A little bit vintage, a little bit modern. Even though I am quite salty summer is wrapping up, the fall color pallet in this design remind me fall is just as great as summer and that’s why it’s the perfect design for your end of summer beach trip.
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If I could add one official holiday to the calendar it would be the first day of school. I absolutely love everything about it. The new school supplies, the first day of school outfit and finding the desk with my name on it. Love it all. To this day I am still a school supply junkie, walking the aisles looking at pencils and folder designs. I had my 16 year old home for almost a year and a half during the pandemic and one thing I learned is that homeschooling, in any capacity, is not for the faint of heart. I wasn’t even teaching him and found myself constantly telling him to quit texting, pay attention, do your homework. So this cut file is for all of you legit homeschooling families out there doing it right and the rest of us doing our best to get our kiddos educated. Join our email list to get the home sweet homeschool SVG for free, and as always, don’t forget to checkout the gallery below for more designers with freebies this month!
Let’s talk interlocking letters. One of my favorite design techniques to make an okay design interesting is to overlap words that are two different colors and knockout sections of the letters that overlap so they look like they interlock. This month’s freebie does just that! No complicated layering or trying to figure out what parts to hand cut out, the design is ready to go! Enjoy and don’t forget to tag us in your finished project posts!
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so it seem appropriate to have this month’s design be “ask your mom because dad’s deserve a day free of questions and decision making too! We hope you enjoy this month’s freebie and if you haven’t visited the other 19 designers in the #svgdesignsquad make sure you check them out!
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I mean, we’re going to say it anyways, so why not have it in print!
My mother would send me to my father, and my father back to my mother. It was a vicious cycle and I would get frustrated that neither would say yes or no. So at probably 10ish years old I thought I would be real smart and just tell them the other said yes. I thought all the back and forth was because they probably really didn’t care one way or another. Boy I was wrong. News flash. Parents do eventually talk to each other. So when I was at my friend’s house instead home it didn’t take them two minutes to figure out that neither had agreed to that. Needless to say the answer became an immediate no for an extended period of time. Flash forward 20 years and here I am, as a parent, sending him to Kevin for that yes he’s looking for. Enjoy your day, just put the shirt on and point at it! Happy Mother’s day!
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Layering vinyl can be tricky so today I want to share with you some tips on making multi-layered designs when using heat transfer vinyl. You should already have your vinyl cut, prepped and your tee pre-pressed so I am going to skip straight to troubleshooting layering vinyl.
Pressing the back layer.
Vinyl shrinks when it’s pressed which makes it tricky when layering. My first tip is to NOT OVERPRESS. I press at 325 degrees for 2-4 seconds max. You may have to test your press temp/pressure, vinyl brand and shirt choice to know how few seconds you can get away with on your first press. If you begin to remove the transfer paper and the design tries to come with it, then you need to press another second or two.
Lining up the second layer.
Smooth your tee back out after removing the transfer sheet from the first layer. This helps stretch your design a tad and put it back into place. When adding the second color, choose some reference points within the design to know where the second layer goes. I used the point at the top of the clover where the caramel vinyl had a little v in it and the stem where the caramel needed to line up on the edge.
When the second layer doesn’t line up.
When adding a large or full design second layer it probably will not line up on all sides. But don’t stress, that’s when you cut it up! For the shamrock I cut it into 3 pieces. Other designs may not allow for cutting the design up, so be careful on that first press not to shrink the back layer too much!
Putting it back together.
When working with a design like this with the cheetah print it’s easier to put it all back together if you keep the pieces where they go as you cut. That way there is no guessing what is up and what is down when all you are looking at is random dots of vinyl.
Give it one final press.
Now that you have it all lined up press it for 5-10 seconds then remove the transfer sheet from that second layer and press again. I always give a good final press of 10-12 seconds to remove any marks left by the transfer sheets and to make sure the vinyl adhesive is fully activated.
I hope you find these tips helpful when pressing layers of heat transfer vinyl. Be sure to join our mailing list to get the free cheetah print shamrock files so you can practice your layering skills!
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Digital files are fairly inexpensive but when you invest in one you want to get the most use out of it. Today I will show you six simple ways to use one digital file. Please note, I get commissions for purchases made through some of the links in this post, this does not mean you pay more, it just means I am compensated for the referral.
Our digital files come in several formats including JPG and PNG. Use the jpg to print and create your own cards or stationary. The png file format has a transparent background that is handy for layering your design with other graphics you may have.
Speaking of printables, they are perfect for creating a sublimation transfer to create a custom mug. Mugs can also be created using sign vinyl, but we love the look and quality of sublimation.
This would not be a SVG blog post without talking about tees. My favorite heat transfer vinyl is Thermoflex Plus. I love it because it isn’t shiny or super thick like some of the other vinyl I have tried, but I really love that most of the colors you can layer. I buy mine from heat transfer warehouse because it more affordable than Amazon or buying at local craft stores.
There are so many things you can add your lettering to, but one thing you can create without an any additional product is a wall decal. All you need is blank wall! Choosing a smooth, flat finish wall is ideal.
If feel like putting lettering directly on your walls is a commitment, then a sign is the way to go. They are by far the most popular product ordered from our wood shop. If you’re not a builder, Hobby Lobby has a variety of framed blank signs ready to add lettering to. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
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