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A Blast from the Unexplored: Sublimation on Glitter HTV

With all the trying, successful experimentation, and recent projects you have made, do you think it will all be enough to say the saga of your DIY-ing with HTV has ended? Are we sure we are done exploring everything beneath the layers of HTV’s world and everything under its sun? 


Believe me or not, there’s one more than our naked eyes didn’t see coming…Whoa! Look there? There’s that space we haven’t mastered! Can you see that shining and splendidly shimmering thing winking from a certain distance from your HTV world? If you've seen it yet and don’t know what it is, well let me just tease you a bit! I could strongly sense you want to ask what it is but of course I won’t be telling it to you, FOR NOW. Instead, we will be revealing it to you later!  


So, Hi to every curious mind out there and to those who are thrilled of figuring out what is this we are talking about. Yeah, there is no other way to find out but to stay with us until we reach the end of the tunnel. Don’t worry this is exciting! We guarantee that we will be in charge of entertaining you and shoo all the boredom away!  


Casting the Nets: Catching that Next Big Hit 


So you are asking for the clues or rather you want a blind item to reveal? Since we love you this much and we are generous enough to give you super legit details, no more prolonging of agony! Let that HTV type along with its fresh design method is revealed! 


Curtains down, please! It is the Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl on Sublimation Printing kicking off on your crafting table. Guess what? It is set to exemplify a stellar exhibition of stylistic effects on your design! From the “unexplored” to the liveliest element of crafting, the stepping stone to the latest advancement of creation is here. Well, prepare your eyes to see not just a glowing but a brighter tomorrow and a future of booming business!


Sublimation + Glitter HTV: Can You Sublimate on Glitter HTV? 


           Is it happening? Is it possible? Plop! That is a sound for the bubble of questions that popped out after curiosity had been satisfied. Yes, you can undoubtedly use Glitter HTV for Sublimation. How come? The answer is very simple. If sublimation had been tried and applied with varieties of HTV materials before, then why not with Glitter HTV? Of course, it won’t be missed either. It might be specifically different and might be a little too special compared to other vinyl; sublimation on Glitter HTV is something you can do to add daze to your customization business and your customer’s great demands. 


What is Sublimation on Glitter HTV? 


Sublimation on Glitter HTV is an enabling method that allows the dyeing of ink to create and transfer sublimated imprints on HTV materials like Glitter HTV to your targeted baseThis breaks the barrier of design application not only limited to materials such as polyester, unicolor mediums, and customization materials or fine surface HTV types. Thus, this could also produce highly accurate quality and highly vivid color images with an additional impression of texturized appearance on your finished product. 


Sublimation with Glitter HTV: It’s for Your Never Have before Detailed Images


Ever since “Sublimation” also known as “Dye-Sub” has existed, it has long ruled the modernization of conventional printing; and made a big turnaround for lots of personalized items in combination with a variety of vinyl materials. For people who are in search of a unique workaround, Sublimation with Glitter HTV brings to you an outstanding and mounting deal with a good comeback. To list things out, here is Sublimation with Glitter HTV for some of its unbeatable advantages! 


Advantage #1: Sublimation with Glitter HTV is Not a Choosy Customization Method. 


           Clothing and soft blanks? They are maybe the best base material where you can attach your sublimated Glitter HTV, yet the versatility of this method of decoration can give you the freedom to attach your design and be flexibly using it to any surface or substrates you want for your project! Aside from the fact that it can make the appearance of your finished product appealing; it is also a great way to embellish the hard type of surface blanks. If you want more products to offer and items to customize, 100% it can give it all!!


Advantage #2: Sublimation with Glitter HTV is your Budget-Friendly Design Application.


           See how fairly economical materials for sublimation with Glitter HTV are! When you are trying to consider doing this method, it is a great way to start up, especially if you have already with you your Cricut. You don’t have to be bothered if this will require you a drastic change in your printing equipment or printing supplies. Since your heat printing equipment and vinyl materials are still needed for the process, you don’t need to delete them from the list of your ingredients. You don’t need to buy a new printer and all, for you can convert your printer into a printer that can be used for sublimation. 


Advantage #3: Save time, Save Energy! 


           Achieving a feast of colors for your design through conventional printing makes you consume all your time and energy? This time you don’t have to! Invest less vigor in this design method where weeding lots of vinyl materials is not needed. Sublimation with Glitter HTV can give you comfort in creating personalized items. The process is very straightforward with less set-up time and produces highly digitized print in an instant. 


Advantage #4: Prints to Last for a Life


           Combining sublimation and Glitter HTV is a good combination of crafting forces. It is no question why it is a great choice for imprints that needs to last for a long time. Not like in traditional printing, this method is commendable by adding endurance and sturdiness to the design that won’t fade or crack. As long as the item is printed properly, it will stay with a good fight of permanence. 


Advantage #5: Sublimation with Glitter HTV is for HQ and Professional Quality


           Let your eyes witness how your design cradles the surface of your project! See your imprint never get ghosted and busted for it surely sits on the top of your surface in the white or dark background without affecting the details of your imprint. Sublimating Glitter HTV can still retain that highly enriched color and the clearness of the image similar to the result you are expecting to. Also, when the design is attached to your base material, it is attached as if it is part of your surface. Plus, it adds wonderfully shimmering texture to the glitz of the HTV giving a special effect. 


All You Need to Know About Heat Pressing and Sublimating Glitter HTV


Come here with me craft buddies! And by the way, don’t forget to bring extra barrels of wisdom with you, for this section will going to fill up the list of your know-how. We are just heading down to the most exciting part of heat pressing and sublimation with Glitter HTV! If you want your piece to possess glamour and vibrant shine, do not skip this. This is the most essential part of the information that guarantees to shower transformations on your projects and will make you equipped for the process. 


How do You Sublimate Glitter HTV?  


Before radical change takes place, bigger possibilities are locked with limitations even though sublimation offers countless opportunities for customization. For such reason during then, it is believed that sublimation could only work best and directly to substrates containing polymer elements such as polyester and if not, it would provide undesirable results. 


With the smart collaboration and innovation brought to us by our creative manufacturers in the industry, they had removed the entire wall that hinders limitless possibilities. Gone are the days that if without base material in polyester we can’t able to produce customized output. Gone are the hesitations that when we sublimate with HTV, especially on Glitter HTVs, it might produce poor products. Now, we can sublimate an HTV even a Glitter HTV in two ways, whether on polyester or cotton; in dark or light colors. There is nothing that can stop us now from heat printing and sublimating everything in our design layout while having the fairest image imprint. We can have both and all on our side!


How is the process of Sublimation on Glitter HTV works?         


From the usual course we know, that the standard process of sublimation uses high heat and pressure when transferring the imprint. The dye turns into its solid form without undergoing its liquid state and heads straightly into its gaseous state. After then, it is attached directly to the project’s surface. Meanwhile, for the sublimation process with Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, the design is indirectly transferred before it is placed going to the base material. This means the design must be sublimated first on the sublimable material called sublimation paper. Then, via heat and pressure provided by the heat press; it enables the ink to sit on the top of the glitter HTV and fully adhere the image going to the base material like t-shirts or fabrics


  • What do I need for Sublimating Glitter HTV? 


Your Glitter HTV in this twist of design transfer isn’t just an ordinary ingredient for the sublimation process. To fully understand how Glitter HTV works in this process, let’s talk about it. 

  1. Substrates – Substrates are also known as craft blanks (Sublimation Transfer Paper) in printing customization and sublimation. These materials are capable to print an image using sublimation ink. Generally, it is a common name for an item in which sublimated designs are first placed and then transfers design on a vinyl material via heat printing going to the base material. 


  1. Base Material – This represents your “medium” or main surface in which sublimated designs are finally transferred producing a finished product. It can be a hard base material such as paper, mugs, tumblers, etc. or it can be a soft one like fabrics that are polyester or cotton; dark or light in color.


  1. Heat Press Machine – It is the tool that makes the sublimated design on the HTV material attach to the medium’s surface through its heat and pressure. 


  1. Sublimation Printer – One of the most essential pieces of equipment that will also contribute to your design having the best image quality and full-color imprints. For the sublimation process, usually, it is recommended to use printers that are intended for sublimation. This includes printers like Sawgrass, HP, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, and Epson. Although, this is quite costly as an investment for the beginners in crafting. As an alternative, conversion of the printer into a sublimation printer will do, however, once it is converted it cannot be undone. 


  1. Craft Cutting Machine – This refers to your cutting machine such as a Cricut or Silhouette which enables you to cut your designs out and prepares them for adhering. 


  1. Weeding Tool – It is a tool that will help you eradicate unnecessary and excess vinyl that is not included in your design. 


  1. Glitter HTV –It is a type of HTV material designed to be receptive to sublimation inks and allows the crafter to customize a design whether on polyester, cotton, or blends. It also makes design transferring not limited to white fabrics but also can be done on dark ones. Glitter HTV has a glittery white version of its own and this is usually used for dark-colored surfaces giving you the most vibrant imprint. Simply, Glitter HTV is your Heat Transfer Vinyl where your sublimated design sits and is adhered to your base material.


  1. Non-Stick Cover Sheets – A material that will keep your sublimated design and HTV suppressed from too much heat. This includes Parchment Paper, Teflon Sheet, and Silicon Non-Stick Cover Sheet. Since high temperature is required to sublimate a design upon transferring and even in activating the adhesiveness of the HTV, this can protect your design from burning or scorching and even be away from sticking on the heat press’ heated platen. 


  1. Heat Transfer Tape or Thermal Tape – A heat printing accessory useful for holding the substrate and maintaining its place rightly onto the surface when sublimation and heat pressing is done. 


  • Do you need to Mirror Glitter HTV for Sublimation? 


           Whenever we are working with HTV on any kind or any process, the common advice that we always notice is to MIRROR DESIGN and STRICTLY DO NOT FORGET IT. 


           The answer is YES. Glitter HTV is not exempted from this and it is applicable once it undergoes sublimation. This must be applied during your design creation and before the cutting process takes place. This means, that once your materials are both mirrored, it will give you the exact areas that need to be properly cut and will exactly tell which side must go down when design transfer takes place. Therefore, both sublimated designs and HTV must be in duplicated copies, both must be mirrored. 


  • How do you Heat Press Glitter HTV with Sublimation


           Are you asking now if it is not too early to be proud of the assurance this method is giving us? Are you thinking it is not yet the time to celebrate the best breakthrough that hasn’t happened yet for your venture or while the method hasn’t been applied and tried by yourself? 


If you didn’t get any sweat dropped on your forehead while understanding what sublimation with Glitter HTV is and how it works, I am confident enough that this is going to be a piece of cake for you! 


Step by Step Guide on Heat Pressing Glitter HTV with Sublimation


           The nice thing about heat pressing Glitter HTV with sublimation, the process isn’t much different from the usual routine. The only thing is the element that has been added for this process brought a little twist. To know how here are the comprehensive steps for heat pressing Glitter HTV with Sublimation prepared only for you. 


Step 1: Creating a Design Layout using Design Software


  • Start by creating your design on your computer software. By doing so, on your own you will get an idea of how you want the image to appear on your base material before applying it. 
  • You can also find a design online if you prefer to use a ready-made one for your project.



Step 2: Design Adjustments, Resizing, and Mirroring


  • Make sure your designs are well adjusted. The size of your substrate and vinyl material must be proportioned according to your base material so that when cutting and transferring of design all will be done correctly. 
  • Always mirror or duplicate your design. 


Step 3: Cutting of Glitter HTV


  • After finalizing everything on your design, start loading your Glitter HTV on the cutting machine. Once done, weed away the excess and unnecessary vinyl material that is not part of your design.


Step 4: Printing and Trimming of Design on Your Substrate 


  • To sublimate your design going to the Glitter HTV, print your design first on your substrate or sublimation paper using the sublimation printer. 
  • If your sublimation printer is not available in your workroom, the best alternative is to convert a printer for sublimation. 
  • Once the image is printed out, using your scissors trim closely your image printed on your substrate. When you sublimate it on top of the Glitter HTV going to your base material, it will be laid down easily and aligned properly. 


Step 5: Pre-press the Base Material


  • Before attaching the Glitter HTV to the medium’s surface, make sure to pre-press at a temperature of 300°F for about 3 seconds to 5 seconds. This will remove moisture, unwanted folds, and wrinkly areas. Doing this, will assure a smooth adhesion process and avoid bubbling of the vinyl when heat is applied. 


Step 6: Application of Glitter HTV and Design Transfer


  • First adhere your Glitter HTV on the surface of the base material, for Glitter HTV, press the vinyl from about 320 °F to 330 °F in 15 seconds to 20 seconds. 
  • When pressing, you may cover your surface with Teflon Sheet or Non-stick Cover Sheet. 
  • Once done, remove carefully the carrier sheet. 


Step 7: Transferring of Sublimated Design on Glitter HTV


  • Align properly your substrate containing your sublimated design. Place it on top of the Glitter HTV with the substrate containing the design side facing down the surface. 
  • You may secure the alignment of the substrate on top of your Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl by using thermal tape. It will avoid the design from moving and avoid ghosting when pressing. 
  • Apply a non-stick cover sheet like Teflon Sheet or Parchment Paper to protect your design from receiving much heat. After this time, your print is now ready to be pressed and be sublimated. 
  • Press your imprint using a heat press machine at a temperature of 375°F to 400°F for about 30 seconds to 60 seconds or until the design has completely transferred. 
  • Carefully remove the non-stick cover sheet and the heat transfer tape to reveal the gorgeous, vibrant, and full-color appearance of the design imprint. 


Hurray! There is so much reason to get creative while getting modernized in designing! Finally, a wonderful touchdown for our journey on Sublimation with Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl has been achieved! For today’s session, whether you mean it or not, we are all carried away by how Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl can give rare and different sparkle to our design. Of course, this also includes how sublimation leaves traces of uniquely and fine visual imprints on whatever pieces we plan to make. 


If you think that this method can give you glowing results and success, then now is the perfect moment to try it on your project! If you feel the same as me and you felt Sublimation with Glitter HTV is the best discovery that happened in your crafting journey, don’t let this good opportunity be knocked off! There is no other perfect moment, other than starting now! What are you waiting for? Hurry and grab this awesome and lovely fulfillment to see your finished look and pieces shine on their own glamour!