The NEW Way to Sublimate on Siser® Glitter

If you’re a fan of sublimating (or you’ve been following our blogs for a while), you may have heard that you can sublimate onto Glitter HTV. But what if I told you that we discovered a brand-new way to sublimate with perfect registration? Keep on reading because I’m about to show you the NEW way to sublimate on Siser Glitter!

Before You Begin

A Quick Recap

Before we dive into the NEW way to sublimate onto Glitter HTV, let’s go over a quick recap of the “traditional” method.

The traditional method of sublimating onto Glitter HTV involves first applying your HTV, then sublimating it afterwards. This method requires sublimation paper, so keep that in mind before you get started! It’s also compatible across many different kinds of creative software and cutters.

If you’d like to learn the traditional method, check out this blog post here or watch our tutorial video below.

Choosing the Right Color

Whether you’re using the traditional method or the NEW method, you’ll first need to select the Glitter you want to use! Technically, you can sublimate on any color of Siser‘s Glitter HTV. However, you’ll get the best results on lighter colors.

For the most vibrant results when sublimating, we recommend using one of the following Glitter colors:

Of course, these are just our recommendations. Feel free to experiment with other colors— and share the results with us if you do!

The NEW Method to Sublimate on Siser Glitter

The traditional method is a great way to sublimate, but applying the Glitter first then sublimating afterwards can lead to slight misalignments. If you’re someone who is determined to get the perfect registration, this new method is definitely for you!

A quick heads-up before we begin: the new method involves sublimating onto Glitter BEFORE cutting. If you’re using a cutter with an optical eye, you may have trouble getting the cutter to read the registration marks. Thanks to their built-in cameras that allow them to read registration marks even on glittery materials, I strongly recommend using a Romeo® or Juliet® cutter for this method!

Step 1: Setup

Begin by importing your desired design into Leonardo™ Design Studio. You’ll want to import your full-color image as a “Print and Cut” project and adjust the masks to remove the background.

Importing design as Print & Cut image to Leonardo.

Continue to the second step of importing to smooth the contours and eliminate the holes (or cavities) if you desire, then continue to the third step.

Smoothing contours of print & cut image.

If you REALLY want to ensure you have perfect registration without any pesky white borders on your finished design, this is where you’ll do it! Click the “Inset” checkbox and adjust the “Contour Offset” above to give your design a bit of an inset. This will give your design a bit of bleed when cutting, ensuring that the color of the blank material does not show up around the edges!

Adding inset to print & cut image.

When you’re done adjusting the offset (or inset), click “Finished” to drop your design onto the Artboard with registration marks.

Step 2: Print

Size the design as you see fit, then go ahead and hit “Send Design”. Leonardo automatically separates the print and cut layers on the lefthand side of the screen.

Note: Because this print is going to be applied face-down onto the Glitter, you’ll need to mirror it first. Simply check the “MIRROR” box to the right and you’re good to go! Now just make sure your sublimation paper is loaded into your sublimation printer, then hit “Send to Printer.”

Sending design to the printer.

Step 3: Sublimate

You may have noticed the steps have been the same as the traditional method so far. But here’s where we start to mix things up! For the NEW way to sublimate Siser Glitter, you’ll be doing the sublimating process BEFORE cutting.

Set your heat press to about 390°F/200°C (or whatever temperature your sublimation paper recommends). Place a non-stick cover sheet down on the lower platen of the heat press. It’s imperative that the cover sheet is NON-STICK so your Glitter sheet does not adhere to it! Remove the carrier from your sheet of Glitter and set it face-up on the non-stick cover sheet. Place the printed sublimation paper face-down onto the Glitter, then cover with a piece of parchment paper. Press for a full 60 seconds.

Sublimating Glitter using a heat press.

When the press is complete, CAREFULLY peel away the sublimation paper. Your sheet of Glitter is now sublimated! You’ll notice that the crop marks have also sublimated onto the Glitter. This is exactly what we want! Allow the Glitter to cool down for a bit, then carefully remove it from the platen. Thanks to the non-stick cover sheet underneath, the Glitter should easily lift away.

Removing sublimation paper from Glitter.

Step 4: Cut

Now that your sheet of Glitter is sublimated, it’s time to cut! Go ahead and place it on a Light Tack Cutting Mat and load into your Romeo or Juliet cutter. Position the blade so that it’s over the bottom-left registration mark.

Important Note

Normally, the bottom-left registration mark with have a small triangle underneath it to let you know where to start. However, because the registration marks were mirrored during application, the small triangle will appear underneath the bottom-right registration mark instead. Ignore this and position the blade over the bottom-left registration mark like normal.

Positioning the Juliet cut head over the registration mark.

Back in Leonardo, click the “Cut Contours” layer from the lefthand side of the “Send Design” screen.

Note: Since the design is now facing the correct way after having been applied, uncheck the “MIRROR” box, then go ahead and send it to the cutter.

Sending cut contours to the cutter.

With a typical craft cutter, this would normally be where you receive an error as the optical eye struggles to find registration marks on glittery material. But Romeo and Juliet are anything but typical! Thanks to the built-in camera, your high-definition cutter will be able to identify the registration marks and start cutting!

If your design is one solid piece, you can go ahead and remove it from the cutting mat!

Removed sublimated and cut Glitter from mat.

If your cut is made up of multiple smaller pieces however, you’ll want to mask first! Remove any of the excess material from the mat, then take some TTD Easy Mask and roll it down— squeegeeing thoroughly so that it lifts up each of the Glitter pieces.

Step 5: Apply

It’s now time to apply! Lower the temperature on your heat press to about 320°F/160°C and place your garment on the lower platen. Pre-press the garment to remove any wrinkles or moisture, then place your sublimated Glitter design down onto it. Cover with parchment paper and press for 15 seconds. If you used mask, wait a few seconds before peeling it warm.

The new way to sublimate on Siser Glitter HTV.

Ta-da! Thanks to doing the sublimation step FIRST, you’re able to put the registration marks directly onto the Glitter. This allows the cutter to cut exactly where the contours are supposed to be, eliminating the guesswork of lining up sublimation paper after application.

It’s Time For Your Sublimation Graduation!

Congratulations! You now know the NEW way you can sublimate on Siser Glitter HTV! Say goodbye to those unsightly white edges on your print and hello to perfectly-cut full-color designs!

But before you start sublimating all the Glitter in your home, watch Patrick’s video tutorial below to see this process in action!

Have you tried sublimating onto Glitter before? What do you think of the NEW method? Do you want to see MORE sublimation blogs with other materials? Let me know in the comments below!