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.
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.
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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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Last month our freebie was “Ask your dad”
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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This month we teamed up with the most talented digital creators on the planet to bring you the absolute best Earth Day cut and print files. Our design “Leave it better” is available to purchase by clicking HERE or sign up for our email list below to get it for free, then check out the other designers sites for more earth day freebies!
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 using our Cheetah Print Shamrock digital design.
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. To purchase our Cheetah Print Shamrock click HERE or join our mailing list to get it for free 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.
Valentine’s day is all about showing how much you love someone. Wall hangings are the perfect way to show love to those who enter your home. Using a piece of black canvas and heat transfer vinyl you can quickly create a custom piece of art. These poster hangers are super affordable and come in a two pack!
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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Joy is mentioned hundreds of times within the pages of the Bible, and with most of those mentions, there is battle. Maybe not a full out war, but the struggle is definitely real. But where does joy come from? How do you take yourself from a place of woe to a place of “consider it all joy”? How do you find pure, genuine happiness? Pause for pondering silence… aaand that’s where I messed up. Joy is not a product of happiness. Read that again. Joy does not come from happiness. If it did, it would be circumstantial and circumstances change.
What is going on here?
Scripture tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10), which means it kicks in when we are weak. 2 Corinthians 6:10 says “As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”. Wait, I can be sad and have joy? Well, the Bible says you can, so it must be true! I love John chapter 16 and how it relates to sorrow and joy.
The Lord’s time on earth is nearing the end. The disciples cannot comprehend what is about to happen to them. The Lord is trying to give them a heads up to what they are about to experience, but they just don’t get it. I imagine them standing there confused, shaking their heads in acknowledgement, looking at one another with a slight shrug, and continuing to agree. It’s as if they are agreeing because they trust Him not because they actually understand the words coming out of His mouth. “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’ What does he mean by ‘a little while’?” John 16:16-18. In modern terms, what is going on here?
The Lord, with all his patience and love and because He literally knows all our thoughts, knew they were struggling to figure this one out, so he throws another parable at them, because well, parables make sense. He likens their impending emotions to a woman giving birth to a child. He tells them, in the moment there will be so much pain and anguish they will hardly be able to stand it, but when it’s all over and the travail has ended, they will have something so beautiful they won’t be able to contain the joy it brings. Then He ends with this, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Mic Drop.
Rejoice when it comes easy, fight when it doesn’t.
He overcame it all, no matter what it is, He overcame ALL OF IT. He left us the promise of the comforter, which we know from John 14:26 that the comforter is the Holy Ghost, the spirit of God living in our hearts. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that joy is a fruit of His spirit, that it is something we produce when His spirit is inside us. Makes me realize all the searching I have done to “find joy” was so unnecessary.
Think of it as a seed that has been planted; a promise that comes in it’s perfect season. We can have joy even when we’re not in our happy place. Remember, happiness is fickle. We cannot depend on it. But joy! Joy is with us through the bad. We may not see it or feel it, but it’s there, waiting on the other side of the pain. I encourage you to put feelings aside and seek joy every single day. Rejoice when it comes easily and fight for it when it doesn’t. Find joy and cling to it.