Today we are talking all about Cricut holographic vinyl! For years I avoided holographic vinyl. As much as I love using a rainbow of color in my crafts, I felt like holographic was too much for me as an adult (though my daughter sure loves it!). I recently received a few requests from crafters in the Abbi Kirsten Collections community about creating a faux rhinestone design with holographic sparkle vinyl. In other words, you can bedazzle without hot fixing rhinestones! Now that is an idea I can get on board with, so I decided it was time to create a faux rhinestone holographic sparkle iron-on vinyl tutorial!
For this approach, I only used heat transfer vinyl because I didn’t want to have to mess with trying to transfer the rhinestone effect into a piece of transfer tape which I knew would take extra patience! This method is also known as holographic sparkle iron-on mosaic circles.
Let’s talk about the supplies you will need for this holographic sparkle faux rhinestone project. First, you will need to choose the right design for this rhinestone effect. I am providing several July 4th SVG cut files for free that had been created with this rhinestone method in mind. Also, check out the rhinestone files in Cricut Design Space!
Supply List for Cricut Holographic Vinyl Rhinestone Effect
- Cricut machine – You can use any model; the Cricut Explore Air, Cricut Maker, or Cricut Joy models will all work. You can use other cutting machines, too, like Silhouette Cameo or other craft cutters.
- Cricut holographic iron-on vinyl – I strongly recommend using the Cricut brand holographic vinyl. I have tried other brands and so far have not found one that compares.
- Weeding tool
- EasyPress – Read my EasyPress heat press machine comparison guide here
- Heat safe surface
- Cricut mat
- A blank such as shirts, wood signs, or tote bags. Check out my suggested blanks here!
- Rhinestone effect SVG designs. Get all my July 4th designs in the Freebie Vault! Sign up or log in below.
Download the Free Faux Rhinestone July 4th SVG Cut Files
The first thing to do is download the free July 4th SVG files. Enter your name and email below to create a free account in the AKC Freebie Vault. Once logged in, search the keyword “rhinestone” at the top to find these designs. Download the free SVG files and then upload them to Cricut Design Space.
Need help entering the Vault to get your freebies? Read this helpful guide here! There are also loads of other summer-themed freebies you will adore, and you can learn more about how to be an AKC Premium Member too!
Looking for more cricut vinyl tips? Check out my Best Vinyl Hacks Every Crafter Should Know.
How to Create Faux Rhinestones With Cricut Holographic HTV
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Holographic Iron-on Tips
- Do not scale your design too small, or weeding will be very difficult. The SVG files are considered intricate designs with the small circles creating the rhinestone effect. If you are unsure, perform a test cut first.
- Don’t forget to mirror your design before cutting out the holographic decal.
- Also, place the holographic iron-on material shiny side down, so the liner and pretty side are face down.
- If you struggle with vinyl, check out my Best Vinyl Hacks Every Crafter Should Know.
- In most cases, an average time and temp setting for holographic heat transfer vinyl is 30 seconds at 330 degrees.
- Always cool peel (also known as cold peel), which means letting your blank and vinyl cool all the way down before trying to remove the liner.
- When layering the designs place the largest cut down first. After you peel the liner, save it and add the next layer, but before pressing, place the larger liner as the top layer to protect the first piece from direct heat.
Now you may be wondering if you can use the rhinestone effect as a Cricut holographic vinyl decal with the regular adhesive vinyl. While the answer is yes, you will have to transfer the design onto transfer tape, which can require some extra patience. This process can also be tried with glitter vinyl or glitter HTV if you do not wish to use the iridescent vinyl or iron-on.
Rhinestone Dot Fonts To Make Your Own Designs
For those who want to make their own holographic sparkle iron-on mosaic circles, check out some of my favorite rhinestone fonts!
- Beadwork font
- Highspeed font
- Sparkle and shine font
- Perfograma font
- Dot Marker font
- Rhinestone template font
- Cursiva Rhinestone template font
Learn how to install your own fonts here and how to access them in Design Space!
Check out more DIY Projects With Cricut here!
How would you use this faux rhinestone HTV tutorial? Would you try making holographic sparkle iron-on mosaic circles? I think this type of craft would be great for seasonal crafts like at Christmas! I am already thinking about some ideas! What other special occasions would you use this technique for? And what different color schemes would you use? Tell me below in the comments!
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