Looking to discover a new way for your customers to get the most out of their sublimation markers? Now they can add a touch of sparkle and shine to their personalized creations for an out of this world look by sublimating on Siser Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl!
An added benefit of using glitter HTV with the sublimation markers is the ability for users to apply their hand-drawn artwork to cotton and dark-colored T-shirts. Since the markers work optimally on polyester or poly-coated substrates (which are usually white or light-colored) when used alone, this personalization approach opens up the ability for crafters and artists of all types to create a wide range of apparel and fabric items using their drawn artwork. In addition to a heat press or craft press/iron, end users will also need to utilize a desktop or professional-grade cutter to create their base heat transfer vinyl design.
In this blog post, we’ll show how easy it is to create shimmery T-shirts, totes, and other totally fun items by sublimating onto white Siser Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl using the Artesprix Permanent Thermal Transfer Markers!
Here’s everything needed to get started:
- Artesprix Permanent Thermal Transfer Sublimation Markers
- Silhouette Cameo 3 Vinyl Cutter (or preferred cutter)
- Silhouette Pen Holder attachment (optional)
- Siser Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Copy paper
- Heat press machine
- Thermal tape
- Heat-Resistant Gloves
- Piece of silicone-treated paper
- Protective Teflon sheet
- T-shirt (a dark-colored, cotton T-shirt is a good choice to start)
Heat Press Settings for Glitter HTV Application:
- Medium pressure
- 3-5 seconds
Heat Press Settings for Sublimating Glitter HTV with Markers:
- Medium pressure
- 40 seconds
Determine a Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl Cut
There’s a few different ways to approach creating a glitter vinyl cut design, which will act as the shimmery backdrop for the sublimated drawing. Sublimation newbies and those sublimating glitter HTV for the first time may execute their first project better by sticking with a basic heat transfer vinyl shape. This will give the end user the freedom to sublimate their marker design somewhere within the outline of the shape, as opposed to attempting to line up a complex vinyl cut to a complex drawing.
Additionally, cutting a more basic shape (such as a square, rectangle or circle) will help to keep the heat transfer process simple, and the customer can ideally worry less about the marker design accidentally overlapping the edge of the vinyl and sublimating onto the T-shirt itself (polyester tees, 50/50s and triblend T-shirts will allow for the marker colors to transfer). For example – if the end user decides to cut out a rectangle with curved edges, it may be easier to keep the marker drawing within the confines of the vinyl edges than if they were attempting to line up the drawing edge to edge of a more complicated patch of glitter vinyl.
However – if your customer is feeling creative and a little daring, and they’d like to try sublimating a more complex drawing on their heat transfer vinyl, encourage them to create their vinyl cut file in their preferred design software (or they can also download a fancier cut file if they’re still learning how to create their own designs). For this T-shirt, we downloaded a free vector design file courtesy of Freepik.
Pro-Tip to share with your customers: If they want to attempt lining up their marker design and the cut glitter heat transfer vinyl edge to edge and don’t want to worry about the possibility of overlap/accidentally sublimating part of their drawing on the actual T-shirt, encourage them to choose a darker-colored T-shirt made of 100% cotton.
Cut + Weed + Press the Heat Transfer Vinyl
Once the glitter vinyl design is determined, the file is almost ready to be sent to the vinyl cutter. End users may need to be reminded to mirror their designs – this is a critical step for both the heat transfer vinyl and the sublimation marker drawing to ensure the T-shirt design reads correctly.
Cut the vinyl and weed it, then heat press the glitter HTV to the T-shirt right away (385ºF, medium pressure, 3-5 seconds, hot peel). Since the sublimation process is triggered by heat, it’s good protocol to allow the T-shirt to cool in between applying the vinyl and sublimating the marker design on to the glitter HTV.
Let the Coloring Begin!
Now’s the fun part – it’s time to get coloring! For this extraterrestrial T-shirt, we utilized the Silhouette Pen Holder and the Artesprix markers to trace the full alien design on to a piece of copy paper.
If your customer doesn’t own the Pen Holder or they chose a more basic shape of cut glitter HTV, they can still let their imagination run wild! We do recommend tracing/measuring the size of the heat transfer vinyl cut-out (regardless of the shape) before coloring to ensure the coloring is taking place within the surface area of the glitter vinyl.
Ready to Sublimate & Shine
Once the glitter vinyl/T-shirt has had some time to cool down and the drawing is complete, lay the T-shirt out flat on the heat press platen. Using scissors, cut out the marker drawing as close to the outline as possible. Insert a piece of silicone-treated paper inside the shirt, as this will help prevent any excess marker ink from transferring to the back of the inside of the shirt in the event that there is any bleeding during the sublimation process.
Place the drawing directly on top of the pressed glitter vinyl – once you’ve registered the drawing with the pressed HTV to your satisfaction, secure the drawing to the T-shirt using heat-resistant thermal tape. Double-check that the heat press temperature has been increased to 400ºF and before placing a protective Teflon sheet on top of the T-shirt/drawing to prevent any excess color from transferring to the upper platen of the heat press. Proceed with pressing the tee for 45 seconds with medium pressure to ensure that the marker colors transfer vibrantly and completely.
While wearing protective gloves, carefully remove the transfer tape and drawing from the T-shirt after it has finished pressing (hot peel). Pull the silicone sheet out from the inside of the T-shirt – now check out the glittery artwork in its ethereal glory! You can guarantee that customers will love this fun T-shirt trick and the new-found ability to create stellar items using their own drawings and a little bit of glitter vinyl.
To learn more about the Artesprix Permanent Thermal Transfer Markers or to receive a copy of wholesale pricing, give our team a call at (314) 567-7565.