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How To Apply Vinyl Decals With Transfer Tape

Applying Your New Decals Using Transfer Tape

Stickers with transfer tape are made up of three layers:

1. The backing paper that the vinyl is stuck to.
2. The transfer tape which is the layer on top of the sticker.
3. The vinyl sticker itself which is sandwiched in between the backing paper and transfer paper.

how to apply vinyl decals using transfer tape

Step 1: Prepare Your Decal:

You must first remove the backing paper the vinyl is stuck to. You can do this peeling the decal and transfer tape off the backing paper as shown in the picture below.

Alternatively, you can do this step by placing the decal face down first and peeling the backing paper from the decal and transfer tape.

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Step 2: Applying Your Decal To Your Chosen Surface

Before you do anything else, make sure the surface you are applying the decal(s) to is completely clean, dry and free of any residue, dust or particles.

Now, position the sticky side of the decal and transfer tape onto your chosen surface and, using your fingers, credit card or flat spatula, rub thoroughly across the entire surface of the decal.

Make sure you’ve thoroughly rubbed the vinyl down, especially at the edges. These areas are the most likely to lift and stay stuck to the transfer tape, if you haven’t applied good pressure while rubbing the decal onto the surface.

Step 2: Peeling Back The Transfer Tape

This is the final step and the most satisfying! Slowly start to peel the transfer paper back on itself at a 180 degree angle.

Do not peel at a 45 degree angle as this angle makes it more likely for the decal to lift. You should peel the transfer  back flat on itself (180 degrees) as shown below.

how to apply vinyl decals using transfer tape

Sometimes part of your sticker will lift while you’re peeling back the transfer tape. If this happens, simply smooth the transfer tape and sticker back down, then rub over it firmly again and the re-peel. Voila! Job Well Done!

Here is an example of what the Damask SVG I used to make the decals, looks like on bathroom tiles around a wash basin.
Damask SVG File

There you have it, a quick, step by step guide to applying decals using paper transfer tape. I hope you find this tutorial useful 🙂

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How To STOP Cutting Through Vinyl Or Not Cutting Deep Enough

How To STOP Cutting Through Vinyl.

For me, this is the bane of using vinyl! It took me a long time to get it right and I often have to make small adjustments for various reasons. The rule of thumb is…test, test and test again, until you get it right!

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Default Cut Settings Rule

The first port of call is to use your machines preset cut settings, so for example, in Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space, start with their default cut settings especially if you are using their own brand products ( eg: heat transfer vinyl, glitter sign vinyl, faux leather, card etc ). Things get a bit trickier if you are buying your vinyl from a manufacturer other than your machine brand. This is where you may need to work a little harder to get the settings right.

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New Settings For New Blades

And if you buy a new blade, you will just have to test, test and test again, as I’ve found the settings for your old blade will probably not work with a brand new blade that’s all sharp and shiny new! The chances of cutting right through the backing paper on sign vinyl are high and this is something I’ve done more than once with a new blade! I even managed to cut through the mat on one occasion! Doh!

For example, heat transfer vinyl is thinner and more flexible than sticker vinyl. HTV is thin and has a stronger clear plastic backing as opposed to glitter and fluorescent sticker vinyl, which is thicker than standard sticker vinyl. Plus, here in the UK both glitter and flouro vinyl have paper backing which is very easy to cut right through ( as I have done many times! 🙂 )

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Save On Materials (and money!)

To make sure you don’t waste materials (and money) make sure you only test on small off cuts until you find the correct setting for each different type of vinyl. For future efficiency and time saving, save your settings as detailed below, for use with the relevant type of vinyl you are working with. ( These same principles apply to cutting fabric, balsa, metal, paper and card too )

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Save Time And Frustration – Keep A Record, Here’s How:

• Keep a record of your cut settings and the vinyl used ( eg: where you bought if is it isn’t own brand ), in a word or text document, along with the date you bought your blade. Then you know how long you’ve had the blade too, if it starts to blunt and the cut settings aren’t working as well with a used blade.

• Blades get blunt over time and even faster with lots of use, so settings will need to be adjusted or the blade replaced if you’re using it a lot and your cuts aren’t as effective or are no longer crisp and clean.

• Only make small adjustments when changing your cut settings. When I first started, I used to make big adjustments and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t getting it right…small adjustments make sure you don’t miss the correct setting for your blade by going too far in one direction or the other.

• Always do a test cut on a small off cut BEFORE you do your main cut. This will allow you to make micro adjustments to get your cut settings right, and saves you wasting tons of precious vinyl too!

• Find a good vinyl supplier and stick with the same brand of vinyl as this lessens your chances of having to re-adjust your cut settings so often.

• Sometimes the machine just doesn’t want to co-operate and shutting it down completely, cleaning out the blade (if applicable) and restarting can help.

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Yay! I Got The Cut Settings Right For This Independent Glitter Vinyl Brand

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How To Make Faux Leather Reindeer Earrings With Cricut And Silhouette

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How To Make Faux Leather Reindeer Earrings

Making your own earrings is so much fun and also makes a totally unique gift for friends and family too. In this tutorial we’re going to make Faux Leather Reindeer Earrings using your cutting machine of choice. I will be using Cricut Faux Leather in Silver and Sapphire Blue.

I love the Cricut Faux Leather range, it is so easy to use and you get really stunning results! You can also use real leather, just make sure you adjust your cut settings accordingly. Let’s get started!

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What You Will Need

  • Reindeer Earrings SVG
  • Cricut Faux Leather in two contrasting colors
  • Cutting machine (Cricut, Silhouette etc)
  • Earring hooks
  • Thick needle or screwdriver point
  • Small craft or needle nose plyers

Upload The SVG And Set Your Size

Upload the Reindeer Earrings SVG design into your relevant software and set the Reindeer teardrop to your preferred height. I like big earrings, so I set the Reindeer to a height of 2.5inches and the backing teardrop to 2.65 inches, which gives a lovely crescent of silver color at the bottom of the teardrop.

Cutting The Faux Leather

Next, put the faux leather sheet, in your choice of color for the Reindeer tear drop, onto the cutting mat, then load it  into the machine, choose the Faux Leather setting and proceed with the cut. Repeat this with the plain teardrop backing design.

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( A quick side note on cut settings for Cricut Faux Leather – I’ve found on both Cricut and Silhouette that their preset cut settings for Faux Leather give the best results. In Silhouette Studio, the cut setting will be “Faux Leather Paper”)

Once the designs are cut, carefully remove them from the cutting mat and weed out the Reindeer and excess faux leather. This should weed very easily, and you can use the Reindeer for other craft projects or more earrings, depending on the earring height you chose.

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how to make faux leather earrings with cricut

Putting It All Together

Now for the fun part! It all starts coming together now. Take your Reindeer tear drop and overlay it onto the plain teardrop, making sure the top point of the two teardrops are in perfect alignment.

If the faux leather is folding, you can put a small heavy book or something similar across the bottom part of the earrings to keep them in place while you make the hole for the earring hook. Make sure you have a cutting mat or something thick underneath the earrings before you make the hole!

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Making The Holes

Now take your needle, safety pin or screwdriver point, and make the hole. This should be done as close to the top of the earring as possible, so that the earring itself can move freely on the hook. 

I made the mistake the first time, of making the hole with too much border around it, and this resulted in the earring getting stuck in position on the little hook! Make sure you run it through a few times from both sides.

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Inserting The Hooks

Now, you will need the small pliers to carefully open the closed hook at the bottom of the earring hook. Once that is open, simply slide your faux leather earrings onto the hook and then close it up with the pliers.

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Voila! You have just created a beautiful and unique Festive pair of earrings! These also look fabulous using this Christmas Tree Earrings SVG. Enjoy! 

 

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How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files For Brother Scan N Cut Machine In 4 Easy Steps

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files

As a designer, I get lots of questions from customers about cut files… how to use them, how to convert them and for help when the files won’t do what they’re supposed to! Although I’m a Silhouette Girl at heart, and I don’t own a Scan N Cut, I’ve been asked by quite a few customers how to convert SVG files to use in their Brother Scan N Cut machines.

You CAN use svg files in the new Scan N Cut 2 machine, but the original machine doesn’t allow you to, and requires you to put files onto a USB and plug the USB into the machine. If you’re reading this though, I’m sure you are very well aware of this 😉

Fortunately, it only takes a few quick steps to convert your SVG file into an .FCM, so here goes (with pictures):

STEP 1:

Log into your Scan N Cut Canvas Workspace

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files In Brother Scan N Cut Canvas Workspace

STEP 2:

Click “New” to create a new project.

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files In Brother Scan N Cut Canvas Workspace

STEP 3:

Click on the SVG button…

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files In Brother Scan N Cut Canvas Workspace

and then click “Choose File” from the pop up window.

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files In Brother Scan N Cut Canvas Workspace

Now navigate to the folder you have saved your SVG, select it and click open. For this example we are using one of my most popular designs, Simply Blessed SVG.

STEP 4:

Once you have your svg open in the Canvas Workspace, you should see something like this:

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files In Brother Scan N Cut Canvas Workspace

Now click the purple download button the left of the design:

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files In Brother Scan N Cut Canvas Workspace

This opens another pop up window, where you will see a button with a purple arrow that says
“Download to PC”. Click this button, then navigate to the folder you want to save your .FCM file to:

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files In Brother Scan N Cut Canvas Workspace

It will automatically save the file as an .FCM. Choose a name for your new .FCM file, otherwise it will save the file as untitled and this will be confusing when you’re trying to find it later on.

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files In Brother Scan N Cut Canvas Workspace

In this example, I am saving it as Simply Blessed, so I know exactly which design is on it:

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files In Brother Scan N Cut Canvas Workspace

Woohoooo! You did it! Great job! Now you can add this file to your USB, plug it into your machine and get on with the really fun stuff! Being Creative!

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How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files for Brother Scan N Cut

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files for Brother Scan N Cut

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files for Brother Scan N Cut

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files for Brother Scan N Cut

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files for Brother Scan N Cut

How To Convert SVG Files To FCM Files for Brother Scan N Cut

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How To Fix Unwanted Filled Areas In An SVG In Cricut Design Space

Overview

You’ve just bought a lovely SVG Design for a homemade gift you’re making for someone special. You upload the SVG file into Cricut Design Space and the letter loops are filled! What the heck do you do now and why are they filled?

As frustrating as it is, there are actually a few quick and easy ways to get this fixed so you can move on with the fun stuff!

Cricut Design Space sometimes just won’t behave and read SVG’s properly. It fills area’s of the design when it shouldn’t. I’ve tested the same files in other software programs and cutting machine softwares and not had this problem.

So, I tested and troubleshooted and tested some more and came up with the following solutions for Design Space. I’ve also added screenshots for the troubleshooting options detailed below. There are three options for fixing filled areas in svg files…here goes:

Option One

The first option is to remove the offending filled area using the layers on the right hand side of the design space. You can isolate the layer in two ways.

Either by looking at the shape of the filled area and then matching that to the layers on the right hand side, then clicking the eye to the right to remove the fill.

Or… you can click on each small eye to the right of each layer until you find the offending shape! Either of these will remove the unwanted layer. Here’s the screenshot:

Option Two

Once you’ve found the layer you want to remove, you can either make it disappear by just clicking on the eye to the right of the layer (see screenshot Option 1 above) or you can highlight the layer and then delete it completely. (see screenshot Option 2 below)

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Option Three

If neither of these work, and there was a png included with your purchase, you can simply upload the png file, choosing the complex option on upload, and use this as your cut file (see PNG screenshot below)

Use A PNG To Avoid Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

 

I hope this has shed some light and will be of help if you ever run into this problem.

If you have a design issue that you found a solution to, and would like to share it with our tribe, contact me, I’d love to hear all about it.

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space

How To Remove Unwanted Filled Areas In Cricut Design Space