Long time no post… I just saw a photo of a Christmas present I made so I figured I would do a quick post.
Who else has gotten into using Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)? There are many videos on YouTube, individual blogs, etc so I won’t repeat how to do it, but I will show you the first project that I did for a family member.
first HTV shirt
The lighting wasn’t great, but the trees are a solid green. I used my Sizzix hand die cutting machine and some of the dies I had for making scrapbooks. I had to play around with which way the HTV needed to be placed on the die since I wasn’t able to electronically flip my text.
The shirt is still being worn, but I have had to touch up a few of the letters with an iron. I am still working on the correct amount of time, etc that they should be ironed for, etc.
Since this original shirt I have made eight more shirts for different family members. So far I haven’t heard that the shapes or letters have fallen off.
One of the presents we did for Chris and Naomi’s wedding was a Thumbprint sign. I had seen similar ideas on Pinterest (yes, one of my favorite places on the internet), but the niece asked for a custom ‘Up House’ (with thumbprint ‘balloons’ lifting off the house). So, the daughter helped create the Up House board.
At the wedding we used permanent Ink and tried to suggest that people put their thumbprints in the general area that the balloons would be. Well, as you can see from the end result that didn’t always happen (I know most of the stray balloons happened after we were manning the guest signature / thumbprint table).
After the wedding we brought the sign back home and the daughter used my scrapbooking chalk to make the faint extra balloons. When it was all done I think it turned out great. Now the happy couple have an art piece to remind them of their special day.
Some hints if you decide to do one of these:
a) Make sure you use permanent ink (for the thumbprints and for the drawing)
b) Have baby wipes handy to get the ink off the guest’s hands (that was an after thought, but I am so glad I brought them)
c) Use blank paper, etc to block off the areas of the board you don’t want people to mark with their thumbs