Thursday, May 24, 2012
Use Contact Paper to Transfer Vinyl
I am so in love with vinyl. I know a lot of people are now using the Silhouette, but I still love my Cricut. I like being able to carry it around with me and not need a computer to use it. I DID use Craigslist to "upgrade" to the 12 inch Cricut, so I am excited about learning the new tricks to that. Yes, I am a slow technological advancer when it comes to money. I don't even have a smartphone yet. I call mine a dumb phone, but.... it can text. :-)
As for vinyl plus plates, I am in love, as well. See some of my Plate Collection here. Today, I want to show a simple tutorial based on transfer paper with vinyl and not necessary the actual project you are choosing to do. Vinyl attaches to almost about anything. My awesome, crafty friend Robin has not entered the world of vinyl yet, so I am hoping this will help a little to convince her that it is really not that hard.
Wedding Plate Gifts
CONTACT PAPER AS TRANSFER PAPER TUTORIAL
Instead of purchasing "original" transfer paper, I like to save money and use contact paper. You do have to tweak it a little, but it is so worth it.
1. Cut a piece of contact paper that will cover your design or words. Peel it off the backing and press sticky side against your shirt/pants to rid itself of "too much sticky."
2. Then stick it on your vinyl design, rub the design through the contact paper and lift design off.
3. Place it on your project where you want to line it up. (Sorry, no picture.)
4. Rub the vinyl design onto the project, so that it sticks to your project and not the contact paper anymore. This is why it is important for the contact paper to not be too sticky. Sometimes the vinyl will lift with the contact paper like below.
6. Continue to peel the contact paper back to reveal a well positioned design on your project.
I hope this tutorial makes sense and can help some people. Robin, how did I do? If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. I answer all my post questions.
Google "vinyl projects" and have fun!