Last week, I was playing around with the Silhouette Glitter Heat Transfer Material to make quick personalized Christmas stockings and realized that the black glitter material would work beautifully for New Year’s Eve projects. So, I pulled out these tiny (~4″ x 4″) burlap canvases that I had purchased months ago at Michaels and thought they would be perfect for festive coasters.
When you cut a design into heat transfer material (HTM), you’ll want to mirror the image in the Studio software first. If you’re a beginner with your Silhouette, you can find screenshots for the process in this post. HTM is quickly becoming one of my favorite materials to work with because it cuts beautifully like vinyl, but already comes on clear plastic transfer sheets. After you weed your designs as shown above…
…you can take your design directly to your piece and line it up perfectly thanks to the clear transfer sheet before pressing. I usually iron my HTM onto the piece using a pressing cloth and lots of pressure for about two minutes. With a material like burlap, your HTM may still not adhere perfectly in all areas. If this happens, I usually iron the HTM one more time for a few seconds after I have removed the plastic transfer sheet and it will take care of any loose sections.
I made a set of four coasters to give away as a gift to the friends who invited me to their house for New Year’s Eve this year. I love the contrast of the glittery HTM with the rustic-looking burlap!
This design is quite intricate and cut perfectly out of the material. You can find the Happy New Year Fancy Champagne design in the Silhouette Design Store. This design is particularly nice because your coasters can be used year after year.
I hope this project inspires you to personalize some items for your New Year’s Eve Party. I’m off to enjoy my own 2015 events and a much needed vacation now, but I will be back with new project ideas and cards in the new year!
Wishing you all a Happy New Year…and I’d love to hear your comments!Designs Used: • Happy New Year Fancy Champagne • Cheers 2015