Vinyl Tutorial

I had someone ask me if I would share how to use and apply vinyl.

So here it goes!

There are many different places you can buy vinyl- some by the roll, some are just sheets.

The easiest way to cut vinyl is with some sort of cutting machine like a cricut or silhouette.
If you do not have one of those, you could always just use an exacto knife to cut out an image.

I use my Cricut machine to cut out an image from one of my cartridges.

-Cutting mat
-Transfer tape

Choose your image and cut with your machine.
I have my speed on low or medium setting and my pressure is also on medium.

Once your image is cut, peel back the extra vinyl leaving your cut image behind.
Then separate the transfer tape from the backing and set the sticky side aside.

Take the vinyl image off the cutting mat, with the vinyl backing still on.
Place the image on the non sticking side of the transfer tape. Try to center it and make it straight. Use ruler if needed.
Then take the sticky side of the transfer tape and cover the image- starting in the center.
Burnish the transfer tape on top of the image to make sure it adheres.

To apply to your surface, just remove the transfer backing. The vinyl backing should come off as well. Center and make sure your image is straight and lay it on the surface.
Burnish the image again so the vinyl sticks to the surface.

Slowly peel off the transfer tape. If any part of the vinyl doesn’t stick, just apply the tape back over it and burnish more.

Peel of completely and your image should be left behind.

You can put vinyl on many surfaces so the possibilities are endless!

If you don’t have any vinyl and want to try this out, you should check out Expressions Vinyl in my sidebar.

If you have any questions, just ask!

Linking up to some of these parties.

Serenity Now Crafty Cutter Party

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  • The Answer Is Chocolate
    February 10, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Thanks Allison. What # is your blade on?

  • Laura @ Just For Love
    February 10, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Now that is pretty darn CUTE!

  • Lauren
    February 10, 2011 at 3:50 am

    How creative! Love the yellow 🙂 I just saw you are going to Creative Estates! I will be there as well. Hope to meet you!

  • Melissa's Thoughts
    February 10, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Thank you soooo much. I will be trying out my new vinyl soon!!

  • Judy
    February 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I need to get me one of those machines. Great job. Thanks for hosting the party.

  • Michelle L.
    February 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    That is the cutest design! Thanks for the clear and simple tute!

  • Alison
    February 11, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Wow, you read my mind. I was just looking at some hand-painted canvases where the design overlaps into several canvases. I was wondering if I could do it with vinyl. You are a genius!!!

  • Rachel {}
    February 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    very beautiful! please come link this to our party over here:

    Have a great weekend!

  • Young and Crafty
    February 12, 2011 at 3:39 am

    I so needed this tutorial! I just try and peel the backing off, which is difficult. I LOVE that yellow brid/tree!

    Thanks for sharing in FFA!


  • Anonymous
    February 13, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Love that you wrote this post. We see so many vinyl projects, but honestly I had no idea how to do it successfully! Thanks so much for linking up!

  • AllieMakes!
    February 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I will be directing people to this when they ask "how do you get the vinyl on??"
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  • Anonymous
    February 14, 2011 at 8:36 am


  • Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims
    February 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    thanks for the tutorial! I just bought a silhoutte and need to gets some vinyl to try this out! 🙂

  • Dominique @ Craft Couture
    February 17, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Thanks for linking up! This will help when I go to cut vinyl on my cricut for the first time lol.

  • Jenna @ SAS Interiors - Simple. Affordable. Stylish.
    February 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    You are so talented and because of your creativity, I've awarded you with the Stylish Blogger Award ~ take a look:
    I'm also your newest follower. Have a great weekend!!

    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors

  • Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy
    February 22, 2011 at 2:16 am

    now if only I had a vinyl cutter of some kind! So much fun. Thanks for sharing and Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    March 23, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Allison, that is a great tutorial on how to use vinyl! The hardest part for me is rubbing with the right amount of pressure to get things to stick. It usually takes me a lot longer to do it than what the directions on the box say. 😉

    Thank you so much for joining my Crafty Cutter party! (and for linking back!! I really appreciate that!) Have fun finding some crafty inspiration, and I hope you'll visit me at Serenity Now again soon. 🙂

  • Carolyn
    July 18, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Excellent tutorial. Thanks for making it looks so easy. I love the way you've got the birds on the cupboard doors.

  • me...only a soul
    March 2, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Amazing work!!!