Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cutting Vinyl using Cricut & Cricut Expression Die Cutting SystemVinyl Instructions

Cutting Vinyl using Cricut & Cricut Expression Die Cutting SystemVinyl Instructions using Transfer Tape

1) Place vinyl sheet on Cricut cutting mat. Load mat into machine and confirmthat machine is set to the correct cutting mat size.2) Make cutting selection and set size as if you where cutting paper,and then press cut.Peel images off cutting mat.PREPARATION1) Place vinyl sheet on Cricut cutting mat. Load mat into machine and confirmthat machine is set to the correct cutting mat size.2) Make cutting selection and set size. For best results, set blade depth to 6 and pressure to 2.These settings will result in a "KISS CUT" or a cut that only goes throughthe vinyl leaving the backing liner uncut.3) Take ends of transfer tape in each hand with adhesive side facing down.Gently lay transfer tape over vinyl (be sure to lay it straight)image starting in the center and moving out toward the ends.4) Once tape is in place,use applicator stick to burnish*the tape on to the vinyl.Start in the center and use overlapping strokes.

APPLICATION
1)Completely clean and dry wall (or other surface) area where vinyl image is to be placed.For best results do not use a cleaner that will leave a residue.2) Lightly place image on wall using level to ensure correct placement.3) Once image is in place, use applicator stick to burnish* vinyl on to wall.For best results use overlapping strokes when burnishing*4) Gently peel back transfer tape at 45-degree angle.If vinyl starts to come off with transfer tape,lay area back down and burnish* again.

Cricut Vinyl Instructions Without Transfer Tape

PREPARATION
1) Place vinyl sheet on Cricut cutting mat. Load mat into machine and confirmthat machine is set to the correct cutting mat size.2) Make cutting selection and set size. For best results, set blade depth to 6 and preasure to 2.These settings will result in a "KISS CUT" or a cut that only goes through the vinyl leaving the backing liner uncut.

APPLICATION
1) Completely clean and dry wall (or other surface) area where vinyl image is to be placed.For best results do not use a cleaner that will leave a residue.2) Use level and pencil to draw a faint line on wall to aid in placement.3) Carefully remove the vinyl images one at a time form the backing liner and applyto the wall using the pencil line as a guide. Gently smooth down the vinyl using your fingers.4) Once all image are placed on the wall, place backing liner overthe vinyl and gently burnish* with application stick provided.5) When complete,carefully wash off or erase pencil lines.

7 comments:

Budman said...

I have been looking for advice as to how to use the Cricut along with the vinyl and you gave a very good explanation as to how to do it! Thanks for that! I do have one question...do I need to use the vinyl along with the transfer tape or can I use just regular paper/cardstock with the transfer tape? I am looking to make sayings to put on a window at my workplace and would like to use designed paper instead of just a solid color that the vinyl comes in. Thanks in advance!

l said...

Budman
The vinyl has a backing that it is adhered to. This allows you to remove what you don't want( weeding), leaving the rest in place. I guess you could try replicating that process by weeding on your cutting mat and then apply the transfer tape.

scrapeahappy said...

Great tips with the vinyl
Thanks so much for the very clear directions

MovieBizGirl said...

I followed the directions, but when I tried weeding it, the letters came off individually. I'm frustrated!

MovieBizGirl said...

I followed the directions, but when I tried weeding it, the letters came off individually. I'm frustrated!

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Suzanne said...

Super helpful, thank you!