Have you ever customized a mug?
Even though this 3D mug is paper, I chose to use white flocked heat transfer material (typically used on fabric) so it would cling well to the curved surface. Plus, I love the fuzzy texture and the bright white image against the bold red paper.
Here’s how I made this mug.
The words are separate from the cup and each other, so I just arranged the pieces the way I liked. I then resized my “warm winter wishes” design so it was about 3” tall and 4” wide.
I chose flocked white heat transfer material as my medium, so I flipped the image horizontally, as is necessary with all heat transfer material designs. (Right click – Flip Horizontally)
You can cut a sheet or roll of heat transfer material directly in your machine without a mat, but I like to trim mine down to only the size I need and then use my cutting mat. I cut this flocked heat transfer material down to 4.5” w x 3.5” h, then placed it on my mat, shiny-side against the mat.
I cut it with the appropriate settings, then took it off my mat and weeded away the excess material.
The shiny backing that remains becomes the transfer paper, so I just flipped it so the shiny side was up and arranged it on the paper I cut for the outside wrap of the 3D mug.
Then I ironed it on to my red paper so the heat transfer material would fuse to the paper. You can use a cloth to shield the plastic transfer material, but I have never had it melt when I iron directly on it. To avoid shifting the heated image, it’s best to press-hold-lift the iron instead of rubbing it back and forth.
The length of time necessary to heat the material depends on what you’re ironing it to. For paper, it only took a few seconds. Make sure you heat the entire image, and carefully lift the transfer material off to make sure the image is secure. (Careful—that plastic gets hot!)
I assembled all my cut pieces for the 3D mug and followed the designer’s assembly tutorial.
Finally, I filled it with some fancy hot chocolate packets and a few peppermint sticks to gift to a friend.
I wish you could feel this fuzzy white design! Have fun with today’s freebie!