I’ve recently become hooked on yet another product from KNK USA. It’s called Glitter Flex Ultra Iron-on and it sparkles like there’s no tomorrow! Since I enjoy wearing T-shirts that advertise the Klic-N-Kuts, I decided to whip out a new shirt to wear to the CK Mesa Convention today. This project took one hour, from start-to-finish, and I hope it will encourage all of you to give iron-on transfer materials a try (if you’ve been hesitant to indulge in the past! 🙂
Before I get started… a funny thing happened. I had ordered 4 colors of the material: Light Gold, Blue, Green, and the Holo Pink. I had noted at the time of my order, that the Holo Pink was mentioned in the product description as being transparent and taking on the color of the material. Of course, with my typical 55+ year old brain malfunctions, I completely forgot about that and decided that I would cut the letters in blue and use the Holo Pink for the flourish, and apply it all to a black T-shirt. Well, the Holo Pink did NOT come out pink! Instead, it came out gold! I was shocked at first, then angry with myself for not remembering that the pink should be applied to white shirts only. But once I stepped back and looked at the shirt, I realized the gold actually looked great… and probably better than the pink I had in mind!
(1) To create the design, I used Make The Cut. The font for the “Klic-N-Kut” logo is called Eras Bold. I typed it out and sized it according to what I felt would work best on my T Shirt:
(2) To create the flourish, I first designed a spiral using the new Spiral Tool in MTC. I added a Stretch Hexagon from the Polygon folder in Basic Shapes:
(3) To open the Wrap Object to Path window, I held the Ctrl key and dragged the Stretch Hexagon over onto the Spiral until I saw the cursor icon change. I then let go of the Ctrl key and the mouse button:
(4) Next I marked the Warp option and then the Stretch option. I verified that Flatten was set to x5 so that my flourish would be very smooth:
(5) After clicking on Accept, I then deleted the single line spiral and resized the flourish to be much wider and shorter. I also rotated it slightly so that the outside tip would point upwards a bit more:
(6) I made a copy which I then flipped and mirrored. Next I overlapped the original so that those outside points were symmetrically aligned. Then I welded both shapes together:
(7) Then I resized the design to perfectly match the width of my title, rotated again slightly to look perfectly horizontal, and recolored to be pink. My design was ready to be cut… or at least I thought so… (keep reading! lol)
(8) Because the Glitter Flex Ultra comes in 19″ wide rolls, I cut what I needed for each color and pressed to the cutting mat. I set up the Zing and did a small test cut to verify my settings: Red blade (with very little blade exposed), force of 30 (the Glitter Flex Ultra requires a bit more force than normal heat transfer vinyl), and a speed of 10. I sent the lettering to cut first from the blue Ultra. And just as it started the first letter, I remembered what must ALWAYS be remembered when doing iron-on projects! You MUST mirror the shapes before cutting because you cut iron-on materials with the adhesive side up! So, I hit the panic button on my Zing (aka Power button :P) and mirrored the design:
(9) Fortunately, I had only wasted 1/4″ of material, so I still had plenty of room to complete the title from the piece I had pre-cut. After cutting the second piece from the pink (oh… I mean, gold :P), I weeded both, which I found to be much easier than with normal heat transfer vinyl. : ) I used a paper piercer to lift up the waste and, occasionally, cut off the waste with scissors so I could discard pieces as I was weeding.
(10) Once the waste was removed, I flipped over the designs, centered onto my T-shirt, and applied for 20 seconds with my KNK USA Heat Press set to 165 C (330 F). Then I remove the clear protective sheet, covered with a Teflon sheet, and pressed for another few seconds. DONE! : )
(11) Note that you can also use your home iron for applying heat transfer! If you buy the material from KNK USA, contact me for recommended settings for both cutting and applying. Also, be sure to check Section 10.05 of the current KNK user manuals for more details on Iron-On Transfer applications.
My completed T-shirt:
Thanks for reading! Happy Cutting!