Creating with Cricut Vinyl

Creating with Cricut Vinyl

by Lori Dkhissi

The types of projects that you can create with Cricut Vinyl is endless! Personalizing wood or chalkboard signs, decorating your walls with sayings, labeling spice jars, customizing posters for school rallies, showing your family/personality on your car, and creating cards are just a few ways I have used vinyl on my projects. 

Cricut Vinyl Projects

Cricut Vinyl is available in many different colors, types, textures, and patterns. Whether you are creating, a mermaid on your daughter’s wall with a mosaic pattern or personalizing your mailbox with a permanent-outdoor vinyl, you will find the perfect vinyl for your project. 

The secret to cutting and applying vinyl is the “kiss cut”. Adhesive vinyl is on a paper backing. When you use a kiss cut you are applying a blade depth and pressure that will cut through the vinyl layer but not the paper backing. 

After cutting your design with the kiss cut, weed out the excess vinyl around and inside your design. Remove the Transfer Tape liner and gently place (adhesive side down) over your design. Use a brayer or scraper tool to burnish the transfer tape to the design. Turn over and slowly peel the liner from your design at a 45° angle. If any of your design is lifting from the transfer tape, turn it back over and burnish again. 

Weeding Cricut Vinyl

Carefully apply your transfer tape with the design to a clean, dry surface. Burnish your design to your project area. Slowly pull your transfer tape from your design at a 45° angle. If any of your design is lifting from the transfer tape, burnish again. 

Once you have mastered these techniques you will love adding vinyl to your craft projects!

Legacy Machine Vinyl tips:

  • Place Vinyl Sheet, backer paper side down on StandardGrip Mat.
  • Recommended settings:
    • Blade – 3
    • Pressure – 3
    • Speed – 3
    • Always do a test cut first. Settings may vary depending on type and texture of Vinyl Material you are using.

    Cricut Design Space Vinyl tips:

    • Place Vinyl Sheet, backer paper side down on StandardGrip Mat.
    • Set type of Everyday Vinyl from the list of materials
      • If using a Cricut Explore machine, turn Smart Set Dial to Custom.
    • Always do a test cut first. Settings may vary depending on type and texture of Vinyl Material you are using.
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