Clear Shelf Liner to Transfer Vinyl

Since January has been a sprint for me, I haven’t even had a chance to tell you about my amazing Christmas present.  It doesn’t even have a home in my craft room yet, but you better believe I’ve already taken it for a spin or two.

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 1
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 1

My husband has watched me struggle with projects that would have been much easier with a vinyl cutter, so he’s had an eagle eye on the price of these for a while.  When they dipped under $200 on Black Friday weekend, he actually came in and woke me up to see if I wanted to order one.  The next morning I had to ask if that actually happened or I dreamt it.  It happened.  Not to mention, there were all kinds of fun accessories in my Christmas stocking, including a fabric blade. 

The software and cutting process was pretty easy to figure out, but I was a little stumped on how to transfer the design onto my project.  Thanks to the internet, I found a great idea.  Many people commented on how the name brand transfer paper didn’t work all that well, but they’d had good luck with ordinary clear shelf liner. 

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 2
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 2

When I say ordinary, I mean cheapo. 

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 3
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 3

Clearly, I am no expert in this process, but I can tell you what worked for me.  I cut the shelf liner to fit my design.

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 4
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 4

I peeled the backing off the liner and stuck it to the front of the vinyl.

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 5
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 5

I used a popsicle stick to rub the liner onto the vinyl so I knew it was sticking well.

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 6
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 6

I peeled the backing paper off the design on positioned it on my recipe box.  I stuck it down lightly.

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 7
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 7

The design got another good popsicle stick rub, only on the vinyl.

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 8
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 8

The next step was to peel back the liner.  I was concerned it would peel some of the fresh paint off the box, but that wasn’t an issue. 

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 9
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 9

The only problem I did have was when I stopped peeling, it left residue.  As long as I pulled the liner off evenly and in one motion everything was fine.  Here you can see the two spots where I stopped.

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 10
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 10

Fortunately, I was covering the box with glossy Mod Podge, so you can no longer see those lines.

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 11
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 11

Using the same technique, I was even able to salvage the cut-outs of the knife, fork and spoon for the inside of the lid.

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 12
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 12

The design on the top was one I purchased already cut (before I had the Silhouette) and the only difference I found was that it didn’t curl like the ones I cut myself.  “Try everything once” was our food rule for the kids growing up, so my daughter thought this was funny.  That rule caused my husband and I to taste a few things we would have rather not, but it caused my kids to be more adventurous eaters.  The sacrifices we make for our children…

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 13
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 13
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As you might imagine, we have a very long list of wedding projects that will benefit from this baby.  And now that I know how to transfer the design, they’ll be a piece of cake!