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Crafting is a great way to express yourself and can be used as a creative outlet. Many people who craft use vinyl to create these awesome projects. If you like to use vinyl for your crafts and are looking for a unique vinyl to use, then the BlackBoard heat transfer vinyl may be the vinyl that you are looking for! Expressions Vinyl has BlackBoard vinyl that will elevate your creations. We have a collection of different sizes for you to choose from, so that you can get just the right amount that you will need for your crafts.
What is BlackBoard HTV?
BlackBoard heat transfer vinyl, or HTV, is a type of vinyl that is similar to a chalkboard. You will have the ability to write, erase and repeat. This will help you elevate your crafts, as you will be able to turn any fabric into a writable surface. You can put this on clothing, bags, or even towels. This heat transfer vinyl is compatible with normal chalk and can turn any outfit into a walking chalkboard without having to carry around a chalkboard. All you will need to do after using the chalk on the vinyl is to wipe it off with a damp cloth, and you will be ready to draw or write something else.
Uses of BlackBoard HTV
There are many different ways in which you can use this BlackBoard HTV. It can be used for a number of different items. The fabrics that it adheres well to include:
Where the BlackBoard HTV can be used on each of these different types of fabrics, there are a variety of different projects that you can create. Some of these project ideas include:
And Many More!
Applying the BlackBoard HTV
While the actual steps of applying the vinyl are not complicated, it is important that they are followed exactly. Carefully following the instructions will ensure that the vinyl sticks to the fabric correctly and will ensure that it will last a long time. The steps of the whole process include:
Choosing a Design
The first step of the process is planning out and choosing the design. This is where you can express yourself creatively, as you can choose the design and the project that you would like to make. After choosing the design, you will cut it out. In order to cut out the vinyl, you will need a cutting machine. You will want to make sure that the correct side of the vinyl is lying on the mat face down, and that you are making sure to mirror or reverse your image before you start to cut out the design.
Setting the Right Heat
The heat is essential when applying the vinyl to the fabric. It is so important to make sure that the heat is set at the correct temperature, so that it does not ruin the vinyl, or burn a hole through the material. BlackBoard HTV will only need a temperature of 275 degrees Fahrenheit to adhere to the material. However, it is good practice to look at the product description just to make sure that there is not a different temperature that is listed. This will help prevent accidental burns in either the vinyl itself, or in the material.
Preheat the Material
In order for the vinyl to really adhere to the material, it is important to make sure that the product where the vinyl is going to go is preheated. This can be done with just an iron, or you could use a heat press if that is available to you. This will help smooth the fabric, as well as will release any moisture that may be in the material before adhering the vinyl to the material.
Place the Design and Add Heat
After the material has been pressed and preheated, then you will be ready to place the vinyl to the material. It is important to know how much time the heat needs to be on the vinyl, because if it is not there long enough, the vinyl will not adhere properly. However, if the heat is on it for too long, then it could burn a hole in the vinyl or in the material. It is also important to know that there needs to be a lot of pressure on the vinyl, especially on the ends. This will prevent the vinyl from peeling in the future.
Once the time is up, you will remove the heat immediately. This helps make sure that there are no burns in the material or in the vinyl itself. Removing the heat from the product immediately will prevent the product from being ruined, as it lessens the chance that there will be any burns in the project.
Peeling Off the Cover Sheet
After the heat was applied and taken off, then you may be ready to peel the cover sheet from the vinyl. Once again, you will want to look at the product description to know exactly when the right time is to peel off the cover sheet. For some types of heat transfer vinyl, you can remove it almost immediately, but for other types, you need to wait for it to completely cool down before peeling it off. Following these directions will help keep the vinyl intact while the backing is being peeled from the vinyl.
Why Choose Expressions Vinyl
Finding the right vinyl for your crafts can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Our staff at Expressions Vinyl wants to help you find the perfect vinyl for all of your different projects. We want to help you find high quality vinyl, and to get it to you in a timely manner, so that you don’t have to wait too long. We take pride in our customer service and want to help you with your crafting experience. Whether you are a professional crafter, or just a beginner we want to help you get high quality vinyl. Shop now to get started on your crafting journey.