If you have been doubting that you can layer heat transfer vinyl to create multi-color designs, the answer is “yes!” Below we explain how it is possible.
Adding extra colors and final touches to designs can make them stand out and one way of doing that is by layering heat transfer vinyl. Many crafters have done it on many projects successfully. However, not all types of HTV are suitable for layering purposes. A bit of research online will give you a clear indication of the types of HTV that can be layered and those that cannot be layered. One of the best HTVs that we recommend for layering is Siser EasyWeed. It adheres well to various materials including cotton, polyester, poly/cotton blend, and leather. It is also easy to weed and can last for quite a long time after application.Tips for Successful Layering of HTV
Your customers will expect well-layered designs. The process of layering HTV can be tricky, and if you do not understand it fully, you might end up with a damaged design. You know that means wasted heat transfer vinyl and money in the trash can. Below are simple guidelines and tips for successfully layering HTV.
1. Use a cover sheet always
The cover sheet protects the cloth and the vinyl against excessive heat. If you fail to protect them with a cover sheet, they can scorch or adhere to the pressing plate.
2. Do not over-press
Layering involves putting together several vinyl layers and the lower layers can easily be over-pressed as you add more layers. To get around this problem, use the tacking technique where you press each layer into place for a few seconds and remove the carrier sheet. For Siser EasyWeed, tacking takes one second. Once all the layers have been added, you can press the whole design for the time required by the HTV you are using.
3. Use clear transfer paper/tape
You have a choice between clear transfer tape and the one with grids. Choose the clear one so that you can see your design as you add layers.
4. Put glitter HTV last
Glitter should always be the last layer because its surface does not allow the application of any other vinyl. Putting the glitter HTV layer first could lead to the design peeling off after washing the garment.
5. Use a scrapper.
Always have a scrapper on hand to press all the edges of a small design down firmly and to smooth out air bubbles from larger designs.
6. Work Slowly.
Work slowly and carefully to make sure everything is in place to avoid making costly mistakes.
7. Cut, weed, and press.
Always cut all the required pieces of the design and weed them. When they are ready, layer them one after another.
Heat transfer vinyl can definitely be layered! If you follow the tricks and tips that we have discussed above, you will be able to layer HTV without any problems. Practice with simple designs first and, as you gain experience, work your way up.