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How to Cut Siser® Heat Transfer Vinyl with the Sizzix® Big Kick™ and Apply HTV with the Cricut® EasyPress

I think one of the best things about crafters is how resourceful they are. Often when they don’t have the exact tool/material/supply called for they find a way to make it work. Sometimes those ways are best left unsaid and unseen, (because the botched project is likely hidden in the back of a closet…trust me) but other times they become a neat little hack!

Another great thing about crafters is they love to share. So today I wanted share how you can use a tool that you might already have in your craft room to cut HTV. If you’re a scrapbooker or a cardmaker, you might be familiar with the Sizzix line of die cutters, but cutting HTV with them is going to be a little different than cardstock. So let’s get started!

How to Cut Siser HTV with the Sizzix Big Kick

While the Big Kick itself comes with two clear cutting pads and a white multipurpose platform, the dies are sold separately. With this model you can use very thin dies (right) and thick steel cut dies (left).

A thick, steel rule die next a thin thinlitz die.

Either one you choose will work, however the cutting process varies slightly. The larger die is thicker so it only needs a cutting pad on the bottom and top. Think of making a “sandwich” out of the pads, HTV, and die.

The thin die on the other hand, needs the multipurpose platform at the bottom of the sandwich to achieve the proper thickness that allows the BigKick to put enough pressure on the sandwich and cut the HTV.

How to cut Brick 600 with the Sizzix Big Kick

Cutting Brick™ 600 with a thick die and two cutting pads on the outsides.

How to cut StripFlock with the Sizzix BigKick

Cutting StripFlock® with a thin dye sandwiched between two cutting pads, and the multipurpose platform at the bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you’ve set up all your pieces, manually turn the crank until the sandwich pops out on the other side. You might hear a faint cracking sound, don’t worry, that’s just the dies doing their job! You will notice, however that the cutting pads get worn after use, so just like a cutting mat, it’s best to change up the area the design will cut.

Crank the handle to die cut heat transfer vinyl

Two things to note:

  1. If you’re working with a thin die and a thick HTV (like Brick™ 600, Glitter, or StripFlock®) you may need to crank the sandwich back through the machine for a second run to fully cut through the material.
  2. Keep an eye on the orientation of your die if it’s a word. When working with digital die cutters (like the Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Maker) we know to mirror our design and cut on the back (adhesive side) of HTV. So if you want to flip the dye horizontally (mirror) make sure the HTV is laid face down (carrier side), so you don’t end up with a backwards phrase. I prefer to lay the HTV down with the carrier side facing up, so I can place the die on top (like in the photos above.) But just know you can achieve good results either way- it’s ultimately your preference!

Making a sandwich with a mirrored die Cut HTV carrier side down if the die is mirrored

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After cutting, you may have some pieces of the shape that are stuck in the die. Use your Siser Weeder to poke through the tiny holes of the die to dislodge the HTV.

how to extract HTV that's stuck in the die

When all your shapes are cut, it’s time to move on to heat application!

 How to Apply Siser HTV with the Cricut EasyPress

The EasyPress is a fairly new tool on the market, but you might already have one and, yes it can absolutely be used with Siser heat transfer vinyl! Just like when you use an iron though, you’ll need a hard, heat resistant application surface. Additional accessories to use are a heat transfer cover sheet and a pressing pad.

how to apply Siser heat transfer vinyl with the Cricut EasyPress

The EasyPress’ pressing mat is not available quite yet, but if you’re an embroiderer, it’s possible you already have a tool that can be substituted! Wool pressing pads come in a variety of sizes and are originally used for heat fusing embroidery patches, but they can also be used like a pressing mat or heat transfer pillow to avoid pressing seams, and in this case, the plastic ends of the drawstring on these velvet pouches.

Avoid plastic pieces with a pressing pad or heat transfer pillow.

Avoid plastic pieces with a pressing pad or heat transfer pillow.

Since I’m going to layer two colors of EasyWeed® heat transfer vinyl, I pressed the first layer for 5 seconds at 335°F, and peeled the carrier hot. But the HTV is die cut, so there isn’t an edge of the carrier (created by the weeding process) to grab onto and peel the rest. This is where your weeder comes in handy again to get under the clear carrier and start the peeling process. This is a useful hack when HTV is hand cut with scissors as well.

Use the Siser Weeder to get under the clear carrier and peel it back.

Lay the second color, carrier side up, and press for 10 seconds. Repeat the carrier peeling step and your pouch is prettified! Fill it with treats, jewelry, buttons, or whatever other small items you need to store or gift.

More tips on layering HTV can be found in this blog post. 

filled and decorated velvet pouch for trinkets or gifts place second layer of HTV with the color and carrier face up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With just 2 dies, I made 5 unique designs using Glitter, EasyWeed Electric, Holographic, EasyWeed, and Brick™ 600 heat transfer vinyl.

how to decorate velvet pouches with Siser heat transfer vinyl

(top row, left to right) Old Gold Glitter, Yellow EasyWeed® Electric. (bottom row, let to right) Gold Holographic, Vegas Gold and Silver EasyWeed®, Yellow Brick™ 600 HTV.

Remember when I said crafters love to share? Pinning the image below is a great way to share these tips with fellow crafters!

Have cardmaking, scrapbooking, or embroidery tools at home? Don't put them away when you craft with heat transfer vinyl. You can use your Sizzix BigKick and Cricut EasyPress with Siser HTV to decorate all kinds of items!

By | 2017-11-02T15:05:38+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Crafters|0 Comments

About the Author:

Lily is Siser’s go-to crafter. Her ideas and abilities to incorporate HTV into her projects is inspiring. While relatively new to Heat Transfer Vinyl, Lily has embraced the methods and materials and delivers creative content week after week!

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