Hi there! Do you like sublimation but want to add a little something extra to your projects? I’m here to show you how to add HTV to Sublimation projects in just a few steps, so let’s get started!
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How to Add HTV to Sublimation Projects
This project is multi faceted but still super easy! I love creating sublimation shirts but I also like making shirts with HTV. So why not incorporate the two? Yes, you can do this by sublimating on to HTV like I show HERE, but this is not the same. Here we will be adding UV color changing HTV to a baby shirt on a sublimated 100% polyester shirt. This HTV changes color with sunlight so it’s extra fun!
When designing your sublimation projects, you don’t want to apply HTV directly on top of sublimation ink. So you want to make sure you have “blank spaces” in your design for where your HTV will be applied. If you are using a Cricut, you can do this by separating the layers in Cricut Design Space and make some of them “print then cut” for sublimation (don’t forget to flatten) and the parts you want to cut change them to “basic cut”. I do it already for you in the design I have linked below. 🙂 You can open it up and see what I mean.
So let’s get into what all you will need:
100% Polyester Shirt
UV HTV (I used pink and gold)
Heat Press (I use my Cricut Autopress)
Cutting Machine (I used my Cricut)
I created a step by step tutorial video for you, check it out below:
Let’s go over the steps:
Open the design in Cricut Design Space. Resize as needed to fit your shirt. Print the design on your sublimation printer using TeckWrap Craft Sublimation Paper, don’t forget to mirror.
Hand cut around the image, you don’t want the registration marks for this project. Set your heat press to 400 degrees and the timer to 60 secs. Prep your shirt, remove lint and center the design on the shirt. Secure with heat resistant tape. Place a piece of butcher paper inside the shirt, place it on the press with butcher paper and press.
Remove the paper to reveal the design. Cut the rest of the image with your Cricut Machine and the UV HTV. Place the HTV shiny side down and cut, don’t forget to mirror! Weed.
Arrange the first color on the design and press at 320 degrees for 10 secs. Peel when cool. Apply the next color and press for 12 secs. Peel when cool.
And that’s it! Just activate the color changing effect in the sunlight. (I use a UV light to show you on camera)
Isn’t it adorable! I love how this HTV takes this sublimated shirt to the next level. You can use any HTV, but this UV HTV is exactly that extra little detail needed to make this pumpkin disco ball design pop!
I hope you give this technique a try!
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