During my recent Silhouette Licensed Instructor Training, I was inspired to take some of our own Kut That Out designs and use them in a Print and Cut project. Check out this adorable coordinated set we made. The body suit features our Exclusive Sleepy Giraffe design using a print and cut technique with a special printable heat transfer paper. The gift bag uses the same design with adhesive vinyl. Isn’t it fun to see all the different looks and options you have???
- Kut That Out design(s) of your choice
- JET-PRO® Soft Stretch Heat Transfer Paper (we used the one for light fabrics, purchased from Amazon)
- InkJet printer with regular ink (we used a Canon MG3100 printer & ink)
- Heat Press or Iron
- Knit garment or other item that will receive your finished design
- Silhouette Studio software (We used version 3.8.113 Designer Edition)
- Silhouette Cameo
Start by preparing your design for printing.
- Open a Kut That Out design of your choice. (Because we have Designer Edition of our Silhouette Studio software, we opened the SVG format files.)
- Change the Design Page Settings as follows:
- Set the Page size so that it matches the size of your printable material (we used an 8.5” x 11” size of the Printable Heat Transfer Paper)
- Turn on the Print Border and Cut Border. Your design(s) must fit within both of those borders to work properly for this project.
- Turn on registration marks (TIP: Press the letter M on your keyboard to toggle registration marks off and on). These will be used later when it comes time to cut your printed design.
- While our SVG files come with fill color already applied, you can choose your own fill patterns and colors as desired, before printing. We used a combination of built-in patterns and some that we curated & installed into our software. (Read more about finding and installing your own fill patterns HERE)
- To apply a color or pattern, simply ungroup the design if needed, then select the portion you want to fill. Click the Fill Color, Fill Gradient or Fill Pattern tool and select what you like! Repeat this process for each part of the design that you want to change and then regroup the design back together at the end.
- Mirror the design if you will be pressing it down to an item. Our favorite way to mirror is to simply right click the designs and choose “Flip Horizontally”.
Now you are ready to choose your printer settings and print! The general recommendation is to use “Normal” for the quality of print rather than “Best”. You don’t want to over-saturate your printout with ink, especially if you are planning to heat press it onto a garment or other item like we did! However, every printer is different so you may want to experiment a little with your print settings. See below for what worked well for us:
Load your paper (mine needs to go face down into my printer in order to print properly), and print! You should see the design as well as the registration marks on your printout.
Once you have a successful printout, you are ready to begin the cutting process! It is important not to make any changes to your design at this point; especially to the size or placement.
- Start by returning to your software and accessing the Cut Settings window.
- Select the design(s) you want to cut
- Choose “Cut Edge” to apply cut lines around the outer perimeter of your printed design
- Choose the appropriate material (and also the appropriate tool if you are using a Cameo 3). We chose “Printable Heat Transfer Material for light fabrics”.
- Choose your blade and make any adjustments needed to your blade settings. Because every Cameo and every cutting blade is just a little different, this may take a little test cutting/experimentation. (For us, a blade of 6, a speed of 3 and a thickness of 6 seemed to work great.)
Now load your printout onto your cutting mat, making sure that it matches the placement and orientation on your screen.
Send the cut job to your Cameo. The Cameo should detect the registration marks first and then cut precisely around the shape of your printed design! Note: The Cameo needs good bright light to properly read registration marks.
Once the cutting is finished, you are ready to weed and press the design onto your garment!
APPLYING THE DESIGN
APPLYING THE DESIGN
From this point forward, we followed the Printable Heat Transfer Paper manufacturer’s instructions for heat pressing and laundering. Place the image face down to press. After pressing, we peeled off the paper backing while still hot, and then stretched the garment as recommended. This helps to soften the design and give it a nicer feel when completed.
Before laundering, we waited 24 hours as recommended. As an added bonus, we decided to wash and dry the item (per manufacturer’s instructions) not once, but TWICE (just for you!). Here is the AFTER shot ~ Still looks GREAT!
EXPERIMENTING WITH OTHER FABRICS
Neenah Performance Materials (the manufacturer of the printable heat transfer paper we used) makes specific recommendations about the types of fabrics that work best. BUT...To satisfy our curiosity, we decided to try pressing our dragonfly onto this burp cloth. As we suspected (but just had to prove!), the texture of the burp cloth prevents the inks from transferring very well.
So there you have it ~ another fun, super-versatile, easy, way to creatively use our designs. We would LOVE to see what you come up with for your next Print & Cut project!
Thanks for reading & Keep Kuttin’!