How to Layer Heat Transfer Vinyl

Put a fresh spin on your designs with multiple colors and finishes! Siser® HTV provides all kinds of options for you to layer, however not ALL heat transfer vinyl can be layered. If you want to check if your HTV can be layered, simply go to www.siserna.com, select the product from the drop down menu, and underneath the listed available colors it will say “Can be layered” or “Can not be layered.”

EasyWeed Extra can be layered website screenshot

1. Close Cut Carriers

When trimming your cut design away from the sheet or roll of HTV it’s important to cut closely for a few reasons:

  • Saves as much material possible

Trimming away the excess HTV

 

  • Allows you to heat apply multiple transfers at one time

Cut back on production time by cutting your carriers closely. Overlapping HTV and carriers will adhere to each other instead of the garment, but if they’re trimmed then you can avoid overlapping and apply multiple colors at one time.

Close cut carriers enable 2 color applications in 1 press

 

  • Reduces the risk of a carrier impression mark on the first layer of HTV

If you’re getting carrier marks consistently, check out tip #3. If they’re still an issue, lower your pressure.

carrier mark on coral EasyWeed Stretch

Carrier marks are hard to photograph, but appear more clearly in person.

 

2. Short Presses

You know how in baking something can be under done, just right, or baked to the point of burning? Well applying HTV is kind of like baking. You don’t want to over or under do it since peeling can be caused by both a too short press and too long. When pressing multiple layers its important to remember that the first layer will receive the additional heat of each press afterwards. Say you pressed a 4 color design for the recommended 15 seconds for each layer. The first layer would end up with a total pressing time of ONE MINUTE. That is one burnt cookie.

How about another example? This time showing the right way to press HTV! If you’re working with an EasyWeed product, you have the benefit of the 1 second tack. Any other HTV can be applied with the Glitter method.

  • Prevent Over Baking HTV

  1. Tan EasyWeed: 1 second tack, hot peel
  2. Sweet Mint EasyWeed Stretch: 1 second tack, hot peel
  3. Lilac EasyWeed Stretch: 1 second tack, hot peel
  4. Passion Pink EasyWeed Stretch: 1 second tack, hot peel
  5. Press everything for 10 seconds

How to properly layer EasyWeed Stretch heat transfer vinyl

  1. Gold Glitter: 1-5 second press, warm peel
  2. Mint Glitter: 1-5 second press, warm peel
  3. Lavender Glitter: 1-5 second press, warm peel
  4. Hot Pink Glitter: 1-5 second press, warm peel
  5. Press everything for 10 seconds
    How to properly layer Glitter heat transfer vinyl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All presses should be done with a cover sheet of some kind. Check out tip #3 for the reason why!

  • Prevent Shrinking HTV

Over baking HTV leads to shrinking HTV! Short presses reduce the amount of shrinking from HTV and your garment. This is especially important for maintaining proper registration and alignment of your designs.

 

3. ALWAYS Use A Heat Transfer Cover Sheet

A heat transfer cover sheet is essential to each press

*Pro Tip: Use magnets to anchor a heat transfer cover sheet to the top platen.

Siser offers non stick, reusable cover sheets, but if you don’t have one of those you can use parchment paper, multipurpose paper, or a pressing cloth like a clean piece of 100% cotton. The benefit of a cover sheet is that it

  • Protects Upper Platen

  • Protects Garment

  • Protects HTV

Previously applied heat transfer vinyl without a carrier sheet (like the first layer of a multi-color design) can melt or leave adhesive residue on the pressing platen. The residue on the platen may not be noticeable, but the next press without a cover sheet could adhere a random piece of gunk to the garment. A cover sheet keeps everything clean. Cover sheets also offer a layer of heat protection to prevent heat sensitive items from scorching.

 

  • Alleviates Carrier Marks

Remember those pesky carrier marks we talked about in tip #1? Well they’re easily dealt with if you use this trick. Press the HTV with the carrier for 1-5 seconds, peel the carrier according to the product, then place a cover sheet on top and press for the remaining time. Peeling the carrier early prevents it from embedding in the bottom layer, and pressing with the cover sheet evens out any marks.

 

4. Glitter is ONLY A Top Layer

Glitter is the star of the show, so it’s never on the bottom! It might also have something to do with durability…Ok fine, it’s all about durability. The textured surface of Glitter does not provide an applicable area for HTV, It can cause the material to peel off after washing. So if you want to use multiple kinds of HTV, ensure your design leaves Glitter only on top. This rule also applies to Holographic.

Neon Pink Glitter layered on top of white EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl

Neon Pink Glitter layered on top of white EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl

Confetti Glitter layered on top of black EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl

Confetti Glitter layered on top of black EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Trick to Layering the Less Bulky Way

But what if you want a look that’s multicolored and all Glitter? You can do it! Just be mindful of your artwork and check out How to Layer Siser Glitter HTV for all the details. This method eliminates bulky layers, allowing the garment to move naturally with the body. So it’s not just a good trick for Glitter, but for all HTV layering! See how we used the same method with EasyWeed Stretch in this post.

Bonus!

So now that you know the tips and tricks for layering heat transfer vinyl, you might be wondering How Many EasyWeed Colors Can I Layer? The best HTV projects start with a great design and this post will help you start designing smarter!

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If you want to create multicolor designs with several colors, finishes and layers of HTV then you NEED to brush up on these 5 tips and tricks for layering heat transfer vinyl.

Please leave any questions in the comment section 🙂

By |2018-03-09T14:55:22-04:00May 19th, 2017|Informational|40 Comments

About the Author:

Lily is Siser's go-to crafter. Her ideas and abilities to incorporate HTV into her projects is inspiring. Well versed in Heat Transfer Vinyl, Lily embraces the methods and materials to deliver creative content week after week!

40 Comments

  1. Ophelia Morin August 26, 2018 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    I am doing a layering, but everything is vinyl, two layers, the top is Gillett but I want to put a 5 on top of that with vinyl and an edge.. will that be a problem?

  2. Ophelia Morin August 26, 2018 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I am doing chew layers of vinyl the top part glitter vinyl but I need to put a 5 and Edge it with a vinyl would that be okay?

    • Lily August 27, 2018 at 11:36 am - Reply

      Hi Ophelia! Glitter is only recommended as a top layer, and should not have another HTV layered on top of it. However, you can still create a layered look by creating a knockout design. This video explains the knockout method.

  3. Jennifer Miligan August 31, 2018 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    If using glitter and easyweed smooth on the same shirt, how do you handle the temperature differences and get a complete press with over or under pressing time and temp

    • Lily September 4, 2018 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Hi Jennifer! Siser® HTV can be applied in a range of temperatures. When applying heat transfer vinyls with 2 different temperature settings, it’s best to opt for the lower one. Which in your case is the 305°F for EasyWeed®. If you can press both colors without overlapping the plastic carriers, then 1 press for 15 seconds will do the trick. However, if you’re layering the HTV directly on top of each other- I’d suggest tacking the EasyWeed down for 1-5 seconds, peel the carrier hot, and then tack down the Glitter the same way. After peeling the Glitter carrier, press for 5 more seconds. Make sure to use a heat transfer cover sheet of some kind to protect your layers.

  4. Rhonda Price October 10, 2018 at 6:00 am - Reply

    Hello. I was layering siser easy weed (4 layers) I got air bubbles between the first 2 layers. This has never happened before. Any suggestions on how to avoid this happening. Thank you Rhonda

    • Lily October 10, 2018 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Rhonda! Bubbles sometimes occur from too much heat. It’s possible you need to lower your temperature or press for shorter periods of time on each layer. EasyWeed® only needs 1-3 seconds of pressing time per layer if you’re using a heat press with medium pressure.

      • Jennifer Whelan June 1, 2019 at 1:10 pm - Reply

        I had the same thing happen to mine and I had my temperature set at 305 and I did the 1-3 seconds of press per layer.

        • Lily June 6, 2019 at 12:31 pm - Reply

          Hi Jennifer! If you’re using a heat transfer pillow or teflon sheet during application, you may want to lower the temperature slightly since they tend to hold onto more heat than parchment paper would. Additionally, you may want to check the temperature of your heat press with a temperature gun to ensure it’s evenly heated and not creating hot spots.

  5. karla October 24, 2018 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Hi!

    Are ALL Siser Easyweed products able to be layered…or just the HTV?

    • Lily October 25, 2018 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Hi Karla! All Siser® EasyWeed® products are heat transfer vinyl and can be layered. Siser® pressure sensitive/adhesive vinyl is EasyPSV™ and all can be layered as well.

  6. Rhianna Hawk November 1, 2018 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    I really enjoy crafting and making unique shirts and bags for my family and friends, and I’ve just decided to start looking into siser htv rolls as a way to add a little sparkle and flair. Your tips for how to apply them is really helpful, especially your tip to cut close for reducing carrier impression marks. It’s good to know that I can layer HTV, and I’ll definitely take your advice and keep my pressure lower for the second layer.

  7. Sarah Sellers November 8, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    My customers keep having issues with the top layer (on 2 layer stuff) peeling off – any suggestions ?

    • Lily November 12, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Hi Sarah! Which types of heat transfer vinyl are you layering and what was the time, temp, and pressure you used to apply them? Some HTV (like Holographic and Glitter) can only be a top layer. Other HTVs (like those in the EasyWeed® family) can peel from uneven pressure caused by seams, buttons, zippers, etc. You may want to watch this video on uneven pressure and how to correct it with heat transfer pillows. If you’re still experiencing issues, please email our tech team directly at support@siserna.com.

  8. Bianca Ruiz November 24, 2018 at 7:43 am - Reply

    I forgot to add a name o an already htv pressed shirt, how do I fiix it without damaging the rest of the design?

    • Lily November 27, 2018 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Hi Bianca! Applied HTV can be pressed again with a heat transfer cover sheet on top to protect it.

  9. Juanita December 9, 2018 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Hi Lily!
    Quick question … can you layer regular EasyWeed on top of Black Board HTV ?

    • Lily December 10, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

      Hi Juanita! We do not recommend layering with BlackBoard™ HTV. I’d suggest using the knockout method to give the appearance of layering.

  10. Sharon December 10, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Making my great granddaughter a poppy troll on her 2nd birthday shirt…small and layers…did 1 layer fine..2nd layer pealed up and stretched..do I need to wait til the first layer is cool? I have removed the design and recut the first two layers..any other hints? Using siser.
    Thanks,
    Sharon

    • Lily December 11, 2018 at 8:15 am - Reply

      Hi Sharon! Which HTV are you using, what are using to heat apply it, and how long did you press each layer? This information will help me advise you best.

      In the mean time, if you’re using a product from the EasyWeed® Family, we typically suggest pressing each layer individually for 1-5 seconds and peeling the clear carriers while hot. If any areas are still lifting, cover your layers with a heat transfer cover sheet and press for 5-10 seconds.

      Since you experienced the HTV not sticking you may need to press longer, more firmly, or use a heat transfer pillow under the application area.

  11. Carol January 20, 2019 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Can I layer sister HTV on top of sister stretch HTV?

  12. Pamela January 26, 2019 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I only have household iron. What setting should I use? How much pressure and for how long?

  13. Nancy February 2, 2019 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Hi Lily
    I am new to this craft and need some advice. I am working on a project for a t-shirt, using Siser Holographic and Easyweed Electric. It is NOT layered. Being the holographic is to be applied @ 320 and Easyweed @ 305, should I tact one down first? Which one? What temp and for how long? I am using the Cricut EasyPress 2.

    • Lily February 4, 2019 at 8:41 am - Reply

      Hi Nancy! When applying multiple materials with different temperature settings, it’s usually easiest to use the lower temperature, in this case: 305°F. However, on the Cricut EasyPress, we find 335-340°F gives the best results for EasyWeed® products. If both products can be applied without overlapping carriers then 1 press for 10-15 seconds should be suitable. However if the carriers overlap, you’ll need to press the products separately. In that case, I’d recommend tacking the EasyWeed® Electric first for 1-3 seconds and peel the carrier hot. After, you can place the Holographic HTV and press for 10-15 seconds. Remember to peel Holographic’s carrier cold though, otherwise you could experience lifting.

  14. Marilou Quan February 17, 2019 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Hello, 2 layering questions:

    1. I have been trying the 1 sec tac on the 1st layer but when I hot peel, some of the image/vinyl is staying on the carrier sheet. I have been pressing the 1st layer sometimes up to 5 sec then the second layer does not line up because of shrinking. I have my press at 305. What am I doing wrong?

    2. I wanted to do an image on the front and back. Would you suggest a pillow or some kind of barrier so the opposite side I am working does not bet over heated? .

    Thanks for your help!

    • Lily February 18, 2019 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Hi there!
      1. Often when the time and temperature are correct and lifting occurs there is a problem with pressure. I’d suggest using a heat transfer pillow and trying the 1 second tack again.
      2. Yes, a pillow is recommended to be inside of the garment if you’re unable to thread it on the lower platen of your heat press or if you’re working with a home iron. Additionally, I’d suggest laying a cover sheet or piece of parchment paper on the lower platen when you flip the garment over to press the other side. This ensures the HTV that’s already been applied won’t pick up anything from your lower platen on the second set of presses.

  15. Kate March 5, 2019 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Hello, is it possible to layer on top of the Colourprint pu vinyl?

    • Lily March 6, 2019 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Hi Kate! ColorPrint™ PU can’t be layered, but you could make a layered look if you use the knockout method.

  16. Jenni March 29, 2019 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I have someone who wants me to just cut the images and they said they will iron them on themselves but now they want the letters in layered colors. I’m new to this so not sure if I send them the pieces and they do it all themselves or is there a way I can layer them for them and all they have to do is slap them on..tia!

    • Lily March 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Jenni! There’s isn’t a way to pre-layer HTV before applying it. You can stick the carriers together, but each color will still need to be applied individually.

  17. Sara April 2, 2019 at 6:46 am - Reply

    I completed a multi layer dress but after one wear the bottom layer is peeling up. Can I fix this?

    • Lily April 2, 2019 at 8:14 am - Reply

      Hi Sara! Yes, you can fix the lifting HTV by re-covering the area with a heat transfer cover sheet and pressing for 5 second intervals with your heat press or iron until it’s re-adhered.

  18. Danerys Delgado April 11, 2019 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I am making a design where the bottom is regular siser htv vinyl and I am layering with siser glitter htv vinyl. The glitter is getting all over the plain vinyl? Is there anyway to prevent this? or remove it?

    • Lily April 16, 2019 at 8:28 am - Reply

      Hi there! To remove the loose glitter from plain HTV, wait until it’s cool and then use a lint roller or your hand to brush the flakes away. To avoid this on your next application, you can tack the Glitter HTV for 1-5 seconds, peel the carrier, and re-cover with a heat transfer cover sheet before pressing for the remaining 5-10 seconds.

  19. Tameka May 18, 2019 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Does anyone know if the Siser Vinyl and inkjet paper can be layered? For instance, I designed the a larger vinyl piece and created a hat to go on top of this piece. The tips of the hat touch the vinyl piece. I just got notification that this is beginning to roll up at the edges where the paper touches the vinyl.

    Is this fixable? Can they put a low heat iron to it with no steam and it lay back down?

    Thanks.

    • Lily May 20, 2019 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Hi Tameka! While I can’t speak to the inkjet paper, you can reheat Siser HTV with a cover sheet (parchment paper or a cotton cloth will work too) for 5 seconds at a time to re-adhere any lifting pieces.

  20. Tameka May 21, 2019 at 9:15 am - Reply

    thank you. I told my customer to use an iron with something over it, so hopefully that works for her.

  21. Lily June 24, 2019 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Hi Sylvia! Even though you’re not washing the cheer bow, I would still recommend using the knockout method of layering for best results and greatest longevity. Layering HTV directly on top of Glitter can have unpredictable results.

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