Heat Transfer Vinyl on Cardstock – Father’s Day Card

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Heat Transfer Vinyl, (also called Iron-On) is lots of fun to put on shirts and other clothing items. But wait, there’s more! You can put HTV on cardstock! It’s so handy when there are lots of little pieces that would be tedious to glue and place with cardstock.

This lighthouse Father’s Day card would be a challenge with all the tiny hearts, but I cut them out of HTV and used my EasyPress to apply them in a few seconds.

Supplies I used:

The lighthouse image is from the World of Hearts image set, which is currently free in Design Space. The rest of the project will with a Cricut Access subscription, or you can substitute those images with images you already own. Here’s the link to the file.

Pay close attention to your cut settings when cutting this project, as you will need to switch between “Everyday Iron-On” and one of the cardstock settings. Don’t forget to mirror the HTV.


This picture is from a version of this project that used HTV for the inside sentiment.

After cutting out all the pieces, save the inside of the lighthouse to position the windows. Put a little bit of glue in each window section.

Put the window pieces in the holes, and then use the weeding tool to pick up the corner of the negative piece.

Applying the HTV

After weeding the HTV (which is really just peeling the negative away with this image), position it on the card.

The EasyPress Interactive Heat Guide gives the time and temperature recommendations for HTV on cardstock, which are 280 degrees for 30 seconds. I used my Cricut Iron-On Protective Sheet between the press and the cardstock. You can use parchment paper if you don’t have one. I put barely any pressure on the heat press. Remember, this isn’t going through the wash, so it doesn’t have to be stuck on as well as it would on fabric.

If the card warps a little, just turn it over and press a few seconds on the other side.

Finished Project

For the Father’s Day version of this card, I did a written sentiment on the inside. This text is in the project file and is included in the Cricut Access subscription. On the other version, I used HTV to add an uploaded sentiment from LoveSVG on the inside.

Here is another card I made using glitter HTV for the stars.

Happy crafting!

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