For any person that enjoys crafts and uses vinyl sheets to create their crafts, you should learn a bit about the various types of vinyl sheets available. When purchasing vinyl sheets be sure to read the instructions and ensure that the sheets are compatible with the cutter you are using, or you may not like the results.
Most vinyl sheets can be easily cut with a rotary knife, xacto knives, or scissors as well as a hobby cutter.
Gloss and Matte Vinyl Sheets
These types of sheets are usually created with adhesive backs so you can easily use them for faster and often better results. All you need to do with these types of sheets such as the oracal 651 vinyl is to cut and weed and then using transfer tape place the vinyl on the craft you are creating.
Matte is the best vinyl to use for indoor purposes such as plates, glasses, walls, or other products that will remain indoors.
Gloss vinyl sheets are used for outdoor projects including front doors, vehicles, boats, and mailboxes. The main reason is that these sheets can withstand the weather for longer periods of time than matte. For any outdoor project, you can think of these sheets will ensure a quality look and design.
Heat Transfer Vinyl’s
If you wish to work with fabric and vinyl sheets for creating applications to place on t-shirts, bags, or other fabrics, then you will want to use iron on vinyl also referred to as t-shirt vinyl and HTV vinyl. Many of these vinyl’s come in an array of colors including fluorescent and glitter. These types of vinyl sheets are ready to use and there is no need to use transfer tape. You just have to place the vinyl on the machine with the clear side facing downward and then reverse your image on the vinyl. Next, weed, and then turn over with the clear side facing upwards. Now, you can place on the fabric and use your t-shirt press to finish the project.
Vinyl’s come in different sizes which include 6 inches by 12 inches known as cricut, 8 inches by 12 inches known as silhouette portrait, 12 inches by 24 inches or 12 inches by 12 inches known as cricut expression, and 12 inches by 24 inches or 12 inches by 12 inches known as silhouette cameo.
Not only that, but you can find vinyl sheets that are printable fabric, gloss pattern, dry erase, chalkboards and of course many different accessories to aid in creating unique handmade items.
No matter if you are working on an outdoor project such as a playhouse and wish to use vinyl sheets for decorating the interior, decorating your child’s bedroom, or starting a t-shirt business, you will discover there are many ideas that will give your project a personal and unique look and design. All it takes is a bit of knowledge and your own imagination.