Around these here parts we’re in the middle of a little ten-day rodeo we call the Calgary Stampede. It’s a big deal. As in the whole city “cowboys up” for the week. If you live in Calgary and you have house guests only once a year, it will be during Stampede. This year we had my 11-year-old niece stay with us for her first Stampede experience.
Of course, with a vinyl cutting machine in the house, that meant making T-shirts when we got home from the Stampede grounds. I’ve included a free cut file for the lettering, all thickened and ready to go, and a link to download the horse image (also for free!).
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What you need…
- Heat transfer vinyl – we used white Siser Easyweed and “Old Gold” Siser glitter HTV.
- Iron or heat press
- Teflon sheet or parchment paper
- Free horse file from SVG Cuts here. (Be sure to check out the other wonderful freebie files SVG Cuts has to offer…SO many!)
- Free Stampede file (above)
- Silhouette cutting machine – My Cameo is powered by Silhouette Studio Designer Edition v. 3.3.638
Open the file in Silhouette Studio, insert the horse image of your choice, and resize to fit.
If you’re new to heat transfer vinyl or need a refresher, you’ll find lots of detail about HTV in this Working with Heat Transfer Vinyl tutorial. Here’s the fast forward for this project.
Mirror the design, cut and weed the design—the words from white HTV and the horse from gold glitter HTV. Arrange on the shirt with the shiny carrier sheet up and HTV down. When you have them where you want them, remove the horse, cover the words with a Teflon sheet or parchment paper, and press with a heat press or dry iron for 15 seconds. Peel off the carrier sheet. Cover with the Teflon sheet again and give it a quick press. Repeat to apply the glitter. You may need a slightly longer press time for the glitter.
And yo, you’re done.
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