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By learning to layer vinyl, you can create dimension in your Cricut Explore, Maker, and other cutting machine projects! It’s easy to layer vinyl using transfer tape—here are the best tips and tricks for getting it right the first time.
Adhesive vinyl is one of the staple materials that many cutting machine crafters love to work with. In the last few years, I’ve come to really love iron on vinyl, but lately I’ve been returning to adhesive vinyl for a lot of projects, like pantry labels, tumblers, and more.
It helps that there’s all sorts of amazing colored vinyl out right now, like these amazing bright shades from JOANN!
When I recently made over my craft room, I wanted to add some labels in an attempt to keep myself a little more organized. A lot of times I feel like craft room organization is a bit of a lost cause, but I do think that I should at least make an attempt!
One of the hardest things for me to organize is my adhesive and iron on vinyl. I had it all in rolls, but I had so much and found I was constantly not sure what I had, plus storing vinyl rolls is just awkward. So I decided to remove my vinyl from the rolls and store it in a drawer unit under my crafting table.
I’m surprised how well this has worked for me! Taking the vinyl off the rolls and cutting it down to fit was a bit of a pain, but now I love being able to just slide open a drawer to find what I’m looking for.
I knew I wanted to make labels for my vinyl drawers, so I created these fun layered labels. Anything to make my craft room more bright, fun, and easier to organize! Head to the bottom of this post to download the organizational labels for this project.
Let’s start with what kinds of vinyl you can layer. It’s a lot easier than iron on vinyl—there are just two basic guidelines.
Next, let’s see how many layers of vinyl you can use before things get dicey.
Vinyl works best on solid surfaces, like plastic, glass, and painted wood. You can wipe down your surface with rubbing alcohol to make sure it is free from any dust or oils. This will help ensure your vinyl sticks well.
Let’s get layering! It’s actually easy to layer vinyl. Working with more than one layer of vinyl may seem intimidating, but it can create such depth and style to your projects.
We’re going to use the transfer tape method—this allows you to put the layers of vinyl on your surface in one shot, vs. trying to line up each layer on your surface. You line it up on the transfer tape itself!
Here’s what you’re going to need:
Start by cutting and weeding both layers of your labels. I used several colors of adhesive vinyl from JOANN—five of my colors were the JOANN brand, and I threw the bright green Cricut adhesive vinyl in there as well. I used my gorgeous Wild Rose Cricut Explore Air 2, exclusive to JOANN! You can also cut these SVGs on a Cricut Maker or other cutting machine.
Unlike iron on vinyl, you do NOT need to mirror adhesive vinyl when cutting it—what you see is exactly what goes on your surface.
You’ll notice that each file has a triangle to the left. The triangle functions as registration marks for each layer and will help you line up your vinyl.
Cut a piece of transfer tape slightly larger than each label.
Peel off the backing paper on the transfer tape and place it over the colored label, pressing it into the label using your fingers or a burnishing tool.
Peel up the transfer tape and the vinyl should come with it. If it doesn’t burnish some more.
Now take that piece of transfer tape with the vinyl and line it up over the black layer of vinyl. Line up the triangles perfectly on top of each other and your two layers should line up perfectly!
If you’re making your own files in Design Space or other cutting machine software, you can add your own registration marks. Some people use one or two rectangles or other shapes—whatever works best for you! I like triangles, but you can use whatever shapes you like.
Press the second layer of the label into the transfer tape, and peel up the transfer tape and the two layers of vinyl should come with it.
Before you put your decal on your surface, peel off the layers of registration triangles off the transfer tape and discard. You don’t want them on your project!
Now let’s put that vinyl on your surface—mine is the set of drawers.
Carefully line up your transfer tape with your two layers of vinyl on the drawer. If you want it to be precise, you can use masking tape to tape off exactly where your labels should go. I’m pretty good at eyeballing, so I just placed it on my drawers. I did use a level to help make sure everything was even.
Press your vinyl into your surface/drawers, burnishing with your fingers or a tool. In this case, I prefer my fingers because I don’t want to damage the surface.
Then carefully peel back the transfer tape at a 45° angle or more. If your surface is smooth and nonporous like my drawers, the vinyl should stick fairly easily. If you are having trouble, burnish again and peel even more slowly, using your fingernail to help “guide” the vinyl off the transfer tape. But really, it should work really nicely on most smooth surfaces!
You can download the mini bundle of craft room labels by clicking the image below! Want the larger bundle of more than 200 labels? Head to my shop!
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One of the most common questions from people who have a brand new Cricut machine (or are thinking of getting one) is: Can I upload my own images with a Cricut machine? Well, the answer is YES! You can upload your own images, designs, and graphics to Cricut Design Space, then cut them out with your machine. You can even upload photos and use the Print & Cut feature to make projects using your very own photos! Today I’m going to show you how to upload a basic image like a jpeg or png, and how to upload a vector file if you have an image that has multiple layers.
If you have a brand new Cricut, check out these other great posts that will help introduce you to your new machine! And check out my Cricut project gallery for tons of Cricut project ideas!
Being able to upload your own images gives you tons of freedom to create anything you want with your Cricut. You can upload anything from simple, flat jpeg images to complex multi-layer vector files and Cricut Design Space will automatically process them so you can print, cut, emboss, or use them however you want in your Cricut project!
To upload any image to Cricut Design Space, first open Cricut Design Space in your web browser. Click the green “New Project” button in the upper right hand corner to create a blank project.
At the bottom of the toolbar on the left side of the project is an “Upload” icon. Click that to open the Upload tab.
From here you can upload either a basic image (a single-layer image such as .jpg, .gif, .bmp, or .png) or a vector image (a multi-layer image such as .svg or .dxf).
I created a simple graphic in Adobe Illustrator and saved it as both a jpg and a svg file so I can show you how to upload a basic image and a vector image to Cricut Design Space.
Most images you see on the web are basic images, meaning that they are flat, single-layer images. They can have multiple colors and even appear to be 3D, but the actual image itself is made with pixels of different colors to give the appearance of shading or depth. These single-layer images can be created in programs like Adobe Photoshop, PicMonkey, Canva, and other simple photo editing software. Photos from your phone or camera are also basic, flat images.
You can upload .jpg, .gif, .bmp, and .png files to Cricut Design Space and they will all be uploaded as a single layer.
Here’s how to upload a basic image. From the Upload tab in Cricut Design Space, click the green and white “Upload Image” button.
Then either drag and drop an image file into the window, or click the green and white “Browse” button to open an image file.
Once you choose a basic image to upload, it will show a preview on the left side and ask you to select the image type. You can choose from:
For this example I chose “Simple” because it’s a very simple design. Then click the green “Continue” button.
The next step is to “process” the image to make sure only the parts you actually want cut out make it into your project. You have three basic tools you can use to process the image:
I use “Select & Erase” for about 90% of the images I upload to Cricut Design Space; it’s really powerful, and really smart! For this example I clicked on the background of the image and it erased the entire background!
I continued clicking in the middle of each star to erase the background from the stars, and then I was done. Once you have erased all parts of the image that you don’t want cut out, click the green “Continue” button.
The next step is to decide what type of image you have, and give it a name. You can save your uploaded image as a Print & Cut image, or just as Cut image. If your original image has details in it (like a photo of your kids that you want to print first, then cut, or something where the colors are important), save it as Print & Cut. If it is just a shape that you want to cut out, you can save it as a Cut image.
Give your image a name and add tags if you want, then click the green “Save” button.
Your uploaded image will appear in the Recently Uploaded Images section at the bottom of the Upload tab. Just select your uploaded image and click the green “Insert Images” button to add it to your project!
Vector images are image files with multiple layers, usually created in a program like Adobe Illustrator. In this example, the left lobe of the heart with the stars is one layer so that I can cut it out of blue material, and the stripes are split into two layers. Every other stripe is in one layer so it can be cut out of red material, and the other stripes are a separate layer so they can be cut out of white material.
You can upload .svg and .dxf files to Cricut Design Space and they will all be uploaded as multiple layers with each image layer or color being separated into separate layers in Design Space.
Here’s how to upload a vector image. From the Upload tab in Cricut Design Space, click the green and white “Upload Image” button.
Then either drag and drop an image file into the window, or click the green and white “Browse” button to open an image file.
Because vector image files contain all of the image details within the file itself, Cricut Design Space can actually process these images for you automatically without you needing to do anything!
You will see a preview of your image on the left, and after it’s uploaded each layer or color will be it’s own layer.
Just give your image a name and add tags if you wish, then click the green “Save” button.
Select your uploaded image from the Recently Uploaded Images section, then click the green “Insert Images” button to add it to your project!
You’ll notice that when you insert a basic image it will appear in black like the heart on the left, but the vector image will appear in whatever colors were used in the original vector file. The basic image will be one single layer in the Layers toolbar on the right, but the vector image will be split into layers or colors.
You can see that the colored heart is one layer, but each “shape” is automatically shaded in one of three colors (red, white, and blue). In Cricut Design Space, different colors act as “layers”, so when you go to cut this design, it will automatically split red, white, blue, and black into four different “cuts” so that you can cut them out of different colors or materials if you wish. If the SVG file you upload is all one color, Cricut Design Space will instead automatically split each layer into a separate layer/group in your project.
Vector images are a lot more powerful if you are planning to cut multiple colors or materials because the layers automatically translate into layers in Cricut Design Space. But for simple cut or Print & Cut projects, uploading a basic image will work just fine!
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The layer tabs in the Cricut Craft Room® design software allow you to design When you are ready to cut your project, each layer/mat can be cut separately on.
Let’s layer iron-on with Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress to make this darling St. Patrick’s Day rainbow t-shirt that says “I Don’t Need Luck, I Have Jesus!” I’m so in love with the bright colors!
I get questions a lot about layering iron-on. It’s actually pretty easy if you follow a few simple rules!
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Here is how you can create layers and shadows when a cartridge does not have them (Solutions cartridges and feature keys on other cartridges)
In Cricut Craft Room I added two of the same BEE, I got is from Sesame Street Seasons. I loved it but it did not have a layer feature and I wanted a yellow bee with a black behind it.... so I had to make it myself....
I made one of them Yellow just so you can see it better and it will make it clear which bee I am talking about. The yellow bee is on the left and I will refer to the bee on the right as the 'black bee" In this step all I did was add color for the tutorial.
When I clicked on the black Bee a square goes around it and there is a box below it that says HIDE CONTOUR. Click the little green box on the bottom left.
Then when you hover over a line it turns red, if you want to make that line disappear when it turns red, click your mouse. It will no longer cut that line. I used this process to get rid of all of the inside lines so it would just cut a bee outline.
Here you can now see that I clicked on all of the red lines, they are now a very light grey. If I clicked on one that I didn't mean to I can always hover over it and it will turn red again and if I click it will return to my image and it will cut as normal.
On the top left of craft room I clicked EXIT on the top left of the mat. I have now returned to my main screen and it now shows me what it WILL cut.... My yellow bee and my black bee outline.
Here you can see that I flooded it with black.... just to show you when you put your paper in how it will cut.
Here I put them on top of each other to show you how it will look when you cut it with paper and then add your one bee to the top of another.
You can use this process for most images that don't have a shadow or second layer, but you want to make it into a second layer. I also used this process for the Monogram feature. The font only had one layer, but I needed two, so I just added two of them to my cutting mat and used the same process to take out the inside cuts and I made two layers. This is a great way to really get what you want out of the bonus features on cartridges and another way to make EXACTLY what you want.
Cricut says "create what you want, where you want."
That is exactly what I did! I LOVE Cricut Craft Room!
Here is how I made my letters which were from the monogram feature key on A Child's Year.
The basic monogram feature makes and oval, but I wanted a circle, if I were to push SHIFT and the MONOGRAM key, it gives me balloons, so again I must make my own base so you do not see the patterns behind where the letter will cut out.
Here is the B oval monogram as it is on the cartridge.
Here is the shift monogram feature... obviously this will not work as the base for my scalloped one, so I deleted it. I just added it to show you that this cartridge does NOT have a layer feature for the scallop B
Here it is as an oval.
If you touch the button I have circled, that will expand this image's width and nothing else.
After it was properly expanded and it used the little squares on the cutting mat to make sure it was a perfect circle. I then selected COPY from the toolbar at the top and then paste. If you know short hand or quick keys. Hold down CRTL and C at the same time and it will copy the image, provided it has the above grey box around it so it know what you want to copy. Then hold down CTRL and V at the same time to paste and you can see below I now have two (If you are a MAC user use the COMMAND key instead of CTRL)
now on one of them I select the HIDE CONTOUR that I have circled
I went through the process of clicking on the lines that make the letter B as I did before....
I have circled the EXIT button to push when you are done editing it.
Now once I exit, it will then show me what my cricut will actually cut.
I added color just to show you when you put colored paper on your mat this is what it will look like.
Another tip if you want to move a shape UP-DOWN, or LEFT-RIGHT Use the buttons I have circled. If you want to expand it LONGER or WIDER use the other two arrows.
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