Month: October 2018

Silhouette Print And Cut – Free Halloween Printable Stickers

Halloween is approaching, so I can’t think of anything better than creating a SCRARY halloween element printable. This Silhouette print and cut file is FREE so feel free to download and use it for your personal use. If you would like to use it for a commercial project or your Etsy shop, you can buy the right to use the file here.

What’s included?

  • A cute witch and her cat
  • “Spooky” spider
  • A scary candy
  • “Trick or treat”
  • A cupcake monster
  • A friendly ghost
  • A halloween cat
  • A haunted house

These Halloween stickers are great for planners, party favors, cards, signs, and other home decors. Your kids will also love to add some tricks and treats to their Halloween books.

[sociallocker]Click here to download the Silhouette cut file[/sociallocker]

Print and Cut:

I recommend you print this on a white sticker paper or glossy clear sticker paper. You can find them on https://www.onlinelabels.com or Amazon.com

I use the Canon Pixma MX 922 for printing, but most inkjet printers would do a good job. I will write a review on printers soon so stay tuned!

Note: I usually make print and cut files using the Silhouette Studio software. I found that sometimes the SVG files made in Silhouette Studio do not work well with the Cricut cloud-based software. Below is the JPEG version for Cricut users to import into Design Space.

[sociallocker id=”1418″]Click here to download the Cricut file [/sociallocker]

If you do not own any of those machines, simply print then cut with a pair of scissors. However, you might want to consider getting a cutting machine since you can create many amazing things with one. Enjoy and don’t forget to share this Silhouette print and cut with other crafters!

If you want to download each sticker individually, simply browse the items below:

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How to do sublimation printing on t shirts?

What is sublimation printing?

Sublimation printing uses heat and pressure to transfer the specially designed sublimation ink from a digitally printed design onto a polyester or polyester-coated substrate, creating a vibrant and permanent image on the substrate. This type of printing is great if you need to print complicated multi-color arts, and although it sounds complicated, with the right devices and materials, the process from start to finish is actually quite simple.  

How to do sublimation printing on t shirts?

Before starting, you will need: 

  • A sublimation printer
  • Sublimation ink and paper
  • A laptop and an editing software with a printer profile to ensure best printing results
  • A design that you want to print on the t-shirt
  • A white polyester t-shirt. Note: you can use cotton t-shirts, but sublimation printing works best on polyester or polyester-coated products.
  • A heat press (for instruction on how to choose the best heat press, click here)

Step 1: Printing

Print the design on a sublimation paper using the sublimation printer you have. Choose the printer profile you want, and make sure that “mirror image” is selected. Remember that the printed image must be a mirror of the original design; this is so that when we press the design onto the shirt later, it will come out correctly. Note that at this stage, the image will look rather faded, but it is totally okay.  

Step 2: Pressing and Transferring 

  • Load the t-shirt onto your heat press machine. Set your heat press to the desired specs. It is recommended to set the temperature at 370˚F and time at 60 seconds.
  • Adjust the pressure knob according to the manufacturer’s setting. Press your tee for a few seconds to remove wrinkles and moisture.
  • Insert a teflon paper inside the shirt to make sure the ink won’t transfer to the other side of the shirt. Press the tee for a few seconds more.
  • Place the printed image face down on the t-shirt, position where you would like the design to be.
  • Put a teflon paper on top, then press for 50 seconds with medium pressure.

That’s it! Now you know how to do sublimation printing on t-shirts! 

You can see that sublimation needs even pressure for a long amount of time at high temperature, making it not the ideal solution if you have a large order to fulfil. Another limitation is that it works best on polyester products, so if you want to sell cotton shirts, you might want to consider vinyl or screen printing. However, the nice thing about sublimation printing is that it is essentially a dyeing process. The ink, after penetrating into the t-shirt, will solidify and stay on the shirt even after washing. You won’t need to weed out the edges like with vinyl, which means any floral elegant designs will work really well with sublimation. It is also a cheaper printing method comparing to others. Other ideas beside t-shirts include jigsaw puzzles, plates, hats, blankets…Click here to download our free designs for your new shirts! 

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Best heat press for home use

Do you want to personalize your own outfit? Do you want to start a small t-shirt printing business but frustrated that your iron does not produce reliable results? It is time to look into the best heat press for home use.
A heat press is a machine that uses heat and pressure to imprint designs on surfaces such as fabrics, t-shirts, mugs, caps, plates and other products. Note that a heat press is neither a printer nor a die cutting machine. If you are looking for a machine that can cut designs, read our review of die cut machines for beginners here.
Here are our picks for the best heat press for home use if you do not have time to read further:
Price
$179.99
$239.99
$239.99
Prime
Yes
Yes
No
Plate size
15 x 15 in
12 x 15 in
16 x 20 in
T-shirts or other flat products
Yes
Yes
Yes
Hat/ Mug/Plate/Cap
No
Yes
No
Weight
49 pounds
52.4 pounds
81 pounds
Power
1400 W N/A
1800 W
Voltage
110 V
N/A
110V
Temperature range
0 to 450˚ F
N/A
0 to 480˚ F
Time range
0 to 999 seconds
N/A
0 to 999 seconds
Style
Clamshell
Swing-away
Clamshell
If you are looking to focus on printing on t-shirts only, the PowerPress industrial quality digital heat press 15-by-15 inch is an excellent choice.
Pros:
  • The controls are easy to use. Simply adjust the pressure knob, set the temperature and time to target settings, place your garment and vinyl stickers on the bottom plate, and there it is – your first uniquely designed t-shirt!
  • The teflon coated surface means you don’t need to spend extra money on coated sheets; it is also very convenient to clean.
  • The PowerPress is great for both domestic and commercial projects, and is truly a fantastic machine for the price, and a must have item for Arts, Crafts & Sewing.
Cons:
  • This heat press is used for transferring designs or sublimation on t-shirts, koozies, socks, or other products with flat surfaces only. For those who want to sell cups, mugs, and hats, you might want to consider getting the F2C Pro 5 in 1 instead.
  • Although 15 in. x 15 in plate is a good size, if you want to print on t-shirts bigger than a men’s XXL, you might want to consider other machines with bigger plates.
  • The Powerpress does not come with swing-away design. If this feature is important to you, look into getting the F2C Pro 5 in 1 instead.
The F2C’s industrial strength and multi-functionality make it a strong competitor amongst many heat presses in the market.
Pros:
  • The machine comes with attachments for cups, hats, and plates, which means you can offer more interesting products to your customers.
  • Digital LED controller, pressure-adjustment knob and non-stick surface help you get the job done nicely and quickly.
  • The swing-away feature means you can’t accidentally burn yourself.
Cons:
  • This one is a 360˚ swing-away so make sure you have a lot of backspace.
  • The F2C’s Tshirt plate (teflon coated) measures 12 in. x 15 in., making it great for smaller projects, but if you need a larger machine, check out the PNR 16 x 20” Heat Press.
This is a large and durable heat press, featuring T-shirt plate of 16 in. x 20 in. in size. If you mainly work with big projects, you should definitely consider getting this one.
Pros:
  • Its thick and large heating plate offers good pressure for sublimation and htv projects like jigsaw puzzles, t-shirts, bags …
  • This also comes with teflon-coated plate, which prevents scorching.
Cons:
  • This is not currently a Prime item so shipping time might take longer.
  • It is also relatively bigger than other machines so make sure you have plenty of space for it.
The best heat press for home use is the one that fits your need best. A 15 x 15 in will get most jobs done, but if you want to sell plus-size t-shirts, then get one with plate size of 16 x 20 in or bigger. Do you need to customize mugs, hats, or plates? Then one with multifunctional features like the the F2C Pro 5 in 1 should be your top choice.
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best die cutting machine for beginners

Best die cutting machine for beginners

Looking for the best die cutting machine for beginners? This article compares the two most popular machines: the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the Silhouette Cameo 3. They use blades and markers to create amazing custom vinyl stickers, t-shirts & home decors, cards and other really cool things. The tedious job of cutting shapes and patterns becomes a lot more fun, easier, and faster with the aid of these beautiful machines.

 

The best die cutting machine for beginners

Materials
+100 materials incl. vinyl, cardstock, fabric…
+100 materials incl. vinyl, cardstock, fabric…
Cut up to
2mm deep
2mm deep
Max cutting size
12 in. x 24 in. on a cutting mat
12 in. x 24 in. on a cutting mat
12 in. x 10 ft. with a lined media
Matless cutting capability
No
Yes
Price
$224.99
$195.99
Built-in bluetooth
Yes
Yes
USB port
Yes
Yes
Customer rating
4.2 out of 5 stars
3.9 out of 5 stars
Learning curve
Can be set up to print and cut within an hour
Might require hours or more
Little support from website and customer service

 

Both the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the Silhouette Cameo 3 are powerful machines.

They can cut 100+ materials including paper, cardstock, vinyl, faux leather, and bonded fabric…up to 2mm thick with high precision. Many beautiful iron-on T-shirts, pop-up cards, spectacular stencils, and amazing leatherwork … are created through die cutting, hence the limit is your imagination. A lot of Etsy sellers and small business owners consider them must-have equipments due to their reasonable pricing, durability and flexibility.

The Cricut Explore measures 24 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches so it will definitely fit nicely on your crafting table. The Cameo is slightly smaller and lighter. They both come with built-in bluetooth option, making wireless cutting a breeze. USB cables are also included if you prefer a more traditional connection.

The Silhouette Cameo 3 boasts its matless cutting capability while with the Cricut, you will need to use their mats in order to cut materials. The largest mat the Cricut offers is 12 x 24’’, while with the Silhouette you can cut up to 12’’ in wide and 10 feet in length. If you want to do larger projects, the Cameo 3 might be the better option.

What really sets them apart is the software solution each brand has to offer.

Cricut’s software Design Space is simple to use. Since Cricut employs a free cloud-based design platform, it is possible to create designs on and have them synced across multiple computers and iOS devices. There are also many tutorials on the Cricut website and their Youtube channel to get you started quickly. Cricut Access, a subscription based membership starting from $6.99/month, gives you access to more than 400 beautiful fonts and over 30000 cut-ready images. The only downside is you will need a reliable internet connection to get any cutting done from your laptop, but the offline feature is available on the iOS app for pre-downloaded designs.

The Silhouette, on the other hand, comes with the Silhouette Studio software which can be downloaded onto your computer; this means you can prepare, print and cut your artworks without having to go online. Moreover, the Silhouette’s library Silhouette Cloud allows you to upload your own designs and designs you have purchased online so they are accessible through other devices. There are more than 130000 designs on their Design Store that can be bought individually or on a subscription plan. However, the learning curve is steep. Silhouette does not offer great tutorials, so be prepared to read a lot of how-to articles and watch many Youtube videos in the beginning. Unless you are familiar with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, you will need to dedicate hours, if not weeks, to get used to its software. To be fair though, Silhouette Studio is a lot of fun once you’re comfortable. It is also more advanced than the Cricut’s Design Space so you can do way more complicated tasks with it. In other words, beginners might find the Silhouette Cameo intimidating at first, but if they’re willing to put in some effort, the results are quite amazing.

Conclusion:

The best die cutting machine for beginners is the Cricut Explore Air 2. The Cricut’s software is a lot simpler and more intuitive than the Silhouette Cameo 3’s. Both machines will do a great job though, and in the long run, they can help you save a lot of money. Whichever machine you use, do not let frustration stop you from creating amazing things for yourself, your friends, and family. After all, everything is better with a personal touch.

Below are a some free SVG files you could use to get started right away:

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