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Layering Blocks: Learn to Layer Multiple Colors of HTV with this Simple Technique!

Craftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials - MainMeaghan from Meaghan Makes is showing a simple technique for layering multiple colors of Color Chimp HTV to create a colorful canvas pouch! For more project ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out the Craftey Community!

Hey creative friends!  My name is Meaghan from Meaghan Makes and I am back on the Craftey blog with another super fun and colorful project for you all! Today, I will be showing you step by step how to create this colorful pouch to hold all things crafty!

MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

STEP ONE: Upload the Cut FileCraftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials in Design Space 1Upload the free cut file I designed for this project onto design space. I really wanted to create something super fun and colorful for this projects to show off some super amazing Color Chimp Heat Transfer Vinyl Colors!

Size the image to desired proportions.

STEP TWO: Create Layering BlocksCraftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials - Layering BlocksSince we are working with a funky multi-colored image we are going to create layering blocks to attach to our image. This will make it so we keep the image layers perfectly aligned since we are using multiple colors/mats!

Select the shapes icon and select the square shape. Create two squares and place them under the image parallel to each other! Select the whole image (including the squares) and weld them together using the welding tool.

STEP THREE: Duplicate the ImageCraftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials DuplicateAfter welding is complete, select the image again and duplicate it eight times. This because we are using eight different colors for this project. Duplicating the project is a lot easier than opening the image eight times onto your design program.

Separate all of the images so that they are not overlapping.

STEP FOUR: Contour the DesignCraftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials - ContourContouring images can seem super tricky at first glance but I’m here to tell you with a little practice it does get easier!Craftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials Contour 3UPSelect one of the eight images and press the hide contour button. Click on the pieces of the image that you do not want to show for an example: hide everything except for the letter “C” since each letter needs to be a different layer/color. Contour all eight layers of the project by letter (since the word “EVERYTHING” is all the same color it will not be separated by letter).
 
STEP FIVE: Change the ColorsCraftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials Change ColorsOnce all eight layers are contoured, open the layers tab and change each letter to desired colors.

STEP SIX: Check your Design & Make ItCraftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials Make ItQuick but important! Align all of the layering blocks and check to make sure the blocks align perfectly, and letters do not overlap.

STEP SEVEN: Load Your Mat & Cut Your ProjectCraftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials Mat PreviewPress the green “C” or “Make it” sign to change cutting settings.  Mirror (flip) the images on all mats. The cut setting is based on the type of material being used. For the Color Chimp Essential Heat Transfer Vinyl cut on the  Iron-on setting.

Place the Color Chimp Heat Transfer Vinyl onto your cutting mat (glossy side down, matte side up). Use your hands or a tool to flatten the vinyl onto the mat. Load the mat into the machine and start cutting! Follow the machine prompts for the remaining mats.Craftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials Vinyl on Mat 3 UPSTEP EIGHT: Weed Your CutCraftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials Weeding 1When the cuts are complete, gently remove your project from your mat. You can do this by peeling back your mat or using a spatula tool. Use your weeding tool to remove excess vinyl from the carrier sheet that is not apart of your image.Craftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials Weeding 2Note: If you are worried about waisting HTV you can cut out the excess to use for future projects! Hello, scrap pile :)

STEP NINE: Turn Up the HeatCraftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials Place 1Turn on your Easy Press or another preferred Heat source and set it to the recommended time and temperature. We will be using layering blocks to keep the design aligned through the application process.Craftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials Place 2Place one layer down at a time aligning each layering block. DO NOT APPLY HEAT TO THE LAYERING BLOCKS.
Craftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials Place 3Center and place the first layer onto the pouch and apply heat. Once the first layer is pressed, fold down the carrier sheet keeping the layering blocks in place. Add the next layer and continue this process until all of the layers have adhered to the canvas bag.Craftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials Place 4STEP TEN: Keep on Creating!Craftey + Meaghan Makes Pouch - Color Chimp Essentials Project DONEAnd as always my Craftey peeps. NEVER. STOP. CREATING!

Want to give this project a try? Head over to the Craftey shop to find the Color Chimp Luxe Heat Transfer Vinyl used in this project.


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