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Heat Transfer Vinyl
Heat Transfer Paper and Vinyl Combination
Heat Transfer Paper and Sublimation



Heat Transfer Vinyl


HEAT TRANSFER VINYL TUTORIAL      Source: Silhouette America Blog 

Today’s tutorial is another view on how to create heat transfer projects.  You will see how simple and easy it is. Choose the design you want to cut out on your heat transfer.  Make sure you mirror it so when you iron it, it will be ironed the right direction.

Then place your heat transfer in your silhouette shiny side down (this is the liner).


Then click on the send to silhouette link.  Weed the excess heat transfer away from the design, now you are ready to iron.


Place your design down on to your project and iron.  Make sure you apply pressure for 45 seconds and then move to the next spot on your design and repeat.


Now you have a perfect little shirt.  If you thought this looked like fun pick up the Heat Transfer Starter Kit and try it out for yourself!!!  This shape is only available in the kit!



BATMANTM SHIRT      Source: Silhouette America Blog by Analisa Murenin

Batman™ Shirt | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

Did you know you can find DC Batman™ Comics designs in the Silhouette Design Store? With this Batman™ design and flocked heat transfer material I was able to make this shirt for my little guy in minutes.

What you’ll need:

  • Silhouette CAMEO®, Portrait®, or Curio™
  • plain shirt (prewashed)
  • flocked heat transfer material (black)
  • hook
  • iron
  • pressing cloth
  • ironing board

Step One: Preparing The Design

Resize the design to fit comfortably on the shirt. When using heat transfer material you have to remember to mirror the design before cutting it. This is easily done by right clicking on the design and selecting “Flip Horizontally”.

Batman™ Shirt | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette


Step Two: Cutting The Design

Heat transfer material gets fed directly into the CAMEO or the Portrait without a cutting mat. The clear plastic side should face down. When selecting the material type you’ll find separate settings for smooth heat transfer material and flocked heat transfer material. Make sure to select the correct one since flocked heat transfer material is thicker.

Batman™ Shirt | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette


Step Three: Weeding The Design

Once it’s cut you should be able to see the outline of your design clearly enough to weed it. Weeding the design is when you remove all the negative space from the design. The hook tool really comes in handy here, especially with smaller areas of the design.

Batman™ Shirt | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette 


Step Four: Ironing The Design

Place the design where you want it on the shirt. The black part should be touching the shirt and the clear plastic part should be on top. 

Batman™ Shirt | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

Once the design is in place you’ll want to put a pressing cloth on top of the design to protect it from the direct heat of the iron. I usually use a scrap piece of fabric, but even an extra t-shirt should do the trick. Use firm pressure to iron over the design for around a minute. You may have to experiment because all irons act a little differently.

Batman™ Shirt | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

You’ll know the shirt is ready when the clear plastic peels up without any pieces of the flocked heat transfer material sticking to it.

Batman™ Shirt | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

This is such an easy to make shirt that any Batman™ fan would love to wear!




Heat Transfer Paper and Vinyl combination


WONDER DOG BANDANA USING PRINTABLE HEAT TRANSFER MATERIAL      Source: Silhouette America Blog by Kaitlin Biziorek


Hey all! Kaitlin here with you today :-) Now I don’t know about you, but I’m completely obsessed with my fur baby. Maybe it’s just because I got her a month ago, or maybe it’s because she’s so incredibly cute.

Either way, if you have a little fur munchkin, you probably share my obsession. And with the new DC Marvel™ movie that’s just come out, I was completely inspired to make my little puppy Pippa into a “Wonder Dog” of her own.

It was super easy, too! Just use the supplies I’ve listed, and follow the steps below, to make this super simple DC Wonder Woman™ dog bandana for your fur baby. She’ll instantly become the superhero you’ve always known she was. 

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You Will Need:

  • Silhouette CAMEO®
  • Ratchet blade and mat
  • Silhouette Printable Heat Transfer Paper – For Dark Fabrics
  • Silhouette 12-inch Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl (red)
  • Silhouette 12-inch Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl (silver)
  • Home printer
  • Plain blue bandana (or 14 in. x 14 in. piece of blue fabric)

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Shapes Needed From Silhouette Design Store:

  • Wonder Woman™ logo ( by DC Wonder Woman™) – Design #77518
  • Deco Font (by Lori Whitlock) – Design #122252
  • Star (by Pebbles in my Pocket) – Design #61255


Download your DC Wonder Woman™ logo from the Silhouette Design Store and import it into Silhouette Studio®. Once in Silhouette Studio®, your logo will be in 3 different parts, divided up by color. To edit the three shapes separately, you’ll have to first ungroup them.

Ungroup the shapes so you can edit each shape separately. To do this, right click on all of the shapes and click, “Ungroup.”

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Place each shape on top of the other in order - red over black, yellow over red, and black on the bottom.
Go to the Edit drop down menu and click on the “Select All” button.

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Select all three images. Right click (or CTRL + click on a Mac®) and press the “Group” button. This will give you one, solid DC Wonder Woman™ image to print off.

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Step Two: Turn On Registration Marks

When working with printable heat transfer material, you need to use your Print & Cut function of your Silhouette CAMEO® to get the perfect image to iron onto your fabric! To do that, you need to add registration marks so that your Silhouette knows exactly where to cut. Here’s how you turn the registration marks on:

(1) Click on the Registration Marks icon
(2) Select the machine you’re using (Today, I’m working with the CAMEO.)
(3) Adjust the margins of your registration marks on all sides so that they fit all the way around your logo, but are small enough that you can reuse the bottom half of your heat transfer paper if you want to, later.

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Step Three: Print Off Your Design

Now that your registration marks are in place, it’s time to print off your design.

Load your printable heat transfer paper into your printer so that it prints on a blank white side (the heat transfer paper loads just like any other 8.5 in. x 11 in. paper).

Go up to the very top toolbar and click on “File > Print” once your paper is loaded into your printer.

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(1) Choose the printer you’re using
(2) Click “Print.”

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Step 4:

Yay! Your DC Wonder Woman™ has printed perfectly. Now comes the fun part—cutting it out!

Place the entire piece of paper with the logo and registration marks on it in the upper left hand corner of the  mat (CAMEO 12 in. x 12 in. used here).

Load the mat into the CAMEO, lining the mat up with the line and the arrow on the left hand side of the machine.

TIP: Make sure your mat doesn’t go OVER the line and the arrow even the tiniest bit. Your Silhouette’s sensors are very precisely calibrated and if the mat is too far to the left it will give you a read error. If you can’t line it up exactly, it’s always best to go a little to the right of the line and arrow instead of to the left. That way, your Silhouette can read the registration marks and make a precise cut.

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(1) Click on the “cut” icon from the top toolbar in Silhouette Studio®

(2) Select your DC Wonder Woman™ logo so it’s highlighted and click “cut edge” in the cut style portion of your cutting preferences

NOTE: If you don’t do this, the CAMEO will try to cut around each individual color in your logo instead of the entire shape you so carefully grouped together in Step One. 

(3) Select “Printable Heat Transfer Material (For dark fabrics)” in the Material Type menu

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(1) Adjust your ratchet blade to the settings suggested for you under your blade type settings.
(2) Click “send to Silhouette” to send the cut job to your Silhouette

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Remove your design from the backing paper and set aside.

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Woo-hoo! You’ve successfully printed and cut out your DC Wonder Woman™ design. Now get ready to work with your red glitter heat transfer vinyl!



Adhere your vinyl (glitter side down!!) onto the CAMEO mat just as you did for your printable heat transfer paper in Step Four.

Load it into the CAMEO.

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(1) Go to your library and make sure you select your Deco Font  (#122252). Silhouette Studio® will automatically load the font.

(2) Click on the Text icon in the Silhouette Studio® toolbar. Type the text you want to use on your dog bandana. (I put “WONDER DOG” on mine.)

(3) Don’t forget to make sure your font is selected! You can check in the Font Style menu on the right. 

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(1) Select text. Click on the Replicate icon in the top toolbar
(2) Choose “Mirror Right”. This will mirror your text.

NOTE: Anytime you use heat transfer vinyl, you need to make sure the text is mirrored, because you will flip it over to the glitter side once it’s cut. So don’t forget!!

Delete the non-mirrored text, and put the mirrored version inside the mat on your screen.

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Click on the Cut icon in the top toolbar.

Repeat the process from Step Four to send your cut job to your Silhouette. 

Remove the vinyl (including the clear cover sheet) from your cutting mat and remove the excess vinyl from around your wording, leaving only your letters stuck to the clear cover sheet.

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Repeat the process for your stars! (They don’t need to be mirrored, but sometimes it helps to mirror them just to get in the habit when using heat transfer material.)

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For mine, I re-sized my star from it’s original size to around .5 x .5″, and replicated it across my Silhouette Studio® cutting mat 16 times (but use as many or as few stars as your heat desires).

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If you already have a bandanna, you can skip this part and go right to Step Eight. If you don’t have a bandanna, all you need is a piece of fabric a only bit longer and wider than a foot. (For bigger fur babies, you might want to try cutting the bandanna a bit bigger.)

Measure out a perfect square (I used 14 in. x 14 in.). Fold it in half and, voila!, you have a bandanna.

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Take your DC Wonder Woman™ logo and place it on your bandanna.

Place a protective sheet over your design (Silhouette Printable Heat Transfer Material comes with one in the package) and press.

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Apply even pressure and heat for about 10 seconds, then remove the protective sheet.

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Time to add some sparkle! Place your red glitter lettering (clear cover side up) where you want your wording on your bandana. Repeat this process with your stars.

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Remove the plastic and ta-da!!  Your fur baby is now the superhero you always knew she was :-)

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Heat Transfer Paper and Sublimation


USE ChromaBlast ON COTTON APPAREL - HEAT PRESS      Source: 




SUBLIMATION ON GLITTER - THE NEXT BIG THING?      Source: Siser Blog by Keith Allison


Sublimation (or dye-sub) has been around for many, many years. it’s been used to make some of the wildest motocross jerseys, soccer jerseys and even mouse pads and mugs. If you’re not familiar with dye-sub, look to the kiosks in your local mall. If there’s a kiosk that takes your photo and applies it to a mug or a puzzle or a mousepad, chances are that the proprietor is using sublimation. If you’ve ever seen a motocross jersey that is totally covered in a custom print, that’s sublimation as well. How about the cosplayer at Comic Con wearing the perfect Spiderman or Batman costume… sublimation as well! The major downside to sublimation is that for garment printing, you have to apply to polyester. What if you want to sublimate on cotton or dark garments? What if you want an effect like glitter? Well, in the past, the answer would be “sorry”! Thankfully, those days are gone! Siser makes a Glitter material that is perfect for sublimating on! The process is simple:

  • Cut just the shape of your design using Siser Glitter
  • Print the sublimated graphic of your design using a sublimation printer and transfer paper
  • Tack the glitter shape to your garment for 1-2 seconds at the temperature required for the transfer paper
  • Peel the carrier from your glitter while it’s hot
  • Lay your sublimated design over the top of your glitter shape.
  • Cover with a cover sheet and heat apply. Sublimation usually requires a high temerature and a long dwell time
  • After application, peel away the transfer to reveal your awesome design!

Combining sublimation and Siser Glitter opens up new avenues in decoration. Cheer, dance and fashion designs will never be the same! If you currently sublimate, call a Siser Authorized Distributor and get your hands on some Glitter – there’s no limit to what you can create!

Siser has several Glitter colors that work well with sublimation, including the neon colors and white.

To see the process in action, check out the video below and share your comments.



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