If you struggle with applying transfer tape to your projects then you need these easy tips that give you professional results every time!
Have you ever tried to do a vinyl project without using transfer tape?
I don’t recommend it.
It makes the simple process of putting your vinyl onto your finished project material SUPER hard and ridiculously annoying.
And I’m all about cutting out frustrations wherever and whenever I can.
To be honest, when I first got my Silhouette I would pick the vinyl off the backing with my nails..
Which was so stupid because my vinyl always looked picked at and stretched.
And if I had wanted to do a design that had more than one piece or color…forget about it. I could never line it up right after removing the vinyl from the backing.
That’s where transfer tape would’ve come in handy. Because vinyl is very thin it’s hard to pick up without it. It also stretches very easily…which is why picking at it with my fingers was a dumb move.
What is transfer tape?
Transfer Tape is not actually tape. It is a sticky backed material that helps you transfer your vinyl from the backing to your finished project.
What transfer tape should you use?
There are many different types of transfer tape that you can use and it all really depends on your personal preference. There are typically two kinds you can use : transparent or opaque. I tend to like the transparent best because it helps me see what I’m doing and I’m able to line things up easier.
Within those two types of vinyl you can also find gridlined and plain (aka, no lines) vinyl. I tend to use gridlined because without it I can’t seem to get my designs straight on the finished project material. You either love the lines or you don’t. It’s really personal preference!
Where can you buy transfer tape?
I have two favorite places I always buy from:
Amazon and Expressions Vinyl.
If I’m in a bind and need it quickly I order from Amazon because I have Prime and get free two-day shipping.
But Expressions Vinyl is always having sales and you can typically get transfer tape at a really good price from them.
You can also go to Michaels, Joann’s and Hobby Lobby if you need transfer tape that same day. I typically don’t like the Silhouette and Cricut brands so I just stock up on transfer tape when Expressions Vinyl is having a sale.
These tips on how to use transfer tape are:
- simple to use, and
- great for beginners who are just starting out with their machines!
So, as I said, it all depends on what you like. There’s no wrong answer here, it all just depends on what works for you!
How to use Transfer Tape for your Silhouette and Cricut Projects
Need some ideas on crafts to try transfer tape out on? These are perfect for that!
- Peter Pan Inspired Nursery Sign,
- Game of Thrones ‘Dessert is Coming’ Plate, and
- His and Her’s Harry Potter Mugs
This is part two (of a four part) how-to series here on the blog! Next week we’re going to talk about getting clean lines when you paint with stencil vinyl!
Last week’s post, how to cut and weed small designs successfully can be seen here!
more vinyl crafts!