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Vinyl Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know

Hi everyone! Today on the blog I’m going to share with you a bunch of Vinyl Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know. I hope that you enjoy this post and that you find some hacks that you’ve never even seen before. If you are a die cutting fan, you’re going to love these ideas. They’re sure to make your projects so much easier!

The first hack I have for you is once you unload your mat, take your scraper tool and burnish down your project before you start weeding. The importance of this is to keep everything securely on the backing so that when you weed, nothing that you want to stay down lifts up.

The next hack I have for you is to have rubbing alcohol on hand in your craft space. It is amazing for cleaning slick projects that you want to apply the vinyl to. Dust builds up and oil from your fingertips is left behind on your surfaces. It can ruin a project or at least make it very hard for your vinyl to adhere down onto your surface properly. With a little bit of rubbing alcohol and a paper towel, it eliminates all of those problems and makes for a super slick, super clean surface that vinyl will adhere to perfectly.

Next tip is before you apply a vinyl to any rounded surface, for example a mug , after you have applied your alcohol, take some scissors and cut little slits along the transfer paper being sure not to cut any of your weeded image. This will help the transfer paper adhere onto the rounded surface so much easier. As you can see with our little slits made in the transfer paper, the vinyl is having no trouble adhering to this rounded surface. Once you know that your vinyl is good and adhered, pick a spot and start peeling your transfer paper straight down.

Another hack for you is about transfer paper. I don’t know about you guys but I use a ton of it and I hate throwing it away after one project. One day when I was getting crafty, I tested it out and I got 7 uses from one piece of transfer paper! Now, that is a big game-changer! This could save you all so much time and so much money. So, be sure to reuse your transfer paper – you will not be sorry.

Last, but not the least is for removing vinyl from things like a mug is to take a heat gun or hair dryer that you have in your home and heat up the vinyl that you’re wanting to remove. While the vinyl is still warm, take your Cricut weeding tool and peel it right up. It should come off beautifully and not leave any residue. If by chance there is residue, check out our video on how to remove vinyl that gives you a ton of tips and tricks for how to remove this stuff flawlessly.

What did you all think of these awesome hacks? I use vinyl all the time and I’m still finding new little tips and tricks to make my vinyl usage even better. I hope that you all enjoyed this blog post. If you have any questions, please comment down below and we’ll be happy to answer!

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