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Around Here: May 2022

Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) & Cutting HTV by Hand

Have you ever used reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)?  I tried it out for the first time and I had my doubts.  I mean, other than reflective stripes on bikes or running clothes, I just wasn't sure what I'd do with it. However, after some experimenting, I'm a fan now.  The reflective nature of the HTV is like a fun bonus that makes your handmade objects that much more special. 

This weekend, I made this super fun bag...

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....which totally transforms with the addition of light in a dark room...

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The reflective HTV changes color when the light flashes across it.  The base of this flower (black in regular light) is a rainbow reflective HTV that is too cool.  And the flower file I used is going to be the June SVG file for Maker & Super Learner Members.  So, if you're a Maker or Super Learner Member, I hope you'll use it and tag me in any projects you make with it!

I also made this adorable vehicle-themed t-shirt for my little guy...

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He definitely loves it and my Mom said she loves that I started with a black t-shirt instead of a white one.  I will admit that I tend to order a pack of white t-shirts to decorate for him, but I agree with her. The black is a super cool look.  I'm going to have to order more black tees!

I put together a short video all about my experiences experimenting with the reflective HTV for the first time.  I hope you'll check it out:

And in case you thought of skipping this post because you don't have an electronic cutter.  It is true that people almost always cut HTV with an electronic cutter, BUT you CAN cut it by hand!  There are several different methods you can use.  This first video shows how to use scissors:

And this second video shows how to use a craft knife for more intricate designs:

Where there's a will, there's a way!  I actually find hand cutting extremely relaxing and meditative.  Let me know if you've ever used reflective HTV.  I'd love to hear all about your experiences.

Thanks for stopping by!

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