#Vinyl101 - Tips and Tricks when working with Adhesive Vinyl Part 2!
Hello Crafters! As promised, here's the part 2 of Tips and Tricks when working with adhesive vinyl! Remember, there are ways to ease up your crafting experience and these #Vinyl101 are the key or the solution for your little mishaps or problems!
In part 1 of this article, we tackled 10 Tips and Tricks that will absolutely help you when working with adhesive vinyl! Now, we will be giving you another 10 #Vinyl101! Let's get into it!
1. Sticky Transfer Tape? Use a microfiber cloth!
Is your transfer tape too sticky and having trouble releasing your decal?
I think it's safe to say that we've all been there, that's why here's the perfect trick for you! Get a clean microfiber cloth and pat or stick your transfer tape into the cloth until you've achieved the amount of stickiness you desire! This #Vinyl101 also works perfectly with a denim fabric!
2. Cutting Machine can't read the cut registration lines? Use matte scotch tape or white crayons!
This little mishap usually happens when you are working with Printable Vinyl! Some Printable Vinyl have a glossy finish and the cutting machine may experience difficulty when reading the cut registration lines because of its 'glossiness'.
If you also experience this kind of trouble, you can use a matte scotch tape and put the tape over the cut registration lines of the printable vinyl. Or if you don't have a matte scotch tape, you may also use a white crayon and trace/color the registration lines! These 2 #Vinyl101 will help you tone down the glossiness of the vinyl, allowing the cutting machine to read the cut registration lines faster and easier!
3. Peel off the transfer tape at a 45-degree angle!
This next tip is when you are picking up your decals and releasing them with transfer tape! When doing these certain steps when crafting, it can be a little difficult and a hassle sometimes, especially when the decal won't go with the transfer tape when you are picking them up or when it won't stick to the substrate when releasing them!
When doing these steps, try peeling off the transfer tape at a 45-degree angle! After you've applied the transfer tape on the vinyl, make sure to burnish hard and then carefully peel the transfer tape away from the paper backing at a 45-degree angle! When you are transferring your decal on to the final substrate, do the exact same thing! Burnish hard and then peel the transfer tape away from the substrate at a 45-degree angle!
4. Weed intricate and small details on your design with a masking tape or painter's tape!
For most of the Crafters, weeding is definitely one of the most satisfying and relaxing process when crafting. But it can also get stressful, especially when you are dealing with small and intricate details on your design and it can take so much of your time. Lucky you, we have here a #Vinyl101 that will help you weed small and intricate designs a bit faster and easier!
Take a little piece of a masking tape or a painter's tape and stick the little piece of the tape onto the part of the design that you wish to weed out. Gently burnish with your fingers, put a little bit of pressure, lift up the tape and voila! The tiny pieces of you design should be stuck on the tape and off your design!
Just a quick reminder, sometimes the tiny pieces you wish to weed out won't stick on the tape in your first try. In case this happens, just put the tape back on the design and burnish it with more pressure and lift the tape up!
5. Lint rollers as transfer tape?!
Yes! You've read it right! You can absolutely use the sticky sheets of lint rollers as an alternative to transfer tape!
Just peel the sticky sheets out of your lint roller and use that to pick up and transfer your decals on to your final substrate! This trick will definitely save you in case you've ran out of transfer tape in the middle of working on a project!
6. Avoid any air pockets/bubbles on your layered project!
We do layering when crafting to achieve that perfect colorful look! But sometimes we encounter different troubles or problems when working with multiple layers of vinyl, like air pockets/bubbles that appear and ruin our perfect project or when one layer of vinyl doesn’t stick on to the other layer! It could be frustrating at times, but this next #Vinyl101 will help you avoid these kind of troubles or problems!
After weeding the “base layer” of your design, clean the top of the vinyl to remove any dust and oil from your hands off the vinyl! And then, make sure to also wipe down the top of each layer before applying the next layer to ensure that we won’t have any air pockets or bubbles that may ruin our project!
7. Press your design onto a wooden surface with an iron!
After removing the transfer tape, place a parchment paper above your decal and then press the design gently using an iron for 10 seconds and then seal your project!
By following this tip, you won’t have any trouble applying or sticking your vinyl on a wooden surface!
8. Use HTV’s Carrier Sheet as a Transfer Tape!
Yup! You’ve totally read it right! You can use the sticky carrier sheet of an HTV as a transfer tape! After working on an HTV project, do not throw the carrier sheet cause you can reuse that as your transfer tape on an adhesive vinyl project!
9. Use hair dryer to help your project stick better and longer on your substrate!
After applying the decal on the final substrate, use hair dryer to help your vinyl stick better and longer! The heat from the hair dryer will help activate the adhesive on your decal!
But make sure that your hair dryer is not that hot to prevent your vinyl from melting! And try not to touch the vinyl right after using the hair dryer, it might burn your fingers and you might end up hurting yourself!
10. Use a felted scraper!
When applying vinyl on a surface we want to burnish with firm pressure for it to really stick onto the substrate and to make sure that it is really applied on the final substrate. But, sometimes when we burnish hard the scrapers or application tool leaves scratches and affect the looks of our vinyl!
By using felted scraper you don’t have to worry when you are burnishing your projects really hard anymore! Felted scrapers have felt attached on one side of the scraper!
And that’s it! Part 2 of this #Vinyl101 or Tips and Tricks has come to an end! If you want more tips and tricks and want us to do a part 3, message us on the social media accounts that are listed at the end of this article! You can also message us if you have some queries about the #Vinyl101 that are listed at the top or if you’ve tried them and you want us to see how your project turned out!
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