Proposal with vinyl

I recently had the honor of helping my little brother propose to his girlfriend. He wanted to have their dog involved in the process and we did some brainstorming together and decided adding words to a dog toy would be the best option.

vinyl proposal

I found the toy in a local pet shop that was made of polyester so I knew the heat transfer vinyl would stick well to it.

He told me what he wanted it to say so all I had to do was find the right font for the job.

I was looking for a font that looked like something a boy dog would pick, yes this is what runs through my mind as I design! I went to my favorite website www.wordmark.it to go through my library. (I'm the type who looks through everything before making the decision)

wordmark font

I decided to go with a font called habitat for this project.

fonts in silhouette software

Next, I made sure to size it to fit the toy.

resize vinyl in silhouette studio

Anytime you work with heat transfer vinyl you need to mirror the design since you cut on the back.

flip horizontal heat transfer vinyl

I then resized the page to fit the strip of glitter heat transfer vinyl I was going to use.

The final step is getting your cut settings set up and luckily there is a preset for glitter heat transfer already. I made sure to do my test cut to double check it worked before wasting any beautiful sparkly material.

cut glitter heat transfer

Attach the material to the cutting mat using your scraper.

expressions vinyl on a mat

You can see the perfect test cut in the corner, the preset settings worked great for me. Now it's time to weed the excess material out.

weed out vinyl

It fits perfectly!

size vinyl correctly

I used a regular iron to attach it using gentle pressure and a piece of parchment paper as a barrier.

iron on heat transfer vinyl

The final result!!

cute way to propose

He managed to surprise her by keeping it simple in our parent's backyard. She thought it was just another visit with the family. The toy lasted about 30 minutes after the dog was able to play with it but the memories it created are priceless. I'm glad I took looks of pictures! Next up will be fun wedding projects!!!

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