We all use our dies to create fabulous creative items using cardstock & DSP, but did you know our dies cut through any medium of a similar thickness?
I love using them with vinyl to create fun gifts.
This mug was made using Self Adhesive Vinyl. This is the type of vinyl you need for hard finishes like mugs, drink bottles, car stickers.
The dies are from the Large Letters Framelits and the leaves from Eclectic Layers.
Self Adhesive Vinyl has a plastic backing. The die will cut through both layers. I use clear contact (like you use to cover school books) to apply to the surface of your project. Adhere the clear contact on to the vinyl side of your die cut. Remove the plastic backing and then apply to your project. When in place, gently remove the contact. The vinyl should remain in place.
It’s suggested you prepare the surface of your project by wiping it over with Isocol (rubbing alcohol). This removes any surface dirt or grime and give the vinyl the best chance of sticking properly.
Most Self Adhesive Vinyls will withstand handwashing, but not the dishwasher.
My second project to share with you is a bag using the Large Letters & Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits in Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV).
This is the type of vinyl you’d use for soft finishes – tshirts, bags, cushions.
The professionals use a heat press to apply this type of vinyl. With a little patience, you can apply at home with a good quality iron. Put it on the hottest setting with no steam. You need to place a lightweight cloth or piece of fabric over the vinyl when ironing.
Heat Transfer VInyl has a plastic top sheet. The die will cut through both layers – the plastic & the vinyl. Place it plastic side up and iron/press. When you’ve applied enough heat, the vinyl will be adhered to your fabric and you’ll be able to gently lift the plastic layer.
There are lots of places you can buy vinyl online, and lots of brands to choose from. Be sure to buy the correct type of vinyl for your intended project. They are not interchangable.
I know you’re going to love trying this out and getting more projects from all your dies!