Hello, fellow makers!
Today I wanted to share how I use my dies to cut intricate vinyl decals for crafting!
Let’s chat supplies!
Here’s what you’ll need:
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- Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 6″ Platform
- Die D-Lite Pineapple Etched Die Tropical Paradise
- Crafting Vinyl
- Tool’n One (Optional)
- Transfer Paper (Optional)
Truth time.. this is my favorite way to create vinyl decals (stencils) – hands down!
Why do I prefer using die cuts with my Platinum vs my digital cutting machines?
I’ll tell you why.. While I love my digital machines. They have their cons. I don’t love messing with sticky mats, adjusting settings, and only getting a few useful decals out of a whole sheet of vinyl. When I use my die cuts with my Platinum machine, I get perfect cuts each and every time! I’m not messing with sticky mats and the whole process is just a lot more simple. I try to use dies with my Platinum as often as I can, to create beautiful intricate vinyl decals.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Prepare your vinyl
The great thing about using dies to make decals is that you can use smaller sections and pieces of vinyl easily. I usually cut a piece of vinyl slightly larger than the size of the die I am using.
Step 2: Sandwich your die and vinyl
If you’ve worked through any of my other tutorials involving die cuts, you’ll be familiar with my “die sandwich”. This is the way in which I layer all of my cutting plates, die pieces, and materials (in this case – vinyl).
My die sandwich for creating a vinyl decal is as follows:
White spacer (bottom layer) + clear acrylic plate + vinyl + die+ clear acrylic plate.
Step 3: Cut your vinyl decal
Go ahead and roll your sandwich through the machine.
Step 4: Weed your vinyl decal
What do I mean by “weeding” your decal? Weeding means picking out the parts of the decal you will not be using. My favorite tool for weeding is the Tool’n One. You’ll use the pointy end to do the weeding. If you don’t have this tool at your fingertips, a safety pin makes a great substitute!
Step 5: Peel and place
Now technically that’s it!
However, I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to utilize these fun decals!
I love to use my decals as a kind of stencil. Once I place my decal, I will often paint right over it.
Once the paint is dry, peel the decal away, and you will be left with the most beautiful intricate image!
It’s like crafting magic to me – and one of my favorite things to do!
I’ll be sharing all of the details on this fun pineapple home decor sign, later this week, so stay tuned!
Thanks so much for visiting today!
Please leave any questions you might have, in the comments.
Happy Pineapple Day! (For real!)
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