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Try This: Sublimating Glitterflake Heat Transfer Vinyl

Applying glitterflake transfers to black garments can be tricky. Try these tricks to make sure you get it right.

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In the spirit of the New Year, create a garment that will add some sparkle to your celebration.

This following is geared toward applying the transfers to black-colored garments to create the best end product. Not to say other dark-colored items won’t turn out, but they are going to be a bit more time consuming to get the transfer just right.

Materials Needed

  • Heat press
  • Vinyl Cutter
  • Siser glitterflake
  • Sublimation printer
  • Black garment
  • Transfer paper

Step One: Creating the print

Create your design and print the vector path to your vinyl cutter with the Siser Glitterflake in the cutter (works with the Siser neon glitterflake, silver glitterflake and has proven to work best with white glitterflake). Create and print your sublimation design to your sublimation printer making sure there is enough bleed room (a square over copy is usually best to assure it is placed accurately).

Step Two: Transferring the glitterflake

With your press set to 375 F, place the glitterflake transfer onto your garment and press for 2 seconds to tack the vinyl to the fabric.

Step Three: Transferring the sublimation design

Take your sublimation transfer and place it onto the already-transferred glitter. Press at 375 F with a Teflon or protective cover for 30 seconds. Remove transfer immediately after pressing and your project is complete.

Sarah Young

Sarah Young has been in the graphic design industry for over 10 years with six years of apparel decoration under belt. For the last 3.5 years, Young has been Event Marketing & Design Coordinator for Coastal Business Supplies. Her previous design experience includes offset print setup and some screen printing. Young continues to work as a freelance designer for multiple avenues including custom prints, invitations, apparel and sublimation products. She can be reached at [email protected]

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