About that Glitter HTV…

Layering glitter is tricky. You need to think about it a bit before layering or mixing with plain HTV. Most manufacturers advise that it’s okay to layer glitter HTV on top of plain HTV but not the other way around. (But…psssst, I’ve heard of more than one person who had success layering plain on glitter, so if your design desperately calls for it, experiment beforehand and see how it goes…give your experiment a wash test).

After weeding glitter HTV, you’ll probably end up with a haze of glitter bits on the carrier sheet. I’ve never had those bits adhere to the fabric after application—I just go ahead and apply the HTV as usual. However, if your design is made up of glitter *and* plain HTV, and you’ve already applied the plain HTV, the glitter bits from the glitter carrier sheet may become embedded in the already-applied plain HTV. You can avoid this problem altogether if you apply the glitter elements first, then the plain HTV. This is doable for some designs, but not all, and certainly not if you’re actually layering glitter on top of plain HTV. In that case, here are a few things you can do to get around this.

1. Trim off the glitter carrier sheet right to the design wherever the glittery carrier would come in contact with already-applied plain HTV. This works well for simple designs…where you’re adding a single piece of glitter HTV, say a bow, for example. For a more complicated design with multiple elements, such as a name, you could still do that, but it would be more finicky to apply separately. If you do this, have your Silhouette do the cutting. Simply change the blade to a larger number so it cuts through the HTV *and* the carrier sheet.

2. Remove the letters from the glittery carrier sheet and rearrange them on a used carrier sheet from plain HTV (with no glitter on the carrier sheet). Only one side of HTV will apply to fabric, so be sure to attach the same side of letters to the new carrier sheet as were attached to the glittery one. Apply as usual.

3. Trim the carrier sheet not right to the letters (or other design), but close so it acts as an offset (quarter inch? half inch?). This would keep all the letters (or small design pieces) attached to each other for simpler application and any glitter transferred to the plain HTV would be limited to that quarter inch/half inch area immediately around the letters and would look intentional. This cut could also be done on your Silhouette with a second pass. To do this, add an offset to the letters in the software, cut the HTV as usual (but with cut lines turned off for the offset), DO NOT UNLOAD FROM THE MACHINE, turn off the cut lines for the design, turn on the cut lines for the offset, change the blade to a higher number to cut through the carrier sheet, and send to cut again.

4. Create a knockout for the glitter design elements, then trim the carrier sheet to the whole glitter design you’ve knocked out. This is a good technique for more complicated designs. A knockout basically cuts away the plain HTV design areas that would be covered by glitter, so the glitter elements would be inset and the plain and glitter elements would fit together like puzzle pieces. I haven’t done a knockout tutorial on the blog yet, but if you search Youtube.com for knockout design Silhouette, you’ll get a bunch of tutorials on this technique.

HTV is tricky to remove from fabric if you make a mistake, so the best advice I can give is “Don’t make mistakes”. LOL Yeah, I know…not helpful after the fact, but it really is the best advice. Carpenters have it right with their saying “Measure twice, cut once”. The HTV equivalent is “check the weeding & placement twice, press once”. If, despite being as careful as you can, you do make a mistake, it may be possible to remove some HTV and reapply it the right way or in the right place. Try to fix mistakes right away. The longer HTV is adhered to fabric the harder it is to remove.

To remove an HTV mistake, carefully heat it from behind with an iron (a mini iron might be easier to apply heat to a small area without affecting correctly applied parts of the design) and then use tweezers to pluck off the offending HTV while the HTV’s still hot. Repeat the heat & pluck until the HTV has been removed. If you have a larger area, or the HTV has bonded too well with the fabric, you may need to use a chemical remover. But even that should be used within 48 hours of application.


Post time: 06-29-2017