For those looking to add some sparkle to any fabric or design, one of the best options in the vinyl world is glitter heat transfer vinyl. Applicable on fabrics ranging from cotton and polyester through various blends and even leather, glitter heat transfer vinyl -- sometimes abbreviated glitter HTV -- is a popular vinyl format used by crafters everywhere.
At Vinyl Outlet, we're proud to offer a wide selection of glitter heat transfer vinyl products, all of which can be applied at a reasonable temperature for 15-20 seconds to achieve a gorgeous design. A common question we receive from clients using our glitter HTV, however, is how to weed this vinyl -- it can sometimes be tough to see cut lines with this style, so knowing where to trim off excess material can be a bit tougher. Luckily, there are multiple different methods you can use to successfully weed this material -- here are a few.
Roll the Vinyl
After your design is cut, slowly roll the vinyl backing away from your cut material. This will pull the vinyl backing -- and all of its excess debris -- up and out of the way, allowing you to clearly see where to cut.
Once you've rolled back the bulk of the vinyl, use a vellum knife (or fine-pointed blade) to trim off the excess. This is a similar process to how you'd weed a standard vinyl design -- hold your blade at an angle (30-45 degrees) and cut away. Be sure to get as close to the design as possible, but try not to cut through any leftover adhesive on the more delicate portions of your design.
Alternatively, grab a piece of chalk -- color doesn't matter. Rub the chalk over the vinyl backing where you've just trimmed, to the point where your design becomes visible -- allowing you to weed the vinyl and remove any excess portions. When you're done, just wipe the chalk off with a dry cloth.
The Pen Trick
Some prefer the pen trick for weeding their glitter vinyl. This involves the use of the Pen feature in Cricut or Silhouette machines, where you copy and paste any excess portions of your design. With the pen tool enabled and selected, simply hold your pen over any excessive areas of your glitter HTV design -- for example, around the edges, or at any spots where you don't need to trim cut lines. When you're done with this, simply cut away those excess sections and weed your design for a final product.
For more on how to weed glitter heat transfer vinyl, or to learn about any of our vinyl products or services, speak to the staff at Vinyl Outlet today.