Do bubbles in your vinyl keep happening to you? There’s an easy tip to stop heat transfer vinyl layers from bubbling and I’m sharing it with you!
I must be incredibly late to the game because I had no idea how popular gnomes are. They’re everywhere and are on anything you can stick vinyl to.
I’ve never tried to make a garden flag before but I saw the blank garden flag on 651vinyl and figured, why not?
Heat transfer vinyl looks good on pretty much anything, I was sure it would look good on a garden flag too!
And, of course, after I cut out all my vinyl I realized that the heat transfer vinyl gnome garden flag might not hold up very well outdoors.
Why? Because heat transfer vinyl isn’t made to stand up against the elements.
If you’re making this heat transfer vinyl gnome you should use outdoor (permanent 651) vinyl.
The hardest part about this gnome is all of the layers. You have to be very careful when you’re pressing with a heat press or Cricut EasyPress that you don’t press for too long or the layers will shrink a tad.
The best thing to do is to press for 3-5 seconds and then try to pull up the carrier sheet. If the vinyl doesn’t come up with it then move on to the next layer. If it comes up, lay the carrier sheet back down and press for another 3-5 seconds.
You’ll keep doing that until all of your layers are pressed.
How do you stop heat transfer vinyl layers from bubbling?
I never realized how big of an issue this way until this project. It is so noticeable in the metallic hat on the girl gnomes head that I can’t pretend it was on purpose.
This happens when you overpress your vinyl design.
Putting too much heat on vinyl will cause the glue that helps adhere it to the material either evaporate and your hold won’t be as strong OR it will push up the glue and cause bubbles to form.
This happened to my gnome hat because I kept putting the EasyPress on the metallic hat while I was pressing other layers. You can also see wrinkles in other areas where I used the metallic red and that’s from too much heat too.
Bottom line, be careful when you press!
You do not need extra pressure or extra heat to get a good press. Just make sure you’re firmly pressing the first time and only using the recommended heat settings for your projects!
Common Questions About the Heat Transfer Vinyl Gnome Garden Flag.
What type of flag do you need for this project?
If you want to put this flag outside you will need a garden flag thats use is specifically for the outdoors.
I bought mine from 651vinyl and it is made of outdoor vinyl banner material. I liked this out out of the other cloth options available because it will stand up to the elements better.
Should you use heat transfer vinyl or permanent vinyl on a garden flag?
If you are putting your gnome garden flag outdoors then you should use permanent 651 vinyl.
This is the type of vinyl you would use for car decals, boat decals, and more and it is made to stand up to UV rays and the elements.
If you are using a cloth garden flag and are keeping it indoors you can use heat transfer vinyl.
What are the heat press settings for a garden flag that’s made with outdoor vinyl banner material?
I have the original Cricut EasyPress and used the settings:
- HEAT: 280 degrees
- TIME: 20 seconds
Be careful with the type of heat transfer vinyl you use for this project though. I used a metallic red vinyl for the hearts (which I love) but when I pressed it on the garden flag it left a light red residue behind.
What vinyl did you use for the gnome garden flag?
I bought the vinyl basics box from Expressions Vinyl and decided to use some of the colors and patterns in the box for this project.
If you’re new to vinyl and are overwhelmed by all the choices, colors, and patterns I highly suggest getting the box and using only that to make this flag.
Where did you find the gnome design?
I found Maggie Rose in a blogging group I’m in and fell in love with her designs! And if you’re using it for personal use, it’s free.
She has a ton of other fun designs too.
The gnome file opens in the Silhouette Design Studio as one giant piece. How did you edit it so that you can cut small sections at a time?
When you first open this file in the Silhouette Design Studio it looks like one large design. Select it and hit ungroup.
From there you can change the colors of different layers, move all the pieces around, and cut it in small sections.
I also have the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition which allows me to cut layers by color which makes it very easy to cut a multi-colored project like this one!