WEEKEND CRAFTING ADVENTURES

Using HTVRont Sublimation Heat Transfer Vinyl For Dark Fabric To Sublimate A Dark Cotton T-Shirt

WCA 45 | HTVRont Sublimation Heat Transfer Vinyl

Did you know that there is sublimation heat transfer vinyl? You can use sublimation vinyl to add beautiful vibrant sublimation ink designs onto cotton and dark colors. In this crafting project, I use HTVRONT Sublimation HTV for Dark Fabric to put infusible ink tie dye designs on black cotton t-shirts. The HTVRONT sublimation heat transfer vinyl I used is matt white so adding colorful sublimation designs to any color fabric is now an option! 

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Using HTVRont Sublimation Heat Transfer Vinyl For Dark Fabric To Sublimate A Dark Cotton T-Shirt

WCA 45 | HTVRont Sublimation Heat Transfer Vinyl

Before I get started with the crafting project, I want to say thank you. Whether you have been reading my blogs and learning about my experiences using the Cricut machine and all these different crafting projects, I appreciate you. I appreciate the support I have received on social media through Instagram and Facebook. It has been amazing. Thank you so much for helping create and being part of this amazing Cricut crafting community. Overall, I want to say that I have been learning through all of these projects. If you are reading once in a while or to every episode, I appreciate you.

New Vinyl: New Project

Let me get into this crafting project for this week. I am using a new vinyl that I found. It is a sublimation matte white vinyl that I am going to use to put some infusible bright-colored designs and infusible ink designs onto some dark cotton T-shirts. Let me tell you about the inspiration behind this crafting project. I have been doing a lot of intense, in-depth, long projects, and I felt like I needed to change it up a bit and go with a vinyl I have never used. This sublimation vinyl caught my eye.

I love the idea of being able to use sublimation infusible ink and the bright colors that come with that material onto some darker color T-shirts that are not necessarily all polyester. If you are going to do a sublimation ink into a blank, what I have experienced is that blank material or whatever you are doing has to be a lighter color. It also has to be polyester. There can be a little bit of cotton, but I love the feel of a cotton T-shirt. This is why I’m excited about sharing this project with you.

WCA 45 | HTVRont Sublimation Heat Transfer Vinyl

Let me highlight a couple of the materials I needed for this project. For me to do this project, the only additional materials I needed above and beyond what is in my crafting corner was the sublimation heat transfer vinyl. I chose to use one from HTVRONT. It is a matte white sublimation vinyl. I needed to pick that up. I also needed to decide what design I wanted on my T-shirts. I went with a bright color tie dye-looking infusible ink sheet. Those were the two things that were above and beyond that I didn’t have in my crafting corner. I chose to use some dark cotton T-shirts that I already had lying around. You will need some base material to do this project, but I had my T-shirts lying around.

Let me talk a little bit about the only resource I used to do this project. I have used and cut vinyl before. I didn’t have to do a lot of research about how to put it on T-shirts because I have done it before, which is nice when you are walking into a project. You walk in with a little more confidence, but two important resources were the information from the specific vinyl and the specific infusible ink sheets that I used to complete this project.

I’m going to highlight that because I use a lot of different materials when I’m crafting. I use a lot of different vinyls. I still haven’t found my one go-to for heat transfer vinyl or infusible ink. I’m still trying out a bunch of different ones to see where I can find my go-to. Because of that, I had to take the time to read the specific instructions for how to cut and how to press those specific materials.

Those resources were two handouts. When I received the sublimation heat transfer vinyl, it came with a beautiful instruction pamphlet. That was key. In terms of my infusible ink sheets, they also had specific instructions on the back of their packaging as to how to use their product. Those were my resources for this project.

The New Heat Transfer Vinyl Sublimation

Let me get into the experience of using this fun new sublimation heat transfer vinyl. The first thing I needed to do, as in all of the projects I have done, is to choose some designs. I decided to go with two simple designs. I wanted to make one T-shirt for me and one for my husband. The designs I chose were both found in the Cricut Design Space. I chose a simple heart design for my T-shirt and for my husband. I went with a pine forest. It is a simple and easy design that I thought would look cute on the front of a T-shirt.

The process of getting those designs ready to be cut for the heat transfer vinyl and the ink infusible ink sheets to be cut took a little bit of time. I did want to have the sublimation heat transfer vinyl. I did want to go with a little bit of an edge around my infusible ink design on the T-shirts. It is a personal style thing. I thought that it would look great.

WCA 45 | HTVRont Sublimation Heat Transfer Vinyl

One of the most important things I read in my resource from my sublimation HTVRONT heat transfer vinyl was that it was important to offset your design image for the base. The sublimation vinyl is what is going to be on the base of your material, whatever you are attaching your vinyl to. They suggested putting an offset of 0.0984 around your infusible or sublimation ink design. In both of the designs that I did, I had to make sure I used that offset function to create the background where my infusible ink was going to be attached and put on my t-shirt.

It is an easy process. I found it easiest to highlight my design which was the original design of the heart, do the offset function, and go right into the little area where you can type in how much of an offset you wanted. Because the manufacturer was specific about this in the directions, I wanted to make sure I got the correct measurement. That was important in terms of what I was doing on Cricut Design Space to prepare for this project.

When Using Infusible Ink

I sized out my designs the way that I wanted to size them for this project. What I ended up doing was about a seven-and-a-half-inch or so heart. For my husband’s T-shirt for the forest, I did want to make it a little bit bigger, but here is another important thing. Because I am using infusible ink, I needed to make sure that I could heat the infusible ink into the sublimation vinyl all at one time. I wanted to make sure that design was smaller than my 9×9 Easy Press. That was important.

Other than that, the sky is the limit. I did choose some simple designs because I wanted the infusible ink on the dark T-shirt to be the star of the show. I didn’t do intricate designs. They are simple and full. That is the way I wanted it to be because I wanted those bright colors to pop off the T-shirt. Cutting the sublimation vinyl is easy. Reading the sublimation vinyl is easy. With infusible ink, I did remember, and I have learned through past experience, that you weed that with your fingers. With your finger and hands, you are peeling and cracking. No weeding tools were needed for that infusible ink. The process was easy. I have used it before. I did have that experience to help me with that.

The part of layering that infusible ink design on top of the sublimation vinyl on the dark cotton T-shirt is the next step. That is where looking at those resources and directions from the specific manufacturer of the material you are using is key. I want to say that because what I quickly became aware of was that I was going to be heat-pressing my sublimation vinyl on my T-shirt at 315 degrees for 10 to 15 seconds. That is different than the infusible ink instructions. The infusible ink needs to be heated at 390 degrees for about 50 seconds.

I picked up on the fact that my Easy Press would need to heat up to 315, and I would need to wait in between putting on that infusible ink because I needed to heat all the way up from 315 to 390. To do my second T-shirt, I needed to bring that temperature back down. I did my T-shirts one at a time because that is how I wanted to do it. You could put all your sublimation vinyl on your T-shirts and go back into your infusible ink. It is not how I chose to do this project. I had to do the up and down of the temperatures.

I was happy with how the sublimation vinyl went onto the T-shirt. It peeled off beautifully. I did get a little nervous about layering that infusible ink on. Infusible ink, in my experiences with it, is a little trickier than I thought it would be. It continues to be material that I have to pay close attention to during the heating process.

The best results have come with infusible ink and my projects when I am using the absolute correct temperature for the exact amount of time and consistent pressure over the entire design at once. I have not had good luck moving my heat iron around or doing one section and another section. There are a lot of different things I have experienced that go wrong with infusible ink if you are not using that consistency that I talked about. That is something that I know. When I’m using infusible ink, I have to pay attention to those specific pieces to get the brightest best results out of the ink.

In the process of putting my infusible ink design onto the sublimation heat transfer vinyl, I was cautious and careful. I made sure that I specifically followed all the instructions. I’m thrilled with how my T-shirts came out. These colors are bright and vibrant. They give a different look than the vinyl does. Those of you that have sublimation printers can create those designs all on your own. This is a fun game changer for darker fabrics and putting sublimation onto them.

The Results

I’m excited for you if you have one of those. I don’t have a sublimation printer. I am still using the ink sheets that I can find and buy out and about. I wish I could get a little fancier with it, but that is not something I’m ready to dive into at this time. These results are awesome. The patterns I used were these fun tie-dye colors. I have this cute heart on the front of my T-shirt with bright tie-dye colors popping through.

That edge of white around it, I like how that looks. It is like a background that helps those colors pop. It was an awesome project. It was quick and fun. There was not a lot of frustration. Things worked the way I thought they would, which is always fun. Once I had everything cut out, it took me 15 to 20 minutes to do two T-shirts, which is awesome, and I love the results.

Let me tell you about my Crafting Keepers for this episode. My first Crafting Keeper for this episode is a small tip, but I used it a lot during this crafting project in terms of the heat press. The temperatures between what I needed for the sublimation vinyl and what I needed for the infusible ink were drastically different.

The best way that I have found to help my heat press cool down quickly is there is the square base and the square heat press. All I do is I set my temperature from 390 back to 315. Instead of putting my heat press down into that base in the square, I twist it at a 45-degree angle. What that does is it keeps the heat press from going all the way down into the base. It gives it that air around it, and it helps my heat press cool down to that lower temperature faster.

The best way to help the heat press cool down quickly is the square base and the square heat press. Share on X

My second Crafting Keeper for this crafting project is something I have to keep reminding myself about, but it is important. It is making sure I take the time when I’m using a different material, manufacturer, and vinyl or infusible ink to make sure I understand the cutting and heating process. Those things can ruin a project in about two seconds if you are not taking the specific information from specific manufacturers and materials and putting them into use in your crafting project.

Those are my Crafting Keepers for this crafting project. My satisCRAFTion rating for this project is a three. I’m going to give it a three for a couple of reasons. The first one is that I have made T-shirts, vinyl, and infusible ink before. There wasn’t anything new in terms of crafting skills or anything like that that I learned in this project.

I had done all of those things before. I was just trying this cool, fun new material, a new vinyl I had never tried before. I did enjoy and love this sublimation heat transfer vinyl. It is a game changer for the dark color fabrics that now we can add these beautiful bright sublimation infusible ink designs that continue to stay bright and last a long time on your T-shirts, bags, or whatever you are making with them. I will be using the sublimation heat transfer vinyl. I highly recommend it.

I can’t wait to find some other fun sublimation ink designs to add to some of my T-shirts. That is my experience with this awesome new sublimation, HTV, and the infusible ink sheets. If you have enjoyed reading any of my blogs, have tried any of these crafting projects, or have been inspired to take your Cricut off the shelf, please take the time and write a review. Shoot me an email, and check out my social on Instagram or Facebook. I love to hear from you. It would mean a lot to me as I continue this crafting adventure. Until next time. Take care.

SatisCRAFTion: 3

Crafting Keepers

  1. Cooling down my heat press fast by simply changing how I place it in the heat stand
  2. Always read the specific instructions for the specific materials and brands. I use a lot of different materials, taking the time to read the specifics is so important! – example the heat temp and peel temp for the vinyl versus the infusible ink… added a few extra minutes but is very important to the outcome of the design and project

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