Are you excited for our April 2018 box? We are, too! With our very first month underway, we hope you'll join us in our private Facebook group for more great inspiration! FB.com/groups/SilhouetteLifeInspirationBox
So let's talk about the great vinyl you received in your boxes this month, from great brands like Chemica, Siser and SparkleBerry Ink!
But first, let's cover some basics. Included in your box is both Adhesive Vinyl (sticky vinyl) and Heat Transfer Vinyl. Both are super great, but can be challenging if you aren't sure how to use them. But don't worry, we found some great videos for you (because why reinvent the wheel?)!
Vinyl Basics for New Users
How to Cut Adhesive Vinyl with Silhouette Cameo
How To Properly Iron-On Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl
So we've included some really great, staple brands of Adhesive Vinyl that you will definitely want to catalog for later. We'll start with a great pattern from SparkleBerry Ink (Peony Showers - Gray) and accent with beautiful colors in Ultra Metallic from StyleTech and solid Oracal 651 sheets. All three of these will cut and weed beautifully. If you haven't worked with Adhesive Vinyl before, we suggest starting with the Oracal because it is the most cost effective and it is a nice, medium weight vinyl.
When you are ready to move on and cut the glitter and the pattern, note that the glitter will be thinner than the Oracal 651 and the pattern will be a little thicker. You will definitely want to utilize a test cut before proceeding, just to make sure your blade is set correctly. I like to use the patterns for my accent pieces, and use solids for my text and such. Here is our inspiration for this pattern, it looks great with all shapes!
HEAT TRANSFER VINYL
Working with different brands of Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) can feel tricky, but for the most part they work the same way and you just need to keep an eye on your individual cut settings and heat press settings. But first, we're going to show you what we did we this gorgeous Rose Bunch pattern from SparkleBerry Ink.
Now we can't take credit for this beautiful hand-lettered design, but you can certainly grab a copy for yourself over at By Dawn Nicole by clicking here.
I prefer to offset the patterns in white (or another corresponding color) because it really makes the pattern pop against the solid shirt and it makes the text more readable. You'll also really like the way that the HTV cuts and weeds, and SparkleBerry Ink uses a Siser product, so you know it's quality stuff.
HTV CUTTING AND PRESSING INSTRUCTIONS
SPARKLEBERRY INK PATTERN HTV with Magic Mask
Chemica QuickFlex HTV (White and Fuchsia)
Siser Glitter HTV (Purple)
Siser Holographic HTV (Purple)