Tips On How To Use Siser Easy™ Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl
Siser Easy Puff is among the most popular heat transfer vinyls on the market. With school back in session and football season underway, I wanted to make a spirit wear shirt using Siser Puff with Siser Glitter as an outline. I love the look of glitter and how puff gives a textured, 3D effect, and a unique eye-catching look.
Here are some benefits, features, and tips for using Siser Puff heat transfer vinyl:
- Compatible with most cutting machines.
- Apply with any heat press.
- 21 eye-popping colors.
- Durable and washable.
- Easy to apply.
- Soft and flexible.
- Applies to cotton/poly blends.
- Should only be pressed one time.
- Correct temperature and pressure are essential.
I used a simple but bold varsity font. Puff works best with a bold font, otherwise, there is not much room to “puff.” I wanted to mix the two finishes but had to be careful because puff has specific heat instructions. Let’s start with the must-know about applying puff. No need to worry, I found it to be easy.
To use Siser puff heat transfer vinyl, you need to follow these simple steps:
- Cut your design in reverse image on the vinyl side using a standard blade.
- Weed out the excess vinyl around your design, leaving only the parts that you want to transfer.
- Preheat your heat press to 280°F (138°C) and set the pressure to medium.
- Pre-press for 3 seconds to remove any wrinkles or moisture.
- Place your design on your garment, with the clear carrier sheet facing up. Your design should read correctly.
- Cover your design with a heat transfer cover sheet or parchment paper to protect it from direct heat.
- Press your design for 10 seconds, then peel off the carrier sheet while it is still hot.
- Enjoy your puffy, textured design!
I found the Puff to be very easy to cut with my Silhouette Cameo using the same cut settings as Siser Easyweed. Note, that Siser Puff can be cut with other cutters such as Cricut, Graphtec, or Summa. The side to cut was not easy to determine so I peeled an edge to see which side was clear and which side was vinyl. To my surprise, the gloss side was the vinyl side.
While designing I left a gap between the glitter and puff to allow room for the puff to expand without touching the glitter. Since multiple presses will flatten the puff effect, I first applied the glitter following the recommended heat temperature of 320° F. Anytime more than one color is used, always press the first layer for less time. I pressed the glitter at 320° for about 5-8 seconds, instead of the recommended time of 15-20 seconds.
Since Puff presses at a lower temperature than glitter, I lowered the temperature to the recommended 280° and applied for the full press time of 10 seconds. Puff is not recommended to be applied with a home iron or easy press because the temperature and pressure are most important to get the “puff” effect. Not applying at the right temperature and pressure will make it not puff. Trust me, I know from experience, but that subject is for another blog 🙂
I was pleasantly surprised at how easily the Puff applied. Once I lifted the platen after pressing, the clear carrier had already released from the puff. I have seen different textures on puff after the application, however, I did not see any texture on my design. I have read texture can be caused by too much heat, too much press time, or too much pressure. I know this makes it hard to know where to start, but as with any new material, I recommend always testing first.
Once I had the glitter and puff applied, I was amazed by the results! The shirt looked festive and fun, perfect for cheering on my favorite team. The puff gave a nice contrast to the glitter, and the gap between them made it look like a shadow effect.
Siser Puff heat transfer vinyl is a great product for adding some dimension and flair to your garments. Whether you want to make personalized t-shirts, hoodies, bags, hats, or anything else, you can use this vinyl to create amazing results. You can also combine it with other types of vinyl or fabrics to create even more possibilities. If you want to try this project yourself, you can find Siser Puff and Siser Glitter at our online store. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, so you can mix and match them to create your unique designs.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned something new. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. I would love to see your creations, so tag us on social media.
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