Hello Everyone! It’s Michelle here and today I am going to show you something other than a card….and it only has one itty bitty piece of paper on it! I know right? We are papercrafters….what was I thinking? Well, I love all kinds of crafts and I love to incorporate my Hero Arts love into all aspects of crafting. Today, I have used a digital kit from Hero Arts, my Silhouette machine and some stamping with paint. Yes! Paint! Here is the project:
So you are probably looking at this saying….”wait…what? I thought she said she didn’t use paper?” Well I didn’t. What you are looking at is HEAT TRANSFER VINYL…otherwise known as HTV. This stuff is fun, fun, fun!
Here’s a close up of the process:
First you must pick a design. I decided to use the Haunted Halloween Digital Kit from Hero Arts (all products are linked below). I turned it into a digital cut file just like I showed you how to do on the blog hop. Need a refresher? Click HERE
So instead of cutting it out of paper I decided that I wanted to use the HTV on my project instead. It will hold up longer, resist dust better and I have no worries about getting adhesive to stick to the burlap. HTV is iron-on material. No glue necessary…just an iron. FYI….I don’t iron…unless I am doing HTV. My husband does all our ironing. The military taught him well. 😉
So, you put a sheet of HTV on your cutting mat just like you would cardstock, the only difference is you want it shiny side down. Once you have set your settings on your cutter for HTV, cut and then you want to peel off the entire sheet. Here is where the magic happens. You separate the shiny part from the HTV. It’s kind of like pulling off a sheet of rubbery glue.
Here is what you are left with:
If you look carefully you can see where I didn’t “weed” out the all the windows yet. When you pull the large sheet off you are left with what is going to be your iron-on. You have to “weed it”. Basically you are removing all the little pieces that have been cut but didn’t peel away. If you have the hook tool from Silhouette it will be the perfect tool for this job.
After I weeded out the windows, I decided I did’t wan the burlap to show through. I decided to cut just the windows out of some Neon Yellow HTV. You don’t have to waste a whole sheet of HTV either. The stuff is expensive. Cut down just what you need and make the adjustments in your machine. Then just put on the exact amount you need cut.
That little rectangle I circled in the back is just enough to cut the windows out. The grid in your Silhouette Studio is great for getting exact measurements. Adding the windows to the haunted house was a bit tedious but I thought it added so much to the house. It’s worth the extra time if you have it. 🙂
After you have weeded your image you can now iron it on. You take the plastic sheet and flip it onto your project, cover it with a cloth and PRESS the iron for 60 seconds. No steam, just heat. Do not move the iron around. Go over the entire sheet until it peels up. If the HTV comes with the plastic sheet repeat the heating process again. It takes some time but the results are worth it.
Heat transfer comes in flocked material too. I used the flocked material for the Happy Halloween and the moon. Both of those came from the Silhouette store. They are both Hero Arts products. When you are cutting words or images you have to remember to “Mirror” them before cutting them or when you flip the plastic over to iron it on your words will be backwards. My haunted house is actually backwards from the way I designed it. I forgot to mirror it before I cut it. I am lucky that is worked either way for my project or I would have lost a whole sheet of HTV.
The ghosts were done in white flocked HTV. The crow on the tombstone is a Hero Arts stamp. I used Distress Paints to “ink” it up and stamp it onto the burlap. Don’t worry if the colors overlap a little. I think it gives it character. I used Chipped Sapphire and Silver on the tombstone, Pine Needles for the grass and a little black acrylic paint for the crow. Then just stamp like you would with ink. Just remember to wash your stamp really well as soon as you are done so the paint doesn’t dry on your stamp.
My skeleton was done in 3 ways. First I covered him really well in a Hero Arts Dauber in Unicorn White, I stamped him on the burlap but I didn’t get the best impression, I then painted the stamp with white and black acrylic paint to give me a shadow.
Lastly, I bought the same exact cut file from the Silhouette store and cut it with the white flocked htv. Did you know that a lot of Hero Arts stamps are in the Silhouette store? It’s kind of hard to get them to size identically but with a little help from my scissors I got the flocked skeleton to work over the stamped skeleton and it really helped bring him to life. The cat is the only thing made out of paper on this project.
And there you have it. A simple home decor item made from a Hero Arts digital kit. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
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Don’t forget to join us for our fun monthly challenge too. This month is all about Autumn and Christmas. You can enter HERE. I can’t wait to see what you create.
Until next time….Keep smiling!