Sunday, March 20, 2011

Inexpensive way of tranferring Vinyl

EDITED ON 12/11/11: I read in another site that this hasn't worked for some crafters. Here's some tips that might be helpful. The vinyl I used is for indoor use. I rubbed down the wrap on top of each cut and  lifted a little bit the top corner of each letter with a spatula before attempting to remove the vinyl from the mat. I agree that it is not the easiest way of transferring vinyl, specially with very intricate cuts, but it is very inexpensive and works with very simple cuts like the ones shown in the tutorial.  Thanks for stopping by!


Not sure if someone else has already come up with this idea, but my DH suggested an inexpensive way of transferring vinyl. I was cutting some Car Decal and Robotz cuts to decorate my son's bedroom and he suggested to use GLAD Press n' Seal Multipurpose Sealing Wrap. It worked like a charm! It costs around $3.50 and it's about 23.7 yards long and 11.8 inches wide. Below is a photo tutorial I prepared explaining how to use it.  This is my first tutorial ever, so bear with me. Thanks for looking!

The first photo shows the materials and tools I used.  You need your adhesive vinyl cuts, scissors, Glad Press n' Seal Multipurpose Sealing Wrap, and SU! Decor Elements applicator.
Apply the Glad Press n' Seal Multipurpose wrap to the front of your vinyl cut (sticky part of the wrap facing down).
 With the help of the SU! Decor Elements applicator (fingers and old credit cards work too), rub the Press n' Seal wrap over each of the letters. See the two photos below.

Carefully remove the backing of the vinyl.  The vinyl letters stick to the Press n' seal wrap as shown in the pictures below.

Apply the letters to the surface. You may want to use a ruler to make a guideline so that your letters are straight.
 Press the letters with your fingers or the SU! Decor Elements applicator so that the adhesive vinyl stick to the surface and remove any air bubbles.
 Peel the Press n' Seal wrap off the letters and you are pretty much done.

 This picture is a close up of the finished product. 
This picture shows the whole project.  This is an Expedit bookcase from IKEA and the doors were made from scratch by my talented husband.  Thanks for looking!!

Note: I was not sponsored by GLAD in any way or form :)

59 comments:

  1. The bookcase looks great!!! That's a neat idea for vinyl transfer! Thanks for sharing!

    http://debbiesdashofthisandthat.blogspot.com/

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  2. I just joined your blog!Thank-you for the great tip! What a great bookcase! Lynn

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  3. Lynn, thanks for becoming a follower. I really love comments and I appreciate you took the time to post.

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  4. That is genius! Saw this on Pinterest :) Thanks for the tip!

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  5. A great tip! I am going to try this! Thanks for sharing:)

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  6. ummm is there a dog in the bookshelf?

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  7. where did you get your adhesive vinyl cuts?

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  8. If you don't have a cricut, you can order vinyl letters from Uppercase Living. I love my girl! Her name is Jennifer and her website is http://jenoneil.uppercaseliving.net

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  9. I cut them myself using my Cricut Expression and the Robotz Cricut Cartridge. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  10. Oh my goodness, what a great idea! It's clear which makes it easy to see where you're putting the vinyl which is a huge bonus.

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  11. saw u on pinterest. genius idea. :) take care

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  12. haha! I LOVE that you have a dog on a shelf in this photo!!

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  13. thank you. transfer tape is sooooo expensive. the glad is clear too so that helps. gonna try it. :)

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  14. You are awesome and I love you. Thank you for saving me many dollars.

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  15. Thanx 4 the great idea! No more expensive transfer paper!

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  16. Excellent tutorial,Debbie.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  17. I think this shelf is beyond cute! Clever use of the GLAD product. I think I missed something though...Why do you need to use it? If you're applying a car decal doesn't it already have plastic stuff on the front so you can peal off the backing and then squeegy it onto something? {maybe that's just the kind I brough}
    *btw: great step-by-step tutorial!

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  18. Regarding why I need to use it, they are not store-bought car decals but I made them myself using a die cutting machine and vinyl. The vinyl doesn't have the plastic stuff on the front, hence the need of transferring tape. Since the transferring tape is kind of expensive, I gave the GLAD product a try and worked like a charm.
    Thanks for all the nice comments!

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  19. I will be trying this too! A friend sent this to me, she found you on Pinterest.

    thanks for the great tip!
    gail

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  20. Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to post. I read some comments in another site that it didn't work for them, so I'm curious to find out if it works for you, so please let me know either way. Thanks again!

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  21. I do not understand why you did not apply letters directly onto the surface?

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  22. Hi Arttulip, thanks for stopping by! You can definitely apply the letters directly onto the surface. I like to use the transfer tape to keep them aligned. I'm not too good at eyeballing things :(

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  23. Thank you so much for this idea. I seen it on Pinterest and thought I would try it. It worked very well for me. I was placing wording on glass panes and it made it so much easier and cheaper!! I will state that with using it to transfer onto glass, only press where lettering is laid on glass, the plastic wrap leaves a film on the glass and where it is cleanable, it is one more step to have to do.

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  24. Thanks so much for the info. I have an unused silhouette because I do not have any transfer tape. I am on my way to my drawer and pretty soon everything will be labeled! Adorable bookcase. Stop by my virtual home and visit.

    XOXO
    Stacie
    The Three Sweet Peas

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  25. Thanks for the great idea! This will save me a lot of money when I get accustomed to using my new Silhouette Cameo! Great site!

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  26. Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments. Hugs!!

    Leirad

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  27. This is such a great idea! As a newbie, I look for ideas that will save me money, yet allows me to experiment. I have a brand new Silhouette that I'm about to try to use and finding tutorials that look easy is just awesome!! Thanks again, I'm becoming a follower! Anna

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  28. Love it! I have the same bookcase and love those doors as well! Your husband should do a tutorial on how to make the doors! ;)

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  29. This is a great idea however, having used it I will say it does leave a nasty film on your vinyl. If there is a way to remove that film from the vinyl please share because as of yet I have found nothing that will remove it. Makes me wonder if it leaves a film on food products too.

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  30. pretty good idea! I just bought some press n seal yesterday to store some goodies, and have my vynil unopened because of I have no transfer, but I think I´ll cut right away! ty!

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  31. Thanks for sharing this idea!! I used it this week to put initials on a little girls rubber boots (another idea I found on Pinterest!)..check my page on FaceBook and you can see how it turned out. Tell your Hubby he is Genius!!
    Sue Horne

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  32. Great tip, I love it - so much that I am going to use your post for our Quick Tip Tuesday on the Fantabulous Cricut Blog. Please come check it out on 3/17/12 at http://fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com/
    If you would rather that I didn't please send me a message at
    scrapqueen141@gmail dot com

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  33. Fantastic idea - I am definitely going to try this!

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  34. I'd love to see more pics of the doors your husband made. We have the same shelf and those look great.

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  35. Fellow-Anonymous(er): To remove the nasty film after using the Glad Press n Seal, I use "Goof-Off" or "Go-Be-Gone". Works like a charm! Now, if someone can tell me how to get a vinyl decal onto a round item, I'd appreciate it. :)

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  36. Sorry, that should read "Goo-Be-Gone".

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  37. hi- can you back up and a bit and explain your vinyl transfer itself? I have a sign I made for my parents and it has a great deal of lettering to lay out and I'm trying to find the easiest way to get the words on the sign board, without having to hand paint.
    ecoliciousmama@gmail.com

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  38. we use contact paper instead of transfer tape just make sure you get the repositionable kind. works great. and it's not hard to use as it sounds like the press and seal is. Just thought I'd share.

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  39. that's clear contact paper. missed that part.

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    1. I have used clear contact paper too, never have even tried transfer paper. Has worked like a charm every single time! Good tip though for the goo-be-gone as I always seem to have some left over stickiness on my vinyl lettering due to the contact paper!

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  40. So terrific thanks for the share

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  41. Genius! Just received my Silhouette Cameo and went to cut my first vinyl piece. This was helpful, handy, and will be my forever go to instead of transfer tape! Genius!! (Yes, I repeated that...on purpose!)

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  42. Hey guys...as a professional sign maker I want you to know that you can order vinyl and transfer tape same place as the big guys order it from. For 150 yards of transfer tape I pay around $36. It may seem like a lot but it lasts forever. Also the vinyl is cheaper direct from a dealer. Get some friends together and start building up a supply. I was aghast to see what craft stores are charging for the same vinyl I pay less than a quarter a square foot for. Check out sites like Ordway Sign supply, or Regional Supply. You may be amazed... I just wanted to share this because I always felt bad when I saw people paying so much.

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    1. This is absolutely true. Glad wrap is expensive enough as it is. Also, the Upper Case Living is expensive as well. There are plenty of places, including eBay that will get you the same stuff for cheaper. For instance, here is one page on eBay,

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/230858767948?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

      Good Luck.

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  43. Hi,
    I am french and I want to know if ther is the same in france GLAD Press n' Seal Multipurpose ?
    thank

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  44. this is an awesome tip, I so needed it

    thanks Brooke x

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  45. What a really neat idea. Thanks to my friend for putting me in

    touch with this site.

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  46. Where do you get vinyl transfer paper?

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  47. Really interesting post....it will increasing my knowledge...!!!!!!

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  48. Superb post...really appreciating keep it up for my business cards idea...!!!!

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  49. I used it today to and it worked great. My vinyl cutout was very intricate too. You just have to do it carefully.

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  50. Genius, you made it, I'll recommend your blog to graphic artist, such a useful idea for graphic designs on vinyl.

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  51. cards are versatile, long lasting and easy to carry. Modern technologies permit to go for plastic cards since there are millions and billion or design with different color combination, material. i love your style :-)

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  52. I just came across this on Pinterest and I want to thank you for this, I am expecting my new cricut explore this week and the first project I want to try is using vinyl...can't wait to try this!

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