Using Heat Transfer Vinyl on Wood SignsApril 26, 2017
Many of us have used heat transfer vinyl (HTV) to make personalized works of art with fabric; think t-shirts, canvas totes, hats, etc. However did you know that you can use Parsbee HTV on hard surfaces as well? I am in love with making decorative signs and have used all the traditional stenciling and vinyl methods in the past. I had seen some other bloggers use HTV on wood, and I thought, why not try it?
After more research and some experimentation, I have to say I love the result. HTV is thinner and more matte than traditional vinyl so it looks like a painted finish. And it is so much easier than painting!
Check out the tutorial below:
Another thing I love about working with HTV on wood is if you make a mistake, you can just heat the HTV up again and pull it right off! Can’t do that with paint! I had the iron set at the cotton setting and kept firm pressure on the iron while pressing on the HTV. Be sure to use a carrier sheet or pressing cloth – the HTV will stick to your iron! I would recommend adding a sealant if you are making a sign that will be outside or be in direct sunlight.
Have you used heat transfer vinyl in a creative way? I would love it if you would share your project with me!
For more information about HTV, check out our products page here. We carry both Parsbee and Siser brands, and look forward to serving all your craft vinyl needs.
Until next week, Hugs from Liz
Half-Hour Home Décor Project with Parsbee HTV!April 13, 2017
Sometimes a small change can make a big difference, and it certainly is true for home décor! Today I have an easy, half-hour project that can transform a space. Using Parsbee HTV (heat transfer vinyl), some richly patterned fabric and a great matted frame I can create a high-end look with just a tiny investment. While I chose mid-century modern to match my house style, this project works equally well with all types of homes and decorating. Just mix up the frames, fabrics, sizes and colors to make it truly your own!
Here is what I used:
- Heavy upholstery fabric, cut slightly larger than the mat size – I love the quality and rich colors of this fabric I purchased from the Herman Miller® outlet store, which is in my hometown.
- Heat transfer vinyl with artwork cut on your Cricut® or Silhouette Cameo® – I am using various shades of Siser® Electric HTV to give it a retro vibe. It took me longer to pick out my images than it did to put the entire project together!
- Heat source – I used a heat press, but it works just as well with a standard iron.
- Frames – the ones I used are from Ikea and were very affordable. Any frame would work; I think they look nicer if they have a mat.
Voila! It takes just a few minutes to cut and weed your HTV, a few more to iron them onto your fabric, and they are ready for framing!
Just a couple suggestions –
- I generally heat up my weeding surface as warm HTV weeds so much easier! If I am using my heat press, I weed directly on the lower surface (as seen in the video). If I am using an iron, I get my iron my board and get it nice and toasty, then put the HTV on it to weed.
- I also put my fabric in the heat press a couple seconds to make sure it is nice and flat before I put on the HTV.
- You can see in the video that after I put down the HTV I put the heat on for about 5-10 seconds, then do a “warm pull” meaning I peel off the carrier sheet. Then I put on my protective sheet and put the heat press back down to set the HTV for the remainder of the time (see the HTV specs for time and temperature).
Super fun, really easy, and the finished product looks great on my living room wall! All with a little fabric and Parsbee HTV. I’d love to hear any comments or suggestions on this project. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next week, HAPPY CRAFTING!
Top 10 Must-Have Items for New CraftersApril 5, 2017
Everyone starts somewhere, and I’m so excited to help you as you launch into your crafting journey! Next to your creative vision (the MOST important part), the tools of the trade are a pretty darn close second – so you definitely want to be sure that you are armed with everything you need! Here are the top 10 must-have items for new crafters.
1. Vinyl or Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
This one may seem a bit obvious, which is why it is number one! There is definitely no way to get started crafting without the appropriate media. And there are all kinds of varieties to get you started. Are you a fan of some bling? Parsbee Sparkle craft vinyl or Siser Glitter heat transfer vinyl sounds like a perfect fit. And there are so many more options: chalkboard vinyl, dry erase vinyl, neon HTV, holographic HTV…really, the possibilities are endless! You will need to pay attention to the dimensions of the vinyl, the finish of the vinyl, the permanence of the vinyl, and its properties in regards to what you would like it to adhere to in order to choose the right medium for you to realize your creative vision.
The Good Stuff – Free SVG Files for Your Parsbee Vinyl ProjectsMarch 23, 2017
I really really enjoy making my own artwork for my craft vinyl projects. I am fortunate that I have Illustrator and Photoshop and Canva and Cricut Design Space® and Silhouette Studio and a bunch of different apps to help me realize my creative vision. I can focus, get into the zone, and make some fun stuff. Except when I can’t. I try to create every day, and sometimes I look at a piece of wood, or a t-shirt or a wineglass along with my Parsbee vinyl and I’M JUST NOT FEELING IT. Creative block. Fortunately, there are several sources of generous individuals who share their low cost and free SVG files. When I’m blocked, using these files helps open me up. Additionally, seeing other artist’s font and graphic combinations expands my horizons and helps my creative flow. So after you stock up on craft vinyl and HTV from Parsbee.com, check out these sites for your free SVG files!
Now selling Siser® Heat Transfer Vinyl and Oracal® Vinyl Products!March 16, 2017
Parsbee’s mission is to supply crafters with premium products at great prices. In keeping with this mission, Parsbee has decided to expand their product offerings with the inclusion of the popular Siser® heat transfer vinyl and Oracal® vinyl products.
As an authorized Siser® reseller, Parsbee can now offer the full Siser® Easyweed line-up, which includes standard EasyWeed, EasyWeed Stretch, Glitter, Holographic, and StripFlock. Some outstanding features of the Siser® t-shirt vinyl product line include the ability to peel hot or cold, easy weeding, and high durability.
From Trash to Treasure – Up-cycling with Parsbee Vinyl!March 5, 2017
There is nothing I love more to do on a Saturday than to go to an estate auction. Rummaging through dusty boxes, checking out worn-but-still-functional pieces of furniture, and then going through the excitement of the bidding process; hoping that end table I fell in love with doesn’t go too high. I almost never buy anything that doesn’t require fixing, painting or refinishing. Because I, Liz, am addicted to upcycling. And one of my best tools is my stock of Parsbee vinyl.
This week, I went to the local Habitat for Humanity’s Restore®. The selection there changes every day, and I can always find something to use for my projects. I also love the mission of Habitat, and knowing that supporting their store will help put families in homes of their own.
This week, there was a half-price sale on all their tile – bonus! I picked up a few different sizes and styles, along with a piece of scrap wood. My grand total? $2.12. READ MORE
Emboss, Stamp and Manual Die Cut with Parsbee Vinyl!February 23, 2017
Did you know you could stamp Parsbee vinyl? Or emboss it? This tutorial will take you some of the ways you can use your manual die cut machine with Parsbee craft vinyls. Enjoy!
There are many manual die cut machines on the market – Sizzix®, Pazzle®, Spellbinder®, We R Memory Keepers’®; they all work in a similar way and are compatible with each other’s dies.
All of the items shown in the video were made with Parsbee Vinyl. Featured in the video is the RG Amaze Machine by Richard Garay®, and it is my new best friend. And guess what? I have two of them. Keep an eye on the Parsbee facebook page to find out how to win the “spare” this week.
Embossed Plaque using Parsbee Vinyl – Great Kid’s Project!February 19, 2017
Hello Bees! Today I am going to give instructions on a really fun and easy project using Parsbee vinyl. The embossed name plaque is a great project to do with your kids or a group of friends, and who doesn’t love personalized decor? This technique will work on a small piece (which is show below) but could be really beautiful and elegant on a large showcase piece for your living room wall. Let’s get started!
#Monogrameverything with Parsbee! – Part 2February 9, 2017
Welcome to our first video blog! A couple weeks ago, our blog post was all about monograms and their resurgence in popularity. We gave our Bees free monogram SVG cut files so they could make their own personalized projects. Since that time, I have received a lot of questions about how to use the files, so I am putting together some short video tutorials on how to use them with the software that comes with your die-cut machine. The first video shows using the files with the Cricut® Design Studio Software. Enjoy the video, and let me know if you have any questions or comments. See you next week!
You can download the free SVG monogram files here. Have fun and #monogrameverything!
Home Décor with Parsbee Vinyl – Three of My Favorite Things!February 1, 2017
I love using Parsbee vinyl and heat transfer vinyl for so many things; making personalized drinkware, creating one-of-a-kind t-shirts and apparel; labeling EVERYTHING, but I really love using vinyl to make an individual mark on our home. You are only limited by your imagination in ways to use vinyl in home décor, and in this post I wanted to share three of my favorite things.
Glass Etch Vinyl
We recently purchased a grand house built in 1910 that we rent on AirBNB. I wanted brand it inside and out in a subtle way that maintained the home’s character and rich heritage. I chose to apply the house’s logo with Parsbee Glass Etch vinyl for the front and back doors. It truly looks like etched glass, without the expense or mess. Also, if we change the logo or sell the house, we can easily remove it. Can’t do that with etched glass!