Say Hello to Holo!
If you have an event or celebration coming up, why not create your own bunting? Siser® Holographic HTV (heat transfer vinyl) is a great way to add a touch of glitz to any project, because it contains colour changing chips that create the effect of depth and dimension. Due to its flat, smooth nature, Holographic HTV is a great alternative for those who aren’t a fan of textured HTVs like glitter.
Below is all you need to get you started.
- Ribbon or string
- Foam tape (optional)
- Siser® Holographic HTV
- Siser® EasyWeeder®
- Siser® Cutting Mat
- Siser® Juliet™ or Romeo™
- Siser® Heat Press or an iron
- Heat Transfer Sheet or baking paper
The first step is to cut all of your bunting bases out of cardstock on either your Siser® Juliet™ or Romeo™ machine using one of the Siser® Cutting Mats. The Light Tack Mat is perfect for this, because it has enough adhesive to hold your cardstock or paper in place on the mat while cutting, but doesn’t have so much grip that you’ll tear your material when removing it from the mat. When cutting cardstock on your Siser® cutting machine, you can find the preset for it under Presets > Other > Cardstock.
When it comes to cutting your Siser® Holographic HTV, it can be cut without a mat, so simply load it into your machine shiny side down and use the cut preset under Presets > HTV > Holographic. Of course, it never hurts to do a small test cut on your material first using the Test Cut button, just to check that your blade is positioned at the correct depth, particularly because Siser® Holographic HTV is a little thicker than other HTVs in the Siser® range. Remember to mirror your design in Leonardo™ Design Studio as you’ll be flipping in order to apply it to your cardstock.
But before you can do that, you have to weed your design. Given that Siser® Holographic HTV is a more rigid HTV, it’s recommended that you hook a corner using your Siser® EasyWeeder® and then slowly and gently pull to remove those excess pieces. If part of the excess tears, that’s OK. Simply rehook the part that was left behind with your Siser® EasyWeeder® and gently pull away from your design again.
Once all of the weeding is done, it’s time for the fun part – applying the Holographic HTV to the cardstock. After positioning your design in place over the cardstock, simply add heat! Whether you’re using a Siser® Heat Press or an iron, cover your material with a Heat Transfer Sheet or baking paper and apply medium pressure for 15-20 seconds at 160°C. Once applied, Holographic HTV is a cold peel heat transfer vinyl, meaning you have to wait for it to completely cool down before you can remove the carrier sheet. If the design lifts anywhere at all, put the carrier sheet back in place and press for another 5-10 seconds, remembering to wait for it to cool down before attempting to remove the carrier sheet again.
Then all you have to do is string it all together using either ribbon or string. However, if you wanted to add a touch of elevation to your project, you could cut some additional cardstock flags at a slightly larger size and then attach them to the Holographic HTV bunting using foam tape. This is a great way to add some extra dimension to your bunting by creating a nice 3D effect.
But if you’re wanting to apply Siser® Holographic HTV to fabric, it’s recommended that you wait 24 hours after application for the first wash and machine wash warm or cold with mild detergent (liquid fabric softener not recommended). If you’re using a dryer, dry your garment on a normal dryer setting. Do not dry clean.
Siser® Holographic HTV is available in a great range of 25 colours and finishes, so you’re sure to find one that works for your project.