Working with Vinyl can be intimidating for beginners, but you can easily buy a new vinyl cutter and handle it if you are well informed. With Vinyl, you can create professional-looking and custom home décor, apparel, and many others.
If you love crafting using Vinyl, then this guide is for you. You will learn how to cut and make vinyl stickers, apparel, home décor, and many more using a cricut or silhouette.
If you do not have an electronic vinyl cutting machine, you can use a craft knife or a pair of scissors. However, for easier cutting, you should use a circuit or a silhouette. These two will give you super clean cuts and help you make intricate designs.
There are so many options to choose from. You can use silhouette Cameo 3, brother scan N cut, circuit, or any other cutting machine.
Cutting and crafting with Adhesive Vinyl
The vinyl cutting process follows four steps, as explained below.
Step 1: Preparing the cut file
The cut file in the machine you are using has to be prepared before the actual cutting occurs. Cut files are designs that you intend to cut from Vinyl and put on a surface or a t-shirt.
The most common file type is SVG, but you can also use .jpg, .dxf, .Studio, or .png file types. These files are prepared using cutting software.
Then scale the design by measuring the surface to determine the size of the cut needed. This can be done using a tape measure or a ruler.
The measurements on the surface need to be transferred to the cut file to scale down the design. If you are using Silhouette Studio software, click on the design and drag the handle at the corner to scale down to the required size.
Step 2: Cutting the design from Vinyl
Vinyl is cut using a cutting mat. You can use Silhouette Cameo cutting mats of sizes 12” X 12” or 12” X 24”.You can also use circular mats.
Place the adhesive vinyl paper on the mat and ensure the colored vinyl side faces up. Then adjust the cut settings before cutting. It is recommended that you do a small cut test to confirm that the cut settings are correct.
Step 3: Weeding out the excess Vinyl
All the excess Vinyl around the cut design should be removed so that it is not transferred to the final product.
Step 4: Apply decal
Transfer the design from the paper backing to the final surface using a transfer tape. Then use an application tool to apply decal over the surface. Then smoothen it with your fingers before burnishing it with a scrapper or an application tool.
The adhesive property of Vinyl is activated through pressure. Therefore, you need to rub it well so that it sticks. Peel off the transfer tape, and your design will be ready.
Vinyl can be intimidating to new users, especially when it comes to cutting. However, with this detailed guide, you have learned how to cut Vinyl with your cricut or silhouette.