Whatever mat and machine you are using, put your adhesive vinyl paper backing side down onto your mat so the colored vinyl side is facing up (see image below).
In many, if not most, iron-on vinyls, the vinyl side is matte and the carrier side is shiny. That’s why they say to cut it shiny or glossy side down on your mat.
One may also ask, do you mirror adhesive vinyl? If you‘re using sticky vinyl (adhesive), you do NOT mirror your image. As a general rule, you do not mirror adhesive vinyl. If you‘re using HTV (heat transfer vinyl), you DO mirror your image before you cut and be sure to place your vinyl glossy side down or dull color side up on the mat.
In this way, does vinyl go shiny side up or down?
The clear carrier sheet is the “shiny” side. The shiny side goes down when your cutting. The vinyl side goes face up.
Why does my iron on vinyl wrinkle?
Certain kinds of iron-on need to be the top layer because the adhesive won’t work great on top of them. Meaning, don’t try to layer stretch or SportFlex iron-on over a regular iron-on, because their amount of flex is different and could cause the vinyl to wrinkle, pucker or peel.
Is heat transfer vinyl the same as iron on?
Iron-on vinyl is a vinyl that uses heat and pressure to adhere to fabric or wood. Iron-on vinyl is also known as heat transfer vinyl for this very reason. Iron-on vinyl comes in a variety of colors, finishes, and sizes. Any iron-on vinyl ordered from Cricut will arrive on a roll.
What side goes down on Cricut iron on?
Cutting Iron-On with a Cricut Machine Place iron-on sheet, shiny liner side down, onto StandardGrip Mat.
Do you mirror iron on vinyl?
The reason that you need to mirror your design when working with heat transfer or iron on vinyl, you cut the design on the back side of the vinyl. Then, choose the Mirror option from the Object drop down menu and then select Flip Horizontally (see image below). The process is really similar in Cricut Design Space.
How do you heat transfer vinyl with an iron?
Grab your multi purpose sheet and put it over your heat transfer vinyl to protect your iron. You can use a towel, a Teflon sheet, or whatever you have. Press down for 10 to 15 seconds. Then press it down the part of your project where your iron didn’t touch.
Does glitter HTV go shiny side down?
When placing the HTV on the cutting mat, you place the shiny side down on the mat and the dull side should be facing up. HTV has it’s own carrier sheet (the shiny side) which serves the same purpose as transfer tape for adhesive vinyl.
Do you have to use transfer tape with vinyl?
Transfer tape is only used on adhesive craft vinyl. Heat transfer vinyl has a clear carrier sheet attached to the vinyl that is used instead. Once the vinyl is cut the excess vinyl is removed (weeded) and the project should be left on the backing. If you’re new to using transfer tape, we have a great video tutorial!
Why is my heat transfer vinyl not sticking?
Time- Pressing or ironing for too short a time can cause HTV not to stick to your shirt. HTV works by using a heat activated adhesive so too little time and it won’t heat enough to stick. Too long and it can actually burn the adhesive off. Temperature- Not all vinyl applies at the same temperature.
Which side of heat transfer vinyl goes up?
When working with heat transfer vinyl, the shiny side of the material always goes face down for cutting.