I am excited to participate in the monthly Silhouette Challenge for the first time. I just joined the group two weeks ago and everyone has been very friendly and have provided me with many ideas on what I can spend my money on. For those that don’t know me, my name is Kelly and I am scrapaholic and craftaholic. I have two young kids and share my love of scrapbooking, crafting and memory keeping on this blog.
The February theme for the Silhouette Challenge is fabric. That immediately made me think of a shirt that I have wanted to make for several months. In September, my husband Steve and I attended a Maroon 5 concert. I am a HUGE Maroon 5 and Adam Levine fan. I think I could sit and listen to Adam Levine sing all day… When we arrived at the concert, I decided to get a concert shirt. Steve is a wee bit jealous sometimes and he asked me not to get a shirt with Adam Levine on it! The only shirt I liked from the other choices had the title of the band’s latest radio hit Love Somebody. The shirt was only available in small and medium and I am not not small or medium sized. I was really disappointed about the shirt and I told Steve that I would make my own.
Glitter Iron-On Material
A week later, I purchased a roll of Cricut Glitter Iron-on (affiliate link) to use for my shirt. The product comes in a 12 inch x 19 inch roll.
The Glitter Iron-on (afffiliate link) consists of two different layers.
The first layer is a shiny liner that helps to hold the design in place while the material is ironed on. The other layer is the glitter material that will be adhered to the shirt. The glitter material’s glittery side is adhered to the shiny liner. The backside of the glitter material is dull. When the glitter iron-on is put on the Silhouette cutting mat, the shiny side is down. If cut properly, the Silhouette blade will cut through the glitter material but not the shiny liner.
I intended to use my Cricut Expression with the Cricut Glitter Iron-On to make my shirt. In October, I attended Spraguefest in Atlanta and won a Silhouette Portrait! When I saw this month’s challenge I decided to try using the Cricut Glitter Iron-on with my Portrait.
The first step was to create my design in Silhouette Studio. I don’t have a photo of the shirt from the concert but this design looks nothing like the concert shirt design. The design uses the Lobster and Arial fonts.
Because of how the glitter iron-on is cut and used, the final design had to be flipped horizontally so it could be a reflection of the original design.
Here’s a video tutorial on how I easily manipulated text to create my “Love Somebody” design.
Cutting The Design
Remember to place the shiny layer down on the Silhouette mat for cutting. There are no cut settings in the Silhouette for the Cricut Glitter Iron On because it isn’t a Silhouette product. I using different settings to make small test cuts in negative space of the design. I finally settled on the flocked heat transfer settings in Silhouette Studio for the cut. After cutting, the cut needs to be weeded. Weeding is just removing all the glitter material from the negative space that isn’t needed in the final design. It is hard to see but the shiny layer is completely intact (it is a tad darker there) as a rectangle in the final weeded image on the right.
Adding The Design To The Shirt
If the shirt you are using is new, make sure you wash and dry it first.
While I weeded, I plugged in my iron for it to heat up. Next I ironed my shirt and then removed the shiny layer from the cutting mat. I placed the design where I wanted it on my shirt. You can see the outline of the shiny layer of the iron-on. It is adhesive so it sticks to the shirt.
I was supposed to use a thin cloth to put between the iron and the design. I used a pillow case.
After I ironed per the package instructions, I waited for the shiny layer to cool down and then carefully peeled it off.
This is how the final design looked on the shirt. Gotta love the bling!
I am happy that I crossed something off my crafty to-do list and have a shirt to remember the awesome concert we went to last year!
My Silhouette Challenge friends and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
- No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
- No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
- Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
- Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
- Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
- DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
- Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
- Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
- Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
- Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
- Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
- Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
- Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
- Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
- Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
- “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
- Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
- Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
- Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
- “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
- DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
- Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
- Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
- Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
- Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
- Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
- DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
- Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
- Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
- DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
- Birthday Challenge by Fadville
- Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
- Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
- “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
- Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
- Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
- Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
- Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
- Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
- Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
- Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
- Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
- Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
- Teddy Bear by Work in Progress
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