Thursday, January 17, 2013

Vinyl, Transfer Tape, and a Valentine's Day Craft, Oh My!

I can't wait to show you all the one area I am decorating for Valentine's Day this year.  I wanted to make it really special, so I am trying to add some personal touches here and there for my family members.  One thing I wanted to incorporate into this special space was some Valentine subway art.  I love the look of subway art!  I printed one out last year, but this year I received a cartridge with my Cricut that had some subway art on it.  I knew I wanted to use it to make this craft for Valentine's Day!

So I was thrilled when the lovely folks at My Vinyl Direct asked me to do a tutorial on using transfer tape.  After doing my last subway art for Molly's room freehand, I knew using transfer tape would be the answer I was looking for!

Transfer tape helps the vinyl you have just cut using your Cricut or Silhouette, to transfer evenly to the object you are using, like canvas, a wall, glass jar, etc.

Here is a simple step by step guide how to use transfer tape...
Step 1: Cut your vinyl
Step 2: Cut your transfer tape to size and stick on the vinyl.  The subway art I was creating was 8.5x11, so I cut my transfer tape a tiny bit bigger than that to fit over top of it.  Peel the back off of the transfer tape and place the transfer tape sticky side down on top of the vinyl. 
Step 3: Peel the transfer tape and vinyl off of your mat, and place on the object you are using.  So for me I painted a white canvas red.  Once I peeled the transfer tape off my cutting mat, I then stuck it on top of my red canvas.  Now, I will say the transfer tape is really sticky.  I know duh, right, but it is.  So you have to carefully plan every move when using it.  Once you stick it to something you are basically stuck there.  
Here is my finished result using transfer tape...
Not too bad, right?!  I seriously could not imagine peeling all of those vinyl letters and sticking them on one at a time, like I did with Molly's subway art, ahem.  I will never not use transfer tape when using vinyl!  It worked so well, and I am so pleased with how my Valentine's subway art turned out, and I can't wait to decorate with it!  Happy transferring!

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My Vinyl Direct did not compensate me for this review, this review is full of my own opinions. 


Kristin said...

Thanks for this tutorial! I gave up on cricut vinyl projects cause I never had transfer tape and I was too impatient to move every letter. LOL! This is definitely the way to go! :)

Amanda said...

Hey Kate!
Included your tutorial in my Valentine's roundup tonight! Love it!