Heat transfer vinyl

Remnants from a ‘remake the outdoor blinds’ project have been transformed, thanks to heat transfer vinyl …

This premium vinyl is much better than the economy version I have used before and I am surprised how well it melds into the canvas fabric. Let us see how the boat flag survives its outdoor life.

The other projects created from this crafty session with the trusty scan n cut (the whale is a standard supplied svg) will remain a Christmas surprise for the lucky few!

Heat transfer vinyl, easy peasy

8D83804E-25EF-444D-9282-F7F3F1EE39AFRescue an old t shirt, make a fancy dress effort with minimal expenditure, make gifts a bit special or just personalise your stuff. I love htv ( makes me sound professional using the acronym doesn’t it?).

I bought a sampler pack on amazon which has more than enough useful colours (black and white most used) and lots of brights I might use up one day…

The cutting machine is vital though, so -for this project for a themed party – I found some squiggles on lovesvg.com and used a scan n cut font to make my statement.

Because htv comes with its own carrier sheet  for when you are ironing,  make sure to reverse any text image before you cut. I also do a test cut to make sure I am cutting on the right side as it can be hard to spot with the naked eye. And pressure is usually -2 on my machine.

Once cut, weed off the vinyl you don’t want, place vinyl side down on your garment and iron on. I use a towel inside the shirt and a pressing cloth ie a bit of cotton between hot, dry iron and carrier sheet. Let the vinyl cool before you try and peel off the carrier sheet, if there is resistance iron some more. That is all.

 

Mini gift basket

A quick cut project using  the scan n cut based on Applelover53 berry basket (free from her blog cut files).

Ready for Easter or biscuits or to present home made goodies when filled with crumpled tissue paper. I used red liner tape to fix the two top ‘holding strips’ to the sides and the handle to the basket but it won’t be weight bearing. I also added a little felt tag tied to the handle as I have a pile of them to use up somehow …

I guess you could devised your own pattern and hand cut – pieces shown below – but I am grateful to find the file ready to use. For this version I used some Kanban light card which has a two tone pattern on one side and is plain on the other.

Paper roses, paper roses … oh how real?

I have an ear worm of that song and a vision of marie osmond singing it. Never mind that though,  I am happy with the paper flowers produced in this crafting session.

The flowers look quite different depending on paper used and the container/ vase displayed in. The blue themed group are my favourites but the patterned paper flowers aren’t trying to be real and look cute.

I was determined to use up some of my craftwork cards paper stash and I set the scan n cut to work. But you could cut a similar set for each flower quite easily by hand.

5EE86A4F-36D1-4858-8438-E67BB9842876Tips

soften the paper fibres by rolling each petal around a barbecue stick or rubbing it against a bone folder

I used hot glue to form each petal layer into a cup shape but tacky glue works as well – albeit making assembly a little slower

I made a hole with my pokey tool in the centre of each glued cup then impaled a set of petals with an I-pin, a long sewing pin would work as well. Then I glued the single petals, including the rolled one, over the pin head. Some flowers have some Candi ( a small circle of paper that came with the paper pads from craftwork cards) at their centres. These were fixed with foam pads and hid the pin very well.

I stuck the pins directly into oasis in the bucket style containers and for the vase bound the pin against a length of barbecue stick. I used washi tape to bind, florist tape would have been better.

Some leaf shapes filled in the gaps in the arrangements, I needed far more flowers than I thought I would to fill the containers. Next time I will distress the leaves with ink to make them look softer.

 

10 cards to reduce the stockpile- a bit

I must i must decrease the stockpile and here are 10 cards to make a start

i have already used the craftwork cards antiqued set and accessories quite a bit but these are very generous kits

Three cards on craft card blanks . 

two use tags from the kit and one layered die cuts . I die cut the sentiment twice to make a drop shadow

Scan n cut put to use here here with the octagon layout and a free svg of some doodles for contrast

tip for next time, octagons don’t tessellate or mosaic togetherlike hexagons would, but here studding with the Candi worked out fine

And using up my die cut flowers …

ten simple cards done in one afternoon but there are still 21 untouched pages of paper in the kit. So much paper left to play with.

Heat transfer vinyl

Much easier than I expected

I bought the vinyl from Tunnel  Vision and downloaded the visual from lovesvg.com before adding the personalised text on the ScanNCut. I then flipped the virtual visual to give a mirror image and put the vinyl shiny side (ie carrier side) down on the cutting mat before cutting with blade 4 and pressure 1.

the excess vinyl was peeled off the carrier and the remainder (the vinyl I wanted) placed dull side down on the T-shirt (peacocks) and ironed to fix it.  Once cooled the carrier sheet peels off leaving just the image in place.

now, what else can I cover in vinyl?

 

Clean and simple Christmas cards


I love making clean and simple cards, these use scraps from the seemingly everlasting Docrafts Folk Christmas kit.

I am trying to use it up before I let myself buy anymore paper but there is still lots still to work with.

I used an image from my scan n cut inbuilt library to cut 11 trees, each cut 2 cm high and mounted on small foam pads, so easy – 10 for the front and one for the insert.

I reckon this would work as well with a punch maybe in star or holly shapes if you didn’t have trees …

Here is a quick video on how to diy an insert for a basic card blank. Let me know what you think of my video efforts …

Wine glass tags

I ve made sets of wine glass tags today, using up Christmas paper and ribbon scraps. Feels good to have some mini gifts made ready.

I cut bauble shapes 65mm wide on the scan n cut and welded a central circle 17mm in the middle to create the gap for the stem.

To fit the tag around the Stem, I cut a slash from edge to centre (by hand as it was quicker than going to the software to set it up) and threaded scraps of ribbon through the bauble tops.

I added stickles to some of the less decorative papers but for a disposable mini gift, they really weren’t necessary.

In some sets I added napkin holders, (from scan n cut canvas projects , just a strip of paper with angled slashes at either end to loop round a serviette) with Christmas elements added to make a little Christmas buffet kit.

Presented in vellum envelopes, these would make a great craft fair goody. How much would one charge for a dozen tags in a set though? though

Personalised cushion

A unique creation made for a particular person!

aiming for a 15″ cushion I cut 3 x 16″ rectangles of red base material, one for my front and two for the back panel

For the decoration I filled a 12″ white fabric panel with heat and bond backed fabric shapes (cut on scan n cut from basic shapes library) and ironed them in place when I was happy with the layout. I then satin stitched around each shape to complete the panel.

I cut four strips of 2″ wide brown fabric – aiming for a wood frame effect and sewed them around the panel then ironed under the raw edge and stitched the whole onto my red front rectangle

to make up the cushion I folded 2″ under and under again on each of the back panels and top stitched the turned hem in place. I put the finished front piece face up and laid the back panels outside down on top so that the hems created overlapped in the centre. With lots of pins to keep everything square, I then sewed a half inch seam around all four sides.

turn inside out, press, job done!