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.
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.
When I say ordinary, I mean cheapo.
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.
I peeled the backing off the liner and stuck it to the front of the vinyl.
I used a popsicle stick to rub the liner onto the vinyl so I knew it was sticking well.
I peeled the backing paper off the design on positioned it on my recipe box. I stuck it down lightly.
The design got another good popsicle stick rub, only on the vinyl.
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.
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.
Fortunately, I was covering the box with glossy Mod Podge, so you can no longer see those lines.
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.
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…
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!