Since we only live about 40 minutes away from all the major theme parks, we have annual passes to them all and go often. My Mother-in-law, however, is coming to visit on Saturday and we'll be taking her to Seaworld! So, it's about time to make some super simple, fast and cute family Seaworld shirts including one for grandma to wear. Yes, we are going to totally look like tourists even though it'll be like our millionth time going! HA!
First things first. Upload your Seaworld Whale tail cutting file (or whichever file you choose to use) into your die cutting software. For this tutorial I will be using Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software. If you do not have Designer Edition and just have the basic silhouette studio you can not use SVG files, and you will need to upload the .dxf file version. You can add any names or other text now. The name "Dominic" is in the font AR Julian. You will want to click your mouse and drag over the entire image to select everything, then resize to the size you want to cut.
The Whale Tail file does not have the year already cut out. I did this so that you can choose to have no year or you can choose any year or text you want to cut out of the tail. I think either the year, full date of your vacation or your name would all be great options! Ex. "Manning Family Reunion".
Now is the time to add this. For a quick and easy tutorial on how to add the text and subtract it so it cuts out go HERE
After you have the design the way you want it, it's time to cut it out...
You will want to mirror the image so that it will adhere the correct way on your TShirt. In Silhouette Studio, select the full image by dragging your cursor over the whole image, then at the top menu click on Object>Mirror>Flip Horizontally.
Now it's time to add your blue layer. Place your blue layer exactly where you want it, making sure to slightly overlap the blue wave on top of the base of your tail.
Again press for about 5 seconds. Open your heat press and carefully peel away the plastic backing.
After all plastic backing is removed, close your heat press again. My HTV instructions say to press at 325 degrees F for 15 seconds, but follow whatever directions came with your HTV. I tend to press a little longer than necessary, about 25 seconds to ensure a good adhesive and I haven't had any problems with burning the vinyl or shirt, and it holds up really well.
Remove your Tshirt from the heat press. To make sure it's was pressed long and hard enough you should be able to see the thread indentations of the shirt through the heat transfer vinyl. I always make sure to wait at least a week before washing and try my hardest to remember to hang dry.
This shirt was such an easy design and super cute for a fun family Seaworld trip! You can use your Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Portrait, Cricut Explore or any other die cutting machine to create this awesome shirt.