I love the fall season because, after a long, hot summer, it’s nice to breathe in the crisp air and marvel at the beauty of the changing colors. There are so many fall crafts that are easy to create which you can either give as gifts or use to decorate your home. Today I want to show you how to use heat transfer vinyl on a canvas. It isn’t as hard as it sounds, I promise! So let’s get to it!
–Multicolor heat transfer vinyl pack from ImPRESSED Vinyl
-Blank canvas (found at most art and craft stores)
–Cutting machine (I used a Silhouette Cameo)
-Weeding hook or craft tweezers
-Home iron or heat press
STEP ONE: Prepare Design In Software
Open your software program (I used Silhouette Studio) and either create your design from scratch or import one. The image used in this example is available for free at the end of this post!
Since the correct way to cut heat transfer vinyl is on the back-side; we need to mirror our image. Right-click on your image and select flip horizontally.
Now our design is mirrored.
I wanted to make my design with two colors, so we need to separate the parts. Right-click and select ungroup. Now you can move part of the design off of the working area and cut each section with a different color.
Good work! Now our design is ready to cut!
STEP TWO: Cut Out Design With ImPRESSED Heat Transfer Vinyl
Go to your cut settings window and select Heat Transfer, Smooth for the material. Be sure to change your blade accordingly if you aren’t using the auto blade feature on the Cameo 3.
Place your heat transfer vinyl onto your cutting mat, shiny side DOWN.
Load your cutting mat into the machine and let it get to work!
STEP THREE: Weed HTV designs
After you’ve cut both parts of the design, it’s time to weed! Begin by pulling off the HTV that is not part of the design.
Use a weeding hook or a pair of craft tweezers to weed out the detailed insides of the letters.
Continue until both parts of the design are weeded
STEP FOUR: Iron HTV Onto Canvas
Once our heat transfer vinyl has been cut and weeded, it’s time to add some heat! Warm up your iron to cotton settings with no steam. For a heat press, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Because the canvas is stretched over a wood frame, we have a large empty area on the back. Heat transfer vinyl uses pressure for good adhesion, so roll up a towel and place it under the canvas so you have something to push against with your iron.
Place your brown border onto the canvas and center it.
Now put the Teflon sheet over the design and press for 15-20 seconds, then repeat until all areas of the border have been pressed.
Wait for the design to cool at least one minute. Then carefully peel off the clear carrier sheet. If any part of the vinyl starts to lift, place the carrier sheet and Teflon sheet back down and add some more heat and pressure.
Repeat steps for the orange text. Place it in the middle of the design, cover with Teflon and press.
Once cooled, peel off the carrier sheet.
And now we have a festive fall canvas that will remind you always to be thankful!
As promised, we are providing this SVG file for FREE to our readers. Click on the picture below or click here to download your copy of this design. Personal use only.