Hi there RQC Supply Crafters! Today we are going to talk about layering Heat Transfer Vinyl or also know at HTV! Layering HTV may seem impossible for beginners, but honestly, it will seem easy as pie with a little bit of practice. In this blog post, we are going to answer some of the commonly asked questions about layering. If you don't see your question below, please email us with any questions about our products. We will do our best to answer them!
FAQ for Layering Heat Transfer Vinyl
Can I Layer Regular Heat Transfer Vinyl?
Of course, you can. Smooth, or sometimes referred to as traditional Heat Transfer Vinyl, can be layered. Reminder only up to four layers. Helpful Tip: If you plan from an image and create your files, one useful tip is to work from background to foreground.
Can I Layer Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl?
With most glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, I would say no, but RQC Supply does carry a Sparkle Glitter by Siser that you can layer with! Siser has created this HTV to be soft to the touch, unlike their Glitter HTV with a rough feel. Each sparkle colour includes silver glitter specks embedded in the material, so designs have a smooth finish. A smooth means you can layer the Heat Transfer Vinyl.
What about the other specialty vinyl?
All specialty vinyl (flocked, holographic, metallic, etc.) can only be the last layer of your design. Sadly, you wouldn't be able to layer another vinyl on top of the specialty vinyl. This vinyl can only adhere to standard HTV.
What are some tips for creating a layered HTV pattern file?
The most important tip I can give for this is; keep your file organized! I would suggest when creating your pattern to keep your colours grouped. This way, I could separate them to cut. You could even take it a step further and cut by color at the end if you were cutting different types of vinyl.
How Do I easily Group Up My Colours within my design program?
Sometimes Crafter wants to work with a 3 or 4 layered design but is having some difficulty with the file. Depending on what program you are working in, there is a way to select the colour to "group it" or "attach it." For Illustrator, there is; Select> same> fillcolour. In Design Space From Circut, you would use the selection called attach.
Should I worry about the temperature when layering HTV?
Yes! If I were using two different materials, I would have ensured that the higher temperature vinyl was on the bottom. This way, itprevents your vinyl from discolouring or burning. Now, I know that sometimes you can't avoid pressing the higher vinyl last because you may be using Glitter HTV or something similar. Using a "two-second tack" will save you! There you have it. The most frequently asked questions we see from our customers when they begin to layer their design. We thought here at RQC Supply we would make a blog post, so crafters have easy access to their questions' answers. If you can think of any more questions that we didn't touch on, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We answer emails daily and are happy to help you out with any crafting questions! If you are a beginner crafter that just got into layering your Heat Transfer Vinyl, please share your work on social media and tag us! We love to see all the work crafting supplies for, and social media is one of the easiest ways for us to see it! I hope you have an excellent rest of the day and HAPPY CRAFTING!