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Using Adhesive Craft Vinyl

Step 1: Clean your surface

Make sure the surface that you are planning on applying the vinyl to is clean and dry. The smoother your surface the easier it will be to transfer your vinyl onto, but rougher surfaces like wood, textured walls, etc. will still work.

Step 2: Cut your design

You can cut your design by hand or use a craft cutter.After your design is all cut, remove the excess vinyl from around your image/lettering (this is called weeding).

Step 3: Apply your transfer tape

  1. Cut the transfer tape to be slightly larger than your design and place it over your vinyl 
  2.  Take the included squeegee and press on the transfer tape using the felted end to smooth out any bubbles and to make sure it is securely fastened to the vinyl
  3. Carefully pull off the backing paper from the vinyl being careful to make sure that the vinyl has transferred to your tape. 

Step 4: Adhere design to new surface

  1. Carefully position your image onto your project surface.Use the grid on the transfer tape a guide. 
  2. Once you have your design in place, firmly press down and use your squeegee to smooth out any bubbles. 
  3. Once you have your vinyl securely adhered to your surface, take one corner of your transfer tape and slowly pull downwards at an angle. 
  4.  Run your squeegee over the vinyl once applied to get out any remaining bubbles and help secure it to the surface. 

Tips & Tricks for Adhesive Vinyl

  • Try not to lay all of the vinyl down at once as it may stick to your new surface at the wrong angle. It is still possible to slowly pull up sections and reposition it but the vinyl will stretch out of shape if you move it around too much...and no one wants that! 
  • You want to try and smooth out any bubbles before removing your transfer tape, but sometimes the vinyl has other plans. If you find that with the tape removed you have some pesky air bubbles, simply prick them with a needle and press down until it no longer shows. 
  • Even though many of our vinyls are water resistant, we still recommend hand washing all items with vinyl on them. The combination of detergent, heat and agitation that a dishwasher provides can be an unfortunate combination to even the toughest adhesive vinyls.

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