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What is HTV vinyl ?

WHAT IS HTV VINYL?

Or is the real question – what do you use it for, how do you get started and what should you pay attention to?

There is nothing as fun as creating a design that you can then apply to an item of your choice. The creative possibilities are endless. It seems simple but can sometimes be frustrating. I will help you on your way with some tips and videos.

What is HTV vinyl? Well, as the name suggests, a heat transfer vinyl. It is a special type of vinyl that can be applied to specific fabrics to create text, designs and promotional items. The material consists of a front with glue layer and a back (called backing or backing). It is supplied in a roll or sheet form with an adhesive back. For example, it can easily be cut with a cutter, peeled (or weeded) with a weeding tool and attached to material by applying heat.  You always have to cut HTV in mirror image

WHAT TYPES OF HTV ARE AVAILABLE?

There are many types of colors, styles and finishes. Transfers are possible in matte, glossy and even glitter material (my personal favorite of course); the so-called glitter HTV, with which you can apply glitter to your clothing in a fun and easy way. You can also get transfers in flocked HTV. These are durable and feel velvety. There are also designs available in holographic, reflective, glow-in-the-dark and 3D techno HTV, which makes the design blow up a bit. Very special and nice effect!

There are several major manufacturers such as Siser and Stahls that have brand versions of their own HTV. The brand selection is determined by the fabric on which the HTV is applied, the method of heat transfer and personal preference. Each brand has different versions of vinyl that are made for specific fabrics and substrates. So the message is testing! I strongly recommend that you first test every new item that you use.

WHAT IS HTV VINYL USED FOR?

You have HTV in a large number of colors and special options mentioned. It is best used for simple designs with minimal colors, since each individual color or pattern used in the design must be cut, peeled (weeded) and heat pressed. Certain types of HTV can be pressed on top of each other to form multi-colored designs. The more layers involved, the harder it is to match each of them to achieve the end result. So that can be quite a challenge. HTV cannot be used for color photos or the like. There are other applications for that.

HTV can be used to create special effects with its glitter, flocked, holographic, glow-in-the-dark and 3D effects. The ability to use multiple layers on top of each other depends on the type of HTV being used.

WHAT CAN I APPLY HTV TO?

Because of the way in which the HTV is applied, you use it on fabrics and materials that can withstand the heat and pressure that is necessary for the transfer to adhere properly. For fabrics and clothing, these are typically temperatures in the range of 120 to 150 degrees Celsius. The product (also known as a substrate) must be able to withstand the pressure and heat of an iron or heat press.

You can easily print HTV on, among other things, polos, t-shirts, caps, jeans, bags, jackets, bags, rompers, ties, sheets, scarves, aprons and canvas.

Each HTV manufacturer will list which products can be used for each type of vinyl. Fabrics such as cotton, cotton / polyester blends, polyester and canvas work well with HTV. There are types of HTV that can also be used with nylon and leather. However, products such as paper and plastics do not work well because they cannot absorb the heat required to adhere the vinyl to the substrate. It is very important to ensure that the correct HTV type is used with the correct material.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HTV AND VINYL?

The big difference between HTV and vinyl is that it is not applied with heat. So it’s really just one big sticker!

Just as with HTV, there are a huge number of options. Always view the purposes for which you will use it, before you make a purchase.

WHAT SHOULD YOU PAY ATTENTION TO WHEN YOU BUY HTV?

As already mentioned, there is a very wide choice of colors, materials and brands. It must therefore be said that there can also be major differences in quality. Since you must be able to apply HTV to stretchable materials, the HTV itself must also be stretchable. It must of course be suitable for printing on cotton and polyester or a combination of these. It must then be easy to peel and not come off after application. It must be washable and last a long time.

Before you buy HTV, always think carefully about what exactly you are going to use it for and check whether the HTV is suitable for what you want to do with it. If you still have doubts about something or you have a question, you can always send me a message.

Now that you know what HTV is, what you can do with it and what you should pay attention to, you can get started:

make a design with the software of your cutting machines

  • cut the HTV (mirrored)
  • peel OR weeden your design
  • apply heat with a heat press or iron
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How to use HTV on canvas, wood, leather, terry cloth or polyester

In the beginning that I got to know HTV, I thought this was only something for clothing, but I was clearly wrong. You can apply heat transfer vinyl to so much more than just fabric. Let’s look at that together. I started to figure out how to use HTV on canvas, wood, polyester, leather and even on a towel. If you read this blog post all the way through, then at the end I have 10 extra tips for you on how to apply HTV on top of each other.

If you are not yet completely familiar with what HTV is, what types there are and what you should pay attention to when you buy, then it’s best to first read the blog post on What is HTV? 

HTV ON WOOD

If you want to print a text on a wooden surface, HTV is certainly worth considering. You don’t have to mess with transfer tape, because heat transfer vinyl is already on a carrier. You can transfer the text to wood by simply ironing the HTV text onto the wood. It adheres wonderfully. I also like that HTV is less shiny than regular vinyl and it also looks more natural when there are grooves in the wood. That way, it looks like a hand-painted wooden wall decoration with text. Or why not make these nice little blocks like smileys 😉

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WHICH WOOD TO USE FOR PRINTING HTV?

You can create stunning creative pieces of art by pressing HTV on wood. The best wood on which you can apply heat transfer vinyl is (balsa) plywood, pine, scaffolding wood or ayous wood.

Balsa wood is versatile, environmentally friendly and very light. Ideal for plates and accessories and even small furniture!

It seems that if you try to carry out a project on very smooth wood, it is best to first treat the surface with water-based stain, paint or parquet lacquer to give the vinyl a hold.

For a more permanent solution, it is recommended to spray a protective epoxy or polycrylic topcoat to ensure that your vinly sticks well to the wood.

The steps to apply HTV to wood are the same as for any other materials. 

How to use HTV on canvas

TEXT ON CANVAS

Just as you can transfer text onto wood, you can also print your own text on canvas with HTV. I will explain below how this works. More information and useful tips I have bundled for you. you will find in a separate blog post more about HTV cutting, peeling and pressing. Certainly worth checking out. It’s going to make your life so much easier.

An important difference between printing on canvas and an item of clothing is filling up the back of the canvas so it get’s enough support. This must be filled, otherwise we cannot give enough pressure to press. There are special Teflon pillows, but you can also fold a towel or a t-shirt to fill that empty space.

STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO USE HTV ON CANVAS

  • Before applying your design to the canvas, mark the center with a pencil. Also determine the center of your design by folding it in 2 with the non-sticky sides facing each other.
  • Cut a piece of baking paper and heat your iron to the warmest setting.
  • Position your design on the canvas, put the baking paper over it and give it a firm pressure for 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Give the backing a few moments to cool down and then remove it.
  • Repeat this process for each color.
  • Applying HTV to a canvas is very fun to do and you can also make a very original gift for someone special. The prettiest htv to print on canvas, I think is the glitter foil. In the photo above, I used a nice quote from Libelle.

HTV ON LEATHER

Did you know that you could also press HTV on leather? Really! This technique is a nice way to personalize leather gifts, such as a wallet, leather writing folder, iphone or ipad cover or bag. If you would like to print such a nice gadget yourself, then certainly read on. I will tell you everything you need to know to use HTV on leather.

What you will need :
  • heat transfer vinyl
  • Iron
  • weeding tool
  • Silhouette Cameo, Cricut or other cutter
  • Protective coversheet or baking paper
  • Your own design or use one of mine for free (not for commercial use)

STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO USE HTV ON LEATHER

  • First create your design with the software (in my blog post and video “I explain in more detail) 
  • Then you mirror your design
  • Cut your design with the cutter
  • Then peel the design by using the weeding tool
  • Once your work has been peeled, position it with the adhesive side down. This way your drawing is again with the good side up
  • Use your iron on the cotton setting and switch off the steam (it is best to use an iron without steam as water can stain and damage the leather surface)
  • Take your ironing cloth or baking paper to lay on your design and press it for 10-15 seconds (be careful not to move and only move)
  • Now pull the translucent side of the foil and you’re done!

HTV ON TERRY CLOTH OR TOWEL

One of my salsa friends asked me to press a text and names in HTV on a towel with clip. This way everyone had their own personalized towel they could use while going dancing…

The most important thing here is that the towel must be made of 100% cotton and that we use HTV where we can apply a low temperature and which nevertheless adheres well.

The process of applying HTV to a towel or terry cloth is similar to that of other items. I made sure that I first pressed a little beforehand so that moisture and creases were removed. Then I applied my design and printed it at 160 ° C. for 15 to 20 seconds. This HTV is a warm peel. So the backing becomes removable while it’s still warm.

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HTV ON POLYESTER

When it comes to polyester printing, there are apparently a number of things that we have to take into account. This fabric seems less suitable for printing than, for example, cotton. It is easier to press a cotton shirt with HTV than, for example, to print a polyester shirt. But I certainly did not let myself be intimidated and so I tried to apply this film to polyester. These are my findings.

Tips regarding temperature:

You want to apply HTV, so you need heat to make the glue on the HTV adhere to the fabric. The problem with this, however, is that some more delicate fabrics are sensitive to high temperatures. Your fabric can get burned and even melt. So my advice here is to use a heat press if possible. You can control the temperature better with a heat press. Because to print polyester, your temperature must not be too hot. At least less than 150 ° C. If you have a label in a garment, follow the information on the label. Not all polyester is equally sensitive, but of course you don’t want to take any risks, so try testing. If you want to print multiple polyester shirts with HTV, consider using one as a test. Or see if it is possible to obtain a sample of the fabric and then start with the lowest possible temperature (135 ° C) and press a small piece of the fabric. If it does not burn, set the temperature 5° C higher and try again to see what temperature you can use before it scorches.

Tips regarding pressure:

The pressure you give during a press is also important. You need heat and pressure to make HTV adhere correctly.

If you work with a lower temperature, you must increase the pressing time.

But too much of either can damage your fabric. So also experiment with the pressure. Start with a light pressure. Too high pressure can result in a glossy print that will only get worse if you try to remove it.

Normally you press for 15 to 20 seconds and now you press 25 to 30 seconds. Be sure to also use a protective cloth during pressing.

Protection tips:

Another issue to take into account is the ironing cloth. This is used during the application of heat to your transfer and helps to ensure that your fabric does not scorch or melt. It helps to protect your garment.

However, this ironing cloth can now prevent the transfer to be carried out correctly. It is possible that the fabric does not allow sufficient heat to pass through to do its job. The result: the HTV doesn’t adhere to the polyester.

Fortunately, there is a variety of thicknesses that you can choose from. Best to also try a few of them.

Thin protection generally works best with polyester t-shirts. They will still protect the garment from damage, but they will not prevent the transfer from being successfully applied.

Some people place a layer of thin fabric over the garment that they are going to print on and then that acts as a protection. This can work, but finding the exact thickness you need can be incredibly difficult.

Another complication: polyester t-shirts with a lot of color

Problems caused by the sprouting of colors can occur on different types of material, but it is primarily a problem with polyester. It is most common on substances for which a large amount of colorant has been added during production. My tip is to wash the garment first.

The biggest problems are usually with sublimated substances. One way to see if this risk exists, is to look at both sides of the fabric. For example, a t-shirt is more at risk if the inside is completely colored and the outside is provided with a pattern.

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The good news:

Special types of HTV have been developed for this type of material. You must therefore pay close attention when purchasing heat transfer vinyl. I have listed a few tips for you that can be useful and that can save money. So that you do not’t make a bad decision while purchasing HTV.

Conclusion: Use the right type HTV 

The success of polyester printing with HTV mainly depends on the type you use. There are many different types of HTV, but not all of them are suitable for working with polyester.

Again, this largely comes down to the temperature at which the transfer must work. As we have already seen, polyester usually requires lower temperatures than other materials.

That is why the best vinyls for polyester are the ones that are designed to work well at lower temperatures. They ensure that the transfer stays in place without causing damage to the garment.

10 TIPS ON PRINTING HTV:

  1. When you have cut out an image with your cutting machine, use your scissors to cut as close to the edge of the drawing as possible. First: that saves you on material. Secondly: that gives you the possibility to place several pieces of your design under or next to each other at the same time. And third: this way you avoid the risk that the transparent liner will leave a mark on your other layers of htv
  2. Check whether you use the right material for printing: cotton, polyester, nylon or a mix of these
  3. When using your new material for the first time: do a test
  4. Check whether the temperature of your iron is correct (cotton or linen position or the hottest position that your material can tolerate) or the temperature of the heat press
  5. You can use HTV over one another. You only have to take your times into account. Each layer may only be pressed for a few seconds. That is because the htv can shrink a bit and then your design will no longer fit together! Moreover, your bottom layer would overheat if you gave each layer the full pressing time.
  6. Also note: You can squeeze more colors flex over each other but you cannot apply each htv material over another (so you cannot HTV or flocked foil on top of glitter htv)
  7. By pre-pressing your garment for a few seconds (3 to 5 “), you ensure that the moisture and any creases have disappeared
  8. Always use protection (an ironing cloth or baking paper) when pressing multiple layers. This way you protect your iron or the top plate of your heat press as well as your garment and the htv itself. When pressing HTV, tiny pieces may remain unnoticed on the heat plate, which will then end up on your garment at your next press turn. So my tip: keep everything clean by using protection.
  9. You can postpress your work for 3 to 5 seconds
  10. HTV must sit, rest and cure at least for 24 hours. So it is not advisable to wash it before that time.

CONCLUSION:

So you see, there are so many more options for printing with HTV than just printing a nice glitter shirt. Let your inspiration run free and try one of the options above. Don’t forget to share your creation in the comments below so that you can inspire others too! And as always, if you still have questions, you can always ask them below.

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How to make a T-shirt look better with HTV

Do you know that feeling: you have made a DIY T-shirt or sweatshirt, but something is missing. Or you still have a few shirts in your closet, but they all look a bit dull. Glitter HTV can offer a solution here.

By using HTV we can transform an everyday and monotonous shirt into beautiful unique piece that everyone is jealous of.

With the help of a glitter name and glitter heart, you transform every item from “average” to simply “beautiful”! Girls love it. They like to have glittering figures on their clothes so that they can show off. And if hearts are added, it will be completely extraordinary.

Collect the materials, tools and patterns and follow the instructions below. They will simply adore you!

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Strijkapplicatie Glitter hart op roze sweatshirt

Tools you will need:

  • Cutting machine or scissors
  • weeding tool
  • Iron


Materials you will need:

  • glitter HTV
  • T-shirt or sweatshirt


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or pdf

Instructions:

  • peel off the excess material from the pattern (if this has not already been done)
  • place the designs in the desired location on the shirt and use your iron according to the instructions of the iron-on material

I believe that everyone can be creative with the necessary inspiration.

Do not miss this “unique” opportunity to capture children’s hearts. A glitter heart and glitter name on their favorite shirt.

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How to remove heat transfer vinyl

How to remove HTV from different materials

Heat Transfer Vinyl is used to make some fantastic designs on clothing, wood, leather or canvas. If you want to know more about how to apply HTV on these materials, you can check out this interesting blog post. But what to do when you have misplaced the transfer or you are not happy with it? Then I can recommend one of the following methods to remove it:

Use HTV remover or chemical solvents

There are stores that sell transfer removal spray. You can also buy it online at various e-commerce websites such as Amazon. It is one of the most effective ways to remove HTV or stripflock from clothing. The great thing about this spray is that it can be used with almost all types of apparel. You can even use it to remove heat transfer vinyl from wooden surfaces. Simply spray on the vinyl and remove it carefully. You can also try using chemical solvents specially made for this.

Hot iron and tweezers

If you don’t have a spray for removing HTV, No worries. All you need is a hot iron and tweezers. As soon as you are aware of the error in the design, you take out your iron and set the settings to the max allowed temperature for that particular item of clothing. When the iron is properly heated, you can place it on top of the heat transfer and wait until it comes off. Make sure, however, that you do not keep the iron on the fabric any longer than necessary, because then it could become damaged. As soon as the transfer starts to come a litte bit, use tweezers to peel it further from the fabric. Place your iron on both the front and the back of the fabric to get a perfect result. You can also try using a steam iron and a wet towel to get HTV warm enough to peel off

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Use a hairdryer

If you can heat your transfer sufficiently with a hairdryer, it should come loose a little. Then you can start removing it further with a pin.

You may need to use a combination of these methods to remove everything from your material or fabric. But it is certainly not impossible.

I hope I have provided you with a solution to solve this problem of HTV removal without any problems.

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