- A guide for beginners
We always very confused with all kinds of crafting materials. To help all of the beginners, I decide to write this blog. If you are a newbie who is about to start vinyl projects, then this post id for you.
What’s adhesive vinyl?
Adhesive vinyl is a flexible and versatile material that can be used to make eye-catching signs and logos for corporate or personal use. It is commonly used to create outdoor and indoor graphics for advertising, but it can also be used to decorate walls, windows and other areas of offices or houses. The material is available from many printing suppliers around the world and is strong enough to withstand high temperatures and water.
Adhesive vinyl can be used alone for home decoration or to make signs for commercial purposes, and can also be used to make certain types of decorative accessories. Common uses of adhesive vinyl include: making display advertising materials, creating removable sticker decorations on walls or windows, and cutting them into letters to use as decorative accents for other types of decorations. Stickers and decals can be used on vehicles to promote the company name or logo. Banners or letters made of adhesive vinyl can be placed on large windows or glass doors. Adhesive vinyl tiles can be used to create low-cost floors for kitchens, bathrooms and hallways.
This kind of vinyl can be cut into any shape and size, so it is very versatile. The most common apply of this adhesive vinyl is on mugs now. Vinyl shapes can adhere to most flat and curved surfaces, including plastic, metal, painted wood, aluminum, and certain types of concrete walls, and can be easily removed. The self-adhesive backing means that the person using it can install it without any glue or other tools. Letters or symbols can be peeled off the backing and used immediately, and are made of durable waterproof material that can withstand temperature changes and general wear and tear.
What’s the difference between heat transfer vinyl and adhesive vinyl?
We always see the word heat transfer vinyl. So what’s the difference between these two kinds of vinyl? Heat transfer vinyl( also short as htv, or iron on vinyl.) has a heat-activated back. It needs a heat to stick on the cloth. Adhesive vinyl doesn’t. So htv is best for clothes, while adhesive vinyl for smooth surfaces like glass, plastic, metal, notebook covers, painted wood and even paper. You can use htv to make t-shirts projects, as well as raw wood and other hard surfaces that are not for adhesive vinyl. So how can we tell adhesive vinyl and heat transfer vinyl?
Typically, the adhesive vinyl has a colored vinyl on one side and is backed by a paper carrier sheet, which is most often white. Sometimes, there is a grid on that piece of paper that can be easily cut. You should be able to place your nails between the two layers and peel the vinyl adhesive from the carrier sheet like sticky paper.
On the other hand, heat transfer vinyl has a glossy transparent plastic carrier plate on one side, and a colored matte back on the vinyl on the other side. You should not easily peel off the heat transfer vinyl.
How to apply adhesive vinyl?
To talk about this topic, you have to know the types of adhesive vinyl first.
Permanent: No big secret here, permanent adhesives are designed to stay put.When you want durable sticks, such as car decals, washable mugs and glasses, and outdoor signs, permanent vinyl is very useful. In most cases, permanent vinyl will require a solvent to remove the adhesive. If you’re about to use permanent adhesive vinyl, be sure you really like your projects!
Removable: Removable adhesives can be removed after a reasonable time with little-to-no adhesive residue. Removable vinyl is ideal for applications where you may wish to remove vinyl in the future. Take wall decals, temporary signs and decorations, etc in consideration. Most removable vinyl adhesives can be removed by peeling them off.
In a word, when you are trying to determine which vinyl to use for your project, consider the type of project you are working on. If you are making a glass, you want it to be washable-choose permanent vinyl. If you want to decal on a wall that needs to sag, removable vinyl is a better option.
Now it’s time to start tutorial.
Step 1: Cut with vinyl cutter like Cricut to get the pattern you like. Pay attention to one thing that adhesive vinyl, unlike heat transfer vinyl, doesn’t need to be mirrored.
Step 2: After finishing cutting, it’s time for you to weed the extra vinyl around your design.
Step 3: Now you have to cut a piece of transfer tape. We have red and blue alignment transfer tape. Peel the transfer tape back and place it sticky side down on your pattern.
Step 4: Carefully peel back the transfer tape and the pattern should come with it. Then put it on what you want to stick your pattern on. Press to adhere.
Step 5: The last step is to peel off the transfer tape-leave you r decal on it!
Tada! You have finished 1 adhesive vinyl project now! Let’s try more decals!!!!!