3.09.2010

Vinyl

It's no secret that I am quickly becoming a huge fan of vinyl products. I have ventured into the "wall words" business and have made several custom installations. If anyone would ever want a custom vinyl project designed and cut for interior application, I am available for freelance projects. I also can make custom car decals for groups and school sports.


I also frequently use vinyl to make my own "custom" designed stickers for scrapbooking  and craft projects. The teacher's names on the above lunchboxes are an example of this. I love to use Vinyl with my Cricut because it is much thinner than paper and therefore, much easier to cut intircate shapes. A tip for readers though, because it is so thin you do not want to try to place the sticker like you would a normal one. I suggest using the "transfer tape" method. See a great YouTube video by here Above Rubies Studio. It is super easy and the plus side it that you take take your stickers right of the mat in one piece and apply to your project. No worries about letters not being straight or correctly spaced.

For those who use a Cricut I have found these setting work best for me when cutting Vinyl. You don't want to cut through the backing, just the vinyl on top.
Blade 2
Speed 1
Pressure 2

Silhouette has come out with some really cool new vinyl products that I cannot wait to try.

Fuzzy Vinyl! I'm not so sure I would use this on an interior project because of dust collection. I'm going to use it to make fuzzy stickers and shapes. Couldn't you just see my monkey cut file cut from the brown fuzzy? You can also purchase this at TwoPeas.



Heat Transfer Vinyl also from Silhouette. They have both smooth and flocked in many colors. I'm going to make some tshirts for my little guys with the flocked. This looks so much easier than the Yudo machine from Provo!


Another great product for interior walls is Chalkboard Vinyl. I purchased mine from ebay. I plan to make a wall graphic with mine to write imporant dates and info for the family each week. We are still remodeling our kitchen and family room, so the project will have to wait. I will post a picture when we are done.

I purchase my regular vinyl from SignWarehouse when I need a roll or from Vinyl Outlet when I only need a sheet or two. you can purchase transfer tape from either source. If you are only using vinyl for small applications, you can also use delicate blue painters tape from a hardware store.

Anyone else have any great vinyl products, sources or ideas they love?

1 comment:

Cathy said...

I just bought my first vinyl and am working on two projects. One is a custom car decal for a friend and the other is etched monogram glasses for a wedding. So funny you should mention this today! I'm super excited about all the possibilities.