixel count) image.     closeup_opt

The real magic occurs when you are heat setting it. You might think that it is difficult because of the curve of the bottle, glass, mug or jar – but as I found out, it is easier than it might first appear.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 32
  • v = 250
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Open the Free File from Team KNK (below)
  2. Make a TEST CUT to ensure a good, clean cut
  3. Make sure the image is reversed
  4. Cut the file from GlitterFlex Ultra or from GlitterFlex II
  5. Position the design on the object and use an iron to heat set   iron_opt The iron heats up the glass, which radiates to the GlitterFlex Ultra so you don’t have to hit every angle around the bottle with the iron.

Download your Free File from Team KNK. And Happy New Year to all!

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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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Pressure Sensitive Glitter Flex Ultra

All that sparkles!

Pressure Sensitive Glitter Flex Ultra is so much fun and so beautiful! I could totally see a “Frozen”-themed project with the light blue, white and silver!!!! Hint, hint – someone has to want to do this!!!

I don’t have young children to make projects for anymore, so I took a more practical approach. And along the way I discovered two great ‘features’ of this new vinyl product.

The first thing is that it doesn’t interfere with haptic buttons so it can easily be used on phones and tablets, and the second thing I discovered is that it gives a somewhat sandpapery surface which definitely helps with keeping a grip! If only I had back all the money I spent on cell phones that I’d dropped – I could buy more Pressure Sensitive Glitter Flex Ultra!!!!

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Doesn’t my phone look gorgeous?

Materials:

  • Pressure Sensitive Glitter Flex Ultra
  • Rhinestone Transfer Tape
  • Thick Material Blade (blue cap)

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 60
  • v = 250
  • p = 1

Instructions:

  1. Create your design in Make-the-Cut or KNK Studio
  2. Cut the vinyl using the appropriate settings for your machine
  3. Weed the extra vinyl
  4. Apply Rhinestone Transfer Tape and pick up the cut design
  5. Apply design to object using a squeegee to ensure good contact
  6. Slowly peel off the Rhinestone Transfer Tape

Iron-on Flock from KNK USA

Iron-on Flock is an amazing heat transfer vinyl that gives your project the look and feel of a rich, soft velvet. This particular vinyl product can be adhered to many fabrics including those with stretch characteristics like Lycra and Spandex. It has a very luxurious and long-lasting feel, and comes in many beautiful colors.

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Like most iron-on vinyl, Iron-on Flock must be cut in reverse. To do this, reverse (flip) your design in the digital cutting software. Place the glossy side down on the mat, and cut on the dull side.

Cutting Iron-on Flock requires a thick materials (60°, blue cap) blade and a high pressure setting. Multiple passes will likely be required. Make test cuts to ensure proper settings for blade exposure, speed and force.

Iron-on Flock example

Iron-on Flock should be applied with a heat setting of 320-340° Fahrenheit for 10-15 seconds, using medium to firm pressure. Use a Teflon sheet to prevent damage to the design. The glossy carrier sheet should be peeled off when the vinyl is cooled. If the vinyl starts to come off with the carrier, simply increase pressure and reapply heat.Iron-on Flock Close-up

Unlike other heat transfer products, Iron-on Flock finished products can be washed and dried at medium temperatures.