Layering Vinyl

Layering vinyl, whether it is regular vinyl or HTV, there are some tricks that can help.

The Knock Out Method

The last project above I did a few months ago and there is a video tutorial on how to do the project at “Design Space – There is Nothing to be Scared of”  It is an example of using the knockout method of layering vinyl, which can be used with either HTV or regular vinyl.

Essentially you cut one layer from the other so that the adhesive for all the layers is in contact with the surface.  This method lets you do as many layers as you want.  The Indians Wall Hanging use three layers but the whole project is just one layer thick

How to Do Knock Out in Design Space

In design space you would line them up where you wanted them, and then slice the top layer out of the bottom layer.  After cutting out, when you go to attach the two vinyl layers, the bottom layer is fit first then the top layer is lined up and applied second.  This can be tricky, depending on how detailed you project is and how big the pieces are.  Be patient and take the time to line them up properly.

If doing HTV make sure you cover the whole design when attaching the second (or third, etc) layer or you could scorch the lower layer.

The Layering Method

The other way to layer vinyl is to simply layer it.  It sounds simple but there is a downside for doing it this way.  The first two towels were done this way.

Some vinyls do not take well to layering.  Glitter vinyl, of either type of vinyl, must be the top layer and even then, it doesn’t work great.  I have only worked with adhesive foil in layers once or twice and it works fine, but it is very unforgiving of mistakes.

Also you are limited to two maybe three layers.  The pressure you need to apply HTV gets to be more with each layer.  And with either type of vinyl it gets bulky and tends to not stick well.

Remember to cover the whole project with parchment paper or some other barrier when layering HTV so you don’t burn or pull up lower layers.

In Conclusion

I hope this helps you to figure out how you want to do your multiple layer vinyl projects.  These two towels and two other designs are available on my downloads page.

Sympathy Arrow Fold Card

I hate doing sympathy cards.It means someone I care about is gone or hurting.  But they are a fact of life.  Hopefully this Arrow Fold card will let tat person that is hurting know that they are in my thoughts.

This card uses vinyl instead of cardstock for the white details.  If you are going to download this card, try to use the design space file.  The SVG file had to be simplified to get the detail for the vinyl. 

You will need:

Paper Selection

I did this card with a simple black and white theme.  Change the colors to whatever you like but I suggest you keep it simple.

Cutting the Card

Cut the card base and the cricut will do the writing.  I used a white pen to show up on the black.  The writing is the only part that is drawn.  The rest is vinyl.  If you want to change what the card says that can easily be done before cutting, however if you don’t own my fill in fonts, the font will change to Arial and it will not fill in.  Get my fonts here.

Once the vinyl is cut, it will need to be weeded.  If you need to learn to do this you can find some hints and tips here.  For transfer tape I used several strips of painters tape as it won’t harm the paper.  Glad Press and Seal works great for this too.


First, re crease all the folds and fold them into an arrow.  Then attach the vinyl triangle to the front, centering it between the folds.

On the inside of the card the two triangles don’t quite meet at the top.  Attach them to the card before attaching the rose.  Then center the rose above the sentiment.

Your card is done and I am sorry for your loss.

Printable HTV – Tried 3 Types for last 2 Onsies

I used Printable HTV for the last two panda onesies for the baby shower. I used three different brands.  The First I tried Walmart’s Pen + Gear brand.  Then I tried Avery.  And finally I tried the Silhouette brand.  Read on to get my opinions.

I need to explain one design.  It is a PandaMonkeyBaby image.  Now I know what you are thinking.  What the #%&# is she thinking? When our friend got pregnant Ken kept teasing her that she was going to have a puppymonkeybaby like the TV commercial.  It became an inside joke so when I was designing onesies I had to do one like that.  A few changes were made to match the theme and tada – PandaMonkeyBaby.

What you will need
        • Printable HTV sheet
        • Inkjet Printer (you cannot use a laser printer)
        • Parchment paper
        • something to put it on
        • Iron or Easy Press 
Pen + Gear Brand

This printable HTV is available at Walmart.  Don’t buy it.  I know it’s cheaper but it isn’t worth it.   It printed just fine and the white fabric sheets do not require you to reverse the image.  So reading the instructions is says to leave a small border around the image to seal it.  Well my cricut doesn’t cut like that so I had to cut it out by hand. Problem #1.  Then I went to put the design on the shirt and followed all the directions.  The image ink  ran  while heating.  Big Problem #2.  Then as it cooled the colors changed to yucky colors. Problem #3.  I threw that onesie away along with the rest of the package of sheets.

Avery Brand (Light Colored Fabric)

This is also available at Walmart and I’m sure other places.  This product was used to make the last example above.  It printed very nice.  I didn’t worry about reversing the image because I have no writing but if you do you need to reverse it.  It says to leave a small border too but I forgot.  It worked fine anyway.  The image came out good and I was happy with the result.

Silhouette HTV (Colored Fabrics)

I did mine on my cricut but the Joann’s was out of cricut brand printable HTV so I used this.  The instructions are the same.  The first two examples are done with this product.  Since it is for darker fabrics you don’t need to mirror the image.  (For the white fabric product  you do.) It printed great and cut on the machine with no border needed.  (For the white fabric product skip these next steps and to ironing.)  At this point you need to peel the product off the paper. Then place the image right side up and place some parchment paper over it.  

All of the products say the same thing and are done the same way.  They are all done on the cotton setting without steam.  The colored product requires a piece of parchment paper.  Over everything lay a pillowcase or something.  I used a t-shirt.  Read the instructions for your product about how long to press the HTV but they all require heavy pressure.  I let mine cool before removing the paper.  


Final Thoughts

Read and follow the instruction for whatever product you use. 

Since the weren’t for me I don’t know how well these hold up in the washer, but if you follow the instructions you should be fine.  My friend will tell me the first time she washes them and I will update this page.

The easiest and best product was the sillouette product.  The Avery did fine too.  DO NOT BUY THE WALMART BRAND.  I am not even giving you a link to buy it.

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