Take advantage of negative space in your designs.

EasyWeed is one of the thinnest heat transfer vinyls available. EasyWeed won’t weigh down your garment, so experiment with how much or how little you use. Incorporating your T-shirt color in to your design saves money on materials while achieving a different style.

Take this racerback tank top from Next Level Apparel for example. The neon pink mixed with the burn out texture makes for one stylish garment. Uphold the integrity of the garment by using an htv graphic that incorporates the fabric instead of just covering it. Pink would work for a lot of negative space graphics. If you’re working with a pink Tee try pigs, cotton candy, flowers, or even breast cancer awareness ribbons. I chose to do a flamingo. The variegated pinks on this tank top actually make for a perfect flamingo because it mimics the color variations of their feathers. Each flamingo wears it’s own unique set of pink hues. You can wear something unique too with the help of Siser HTV!

I edited my text and image outside of Cricut Design space and then uploaded my images. To allow the negative space to show through I only need the outline of the flamingo.

Flamingo design in Cricut Design Space.

Even with those long legs the largest flamingos only grow to 5 feet tall!

Before cutting I placed my material shiny side down onto the sticky cutting mat provided with the craft cutter. When you put the material on to the cutting mat make sure there are no air bubbles. The material should be completely flat and pressed onto the mat.

Cut Siser HTV on the “iron on” setting and check the “mirror image for iron” box in Cricut Design Space. cricut flamingo

Seeing the flamingo in its final stage before cutting reminds me of a heat transfer vinyl project PersiaLou did with Siser StripFlock. See her flamingo tote creation here.

Cricut Explore Air craft cutter cutting Siser heat transfer vinyl EasyWeed.

Letting the cutter do its magic

Did you know the underside of a flamingo’s wings are black? Mother nature knows pink and black are a stunning combo, so I went with it while designing this top.Weeding the negative space from the EasyWeed flamingo.

Even with thin lines EasyWeed doesn’t lift up the necessary parts of the design. This made removing  my excess material so EASY!

Heat press pillow underneath next level apparel garment.

The heat transfer pillow between the top layer and the lower platen.

Threading the platen of a heat press with a Siser HTV in EasyWeed black.To get the best press on this garment I need to maneuver around the seams.

I moved the bottom hem so it goes further than the lower platen. However, the seams around the neck and arm holes need a little extra help. By using a heat transfer pillow I can raise the design higher than the seams. This will give even pressure, which is super important for making quality garments.

EasyWeed should be pressed at 305° for 10-15 seconds with medium pressure. I used parchment paper instead of a heat transfer cover sheet to get a matte finish. The cover sheet will give EasyWeed a semigloss finish.

Once my flamingo was pressed, I peeled the clear carrier off and positioned my “stand tall” words on the garment. I used black glitter for the words, so I bumped up my temperature to 320°. Again, I used a pillow for even pressure, but because the carrier sheet from the words overlapped on my flamingo I pressed the glitter for 3 seconds then I peeled the carrier sheet off, replaced the parchment paper on top and pressed for the full 15 seconds. This method keeps me from getting any indentations from the glitter carrier sheet on the EasyWeed flamingo.

Quick tip, when working with burn out tees always thread your shirt on your heat press or use a pillow in between the fabrics. Burn out tees have such thin areas of fabric the HTV adhesive could go right through and bond the front and back of the shirt if there’s nothing there to stop it.

Negative space design on Next Level Apparel garment

This tank top is totally ready for summer!

The pink fills in my flamingo outline perfectly! Negative space in your design doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Show me how you use negative space by tagging your photos with #SiserNA!