Personalized Storage with Cricut® Vinyl

Personalize your storage case with fun Cricut® vinyl designs!
 
 

Craft Time: 30 minutes

Uses Recycled Items: No

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Materials

  • Iris® Storage Case, 30.4 cm x 30.4 cm (12"x12")
  • Cricut® Vinyl – Raven or Pink
  • Cricut® Transfer Tape
  • Cricut Expression® 2
  • Cricut® Cartridge – French Manor
  • Cricut® Mat, 30.4 cm x 30.4 cm (12"x12")
  • Cricut® Spatula
  • Scissors
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Instructions

Step 1
Adhere vinyl to your mat the same way you put paper on the mat. It’s okay to attach the full vinyl roll and leave the remaining length hanging off the mat; or you can cut pieces off as needed.

Step 2
Load the mat in your machine. Select an image from the French Manor cartridge and size it to your liking.

Step 3
Select the cut setting button (knife with gears).

Step 4
From the drop down menu at the top, select “Vinyl (Kiss Cut)” and adjust your blade depth to 4. If you find the vinyl is not cutting, adjust the blade depth to 5.

Step 5
Cut the image with the Cricut® machine. Unload the mat and use scissors to trim closely around your design.

Step 6
Strip the image of its negative pieces (the vinyl that remains after cutting the design) so you are left with just the image on the backer paper.

Step 7
Mark the middle of the image on the backer paper with a light pencil mark (not on the vinyl) to help you centre it, using the grid lines on the transfer paper.

Step 8
Cut a piece of transfer tape that is approximately the same size as your vinyl image. Peel the backing off the transfer paper at a 45° angle.

Step 9
Adhere transfer tape to the vinyl image. Use the grid to align your images or centre them. Line up the centre point with an intersection on the grid to perfectly centre the design on your case.

Step 10
Rub the image with a bone folder or spatula handle, starting at the centre. This process removes air bubbles and ensures the vinyl sticks to the transfer tape.

Step 11
Remove the backer paper from the vinyl. The image is now on the transfer tape and ready for your surface.

Step 12
Bend the transfer tape slightly so the middle hits the surface first. Place the rest of the image down and smooth from the middle.

Step 13
Rub the image again with a bone folder or the handle of your Cricut® spatula to remove air bubbles.

Step 14
Slowly peel off the transfer tape at a 45° angle.

Tips

It's easiest to apply vinyl images to your surfaces if you peel off the pieces that aren't part of your design.