Sunday, February 6, 2011

Vinyl on Tile Tutorial

Happy Sunday! Lori here with my debut Sunday Tutorial. I am going to show you how I made this tile with vinyl.
Here are the supplied I used. I used my Gypsy, Cricut, 12x12 mat, 12x12 piece of vinyl, 12x12 tile (found at Home Depot), clear contact paper cut to 12x12 and the dental pick, spatula and scraper from my Cricut tool kit.
I created my design on my Gypsy. You do not need a gypsy, but I like how I can center the design and lay it out how I want it to appear on the tile. I used Gypsy Font for the fancy C and Songbird for the words and date.
In order to get a nice "kiss cut" you need to set your speed and pressure both to 3. A "kiss cut" will cut only the vinyl, not the paper backing.
You also need to adjust your blade housing to 3. For vinyl, just remember 3, 3 & 3!
Put the vinyl on your mat.
Plug in your gypsy and cut your design.
You can see the cuts here.
In order to weed the extra vinyl off, use your dental tool (or other sharp tool) to poke through the vinyl and slowly pull away from the backing.
Roll the vinyl as you go so it doesn't stick to your project.
Use the dental tool to weed out the little pieces you do not need.
Here is the vinyl design all weeded.
Next take your clear contact paper off the paper backing. Clear contact paper is very sticky, so you need to de-stick it a bit by sticking it on your jeans or pants.
Then place it over your vinyl.
Use the scraper (or a credit card) to burnish the design onto the contact paper.
Peel back slowly starting in a corner. You might need to re-burnish parts of the design. I had a little piece of the backing stick to the 1, so I used my razor blade tool to peel it off.
I am almost done here.
I used the arrow on my cricut mat to center my design.
I smoothed it down with my hands first.
Then I burnished it to the tile.
Again, start at the corner and roll the contact paper up as you slowly pull it away from the vinyl and tile. This is the longest part of the entire project!
I had some difficulty here mostly due to my contact paper being too sticky. Don't be stingy on the de-stick step!! I also had my 5 year old yelling at me to hurry up so I could join him upstairs! Finally, I did not realize my letters were not welded (a quick preview could have prevented this one) and I took special care with them.
Vinyl is very forgiving as long as you are patient with it!
And here is the final project again. You can put vinyl on tile, glass, plastic, walls, paper....the sky is the limit!!
Thank you for joining us today and I hope you give vinyl a try real soon!!


5 Responses to “SHOW ME SUNDAY BY: Lori”

Angela said...

sensational Lori! would LOVE to have that machine!!!!!

CraftyGirl said...

Lori... Love this idea!! Very clever using the contact paper to keep everything lined up while you tranfered it to your tile! Thanks for sharing this great gift idea!
barb :)

Fern said...

What a wonderful tutorial, and I would have never thought of using the contact paper!!! Your tile turned out beautiful!!! Hugs!!!

4boysisjoy said...

That is lovely! And so easy to do!!!
Wow! My mind is racing with different ways I can do this. Thanks!

Debbie said...

Your project is wonderful Lori!!! Thanks for sharing with us!