Today we have something really exciting to share with all of you vinyl lovers out there – over 50 talented and amazing bloggers are bringing you ideas and inspiration for your next vinyl project… all in one place! I am in love with vinyl (heat transfer vinyl included), so I was really excited to jump on board with this collaboration!
When I sat down to think of what I wanted to create, I was in back to school mode. It’s still a month away for us, but I hate scrambling at the last minute to prepare my girls wardrobes. So we decided to create some DIY Glitter Graphic Shirts using the glitter heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl – and it was so easy to create really fun shirts that the girls are dying to wear already!
I let them pick what they wanted on their shirt, and no surprise – they each picked song lyrics. (My girls sing constantly, 100% of the time, all day long.) Cecelia is obsessed with Taylor Swift so she chose a line from Shake It Off – “That’s what people say”, placed in a speech bubble. We used the gold and black glitter iron on transfer, and I am in love with this color! I wasn’t sure what it would be like when I ordered it, but I’m so glad I did. The black and gold together almost give a bronze tint, and it’s absolutely gorgeous! (The font is Botanica Script and the speech bubble is from the Cricut Design Store.)
Stella chose the one line she knows and loves from Iggy Azalea’s Fancy – “I’m so Fancy”, and I put a big diamond ring next to it for some extra bling bling. We used the black gold for the ring band and the white glitter for the diamond and the text. (The fonts are MTF Big Ideas and Mulberry Script, and the ring is available in the Cricut Design Space.)
To cut the glitter vinyl, which is much thicker than regular heat transfer vinyl, I always put my Cricut Explore on IronOn+. It cut through like butter, as always. For more details on how I apply the iron on, check out last week’s iron on umbrella post! It’s really super easy, as long as you remember these two things:
- mirror your image when you are in the cut preview! I can’t tell you how many pieces of iron on I have ruined by forgetting this step.
- place the iron on face down on your cutting mat! Again, I’ve ruined so many pieces just by forgetting to do this! I’m so forgetful.
Since the glitter iron on is thicker, it does take a few minutes longer to “stick” to the shirt, but be patient. It is working, just keep pressing down with your iron and it will stick!
I am so in love with these shirts – and so are the girls, which matters the most! Now I have to go check out the rest of these amazing ideas to see which will be my next project. What one would you choose first?