Layering HTV

We often have people asking how to layer Heat Transfer Vinyl, so I thought this blog post would be the perfect opportunity to offer some helpful tips and show you just how easy it is to achieve.

First design, cut and weed all the pieces you need, so you have them all ready. Start with the bottom layer first. Now normally you would be applying the heat source for the recommended time (often around 12-15 seconds depending on the instructions supplied with the vinyl) but as we multi layering you need to press all the layers for much for less time, around 3 – 5 seconds is about right depending on what vinyl type you are using.

Layering your the design

As long as the layer is stuck on just enough, leave to cool to the peel conditions suggested for the htv you are pressing (hot peel, warm peel, cold peel) then remove the plastic carrier sheet. Add your next layer and repeat the same process as above. As your layering is not going to fully cover the area of the layer underneath, you will need something in place to prevent the heat source from coming into contact with the previous htv and melting it.  You will need to place one of our Teflon sheets or parchment paper over the bottom layer to prevent this from happening.

Repeat all the above steps for as many layers as you have, remembering to only press for 3-5 seconds on each layer. Once all the layers are in place give the whole design a press for 10-15 seconds to ensure it is all stuck on.  It is a gradual process and don’t do any pieces where the plastic carrier sheet will sit onto another plastic carrier sheet or you will encounter problems peeling the carrier off.

Layering Glitter HTV on to Glitter HTV and Holographic onto Holographic is not overly successful due to the texture of the glitter and will likely peel away after a wash,  so it is not going to be worth you wasting your vinyl or time on attempting this. Only use Glitter and Holographic HTV for the final top layers or use the cropping method which will be covered in the next blog post.

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