Mariah of MJ Creative Co is back on the blog showing you how to use our Color Chimp Flock HTV to create a cute custom tee and sharing an exclusive, hand-lettered free cut file that you can use in your own projects! Looking for more inspiration, ideas and free cut files? Head over to the Craftey Community and join in on the fun!
This week, I was so excited to be able to work with a completely new type of material this week, the Color Chimp Flock HTV. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect with this vinyl, but I knew I would love it because I’m obsessed with all of the Color Chimp products. Basically, this vinyl gives your project a seriously beautiful and luxurious velvet finish. That’s right, VELVET. I (truthfully) had no idea that they made vinyl with this type of finish, and I can’t wait to use it in a bunch of my future projects.
To be completely honest, this product is a little bit more difficult than traditional HTV. Because of how thick it is, with a fabric-like quality, it doesn’t handle super small details very well. My best guess is it’s a little more flexible, so when it has a lot of corners, small spaces, etc. the machine struggles a little bit. But, I found that when I increased the size of my design (even with the thinner letters), it worked much better. I, surprisingly, didn’t have to increase the cut pressure that much more, it was all about the design itself. TBH, the problems I had could be because I definitely need to change my blade in my Cricut.
Even though you have to think a little more about the design when using this vinyl, the end result is SO worth it. It’s hard to show how beautiful this vinyl looks and feels in just photos, so you’ll have to just buy some and try it out yourself!
What you need:
- Color Chimp Flock HTV (I used red for this project)
- Stay Crafty SVG Cut File (download it here)
- White T-shirt (or whatever color you want!)
- Weeding tool
- Heat press or iron
- Parchment paper
Cut & Weed
Like every project, you start with cutting the file. Import the free SVG file provided into whatever design space you use. Make sure, before you cut, that the file is mirrored so it presses correctly!
The Flock HTV is not as obvious as to what side goes down on the mat to cut. But, with the red color I used, it was easier to tell because not only was it slightly glossy, but the color was darker (aka the correct color) on the transfer tape side. The red color was much much brighter on the side that needed to be cut then the final product will be.
Weed like normal - all you need to know is that it’s normal for the Flock HTV to leave behind a layer of fuzz. I tried to heat it on two different materials, and that fuzz does not affect the color or rub off at all!
Heat Press & Finish
I use a big heat press to finish my projects, but you can use an iron if that’s all you have. It will take much longer to get it to stick, but it should work perfectly fine!
Start with heating up the shirt itself, making sure that it’s flat and doesn’t have any wrinkles. Next, align your HTV design on your shirt so it’s straight, and put parchment paper (or something else) over it before pressing.
Follow the specific directions for the type of HTV, which is within the product description on the shop page. For this one, it is supposed to be on 320 degrees for 15 seconds with medium pressure.
Peel the transfer tape up right away. After heating, it’s a little harder to pull up the transfer tape, so make sure to hold the garment and pull up a little more aggressively than normal. It leaves behind a certain amount of fuzz from the design, so that combined with the difficulty pulling up made me think it wasn’t properly adhered when it was.
I finish it off by putting the parchment paper back on the design and heat pressing it a couple more seconds, just to be sure that it’s totally on there.
& you’re done and ready to wear your new shirt!
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I included three different files, one with the whole design, one with “Stay” and one with “Crafty.” I thought this could be an interesting opportunity to change up the design by using two different colors. But, if you do that, I personally wouldn’t do two different colors of flock as the overlapping part would end up a little bulky. Instead, use regular Color Chimp HTV for one part, and the Flock for the other, and make sure to press the regular HTV before the Flock so you don’t get a big bump at the overlap!