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A Heart to Art V-day Concepts using HTV as Craft Material

“Starry night, stars are bright. Stars of this universe are aligned tonight. Hear this longing as your light lit up and make this wish come true with all your might…” 

 

Open your eyes, my dear….Oh! I know... I startled you a bit but relax…I won’t bite you. I am your V-day elf sent by the one and only, Valentine’s Day master, Cherubim. I hear your heart chantingly calling out a V-day elf through your valentine’s wish… And here I am!

 

Unexpectedly, the strong power of passion brought you here… Welcome to the HeARTY Factory of the mystic Love Landia! --- A place where “V-wishes” are made to materialize, full “heART” and delivered with “love”.

 

Get ready to unfold this journey… An enchanting tour is set for you to see magical ideas in creating a delightful Valentine’s Day project. With that, just for a night, we’ll let you experience being a V-day elf making heart’s day mission accomplished, and making a match made in heaven!

 

Whimsically Crafty: Vinyl Materials, A Heartful DIY Ingredients

 

           You’re Valentino or Valentina is worthy of a thoughtful present. Buying gifts from the best stores that we know are good, but what is even more adorable is to give a gift that could not be beaten by any other expensive things because it is woven with E.F.F.O.R.T and handcrafted with L.O.V.E. 

 

You, as an on-the-job V-day elf for this session, we’ll introduce you first to the most beguiling crafting ingredient here in HeARTY Factory ---- The Heat Transfer Vinyl. This material is here to help us create the loveliest projects we can ever make. Take note, you don’t have to be bothered and feel wondering if using this material requires pro or intermediate skills for even a newbie crafter can do this. 

 

To find out the reason why HTV must be included in your toolbox and why we should use this as our main material let me give you a walk of it. 

 

  1. Your customized gift to be made using HTV this Heart’s Day celebration is best to represent your utmost, thoughtful gesture and show how you love people around you.  

 

  1. Using your favorite HTV, you can produce cool and spur-to-action ideas of different patterns, textures, and finishes, uniquely. 

 

  1. Items to make using vinyl materials are not limited there are boundless options to do. From fabrics, cards, glass, accessories to stuff toys… seasonal projects like these are up for longevity and durability! Perfect remembrance for memories to last for a lifetime!

 

  1. With HTV, we can personalize just about anything under the sun! Any design imprints in any theme, young and old will dearly love to see the printed design of its sugary sweet endearment! Oh… You can’t wait to hear your lovey-dovey say “Honey, My love... You’re sooo…sweeeeet!”

 

Whether you mean it or not, I can feel you can’t get enough of the romantic picture inside of your head. Look at you! Your heart titters as it looks forward to a V-day full of hearts and affection!

 

A Great Steal of Heart: The Best Five HeARTISTIC DIY V-Day Projects 

 

It might be really difficult to sleep at night especially you want to surprise at the same time impress your love with a special valentine’s treat. I’m sure you think keenly of making it unforgettable and one–of–a–kind. Well, be amazed and keep your sight gleaming with the excitement of the surprises you can apply after this close encounter with HTV!

 

V-day Project #1 Explosion Memory Box 

 

           A burst of an idea is going to turn the hands of the clock back in time the romance ignites in your relationship! Couples who have been together for ages…people who just sealed their connection with an official label, it isn’t impossible to travel back with the best feeling you ever have! An Exploding Memory Box will make more worthy of reminiscing all the “first time”… The first time you felt that deep feeling in your heart… The first time you two, your eyes meet…Your first date and so much more!

 

Exploding Memory Box? What is it?    

        

An Exploding Memory Box can make an irking greeting card not just appealing but more interactive and thought-provoking. It’s a craft where various flavors of creativity such as memory keeping, scrapbooking, journaling, and card making are combined. 

 

           At first sight, it’s like an origami box made of pieces and sheets of cardstock folded up with a lid on its top making it look similar to an ordinary box. Behind this contains an explosive surprise found within each layer and can be embellished using different designs, memorable photos, doodles, notes, or any kind of motif you like. When the lid is off, the leaves of the decorated layers will pop up revealing what’s inside of it and the most heart-melting message it contains.

 

Creating Exploding Memory Box with HTV Twist

 

Did you know? 

 

     DIY-ing Exploding Memory Box isn’t complicated to construct! Aside from cutting out the box manually, you can download a free template of it… Use your Cricut Machine to cut in an instant! While for the coverings, linings, and cute accents of design, HTV can give you different patterns, textures, and finishes fit on your project! 

 

 

 

Materials: 

  • Free SVG cut file/ Template of Exploding Box
  • Cardstock (different colors depending on the color combination and the thickness you want)
  • Glue
  • Design paper
  • Scoring Stylus
  • Cricut Cutting Machine
  • HTV
  • Heat Press, Easy Press Mini, or Iron

 

General Steps in Applying HTV on Exploding Heart Memory Box

 

Step 1: Cutting of the Cardstock with Cutting Machine

 

  • Using the free SVG File, on the design space select all the object in the file that needs an alteration of the score to make it visibly seen. 
  • Place the scoring stylus before cutting, and then load the cardstock on the cutting mat. 

 

Step 2: Assemble the layers of Exploding Box

 

  • Once all the section of the exploding box is cut, start assembling by folding the pieces that contain score lines. 
  • If all needed sections are folded, glue the base and you may add additional layers if you want to. Make sure to dry the glue. 

 

Step 3: Designing the Inner layers 

 

  • In every flap of the exploding box’s layer, you can write notes, add calligraphy, and photos on it. 
  • If you want to have heart shapes or romantic text to be sparkly, glittering, embossed, or in a 3d dimension, you may attach HTV using Heat Press, Easy Press mini, or an Iron. (Note: Just follow the same process of design creation, cutting, weeding, and design transferring with your chosen HTV). 
  • Add mini-envelopes/pockets in other vacant flaps to tuck in other secret surprises inside your exploding box. 

 

Step 4: Assemble the inner box and its lids. 

 

  • The inner box will be the centerpiece of the exploding box. Form the cardstock into a mini-box. Add design and accents. 
  • Fill in the box with sweet treats or a surprise gift. 

 

Step 5: Assemble the Main Exploding Box

 

  • Place the inner box you recently did at the center of the flaps of the inner layer. 
  • Start folding the flaps up as it forms the main box shape. Place the lid on top to lock all the flaps in each corner of the box. 
  • For the final touch, wrap a red ribbon to give a gift box-like-appearance around of it. 

 

V-day Project #2: For His or Her, Matchy-Matchy Couple’s Tee for a Two

 

           On this Valentine’s Day don’t just have a peaceful candlelight dinner date with your babe instead go out and enjoy a sweet bonding day while having an H.H.W.W. moment --- HOLDING HANDS WHILE WALKING together…  Therefore a MATCHY-MATCHY FEVER IS ON!

 

        A pair of twinning couple’s shirts with HTV will share the ecstatic feeling of your relationship through cool, cute, stylistic, or eye-catching designs on your image imprint. Try to imagine this one on your design imprint… A minimalist tee with a design like the two of you become the main target of cupid’s bow and arrow will surely remind your love-struck and love at first sight memory as it hit each other’s heart. A couple's shirt that shouts and boasts to the whole world how lucky you are to be your partner’s love of his/her life is indeed a nice proud moment or have hilariously HTV V-day shirt where your girlfriend is being the “real boss”. 

 

           This idea might just be very common but don’t think it will be old fashion in concept or style. Trust me this won’t be a boring shirt to wear on your date because HEAT TRANSFER VINYL gives justice to your fabulous plan!

 

Creating Matchy-Matchy Couple’s Tee

 

Materials: 

  • Cotton Tees
  • HTV
  • Heat Press Machine or Iron
  • Parchment Paper or Teflon Sheet

 

General Steps in Applying HTV on Matchy-Matchy Couple’s Tee

 

Step 1: Ready your design using design software. Measure the design size proportional to the medium’s surface. 

 

Step 2: Flip the design to ensure the right positioning when cutting, weeding, and even upon attaching it to your surface. 

 

Step 3: Cut your design using a cutting machine carrier sheet side up. 

 

Step 4: Weed and remove excess HTV. 

 

Step 5: Pre-press the shirts for about 5 to 10 seconds to remove the moisture and to eradicate wrinkles on your surface. Take note, pre-pressing also helps to create an initial bond to your surface, tool, and HTV. 

Step 6: Apply heat and pressure using Heat Press or Iron according to the heat settings needed by your HTV. Use parchment paper to protect your design. 

 

Step 7: If some design did not adhere well, repress for additional 15 seconds.

 

Step 8: Peel the Carrier Sheet either hot or cold (depending on the HTV used). 

 

 

V-day Project #3: Operation!... Make a Date Romantic with HTV inspired Decorations

 

           Genuine love doesn’t need “whys” for both couples to express it. Every day, with your loved ones, is an opportunity to make them feel and cherish how much you love them. However, since our world is fast phasing, it’s undeniable there are times that workloads snatch some of our precious time, and love sparks become weak. This Valentine’s Day, it’s high time to rekindle the fire!

            An “Uninterrupted-Unlimited-Me-Time” will give you a break from what’s keeping you busy and guarantee to refocus your world to him or her. On the night of Heart’s day convert your backyard to be an outdoor but homey venue where nobody can interrupt you. Design your backyard trees using warm lightings and nicely HTV V-day banners hang across another tree… A rose petal pathway with candlelight kerb will give a heart-pounding walk of her going to you or him going to you… Then, while walking let your honey read a romantic message on a V-day Chalkboard Sign. Lay perfectly a blanket on the grass with pillows on the side along with your cooked sumptuous food. Wow---- What a very special event… It’s a “date” not only to save on your calendar…then, again and again, to save in your heart to your mind!

 

Creating HTV Inspired Decorations: V-day Banners and Chalkboard Sign

 

Materials: 

 

Banner and Chalkboard Supplies

  • Cardstock (for the Adoption Banner) 
  • Standing Chalkboard (for the Chalkboard Sign) 
  • HTV
  • Easy Press or Iron
  • Non-stick Cover Sheet
  • Braided Ropes for Banner 

 

General Steps in Applying HTV V-day Adoption Banner and V-day Chalkboard Sign

 

Step 1: Ready all the materials needed to be designed using software and designs needed to cut on the cutting machine. 

 

For the Adoption Banner: 

 

  • To make the cardstock in a banner that requires no cutting manually, using a free downloadable template with a 5” x 7 “size in each banner (can be resized according to your preference), load and cut it on your Cutting Machine. After, cut your selected HTV according to the design template you’ll also use. Always MIRROR. 

 

For the Chalkboard Design:

 

  • Make your design or use a ready-made one that’s available on your computer. 
  • When cutting the HTV even if it’s text or an image make sure to mirror.  

 

Step 2: Weed the excess HTV. 

 

Step 3: Apply heat to transfer the design and after, patiently wait for the right time to peel off the carrier sheet. 

 

For the Adoption Banner: 

 

  • Line up your cardstock along with your HTV. 
  • In heat pressing, you may use the heat tool available in your working area. Start pressing in low heat for about 290°F to 300°F in 30 seconds for the front face and 15 seconds on the back (note that the settings depend on the need of your HTV and medium).  
  • Peel the carrier sheet carefully. To prevent the cardstock from curling place some heavy books while the finished design fully cools down. 
  • Once all are done, assemble all the banners using the string or ropes. 

 

For the Chalkboard: 

 

  • After weeding the design, place text or image to be printed on the chalkboard to its designated position and cover with parchment paper. 
  • Press each section for about 315°F, 15 to 30 seconds in time with a medium to firm pressure. 
  • Check if all the designs adhere fully because if not, recover the design with another parchment paper and repress for another 15 seconds. 
  • Peel off the carrier sheet carefully. 

 

V-day Project #4: A Cupful of Affection

 

           Don’t miss out on the chance to sculpture the brightest smile on your sweetheart’s lips! Wake up your king or queen with a shower of kisses. Take for the direct route to his or her heart via good food through his or her stomach.

 

 Giving breakfast in on bed on a beautiful morning of February 14 will deliver a love spread in the air…For a secret move that will surely win her, express how much you value your love by telling “I Heart You” --- three words full of love caffeine using the personalized coffee mug you prepare for him or her. Let your chosen HTV make the writings on the mug design be vividly seen and snatch your honey’s eyes direct on that sweet message. See every sip of hot coffee or hot chocolate gives a sip of love in the sunrise!

 

Creating an HTV coffee mug for A Valentine’s full of affection

 

Materials: 

  • Coffee Mug 
  • Heat tools: Mug Press, Heat Press, Iron, or Heat Gun 
  • HTV
  • Non-Stick Cover Sheet

 

General Steps in Applying HTV on a Coffee Mug

 

Step 1: To ensure the mug is free from any dirt or fingerprints, clean by using rubbing alcohol. Avoid touching the mug after its cleansing. 

 

Step 2: Layout your design using designing software. 

 

Step 3: Mirror your design and cut it using the cutting machine. 

 

Step 4: When applying heat on the design and medium, follow the settings depending on the type of heat tool and the type of HTV you use. Use a protective covering to secure the design from excessive heat. 

 

HEAT TOOL

TEMPERATURE, TIME, PRESSURE

 

 

 

Settings applied may vary depending on the HTV used. Always check the manufacturer’s instruction

HEAT GUN

275°F to 325 ° F,

10 seconds (per section) ,

IRON

400°F to 425 °F,

10 to 15 second(per section)s,

Firm Pressure

EASY PRESS

380° F – 400 ° F,

10 to 15 seconds (per section),

Firm Pressure

HEAT PRESS OR MUG PRESS

350 °F to 400 °F,

150 to 210 seconds

Medium to Firm Pressure

 

Step 5: Check if the design all adhere, if not repress.

 

Step 6: Let the mug cool down for about 20 seconds, then peel the carrier sheet off. 

 

V-day Project #5: The Cuddly Cutie Teddy Bear 

 

           V-day is a season where everyone can love and be loved! Though having a companion for this day isn’t a requirement to be happy. But what if you are one of those who are waiting and looking for the right time to say the things that’s kept in your heart for a very long time? 

 

Valentine’s Day is the best day to confess your feelings or proposed to the one and the only apple of your eyes. If you’re thinking about making your big move and you want to get her “YES” in a sure-shot chance… Don’t hold back for you can bring flowers, chocolates, and even your reinforcement team! Bring with you the boys--- the Cuddly Cutie Bears with an HTV imprint asking her this question “Will you be my Honey?” or “Will you be my forever?” Now, who can say no to a token of love added with your crafty touch? It’s irresistible!

 

Creating Cuddly Cutie Teddy Bears with HTV Imprint 

 

Materials: 

  • Teddy Bears or Plush Animal Stuff Toy
  • HTV 
  • Heat Press, Iron, or Easy Press Machine
  • Teflon Sheet
  • Cutting machine and scissors

 

 

General Steps in Applying HTV on a Teddy Bear/ Plush Animal Stuff Toys

 

Step 1: Create or use a pre-design file in your computer’s software to start with.

 

Step 2: Cut the design using a cutting machine and don’t forget to apply the GOLDEN RULE: ALWAYS MIRROR YOUR DESIGN. 

 

Step 3: Trim the HTV and remove all the excess by weeding it.

 

Step 4: Pre-heat the teddy bear for a few seconds with a Teflon sheet to remove the moisture and make it a little flat as possible. By the way, be sure the head of it is away from any heating element. 

 

Step 5: Layout your design on Teddy’s belly or chest with the carrier sheet face side up. 

 

Step 6: Apply heat using your heat tool for about 15 to 20 seconds on a medium to firm pressure with a temperature of about 320 °F (temperature depends on the heat setting of the HTV used). Always use a Teflon sheet to protect your design and teddy from excessive heat. 

 

Step 7: Peel warm or cold (The settings vary depending on the HTV used) 

 

Step 8: Re-fluff the Teddy Bear to back on its shape. 

 

           Your on-the-job training as a V-day elf finally ends here! Did you enjoy your magical experience here? As much as we want you to stay here…It’s about time for you to get back in your world my dear or else you’ll be forever locked up here…You don’t have to be sad either for the true essence of celebrating love awaits you in your real world… I and Valentine’s Day Master Cherubim hope you’ll be able to see and use the answers you found here for your V-day wish! We will see each other again in the coming and more Valentine’s Day to come….

 

           Ouch! Did you see me fall on the couch! Are you watching me sleeping, my friend? What a wrong time to see me in this scene! I didn’t notice I fell asleep here while thinking about the best ideas for this coming heart’s day…

 

What? I was talking while I was sleeping? OHHH! Did I snore so loud too? Ugghhh… I’m having my dreams… Dreams that as if so real…. I’m fully awake… Come on let’s plan now! Oh! You too let’s start preparing the best Valentine’s Day ever!