One of the things I wanted to do, when this whole business thing became legit, was create my own labels and printed swag. That being said, I managed to get myself a new Cricut machine. Thus, time to learn!
I started with making little signs for us and the family. Then went on to making cups. Both of these projects turned out amazingly! So I decided to go onto making the swag … pouches, labels etc. I started with Heat Transfer Vinyl and cotton canvas pouches.
Well …. the learning curve spiked. I did a great job cutting and weeding the vinyl. Perfect size. Looked wonderful! Put my Nintendo Switch near it for scale size.
I had such high hopes! Then I learned. *laugh*
We turned on the iron, followed the tutorial turning it on to the highest setting. Put a cloth over the vinyl and pouch, and ironed. Pressed the front for 20 seconds each press, front and back. And I waited. It seemed to take forever for it to cool enough to peel the carry paper off.
Dagon Creations stayed. It looked wonderful! The logo, well … parts didn’t stay. So, I did the process again. Still didn’t stay. I admit the frustration got to me. I ended up burning away the adhesive and ruined the logo.
I’m not mad…a little upset, yes. BUT … I know now what happened, and what needs to change before I try this again on cotton canvas. It might well be different on 100% shirts or bags.
My partner suggested that I might want to wash the others first, and maybe try again. The starch stay sprayed onto the pouches for delivery to the stores. So, yes, we will try again, with the smaller ones, once they are washed. If that doesn’t work (because of the iron heat/weight), we will save up to get a proper press.
So stay tuned for the fun adventure!
When this publishes (yay pre-scheduled publishing) I am on a mini-vacation, at a friend’s house high in the mountains and responsibly socially distanced. No internet, no cell, just my spinning wheel, and my yarn. Three days of bliss.
See you all when I get back to the studio!