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Learn How to Create a Knockout Design with Color Chimp Heat Transfer Vinyl + a Free Fall Cut File

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - Main

Hi there! Sabrina from By Sabrina Marie coming to you from Arizona on the Craftey blog today. As we’re finally dropping into double-digit highs, I can’t resist thinking of crisp, autumn mornings with a cozy cup of tea on my porch swing. So in celebration of all things fall & wishful thinking for cooler weather, I have a fun, autumn-related project I’m working on today!

This knockout design is the perfect autumn project & would look so cute on a sign, a tote bag, a pumpkin or even a sweater! I decided to make a reverse canvas sign since I can always use a little more autumn decor. For more information on how to make a reverse canvas, check out this tutorial on the Craftey blog! Now let’s get started on a knockout design project!

Supplies

For supplies, you’ll need the following:

  • Craftey Color Chimp Luxe Heat Transfer Vinyl - for this project, I used the Color Chimp Luxe HTV in brown & metallic gold (& let me tell you, that metallic gold is stunning)
  • Your project piece - a canvas, sweater, tote bag, tea towel, etc.
  • A knockout design - join the Craftey Community to get this exclusive autumn design for free! I also have a couple of other fun knockout designs available in my design shop.
  • A vinyl cutting machine (Silhouette Cameo, Cricut, etc.)
  • A heat press or iron
  • Basic craft supplies like scissors, parchment paper, etc.

The Basics

A knockout design is essentially bold text that has a shape set into the letterforms. This allows a unique visual experience where both the text and the shape can be viewed depending on what your eye focuses on.

Instructions

To get started, prep your project piece (if necessary) & set aside. You can then jump into cutting & applying your knockout design as follows:

Download your knockout design to your computer. Join the Craftey Community to get this exclusive autumn design for free!

Open the design in your cutting machine software; I use Silhouette Studio Business Edition.

Adjust the size of the design on the “Page Setup” screen to fit your project piece - my canvas is 9.5” square, so I’ve adjusted mine accordingly.

Pro Tip: You must adjust the size of your design prior to editing or moving any of the sections to ensure they line up perfectly when cut.

Note: If you are using Cricut Design Space, simply select all layers by color and click "Weld". When you hit the "Make It" button, your design will be ready to cut on two separate mats according to color.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - in Design Space 1

Right-click & “ungroup” the design, so you can separate the two sections for cutting.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - in Design Space 2

Select all of the orange sections of the leaf & copy them to a blank page.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - in Design Space 4

Delete the selected orange leaf sections from the original design page. You should now have one project sheet with just the black text and an empty leaf space & a second project sheet with just the orange text in the shape of a leaf.

xCraftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - in Design Space 4

If desired, you may now adjust the height of your page to reduce the amount of vinyl you need to cut. This step is good for both the environment & your crafting budget. :) Note: Ensure you do NOT adjust or alter the size of the design--only adjust the size of your page in “Page Setup”.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - in Design Space 6-7

Pro Tip: To ensure your knockout design doesn’t have any canvas (or other project material) peeking through, you can create a slight offset of the “knocked out” portion of the design. You can do this by selecting the star image with an outline in the right-hand tool panel of Silhouette Studio. Select all sections of the leaf design & then click “offset” & increase the size to your desired amount. I used an offset amount of 0.015”, which was a little bit large; I recommend starting with 0.005” & increasing as needed. Delete the original leaf-shaped text.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - In Design Space 8-9

Prep your vinyl for cutting by trimming it to your desired size.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - Trim Vinyl

Place it shiny side down on your cutting mat, and press firmly to ensure it’s stuck well.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - Ready To Cut

Cut each design into your favorite Color Chimp HTV using your Silhouette Cameo. I used metallic gold for the leaf design & brown for the rest of the text. I used cut settings of a depth of 3, speed of 8 & force of 10 to get the best results cutting this HTV.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - In Silhouette Studio 12-13

Weed the excess vinyl from your design.

Pro Tip: Use a lint roller to hold all of the small pieces of HTV you weed away. See a demonstration of the method here.

Place the leaf-shaped text onto your project piece for pressing.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - Place Design

Press the vinyl onto your project piece firmly (until the pattern of the fibers of what you’re pressing show through the vinyl) using a heat press or iron.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - Ready to Press 2

Once the freshly-pressed leaf-shaped HTV is cool, line up the remainder of the text. Ensure there are no pieces of your project peeking through.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - Press Design 2

Press again.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - Ready to Press 2

Peel the transfer sheet off the HTV. If needed, press again with parchment paper covering the entire design to ensure the HTV has firmly adhered.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - Complete

Remove from your press, put on any finishing touches & voila! You now have a super fun, gorgeous autumn knockout project!

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie - Knockout Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV - Final Project

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year, and I’m looking forward to decorating with all the fall-themed decor like this fun knockout piece… even if we do still have triple-digit temperatures. I hope y’all are staying a little cooler than I am and getting into the autumn spirit with fun projects like this. Thanks for crafting with me!

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!


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