I love Disney-especially princesses, so I'm not sure why it took me so long to see the Cinderella remake last year. Anyway, I finally got around to seeing it and loved it (ah, that ballgown!) It was then that I discovered that Kohl's and the LC Conrad clothing line had some Cinderella inspired clothes--but it was too late to find anything but a few clearance items at my store. I really wanted this adorable graphic t-shirt, but there were none to be had. So, I took it as an opportunity to break out the Silhouette cutter and re-learn how to use it, and try heat transfer vinyl.
|Inspiration T-shirt from Kohls|
Set up your vinyl in the cutter. I set the cut settings for a blue blade (because that is what I have), speed 5 and depth of 24. I did a test cut with depth 20 and it wasn't quite right and 22 seemed ok--but 24 worked just perfectly. I used Expressions Vinyl's info sheet to figure out settings.
The vinyl has a clear transfer sheet over the finished face of the vinyl. On my shiny gold, the back was a less shiny silver color. I loaded the vinyl gold side down, then let the machine do its job.
Gold side down
Silver side was the back
You'll have to pull away or weed the unwanted vinyl. Weed slowly, especially if you choose a text or design with lots of curves or small pieces. You'll probably want a weeding tool (looks like a dental pick) to get at the small bits inside letters. It took me about 30 minutes to weed the design.
I don't have a big heat press, just my regular Rowenta iron. The Wool setting is supposed to be around 300 degrees. The vinyl manufacturer recommends 305-320 for proper adhesion. I used a laser thermometer to check the temperature of the iron surface (about 315 when I pushed the dial a smidge past "wool"). I pressed down hard for 15 seconds on each section. My ironing board does not have a padded cover, so I just used the board--but video tutorials I watched suggested using a hard table or board under the iron. Spend plenty of time with a ruler planning the placement of your decal. Iron out your shirt before you adhere the vinyl--also make sure there are no fuzzies, specks, hairs etc... on the shirt.
I used a teflon sheet between my vinyl and the iron, but I hear parchment paper works too.