Hey all! Kaitlin here with you today 🙂 Now I don’t know about you, but I’m completely obsessed with my fur baby. Maybe it’s just because I got her a month ago, or maybe it’s because she’s so incredibly cute.
Either way, if you have a little fur munchkin, you probably share my obsession. And with the new DC Marvel™ movie that’s just come out, I was completely inspired to make my little puppy Pippa into a “Wonder Dog” of her own.
It was super easy, too! Just use the supplies I’ve listed, and follow the steps below, to make this super simple DC Wonder Woman™ dog bandana for your fur baby. She’ll instantly become the superhero you’ve always known she was.
You Will Need:
- Silhouette CAMEO®
- Ratchet blade and mat
- Silhouette Printable Heat Transfer Paper – For Dark Fabrics
- Silhouette 12-inch Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl (red)
- Silhouette 12-inch Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl (silver)
- Home printer
- Plain blue bandana (or 14 in. x 14 in. piece of blue fabric)
Shapes Needed From Silhouette Design Store:
- Wonder Woman™ logo ( by DC Wonder Woman™) – Design #77518
- Deco Font (by Lori Whitlock) – Design #122252
- Star (by Pebbles in my Pocket) – Design #61255
STEP ONE: PLACE DESIGN IN SILHOUETTE STUDIO®
Download your DC Wonder Woman™ logo from the Silhouette Design Store and import it into Silhouette Studio®. Once in Silhouette Studio®, your logo will be in 3 different parts, divided up by color. To edit the three shapes separately, you’ll have to first ungroup them.
Ungroup the shapes so you can edit each shape separately. To do this, right click on all of the shapes and click, “Ungroup.”
Place each shape on top of the other in order —red over black, yellow over red, and black on the bottom.
Go to the Edit drop down menu and click on the “Select All” button.
Select all three images. Right click (or CTRL + click on a Mac®) and press the “Group” button. This will give you one, solid DC Wonder Woman™ image to print off.
Step Two: Turn On Registration Marks
When working with printable heat transfer material, you need to use your Print & Cut function of your Silhouette CAMEO® to get the perfect image to iron onto your fabric! To do that, you need to add registration marks so that your Silhouette knows exactly where to cut. Here’s how you turn the registration marks on:
(1) Click on the Registration Marks icon
(2) Select the machine you’re using (Today, I’m working with the CAMEO.)
(3) Adjust the margins of your registration marks on all sides so that they fit all the way around your logo, but are small enough that you can reuse the bottom half of your heat transfer paper if you want to, later.
Step Three: Print Off Your Design
Now that your registration marks are in place, it’s time to print off your design.
Load your printable heat transfer paper into your printer so that it prints on a blank white side (the heat transfer paper loads just like any other 8.5 in. x 11 in. paper).
Go up to the very top toolbar and click on “File > Print” once your paper is loaded into your printer.
(1) Choose the printer you’re using
(2) Click “Print.”
Yay! Your DC Wonder Woman™ has printed perfectly. Now comes the fun part—cutting it out!
Place the entire piece of paper with the logo and registration marks on it in the upper left hand corner of the mat (CAMEO 12 in. x 12 in. used here).
Load the mat into the CAMEO, lining the mat up with the line and the arrow on the left hand side of the machine.
TIP: Make sure your mat doesn’t go OVER the line and the arrow even the tiniest bit. Your Silhouette’s sensors are very precisely calibrated and if the mat is too far to the left it will give you a read error. If you can’t line it up exactly, it’s always best to go a little to the right of the line and arrow instead of to the left. That way, your Silhouette can read the registration marks and make a precise cut.
(1) Click on the “cut” icon from the top toolbar in Silhouette Studio®
(2) Select your DC Wonder Woman™ logo so it’s highlighted and click “cut edge” in the cut style portion of your cutting preferences
NOTE: If you don’t do this, the CAMEO will try to cut around each individual color in your logo instead of the entire shape you so carefully grouped together in Step One.
(3) Select “Printable Heat Transfer Material (For dark fabrics)” in the Material Type menu
(1) Adjust your ratchet blade to the settings suggested for you under your blade type settings.
(2) Click “send to Silhouette” to send the cut job to your Silhouette
Remove your design from the backing paper and set aside.
Woo-hoo! You’ve successfully printed and cut out your DC Wonder Woman™ design. Now get ready to work with your red glitter heat transfer vinyl!
STEP FIVE: CUT OUT GLITTER HEAT TRANSFER
Adhere your vinyl (glitter side down!!) onto the CAMEO mat just as you did for your printable heat transfer paper in Step Four.
Load it into the CAMEO.
(1) Go to your library and make sure you select your Deco Font (#122252). Silhouette Studio® will automatically load the font.
(2) Click on the Text icon in the Silhouette Studio® toolbar. Type the text you want to use on your dog bandana. (I put “WONDER DOG” on mine.)
(3) Don’t forget to make sure your font is selected! You can check in the Font Style menu on the right.
(1) Select text. Click on the Replicate icon in the top toolbar
(2) Choose “Mirror Right”. This will mirror your text.
NOTE: Anytime you use heat transfer vinyl, you need to make sure the text is mirrored, because you will flip it over to the glitter side once it’s cut. So don’t forget!!
Delete the non-mirrored text, and put the mirrored version inside the mat on your screen.
Click on the Cut icon in the top toolbar.
Repeat the process from Step Four to send your cut job to your Silhouette.
Remove the vinyl (including the clear cover sheet) from your cutting mat and remove the excess vinyl from around your wording, leaving only your letters stuck to the clear cover sheet.
Repeat the process for your stars! (They don’t need to be mirrored, but sometimes it helps to mirror them just to get in the habit when using heat transfer material.)
For mine, I re-sized my star from it’s original size to around .5 x .5″, and replicated it across my Silhouette Studio® cutting mat 16 times (but use as many or as few stars as your heat desires).
STEP SEVEN: CUT OUT YOUR BANDANNA
If you already have a bandanna, you can skip this part and go right to Step Eight. If you don’t have a bandanna, all you need is a piece of fabric a only bit longer and wider than a foot. (For bigger fur babies, you might want to try cutting the bandanna a bit bigger.)
Measure out a perfect square (I used 14 in. x 14 in.). Fold it in half and, voila!, you have a bandanna.
STEP EIGHT: PRESS ON HEAT TRANSFER
Take your DC Wonder Woman™ logo and place it on your bandanna.
Place a protective sheet over your design (Silhouette Printable Heat Transfer Material comes with one in the package) and press.
Apply even pressure and heat for about 10 seconds, then remove the protective sheet.
Time to add some sparkle! Place your red glitter lettering (clear cover side up) where you want your wording on your bandana. Repeat this process with your stars.
Remove the plastic and ta-da!! Your fur baby is now the superhero you always knew she was 🙂