How to Cut Vinyl Rolls
Vinyl is a plastic, film-like product that can be cut into any design and placed onto a variety of slick surfaces. It’s often used for decor and labeling (monograms on water bottles, school logos on car windshields, names on pencil boxes) but can also be applied to clothing, glass and wood.
How to Cut Vinyl Rolls
A vinyl cutter is a small, home-based computerized device that uses a blade to cut an image into self adhesive or “sticker” backed vinyl. It works by feeding a roll of vinyl backwards through pinch rollers while it cuts using a blade. Once the cutting is complete, unwanted areas of the vinyl are removed by hand – a process known as weeding.
The vinyl is printed with a design in CorelDRAW or another vector-based graphics editing program and the cutter then follows the vector paths of the design, cutting the shapes into the vinyl. The cutter also removes the release liner from the vinyl to expose the sticky surface that is then applied to a variety of hard, non-porous surfaces.
While most vinyl comes in sheets, a special type of vinyl called Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) is sold by the roll and allows users to cut multiple projects at once. Most HTV is used for permanent application, although removable and temporary varieties are also available.
To prepare a file for vinyl cutting, you must first select the correct type of vinyl in Cricut Design Space. Then, load your vinyl into the machine onto a standard mat or LightGrip Mat depending on the kind of vinyl you’re using and make sure that the vinyl is properly placed. Once the mat is loaded, press one of the flashing buttons to begin cutting. When the machine finishes, leave the vinyl on the mat to weed – it will be much easier than trying to pull off a sheet of vinyl.
Silhouette Cameo 4
This is the latest model from Silhouette and one of the most exciting upgrades in a long time. It boasts a much more powerful cutting force, allowing you to cut a wider range of materials than ever before. It can even handle some types of fabric that would require a different type of machine to cut.
It also has a built in roll feeder and a crosscutter that makes cutting rolled material even easier. It can cut up to 10ft without a mat and can Cutting Vinyl Rolls even go further with a mat attached (depending on the length of your roll). The Cameo 4 has a sleek backlit control panel that is simple to use and provides easy access to all the important controls.
Unlike the Maker 3, which has its own software called Design Studio, Cameo comes with a version of Design Studio that is more user-friendly and beginner friendly. The program is easy to learn and gets easier as you use it. It also has a wide selection of designs that are exclusive to the machine. The Cameo 4 also has a special matless cutting option that allows you to cut materials with liners and backings like vinyl, heat transfer, and sticker sheets. It can also be used to cut paper and cardstock without a mat by using a different setting called “pop-out cutting.” This is an excellent feature that gives the machine more versatility.
After your vinyl decals have been cut and weeded, they need to be transferred to the surface that you’re using them for. For this, you’ll need some kind of transfer tape. There are different types of application tape, and it’s important to use the right type for your project. Some of them are sticky, while others are not so much.
When working with vinyl, it’s important to make sure that the surface that you’re applying the vinyl to is clean and dry. This will help ensure that there’s no dust, lint or oil on it, and that the vinyl sticks to it. It’s also helpful to apply some rubbing alcohol to the surface before applying your vinyl, as this will help remove any residue that may be left on it from previous uses.
To apply a vinyl design to your project, first cut a piece of transfer tape that’s slightly larger than your vinyl decal. Peel off the paper backing, and then apply the vinyl to the tape. Once the vinyl is on the tape, gently pull the backing off of it at a 45-degree angle. If the vinyl doesn’t stick to the transfer tape, try burnishing it again or trying a different type of transfer tape, like a medium-tack paper tape such as ABI Tape’s PerfecTear Plus GXP750 or EnduraMASK MHT 130.
Adhesive Vinyl Sheets
There are countless colors, sheens and patterns to choose from in adhesive vinyl. It can be cut into pretty much any design and applied to a variety of flat and curved surfaces like glass, metal, plastic, painted wood and more. It is also available in different types of adhesives — permanent and removable.
Permanent vinyl is the most durable, which is why it’s great for business applications. It can withstand outdoor use, water and lots of handling. However, it’s important to note that this vinyl can pvc film manufacturers become cloudy over time and the white backing may turn yellow. Hence, it’s important to store this type of vinyl in a cool, dark and dry place to prevent fading and to keep its adhesive intact for a longer period of time.
Removable vinyl is typically used for craft projects that will be temporary, such as wall art, banners or greeting cards. The removable adhesive makes it easy to peel and stick the vinyl to a surface, without leaving residue behind. It’s also easy to clean, so it’s good for kitchen and bathroom walls or windows.
If you’re using a vinyl cutter, be sure to purchase a quality mat. You want a mat that is sticky enough to hold the vinyl securely, yet not so sticky that it’s difficult to remove once you’re done cutting. New LightGrip and StandardGrip mats are ideal, as they’re designed for this specific purpose.