Just for the record I’m pretty stoked about Valentine’s Day 2016. I’m not bitter or hateful or anything but I thought it might kind of, sort of be funny to make some shoes with anti-conversation hearts all over them for my sister. Because my sister loves shoes and she loves off the wall things. And I figured I’d have both of those things covered in spades with this project! :)
So I hopped on my computer and made up some files and then I proceeded to ruin a pair of shoes trying to show you how to do this dang thing.
Good news is I know why I messed up and I’m hoping I can get these darn things off of this sneaker so I can still DIY up the pair. We’ll see how that goes another day but for now let’s make a pair of sneakers, shall we?
For this project you will need:
- Free conversation heart & anti-conversation heart printable
- Avery Light Iron On Transfer Paper
- Light colored sneakers
- Iron – I used a mini iron
Now the first problem I encountered with my failed attempt was the fact that my humongous iron didn’t work out so well for me. I wound up buying this mini iron off of Amazon that I’ve been eyeballing for years anyway. You can totally use a normal iron but it won’t be nearly as simple. I’ll explain as we move along what you’ll need to do with a traditional iron that you probably already have.
Cut the hearts out leaving a bit of white around each heart. If you use the Avery I’ve recommended the transfer is clear so you’re not going to see it anyway.
Place your heart face down and hit the back of the transfer paper with a super hot iron. You’ll want to keep the hot part of the iron away from the rubber from the sole. Be sure to put a lot of emphasis on the edges.
Give each transfer about 2 minutes to completely cool off and then gently peel away from the canvas. If it tries to stick to the backing paper put that sucker right back down and hit it with the iron again until the transfer, allow to cool and try until the whole thing comes away cleanly.
Use something sturdy, like a sock balled up to help add support inside of the shoe, behind what you’re ironing on.
Now see how that heart on the very end hasn’t been peeled away, yet? Let’s say I tried to hit it with the iron with that Can U Not? right next to it all perfect looking… if the hot iron touches that transfer ANYWHERE IN ANYWAY it’s going to bubble and come off and look weird. That’s how I screwed up my first go on my failed sneaker. This is why I wound up purchasing the smaller iron because I can’t seem to plan well enough to keep the backing papers on all of the transfers so that I didn’t do this and accidentally touch a transfer with the hot iron. Plan better than I do and you can use a larger iron.
Now trying to put a heart over really strong seams, like this one here, is a pain in the neck! I was able to kind of, sort of, salvage this one but you can hardly read “eff off” and that’s kind of sad! As if not being able to read that has ever brought somebody to tears :)
Instead cut a heart so that the bottom portion can be adhered using the iron just below the seam and then the small, left over bit can be attached to the top part. This will come away super cleanly and will mean you don’t have to have this area oddly blank.
That being said the seams on this pair of sneakers are stupid weird. I got them at Walmart and I loved the pink but dang if they weren’t a humongous pain in the rear to work with :)
And there we have it! Aren’t they cute? And you can’t even see the edges of those iron on transfers because they aren’t white. Huzzah!
These anti-conversation hearts say fun things like: ugh, go away, can u not? back off, bitch please, whatever and nope, among others :)
And if you want these guys bigger than for shoes, these hearts will print around 2 inches wide and would look great on a sweatshirt or tote bag or something, well, larger!
So if you want to tell somebody to buzz off, make yourself (or your sister) a pair of anti-conversation heart sneakers!