– Hello, everybody.
My name is Jennifer Maker.
Today, we are learning how to use Cricut's print and then cut feature to make cute T-shirts withprintable iron-on decals on The Great Maker Show and Tell.
So print and cut seems to be one of the hardest to understand featuresof Cricut Design Space.
So today, I want to show you how easy print and cut really can be and de-mystify the entire process for you.
There's a lot of things that we can make with the print and cut feature, like stickers, wall decals, laptop and keyboard overlays, and even temporary tattoos.
But when I asked you allwhat you most wanted me to teach you how to make withthe print and cut feature, you overwhelmingly answered, T-shirts.
So what we're going to do today is use the print and then cut feature to make these printableiron-on decals for T-shirts.
The awesome thing about these is that you can make decals foryour shirts in full color.
You're not limited by vinylcolor or anything like that.
The sky's the limit with these.
All you need for this project is some printable iron-ontransfer medium like this, an inkjet printer, away to press your decal, like an EasyPress or an iron, and something you can make with the print and then cutfeature in Cricut Design Space.
Now, I made these cute shirts, one black and one white, so we can compare andsee which one worked best with this technique.
I also tried two differentbrands of iron-on transfers, these two, and I also experimented with using the transfers for light fabric as well as those for dark fabric.
Did you know that thereare two different kinds? And yes, it actually really matters.
And while I was at it, I also tried switching up the transfersonto the light and dark shirts.
So, you know, I tried like switching them.
So let's head on overto Cricut Design Space so I can teach you allabout print then cut, show you how to prepare different designs, and tell you which kindsof designs work best for this particular technique and which ones you might want to avoid.
So Cricut Design Space hasmany powerful features, one of which is theprint then cut feature.
And I think many of us arescared of it in the beginning, but I can help youunderstand and use it better.
So all print then cutis, is a way to cut out a printed image on your Cricut.
And when it's set up properly, your Cricut will cutaround the image perfectly, leaving you with a superprecisely cut image that you can use for your projects.
So to get started, let's head on over to Cricut Design Space.
And we're gonna start anew project, right up here.
I'm gonna replace this one here.
And I want you to click on templates.
So templates give you a sort of framework so that you can see yourproject and visualize it.
Scroll down and look for classic T-shirts or there's a lot ofdifferent T-shirts in here, there's also, you haveV-neck, a wide neck T-shirt.
Let's click on this one, wide neck shirt.
And at the top here, youcan change the color of it.
I wanna change it to black.
You can change it to any color that helps you visualize your shirt.
So there's a black shirt.
And this grid like here, whichgets in the way in this case, I think, you can get rid of it by clicking up here in theupper left corner twice.
Once, twice, and it goes away.
So let's make this a little bigger.
Okay, so here's our black shirt.
Now, you need an image.
I think most people want to just use images that they find online, so let me show you how to do that.
Let's say I want to make a unicorn shirt.
The simplest way is just touse one in Cricut Design Space.
So to find images, click on images over here on the leftside, then type in a word that describes whatyou want, like unicorn.
And if you click the filterbutton, or link, over here, you can then check offprintables, right here.
And it'll show you things that are designed for print thencut, like these unicorns.
Right, so just do that, look for things, and when you find one you want, you can click on it andthen click insert images.
So once it's on your canvas, you'll want to resizeit to fit your shirt.
It's important to note that you need to keep your print thencut image smaller than 6.
75 inches by 9.
It doesn't matter if that'shigh or long or wide, it just needs to bewithin those dimensions.
So let's center this on the shirt.
Just clicking and dragging it, and then you can changethe size by a couple ways.
There's two ways, you canchange the size up here or you can drag it.
Dragging it is a little less precise.
We can get it to under 9.
25 like this, or we can just type 9.
25 right here.
And now we know it's the correct size.
So there we go.
So this looks great.
Now there's a few things to double-check before we can actually make it.
First, we need to find out, is it flattened into just one layer? To find out, look at the layers panel over here on the right.
And we can see that this unicorn is actually made up of several layers.
So to fix that, select all the layers and then click flatten at the bottom.
So, to select all the layers, you can just hold down the shift keyand click on each one, or usually, just clicking the name at the very top of the group, if it's in grouped, ofcourse, will do that.
And then you click flatten.
It's not letting meflatten, and the reason is because it's actually onlyshowing one of these images here.
So we don't actually needto do anything at all and let's go ahead and delete these layers that we're not even using.
There we go.
So now it's just one layer, which is by default flattened.
But what if you can't findthe image that you want in Design Space? What if this isn't thekind of unicorn you want? So here's what you do.
Go find an image that you do want to use.
You should be able touse an image in Google, especially if it's justfor your own personal use.
But if you intend to sell your shirts, you'll need to obtain a commercial license from the image copyright holder.
But let's say I wanna make a shirt with just a unicorn for a family member.
And I'm gonna type in unicorn.
See what comes up.
And by the way, if you click on images, which is this link right here, it'll show you a bunch of images, right? So I see lots of unicorn images here.
I like this one.
I'm gonna select it.
And I'm going to save the image.
So I'm gonna right click onit and choose save image as.
And I'm gonna put itinto my downloaded folder and I'm gonna call it unicorn balloon because it's a balloon, and save it.
Now remember, personal use only, don't do this if you want to sell it.
If you wanna sell it, youneed to get permission.
All right, so let's hop backout over to Cricut Design Space and let's hide this unicorn.
We don't need that right now.
Click on upload.
And then upload image, and browse.
And we're gonna go find thatimage that we just downloaded.
Search by list, unicorn balloon.
And we're gonna open it.
And when this opens, youwant to click on complex.
If you don't, if you do simple, it's gonna change the colors on you.
This isn't what you want.
For print then cut, youalways want complex.
And then click continue.
This screen here will always come up when you import an image like this.
This is your chance to clean up the image.
This unicorn is alreadypretty clean, thankfully, but it has this bigwhite background, right? We can get rid of that background by making sure the magicwand cursor is selected, which it is, it'sdarker, and then click on the white space around theunicorn, just like this.
Awesome, isn't that cool? And don't forget tolook for the inside bits that should be deletedas well, like right here.
And you can click the previewbutton at the bottom here so that you can see howyour image will be cut out and look for any bits that you don't like.
Right, so at the edges here, it's a little bit rough.
You could fix that by going andclicking on your erase tool.
And we can zoom in withthese, the cursor over here so that we're getting into, youknow, the spot that we want.
You can change yourorientation on the screen with these sliders here.
All right, and then we'regonna click on preview again so we can see.
So this edge is a little rough.
It's probably going to be fine, but if you wanna smooth that out, you can.
So we can just click here, and we can get in closer if we have to.
And we could smooth it out.
Let's see if we improved that.
Definitely improved that.
So that's what you can do whenyou need to clean up images.
Which is actually really a powerful tool.
So once it looks good, you cango ahead and click continue.
And then make sure thatsave as print then cut image is selected here, justlike this, and click save.
And then it will save into your files, to your images in Cricut Design Space.
And then once it's uploaded, you'll wanna select the image and click insert images.
And then when it comes in, we'll want to resize it just like we did before.
So let's position this on ourshirt so we can visualize it.
And again, we wanna make sure that the smallest number isno bigger than 6.
There we go.
So now, this is sized properly to fit in the print then cut restrictions.
We just should always double check that it is set to print then cut.
And over here in the layers panel, we can see that it says cut, and then there's aline, and it says print.
So this is properly set.
But if it isn't, youcan always change this by going up to the line type menu here, at the top of the window, and make sure that it says cut in this first box andprint in the fill box.
If it does, then you're good to go.
Now, if a ready made imageisn't going to work for you, you can design your own.
There are so many ways to do that right within Cricut Design Space.
For example, you can click with, actually, let's moveour unicorn over here.
You can click on shapes.
And then you can choose a heart.
And let's move thisover here and resize it so that the smallest size is 6.
Assuming you want it to be that big, of course, it can go smaller.
And then go up to the fill menu, right here, and you choose print.
So now this is a print then cut image.
And you can see, in thelayers panel over here it says cut, line, print.
But what if you don't want a gray heart? I mean, that's kind of boring, right? As it turns out, there'sa ton of awesome patterns right in Cricut DesignSpace to choose from.
You can pick one that you want, so we're gonna clickon this gray box here.
That's the color of the heart.
And we're gonna choose fromthis drop-down menu pattern.
And it gives us all of thesereally awesome patterns.
There's a ton of them in here.
I mean, really, there's a ton of them.
Let's just pick this red one right here.
And see, it fills up theheart, isn't that cool? You could even edit the pattern a bit by clicking on the edit pattern link.
And you can change the scale.
So I can make it, I can just, using the slider willmake it easier for me.
So I can change thescale and I can flip it so that that pattern is going in different directions like that.
And it's really, really quite awesome.
I'm gonna change it so that the pattern is sort of symmetrical like this.
And close it, and then now you'll see it's reflected in yourheart on the screen.
Isn't that cool? You could do more, too.
Let's say you wannapersonalize this heart.
So click on text over on the left side.
Type in a name.
So I'm gonna type in Alexa.
And choose the font you want.
I'm gonna choose a nice, thick font.
Not that one.
I like Impact, we'll do Impact.
Actually, no, we needsomething cuter than that, it's a heart.
Let's see, I'm gonna do a system font so that I don't have toworry about its cost.
Because if you don't have Cricut access or haven't bought the fonts for Cricut, then it will charge you.
So you may want to use the fonts that are already installed in your system so you don't have to worry about that.
This one's cute.
All right, so there's the name, and I'm gonna resize thename so it fits in this.
I'm gonna zoom in a bit here so we can see this a little better.
All right, there we go, soI have a name in a heart.
Now, if I were to just flattenthis right now and print it, I would get a black text in a heart.
But what if I want whatevercolor this shirt is to be able to see through, so that you could seethrough this, the text? So if this was, say, apink or purple shirt, the letters would be whatever color it is and then we can do that.
So all we need to do is select both the heart and the text, like this.
And you can tell overhere in the layers panel that I've selected both becausethey're both highlighted.
And then come down toslice and click that.
And what happens is, the letters get sliced out of the heart.
So if we click and drag this heart aside, we can see that theletters are left there.
And we can then delete thetwo layers that are left over.
Which, by the way, thisis also super cute.
But we can remove that, and then we just have this.
And then if we were to changethe color of our shirt, which I'll do right now by clicking on the template down here, and we changed it topurple, you can see now that the color of the shirt will show through.
So it's really, actually, agreat way to really simply personalize a print thencut image for a shirt.
But here's another really fun way to make a personalized design for a T-shirt with print then cut.
So go find an image that you like.
I've already done it and importedone, so let's upload this.
So this tool image here, I found this, and I added it alreadyto Cricut Design Space.
So here it is, let's movethe heart out of the way.
And we're gonna changeour T-shirt back to black.
Okay, so here is our image.
Now, let's resize thisimage so we know it fits.
So we need the shortestdimension to be under, either 6.
75 or under.
So there we go.
Oops, no, now the width is too high.
That was the wrong one, 6.
75, there we go.
So this is now sized correctly.
Now what we can do isgo on over to the side and click on text again, andwe're gonna type another name.
I'm gonna type Mr.
Makerand we're gonna choose a nice, big, bold font like Impact.
So, search for Impact, there we go.
And I'm going to make this bigger and position it over my image.
And it doesn't fit.
I'm going to use letterspacing to bring it in.
For this technique, we want the letters to be pretty close together.
Let me bring, open thisup a little bit more so you can see better what I'm doing.
So once it's, the lettersare pretty close together, we can widen it so it'staking up most of the picture.
So like this.
And then position itwhere you want, right, because we're going to dothe slice feature again.
So you select that text and the image, just the two layers, and you click slice.
So this time, we deletethe background image and we delete the blackletters, and we get this.
Isn't that, like, super cool? I can think of a lot of peoplewho would love this shirt.
And it's perfect for print then cut because you can'treplicate this with vinyl.
You need to be able toprint something like that.
So that's how you do that.
And of course, you can get even fancier than that if you want.
So I did something likethat with the decal that I put on my ownshirts, the Miss Maker decal that I showed you earlier in this video.
So to make it, I foundsome artwork that I liked over at Design Bundles.
So let me show you where that is.
So this is DesignBundles.
And they have, in addition to having things that you can purchase, they also have some free designs.
So I just came in here andI searched on watercolor.
And these free designs came up, the watercolor flower and bird set, and the watercolors down here, the watercolor craft collection.
Of course, these are free atthe time I'm doing the video.
This could change, buteven if they aren't free, their stuff is awesomeand it's worth the price.
So these are free elementsand I'm gonna use these.
And I've already downloaded them, so, but let me show you how to upload them.
And I'm gonna go back overto Cricut Design Space and we're going to justhide Mr.
Maker for now.
Make this a little bit smaller so we can see our shirta little bit better.
Okay, so we go to upload, upload image, browse.
And then we're gonna go find those designs that we downloaded.
And I've already picked out, they have many elements in that.
For example, here's theflowers and birds set.
There's tons of stuffin here, it's amazing.
But there's a wreath inparticular that I want.
If you're on a Mac and you want to see what these things looklike before you upload them, you can click at thislittle icon over here and choose columns.
And then when you click on them, it actually will give you a preview, so that's really useful.
I'm sure there's a wayto do that on PC as well, I just don't happen to know what it is.
So, there's a wreath herethat I really want to use.
It's this one.
Okay, now notice thatthere's a JPEG version of it and a PNG version of it.
You want the PNG version because then you won't have to cleanit up the same way.
It won't have that big, white background, it'll have a transparent background.
So get that PNG and click open.
And it's a big file, so you'llneed to give a little time.
Again, click on complexand click continue.
And we can resize this so we can see it, we can resize our screen so we can see the whole thing in there.
So here it is, isn't it pretty? And of course, you can docleanup on this as well.
You could remove elementsthat you don't want.
You'll see, it's alreadygot a transparent background so it's already good to go.
I do want to remove theleaves at the bottom.
We can do that by clickingon the erase tool over here.
And zoom in so that wecan see those really well.
So here they are.
And then the erase tool, you can move the slider to have a different sizecursor eraser, tool, whatever.
So it will go faster if you use this tool.
And you can just go rightaround the edges of things.
You probably don't have to beperfect, you're just looking, and this is gonna be a fairly small design once it's actually printed.
But I just want theselittle leaves to go away because when we do print then cut images, we want to be careful of a lot, I mean, I just don't want these little fiddly bits that I'm gonna have toworry too much about them being hard to pulloff my mat and stuff and I don't need them here.
So I've chosen to remove them.
You can do whatever you'd like.
But when we do print then cut, you know, simpler can, at least forthe cut part, can be easier.
And I'm gonna talk alittle bit more about that and show you what I mean by that later.
Because, you know, there's some things that work great for printthen cut for a T-shirt and other things that are just gonna be more work than it's worth.
The cool thing, of course, is that it's gonna cut right around all of these flowers and all the leaves at the top.
So that is huge, becauseI can't even imagine doing this with a pair of scissors.
I mean, I guess I could do it, but man, that would take a long time.
Okay, now check out, clickon preview down at the bottom to make sure that you don't have any little bits left on the canvas.
This looks good over here.
Sometimes there'll be likea little edge or something that you forgot to erase, but that looks good.
So go ahead and click continue.
Down at the bottom.
Again, be patient becausesometimes it just takes a while for Cricut to bring inthe file and render it.
So make sure save as printthen cut image is selected and click save.
Again, this can take some time, depending on how complex your image is.
So just be patient and don't assume that, you know, it's stuck.
This bar at the top you see that's, this green bar here that'ssliding along the top, that's your indicationthat it's still working and you should just hang in there.
That it's, that yourcomputer hasn't frozen or anything like that.
All right, so there we go, it has uploaded successfully.
So we're gonna click on theimage and click insert images.
And again, if it's a complex image, you just need to be patientwhile it brings it in.
So there it is, and it's pretty big, so we need to resize it.
Again, make sure the shortest side, or the longest side, is within 6.
Or sorry, 6.
75, I keepgetting those wrong.
This one is the longer, so there we go.
So now this is the proper size.
And we'll put it on our shirt like this.
So I mean, this is cute andall, but I want more than this.
This morning, I createdsome brush lettering, calligraphy script, and I'mgoing to place that on here.
So I'm going to upload that.
Now, if you would like to use that, I have made it available onmy blog at jennifermaker.
com, and you're welcome to use it.
So here it is, Miss Maker.
And I'm going to selectthat and put it in.
And let's change thecolor of that right now because that's not gonnashow up on a black shirt.
Okay, I want a teal color.
Similar to, I want it to match.
There we go, that looks fine.
Okay, so, and we can dragthis into the center here.
Just click and drag.
And use the resize icon in the corner to make it fit as you want.
All right, and then Ithought it would be fun, zoom in a little bit more, I thought it would be fun to personalize this further by adding some craftytools and stuff to it.
So I already uploaded those.
So I have things like this glue tube, at least that's what Ithink it is, is a glue tube.
And it'll come in pretty big.
And these are part of the craft, watercolor craft collection that I downloaded from Design Bundles.
So we're just gonna resize that so it's about the size I want.
And come on over here and rotateit and put it on my wreath.
Just like this.
So let's get the penciland do the same thing.
And I will speed this up a bit while I put on all ofmy little crafty things.
(upbeat music) There we go.
So this is awesome, I really like this, but there are some inherent issues here.
Just like I was talking aboutwith all the little leaves, we've also got this textjust sort of floating here.
And there's like a M-S, which is connected, but then there's a littleperiod, and then there's Maker.
So three things, plus the wreath.
And when we cut this out, they're going to be loose and we'll have to reposition them.
And we'll have to worry about them being straight and all that.
So I am going to make itso much easier on myself and I am going to add a background.
So I'm gonna click onshapes over here on the left and make a circle.
Then I'm gonna change thecircle right away to white.
There we go.
Now, I'm gonna put this behind this design so that it eliminatesall the floating bits.
And so I'm gonna go up to arrange and I'm gonna do send to back.
So now it's behind my design.
And I'm gonna use theresize icon to make it so that it's just a littlebit smaller than my wreath.
Oops, I didn't mean to do that.
Let's click the undo button.
So like this.
Just a little smaller than my wreath.
And the advantage to doing that is so now all of this hereis gonna be all together and there's still little bits of leaves, but they're reallyconnected to the circle.
I don't have to relyupon these really tiny little fragile-looking stems, because those might breakwhen I go to cut them or pull them off the mat.
We're almost done and we'realmost ready to make this.
But there's an issue.
So, if I were to make this right now, it would be all layers.
I'll show you what I mean.
So I'm gonna click make it.
And just ignore the unicorn.
But what would happen right now is, you'd get just the wreath, and just the circle, and just the letters.
This isn't gonna work, this isn't what we want.
So let's cancel that.
What we need to do is, hide our grid again, what we need to do is flatten our design.
Now that we've createdthis awesome design, we need to flatten it.
So we're gonna just clickand drag a selection box around the design, just like this.
And then we just go over hereto the bottom layers panel and we click flatten.
And that is it.
Now, if you look over in the layers panel, you see that that imagesays cut and print.
And that's exactly what wewant and this is ready to go.
Double check that your sizing is correct, that it's within 6.
75 and 9.
And this could go a little bigger, so we'll move this up to 6.
75 like this.
Well, I moved it down, I guess, a bit, not up.
But there we go, this willnow fit within the size.
In fact, let me show you what would happen if it was too big.
So right now, it's just a touch too big.
If we were to click make it right now, we would get an error message.
And the error messagesays, image too large, at least one of your printableimages is too large to print.
Please reduce size toless than 9.
25 by 6.
And we can click this to dismiss it.
So we're going to fix thatby just clicking on it and fixing the size.
So we're gonna make sure this is 6.
And it resizes for us.
And as long as this lock icon is set to lock and not unlocked, it will resize it proportionately.
Now, if we click make it, we don't get the error.
There it is, there's our design.
And you can see that it's ready to go.
So this is the mat preview area.
And it's very important tonote this black box around it.
You want this black box to be here.
This is an importantpart of print then cut.
Without this black box, Cricut won't know where to calibrate itselfand where to cut out.
And it could cut it out all wonky.
So this is important.
So this is exactly what we want to see.
When you have the sizing right and everything looks goodon your mat preview screen, go ahead and click continue.
Just like that.
Now we get to this page, which is, as you already know, our print and cut page.
But things change a little bit here depending on whether you're using the transfer medium forlight-colored fabrics or the medium for dark-colored fabrics.
Because they come in twodifferent variations, remember.
Now, if you're cutting on thelight-colored transfer medium, and you can tell bylooking at your package, all right, if you're not sure, if you're doing thelight-colored transfer medium, you need to mirror your image.
So to do that, click on the edit link over here on the right.
And you get this little screen, and at the bottom here, make sure mirror is toggled.
Just like this.
And then click done.
So that's what you wannado when you're using the light-colored transfer medium.
If you're cutting on thedark-colored transfer medium, do not mirror your image.
But let's do our white-coloredtransfer medium first and we're gonna leave it mirrored.
Now we need to print ourdesign on the transfer medium.
So click send to printer and make sure this add bleed option ison, that's really important.
Because the bleed function will add a little border around your image so that you don't have a white outline.
It'll actually kind ofextend the image that's there just a little bit, bleeding it, essentially.
So I also recommend thatyou click advanced options, right here, and make sure that your paper type is setto the appropriate thing.
And it's gonna depend on, your printer's gonna have its own options.
So my printer doesn't have, so it's under media and quality for me.
And this screen might looka little different for you, so you might wanna click around.
But you're looking foryour paper quality first.
So paper type, these are my options.
I don't have a lot of options.
I would either go withspecialty paper, matte, or plain paper.
So I'll pick specialty paper, matte.
If you have an option for transfer medium, iron-on transfer, use that.
And then you also wannalook for the quality.
So if we just leave it at normal, it might not be as vibrant as you want, there might be banding, whichare those horizontal lines that you'll sometimessee on an inkjet printer.
But if you slide this all the way over, and sometimes this is adrop-down menu instead, for high quality or bestquality or something like that.
You want it the highest quality possible so that you get thosenice, rich, vibrant colors.
So check your paper and check your quality and then you can click print.
And it will send it to your printer.
So let's go on overthere so I can show you how to load your printer andget it printed correctly.
It's also really important to note that you need to use an inkjet printer for this iron-on transfer technique.
A laser printer won't work for this.
So we want to print on ouriron-on transfer sheet.
So look at what I have.
I have this Jolee's brand, which is for light and dark fabrics, so there's actuallyfive sheets of each kind in this package.
And I also got the Silhouette brand of printable heat transfer medium.
And again, I have one forlight and one for dark.
So make sure you know which one you have so that you can follow theright method in this video.
So let's go print out thelight transfer right now.
All right, so, on the backof the transfer sheet, there are the lines.
So that is your back and you wanna print on the front of your sheet.
So here's my inkjetprinter and I'm going to make sure that I load this in the printer so that it'll print on the right side.
Okay, so you need to knowwhich way your printer prints, on what side of it.
You might wanna do a test print first.
So get that loaded in there and print it and then it will be time for us to cut it.
So now once the transfermedium is printed, you need to come back overhere to the Cricut Design Space and set it up for cutting.
So click on browse all materials and search on printable iron-on.
You'll get two options.
So we're doing the light one right now, so we wanna click light and click done.
And I always set my pressure to more.
And let's go ahead and cut this out.
All right, so just placeyour printed transfer sheet in the upper left cornerof your cutting mat.
Do your best to get itas straight as you can, but the good thing isthat it's the black lines on your sheet that are going to tell the Cricut where to cut.
So what's going to happen is, you're going to load it in and then a little light is gonna come on and it's going to startsearching for those black lines.
And your Cricut willcheck the placement of all of those black linesbefore it starts cutting.
And that's how it can create a beautiful and really precisely done cut.
Now, it's important thatyou're using white paper when you do print then cut and that you're in a well-lighted room.
If it's too dark, it might find it hard to see those black lines.
So here is our iron-on transferfor light-colored fabric.
And we need to talk aboutthe proper way to weed this.
First, the wrong way.
Do not peel the decal off the backing.
When you're using thelight-colored transfer medium, you need to keep the backing in place and remove all the other partsyou do not wish to transfer.
So here is the right wayto weed an iron-on transfer for light-colored fabric.
Simply remove the materialaround your decal.
Okay, let's apply ourdecal onto our white shirt.
So this is 100% cotton shirt.
And I'm gonna fold it inhalf like this and iron it and then I can see exactlywhere the center line is so I can put my decal on.
Now, for this decal, you wanna put it on with the backing up.
You're gonna iron on the backing, that's why we kept that backing in place.
So you can see those lines there that reassure us thatyou've got the backing up.
I'm using my EasyPress at 300 degrees.
And the instructions actually say that you need to do it for 90 to 120 seconds.
So that is indeed what I have done.
So it takes a littlewhile, and you'll see me keep pressing the button so I can do this.
I want, and my EasyPressdoesn't quite cover the entire decal, so I'mmoving it around slowly, even though this video is sped up.
And you need to peel it off when it's, right after you do it.
You do not want to wait at all.
So this is what happensthe first time I did it.
It does not look good at all.
I thought maybe I waiteda little bit too long after ironing it, so I did it again.
So I cut out another pieceand I ironed it on again using the instructionsthat came with the package.
Peeled it off immediately, and the transfer was definitely darker, but still really not asvibrant as I would have liked.
All right, so now let's try doing this with a fabric transfer intendedfor dark-colored fabrics.
All right, so we need to goback to Cricut Design Space and get this set up for the other kind of fabric transfer medium, theone intended for dark fabrics.
So to do that, we need tomake sure mirror is off.
And you probably, if you'redoing this from scratch, you didn't turn it on, but let's say you did.
Click the edit button right there and make sure that mirror is set to off.
The little toggle at thebottom, and then click done.
And so once the mirror'soff, and we also need to change our material fromprintable iron-on light to printable iron-on dark.
And those are the major changes, as far as Cricut Design Space goes, for cutting on the transferintended for dark fabric.
Now let me show you howto actually print it.
All right, so just like before, we need to make sure that we're printing on theright side of the paper.
Here's our dark fabric medium.
Look where those linesare and make sure that you're putting yourpaper into your printer so that it will print onthe side without lines.
That's the side that you want to print on.
All right, so once yourproject is printed, it's time to cut it out.
So place it on your mat inthe upper left-hand corner.
Again, try to get it asstraight as possible, no wrinkles, super smooth, do it in a well-lighted room.
Also check to make sure there'sno weird marks on your mat or smudges or anything like that, anything that couldconfuse the sensor marks and the sensor on the Cricut.
If you continue to have anyproblems with print then cut, there's a whole list oftroubleshooting ideas over on the cricut.
And I will put the link tothe troubleshooting sheet in the tutorial on my blog.
But again, what's going to happen is it's going to look, thesensor's going to look, turn on this light andlook for the black box that's around your image.
And once it finds that andknows where to cut, it cuts it.
All right, so once yourdecal is printed and cut, it's time to weed it.
So what you wanna do inthis case is actually peel it up off of the backing.
So it's different thanthe way that you do it with the light-colored transfer sheets.
The stuff that's for dark-colored sheets will actually have thesurface come with it, instead of transferring itfrom this onto the shirt.
The whole thing, so anythingthat's white stays white, which is actually really awesome, and that's why they say it'sfor dark-colored shirts.
So you're just gonna, you know, if you have a design likemine, just go carefully.
I didn't have any seriousissues with tearing or ripping, but still, wouldn't want tolose any of my little leaves.
So I used my weedingtool to make sure that each one was up and off of the backing and remove the whole decal.
And there we go, that'swhat it looks like, looks just like what we designed.
All right, so I'm gonna do the same thing, fold my shirt in half and iron it so that I can see where the center is.
And then I'm gonna placethe decal on top of it, making sure that thisflower at the top and bottom line up with that center line.
Also note where I'm placing it.
I'm not placing it in thedead center of the shirt.
I'm placing it close to the neckline because that's where wewear our decals, right? And again, I'm gonna followthe directions for doing this.
I set my EasyPress to 300degrees for 30 seconds.
And I checked it and it wasactually really looking great.
So, but the top edges were not quite, you know, adhered down.
Most probably because theEasyPress had missed it.
So I did it for another 30 seconds to make sure thateverything was pressed down.
And that was sufficient.
I did not have to do any more than that.
And I think it's a good ideanot to do any more than that because you don't wanna burn the material, which is a possibility.
So there we go, it looks great.
Now, I wondered, what would happen if I printed my decal onto the transfer intended for the dark-colored fabrics, but put it on a white shirt.
I wanted to see if that would improve the, you know, how it looked, because I really, reallywas not happy at all with the way that it transferred before.
So that's what I did.
I cut out the decal againand I pressed this, again, at 300 degrees for 30 seconds, and I, you know, I did it twice so that I was making sure that I wascovering the entire image.
And by the way, this is a great tip.
So if you have the smaller EasyPress, you just do this, it's fine.
You don't really need the bigger one if you're willing totake a little extra time.
And there we go, which, bythe way, turned out amazing.
So let's compare itwith the one that I did using the other method.
Look, huge difference here, guys.
Like, I have, like, really, it's turned out really beautiful and as far as I'm concerned, from this point forward, I will be using the transfermedium for dark-colored fabrics even if it's a white shirt.
And that's what I'm gonnarecommend for you as well.
Because it looks so much more vibrant, it's smooth, it's beautiful, everything.
Now you might be wondering if I noticed any difference in thequality between using the Jolee's brand printableheat transfer medium and the Silhouette brand.
And in fact, I did not.
They were pretty much identical.
And my understanding is that the Avery is also a really good brand.
So I think, in fact, theyall kind of seem the same, to be perfectly honest.
So there was no difference inquality between the brands, just a difference in quality between the types for light versus dark fabric.
So as you can see, therewas really a huge difference between the transfers intendedfor light-colored shirts, like these, and thosefor dark-colored fabrics.
Not only do you cut andweed them differently, but they look way differenton the shirts, too.
So this is a white shirt that's made with the light-colored transfers, right? It's washed out and it's rough.
This is a white shirt made with a transfer that's intended for dark-colored shirts.
It's vibrant and smooth.
Big difference, right? So my recommendation is onlyuse the dark fabric transfers, even on white shirts.
You'll be much happier with the results and you won't have toworry about mirroring when you use that kindof transfer, either.
So much easier, really.
Now, it's important that you follow the manufacturer's directions for washing these iron-on transfer shirts.
Check the instructions thatcame with your packaging.
It's usually like in the back, inside.
For example, you'll probably want to wait at least 24 hours before washing.
And then when you do wash it, be sure to turn it inside out and wash it in cold water.
It's also important tohave a full spin cycle so your T-shirt is notleft soaking in water, as that will definitely affect the decal.
And if you ever iron your T-shirt, make sure that you turn it inside out.
Never iron it with the side, the decal, because that would be a giant mess.
All in all, this project is really easy once you know which thingsto use and which to avoid.
The link to the exact materialsI used for this project, including the transfersand shirts and everything, is included below the video.
If you have any questionsabout this project, please leave me a comment below or post over in my awesome Facebook group at jennifermaker.
Now, I've mentioned thatyou can use print then cut for other things, like stickers, using self-adhesive paper, like keyboard overlays and laptop decals, using self-adhesive vinyl, and like faux tattoos, temporary tattoos, usingspecial transfer paper.
If you'd like tutorialson any of these projects, leave me a comment below.
And that's it for today.
Remember, if you can tellme what you want to make, I can show you how to make it.
Until next time! (upbeat music).