Phew – that was a title with a lot of dashes!
Anyways…. Hi! I’m Mandy, from over at the super awesome blog, Sugar Bee Crafts. And speaking of super awesome, have you heard of the new iron on vinyl from Expressions Vinyl that Glows in the Dark?!?
I’m sure you can come up with a million ideas for it. I wanted to do a non-cheesy Halloween shirt. Because we have plenty of corney Halloween shirts, but “classy Halloween shirts” (is that such a thing?!) are hard to find. And if you can’t find what you want, make it! The joy of crafting!
I browsed the Silhouette online store and found this “Beware” image that was exactly what I had in mind. I downloaded it and realized it was a print and cut – which meant it was just going to cut the outer edge. So I used the “trace” feature in the software to trace all the inner lines, then drug the original design to the side and left all the cut lines – perfect.
Well, ALMOST perfect. I can’t say it enough – whenever you cut iron-on vinyl, you need to flip your image!!! Like so:
See how the “Beware” reads backwards – - that’s because when you load iron-on vinyl onto your cutting mat, you cut it from the back side. Put the shiny side down, like so:
Now, on to attaching it to your prewashed shirt – I actually show these steps with regular iron-on vinyl, not glow-in-the-dark, but the process is the same…
After weeding all the extra vinyl out, stick the image where you want it, then iron it with a piece of fabric over it:
Then press like crazy – you’re aiming to adhere the vinyl to the shirt fibers. Then peel up the clear sheet, and voila:
Then wear and enjoy:
And yeah, I don’t have a picture of him wearing the Halloween shirt – because I did this tutorial VERY last minute and he’s in bed. Oh well! But, I did get fancy with my camera, used manual focus, and got a shot of the shirt glowing – that’s got to count for something!
So if you haven’t tried iron-on vinyl, give it a go! Especially now since glow-in-the-dark is an option!