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So this past weekend I started on some projects for outside. I have a CriCut machine that I bought on a whim and I am having fun learning how to use it. So much that I may even open an etsy shop. That I will have to think on (as my stuff is not perfect) but it might come down the line!
This was my biggest project to date but I LOVE it!
Total Time To Make: 4 Hours
What you need:
- I purchased the SVG (cutting file) from Proverb’s Attic because she allows her files to be used “you are allowed to use the files to create profit for items you have.” Which means should I open an Etsy Store down the line you might see a similar sign for sale 🙂
- Board –I used a pre-treated one that I had left over from another project. I had to cut it down so I also needed a saw & drill (for the holes)
- Paint — my board was originally white so I painted it green then took a wire brush to it to give it “character”
- Cutting machine – Cricut, Silhouette, or anything that can cut Vinyl
- Vinyl (651 for outside)
- Transfer Tape/Contact Paper
- Weeding Tool
OK that last one is because if you are like me there will be quite a few moments where you are “frustrated enough to swear like a sailor”.
- Prepare your board. If for an outside project you may want to seal it or treat it. You will also need to paint, cut, sand, or do any other number of things. I suggest doing this the day before (it is not part of my overall time because you may have a board that is ready to go).
- Upload your file to your design space (or whatever works with machine)
- Measure your board (I try to stay under 12 inches across because that is less piecing together later)
- Resize the file to the width desired and then submit to cut.
- Put your vinyl on the mat. Now here was the thing that if you look very closely you will see I went from matte to glossy on the vinyl. I ran out which means Jesus is in two different Vinyls. So measure your Vinyl too! This was a long project so it did not use a standard mat.
- Next is weeding. I seriously need work in this department. Especially with letters. That top picture is after I took off the big part of the cut vinyl but you still have to take out the little bits. I did find that wrapping scotch tape around two fingers helped with the little pieces of vinyl that needed to be removed but they are hard as heck.
- Next is putting it on transfer tape/contact papers. I did one long piece (except for the no) and while I think this worked out well in the end, there are things to note. You have to go SLOW and STEADY while pealing it off the original paper. I used the back side of weeder tool a lot to get little bits that were being stubborn. I wish I had watched this on Reverse Weeding because it probably would have been easier.
- Next is transfer to your board and remove the transfer tape/contact paper. This process is kind of the revers of number 6. Both steps take a lot of time and patience. Especially when dealing with small thin type of transfers.
- I do not seal my vinyl once finished since I use 651 Vinyl (outdoor quality)
So do any of you use a cutting machine? What are some of your projects? I have pretty much stuck to vinyl though I am going to try a few paper crafts eventually 🙂
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