Hey there! It’s Sabrina from By Sabrina Marie back again on the Craftey blog with a project inspired by showing the juxtaposition of little boys—chaos, craziness and a whole lot of love. This project would look great hanging in a nursery or make a great baby shower gift. And for an added bonus, the materials for this project are ones you probably already have laying around your house (at least if you’re a craft supply hoarder like me), so let’s get started!
Today, we’re going to be working with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) on glass. Now if you’re familiar with vinyl, I know you’re wondering why you wouldn’t just use a standard adhesive vinyl. When working with HTV for glass projects, I find that it has two distinct advantages over adhesive vinyl. First, it tends to be easier to weed, so it’s ideal for more intricate projects. Second, it can be repositioned. No need to stress over laying it in the exact right location or figuring out how to remove the bubbles that inevitably end up hiding under the surface when applied. This is ideal when working with glass since, as a clear medium, it can be harder to position your project. With that, let’s jump right into how to make this beauty!
So what will you need for this project? The supplies are pretty straightforward:
- Color Chimp Luxe HTV in the color of your choosing (I’m a sucker for the metallic gold I got in this Color Chimp Luxe Must-Haves Bundle)
- A floating photo frame
- A cutting machine such as a Cricut or Silhouette Cameo
- Craftey Essential Tool Set for cutting and weeding
- Snips + Snails + Puppydog Tails Free SVG Cut File (Download it here)
Import the image into your design software of choice & make it to your desired size.
Pro Tip: When sizing an image, make your canvas the size of your project, in this case the size of your glass. Make the image look the way you want & then reduce the size of the canvas to just fit the size of the design. This will ensure it looks good while also reducing the amount of wasted vinyl.
Cut your Craftey Color Chimp HTV to the size you need.
Once your HTV is ready, stick it to your cutting mat to get it ready for your machine. Be sure you have it positioned in the right height & width!
Once your HTV is ready to go, load it into your cutter and get cutting! For this Craftey Color Chimp HTV, I use cut settings of a depth of 3, speed of 8 and force of 10 on my Silhouette Cameo.
Pro Tip: Before cutting, decide if you want to adhere the HTV to the front or back side of your glass. If you’re adhering to the front, then be sure to mirror your design. If you’re adhering to the back, you can cut it regularly. For these pieces, I like to adhere it to the front of the back floating glass pane, so I mirror my image.
Pro Tip: Before removing your design from your cutter after it’s complete, use a weeding tool to pull up a bit of the material to be weeded away and ensure the design cut through. If it’s not, start the design cutting again from your computer. If you unload it, check it & put it back into the machine for a second cutting, it probably won’t cut in the exact same location & you’ll need to restart with a new piece of vinyl.
Once your design is cut, remove it from the cutter and weed away the excess vinyl using your weeding tools.
Remove the glass from the frame. Caution! Glass has sharp edges, so handle it delicately and always use gloves to prevent cuts.
When your design is fully weeded, position it on your glass where you want it.
Pro Tip: HTV will stick best to clean glass. Prior to applying your HTV to the glass, clean it with rubbing alcohol to remove any particulate.
With your design in the position you’d like, apply heat to the design to set it to the glass. You can do this using a hair straightener, iron or heat press. I used my heat press at a setting of 300 degrees. I placed the design on the platform and pressed the top platen down until it was touching the design and glass but not applying any pressure. I allowed it to heat the glass for 5-10 seconds at a time and then released until the HTV carrier sheet cleanly and easily came away from the design. Caution! Heat may cause your glass to crack or break; heat it slowly and evenly for best results. Caution! The glass will be hot once your design is applied; handle with care to prevent burning.
Once your design is pressed, remove the HTV carrier sheet. It should remove easily. If it does not, reapply heat with the sheet in place until it releases.
Pro Tip: For better application, rub over the transfer sheet gently with a scraper from the Craftey Essential Tool Set to help release the HTV.
With the carrier sheet removed, stand back, admire your beautiful work on the clear, sleek glass & let it cool fully prior to handling.
If you would like to transfer the glass to a different location prior to cooling down, be sure to handle it with an oven mitt & do not touch the HTV until it is cool.
Once cooled, place into the frame & voila! You have a stunning, elegant piece perfect for any occasion.
I love this particular design on the glass because boys are so rough and tumble and yet so sweet and loveable. This piece captures that essence perfectly and would make a great baby gift for an expecting mama.
I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and are inspired to try a new project!
Be sure to head over to the Craftey shop to find all of the materials used in this project, including our Color Chimp Luxe heat transfer vinyl. And for more project ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out the Craftey Community!
Get out there & get crafting!