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How to use transfer tape with vinyl

Today I have a fun Thanksgiving/Fall sign-(and a free cut file–down at the bottom!)

I wanted to break it up and do a post that I should have done before this post. But finally I’m going to show you how to use transfer tape while we craft this fun sign…and talk about WHY you need transfer tape in your vinyl stash!

Transfer tape is sticky–kind of like vinyl–it’s purpose is to move your vinyl decal onto your project. BACK IN THE DAY…I didn’t know about transfer tape…and I literally had to peel and stick each letter onto my project. It never looked very good because I could never get it super straight….so this stuff is worth it’s weight in GOLD! 

I made a quick video because it’s easier to see it in action!

Here are the projects used in the video

 

AS with anything. You need to cut your project out. I love my Silhouette Cameo (but this is the same if you have a cricut or a brother cut and scan! )

 

After it’s cut…you weed away any part that isn’t part of your design.

I love using THIS weeding tool. It’s super sharp and gets all the little pieces of vinyl awesome! 

Next up…grab your transfer tape! Let me tell you this…there are some transfer tapes out there are horrible! They don’t adhere or they don’t release! I LOVE transfer tape from Expressions Vinyl. I actually have the paper, the opaque….and they JUST released this GRID! They all work AMAZING! I literally can’t pick a favorite! Expressions sells sheets of it…so If you want to try them all out before splurging on a roll…I would suggest buying a sheet of each! BUT BUY THE ROLL! You will use it. I have had mine for 3 years and it’s still going strong! Grab the transfer tape HERE! 

I love the grid when I’m lining things up. You can see that the line is right on the bottom of my first sentence. This is totally going to help me trim it up even and add it to my project way easier! 

I apply it all over my weeded vinyl decal and smooth it out.

You will have the transfer tape on top. the vinyl in the middle and the backing on the back. The transfer tape should lift up all your vinyl.

Depending on your project, I like to trim it out so it fits on my project perfectly. You can see I bent the side down so I knew were to trim. 

trim off excess. 

You can see it fits on my board easily. So once I peel off the backing I can line it up with the sides to make sure it’s even.

 

Since the vinyl decal is pretty big…I have a trick! I peel off the top a few inches down and trim off the backing. 

Then I line up the sides and press down the top where the backing is gone. 

Then I reach under and peel up the backing as I smooth out the vinyl on the wood. (this is also called the HINGE method !) 

Nice and slow! Once the backing is all the way off I take my application tool and rub it really good to get the vinyl nice and stuck!

Then I take a corner and holding the vinyl all they back at a 90 degree angle, I start pulling it back. I go nice and slow and if any letter comes up, I just push it back down. IF lots of letters are coming up-flip the transfer tape back over and rub it with the application tool a little more aggressively!

FYI! I have tried to put adhesive vinyl on my front door and it WOULD NOT STICK! I couldn’t get it off the transfer tape! Not the transfer tape’s fault…it’s the finish on my door. SO if the transfer tape is not releasing…it might be the project you are putting it on. I know stained wood needs to dry for a few days before vinyl really sticks to it!

 

 

Okay…I wanted to show you how I do smaller decals–This one is a stencil so I weeded out the main pieces (using ORAMASK from Expressions Vinyl

I trim and make sure it fits on my project.  Peel off backing. and I call this the “Hover” I place the vinyl above my project…just hovering over it until I like the placement and then I just set it down on it. This doesn’t work if the project is too huge because you only have two hands and one side can drop and touch and stick and then you are crap out of luck.  rub with app tool and peel off transfer tape!  Then I just added paint.

You can go HERE to read about using this vinyl as a stencil

 

Here is the finished project! 

The cut file you can use with our without all the fall embellishments (or you can even ungroup them in your silhouette cameo and rearrange them how you want them!)

 

You can grab the free cut file HERE!

If you are looking to sale products made with this cut file please purchase a commercial license HERE! (This will let you use ANY of the free cut files I offer on my blog! If you are having a crafting day and want to use this to whip up a cute sign or tote bag…than totally free! Every cut file is hand lettered by me on my ipad pro with an ipad pencil.

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.