Will these designs work on the smaller CricutTM models, like the Bug? Yes, our smaller, less-intricate designs can cut on the personal CricutTM Machine. It just needs to have the latest upgrade, and of course, the SCAL software. Our designs are single, unlayered formats that can be separated as needed. (Even our new layered art patterns come in single, unlayered formats. The layered designs are only layered manually after the vinyl is cut and weeded.) The only parts that will NOT separate are the parts that have been welded together. For example, when loopy letters overlap other letters, the intersections are welded or joined together so that it can cut a professional finished vinyl design.
To determine which smaller, less-intricate designs cut best on this machine, imagine the finished vinyl size. If you think that letters will size below a 1/2" or so on the finished vinyl project, or have too thin of a line at a smaller size, it probably won't cut well. It's just the nature of vinyl. However, you can use the design for card making and printed projects. You can also contact us beforehand to see if a particular design will work.
Can I use the designs in other projects? Absolutely! Our designs can be printed, etched, engraved, routed, embroidered, and much, much more. Just be sure to review our copyrights for all the details.
For cutting vinyl, where do I get vinyl? What kind of vinyl do I use? There are a number of great suppliers that sell the Oracal 631 vinyl and appropriate transfer tape ... CLICK HERE for more info
Is cutting vinyl like cutting a die-cut, cutting through the vinyl and its backing? No. Cutting vinyl is very, very different than cutting out die-cuts because the blade should only lightly score the glossy side of the backing paper. Your cutter blade should NEVER EVER cut through the backing of vinyl! Once the image is cut, and the backing remains as one solid sheet, remove the vinyl and it's backing paper from the cutter. You are now ready to "weed", or remove the negative spaces from your vinyl design.
What is transfer tape and why should I use it? Transfer tape helps you apply vinyl more easily and quickly, especially when several letters and fonts are involved. Imagine your finished vinyl lettering like a sandwich: the glossy backing is one layer, the actual vinyl is a second layer, and the transfer tape is a third layer. Once the glossy backing is removed, it exposes the sticky side of the vinyl so that you can place it on a clean, flat surface. Once you press the sticky side down, remove the top layer of transfer tape. What remains is the beautiful, matte vinyl design you created!
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