Christmas is right around the corner and what better way to decorate your tablescape with some personalized Christmas napkins that you've made with your Cricut or Silhouette. Using Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl is the perfect medium for this so learn how to make yours below.
It's Craft Lightning, Glitter edition! Using glitter heat transfer vinyl, or iron-on, is super easy but I have found that you lose a lot of fine details. You'll see in my SVG file that I have small snowflakes, those will work great with Easyweed HTV but the glitter is a little trickier. So just remember, if you used glitter HTV, have the images be bold so you don't lose any details.
Supplies for your Christmas Napkins
- Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore, or Silhouette Cameo
- Cricut EasyPress, Heat Press, or Iron
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Weeding Tool
Time needed: 10 minutes.
How to Apply Iron On Vinyl
- Cut your Iron-On Vinyl
After you've uploaded your design to your software, you will want to cut your Iron
–On Vinyl shiny side down and be sure the image is reversed. Your machine should not cut completely through the clear carrier sheet. You want your vinyl to have a “kiss cut” meaning it has cut through the vinyl but not the sheet it came on.
- How to Weed Iron-On Vinyl
Using a weeding tool or safety pin, remove all of the negatives of the
image. Leave the part of the image that you want on your carrier sheet so that the image will stay where it is supposed to.
- Prepare your surface
You'll want to preheat your clothing to get all the moisture out. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on what temperature you need to press at and whether or not you need to peel the carrier sheet off while it is still hot or has cooled down.
- How to Apply Iron On Vinyl
Again, read the manufacturer's instruction on what temperature you need to set your Heat Press or EasyPress on. The most common kind of Iron-On is called Siser EasyWeed. To apply to a cotton t-shirt, preheat your EasyPress to 305F degrees and press your HTV for 30 seconds. Remove while the carrier sheet is still warm.
- How to care for your garment after applying HTV
Wash your garment inside out and if you need to press, press it from the back. Hang dry or tumble on low heat.
I used the Cricut Mini EasyPress and used the highest setting. When using the Cricut Mini, you want to keep it moving, unlike its big sister where you just set it down and leave it alone.
Allow the carrier sheet to cool for a few seconds and then remove the protective sheet. If some of your design lifts, just put the carrier sheet back down and then keep pressing. Watch the carrier sheet and if it starts melting or warping, your iron or EasyPress is too hot. You haven't ruined it if it's just barely starting to do it but if you smell burning, you've burnt your HTV.
Glitter HTV is an easy way to personalize things for Christmas. Most of the time, I don't use glitter iron-on but around Christmas is when it all comes out. I like using glitter cardstock or the HTV because it doesn't leave a mess wherever I put it. It stays where it stays and that's important to me cause I suck at cleaning up after myself!
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