What are some things that were challenging?
Throughout my IDS Leadership and Tech Team customized mask project I have learned a lot through trial and error and now feel very confident in my skills using both the Cricut Heat Press and the Cricut Vinyl Transfer. This allowed me to challenge myself with this Christmas Cricut assignment. I felt that I was ready to try a more difficult approach by doing a design that requires multiple layers. I did find this challenging because during the heat press process you need to be extremely careful not to melt the vinyl and you have to use a lower heat in order to be successful. In the end, I was able to complete this process and make a secret Santa gift for our friend group exchange.
What are some things that worked well?
I felt that the cutting of the vinyl worked really well. I had to use 2 different colors but found them all in the scraps folder which also allowed me to stay cost-friendly within this assignment. Other than that I felt that this product/project is an easy and simple way to provide a cost-efficient gift during the holiday season and I am excited to continue to use these skills when printing the Holiday masks this season.
What did you learn? How can you apply this?
While my project itself didn’t include a complex amount of layers I was able to learn lots throughout helping my team members in creating their gifts as well. Kelsey made a sweater that ended up having at least 4 different layers all in different layers which taught me about how you much alter the heat lower and lower as you add more layers as to not melt the vinyl you’ve already pressed. I also learned how to attach, group and weld the designs as well as learned a few tricks in making sure you have the design set to print not “No fill”. Lastly, I learned about Permanent Vinyl which is located in the fourth drawer. This vinyl can be treated as normal vinyl (not HTV) but is permanent and can be put in the dishwasher when on cups.
My project was for a Secret Santa in my friend group and I decided to print a design onto a sweater: