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Cricut Brand Craft Vinyl

One of the most intriguing craft products of the past few years is craft vinyl. If you have a Cricut or a Cuttlebug, you have at least heard of craft vinyl- it’s often marketed as an add-on, and is manufactured and sold by Provo Craft. However, it’s a versatile product and can be used in different craft applications.

While there are different vinyls out there, and many are similar, the brand I’m reviewing today is specifically made and branded by Cricut/Provocraft. It comes in 16 colors, viewable on their website.

For those who are new to this product, it is essentially a sheet of vinyl that is coated with re-positionable adhesive on the back, which is then adhered to a paper backing. Traditionally it is sold in packs of 2 12″x 24″ sheets, and it will adhere well to any smooth surface. Furthermore, it is removable from glass, mirrors, plastics, and painted surfaces.

My first craft attempt was embossing, just because it’s not often used for that purpose. I ran a small piece through my Cuttlebug, and it embossed beautifully. I mean, really gorgeous. I used the sheet to cover up a logo on my little plastic flashlight. I also noted that it was easy to remove from the backing sheet…and that the backing sheet itself was pretty cool looking!

Next I ran it through my Cuttlebug with a word die. It’s a pretty dainty, and I wondered if the vinyl would pull away from the backing. As you can see, it cut very nicely.
I really like the idea of cutting words or phrases out in vinyl and then using them on cards as stickers- much easier than cutting things out in paper and then trying to find the right adhesive to attach it.

Next up was paper punches. I used a large flower punch to cut out some shapes, and I did notice a little tearing along the edges. I tried a different punch (a circle) and got a nice clean cut. I tried some small, intricate flowers and it was kind of a mess. Bottom line when punching vinyl- make sure your punch is sharp and your design is not too fussy and you’ll be fine.

Of course I had to try some electronic cutters, so I used my Slice to cut out a shamrock to use as a stencil for some fabric painting. I burnished the vinyl well on the sticky glass mat, and got a lovely cut.

Of course, I tried out this vinyl on my Cricut, as well, and was not disappointed. Using the magic formula of “3” for speed and “3” for pressure, I got lovely, fine detailed cuts. I used a them to make decals for my vases for some seasonal decor!

So are you sold on vinyl yet? To recap, here are some of it’s uses:

  • Stencils for fabric painting
  • Reusable stencils for glass etching
  • Decor for painted walls
  • Decals for mirrors and glass
  • Stickers for papercrafts
  • Dressing up metal objects

There are so many fun options! And now for the final evalutions

Pros:

  • removable
  • re-positionable
  • works with many cutting systems
  • often re-usable (like stencils)
  • economical
  • wide range of colors
  • great for upcycling/recycling objects

Cons:

  • might not work with intricate paper punches
  • not necessarily archival- don’t use on heirloom photos
  • might need some warming to completely remove (like a hairdryer)

Here are some of the projects I made with my vinyl- what would YOU make?


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7 Responses to Cricut Brand Craft Vinyl

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    Cherie February 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Wanted to let you know I did vinyl decorations for a wedding at the local country club. I put the bride & grooms initials along with some flourishes on all of the windows and doors. Also, put their names and the date on the dance floor. It turned out really great and looked fantastic! I did not use the Cricut Vinyl because I needed alot of vinyl and in fall colors. I can’t remember where I bought it right now, but I’ll make another post when I do. It was wonderful to work with and cut perfectly on the Cricut!

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    cleversomeday February 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Not sure if the rolls you got had “Oracal 631” printed on the liner, but some of them do. Oracal 631 is available in 45 colors at around $0.50 per square foot or roughly a fifth of the cost of the Cricut branded version.

    Also, don’t forget wall art with a digital cutter. Kiss cut (through vinyl but not liner) and use transfer tape for great results.

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    Lia February 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    Ooh, I wonder if it would work as a mask for metal etching.

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    AngelaUF February 11, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    Cricut Vinyl IS oracal 631 – they just private label it. You can get it MUCh cheaper from many reputable online stores such as US Cutter and Sign Warehouse but the roll… ex. at US Cutter price for a 15″ x 10 YARDs (so 30 feet) is ~$15. The cricut vinyl retails for 9.99 for only 4 feet of it. If you think you are going to use a lot of it, buying rolls is the way to go.

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    Cherie February 12, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    Just came across the name of the company where I purchased vinyl. It is PrintOnIt.com. Check it out for a free Cricut vinyl sample, plus free shipping over $50.00.

    Cherie

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    billiejo February 13, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    Your samples are great, but I need to know, do you remove your decorations from the mug and glassware before washing? Thanks for the info.

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    grblog February 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    I have to admit that I haven’t washed the mug yet- I’m using it in my work table to hold markers- but when I do, I’ll let you know! -Jenny