Cutting Vinyl with your Cricut: Make an inspiration board!

There is a big trend in home decor these days and it is being embraced by companies such as Die cuts With a View, Stampin Up! and other specialty stores. Wall words. I think is some part the trend has grown in popularity is from us cricut users who discovered that we can cut sticky back vinyl in out machines. I decided that my shabby bulletin board needed a makeover so here is what I did:

Lindsay Weirich's Inspiration board

Lindsay Weirich's Inspiration board

I started cutting sign shop vinyl long before cricut started making it in fact all the Vinyl I use comes from local sign shops and is scraps! Yes that’s right as in free! The “scrap” I used for this project was 14″x20″…see, how cool is that, that is their idea of a scrap! Next time you are in a sign shop ask the manager if they will save their scraps too small for their big machines, they’ll probably be happy to rather then see it go to waste!

Here is how to make the lettering with your cricut: Open SCAL or Design Studio and select a mat to use in your machine. I used a 12″x24″ mat in SCAL and the font Staccato 222 BT, I clicked on the weld button and typed my word “Serenity” I like this word because I like how calm I am when I craft but often I am wound up when I enter my craft space and I am reminded or Mr Castanza on Seinfeld yelling “Serenity Now! Serenity Now!” yeah, that more like it! I didn’t want to waste any vinyl so I filled in some empty spots with flourishes. I cut the vinyl with the blade set to 3 and the pressure set to 2, that cut the vinyl but not the backer.

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Then I removed the mat from the machine and peeled up the leftover piece of vinyl from the mat leaving only my design.

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Then I pressed a piece of clear contact paper on to the design. Don’t be afraid to overlap the contact paper or piece a couple of smaller pieces together yo cover your design. Cut apart the words. Note: You can save the contact paper and use it again, just stick it back to the slick backer sheet when you are done!

Rub the contact paper with a bone folder, your fingernail or the back of a spoon to make sure the letters get stuck to it then peel away the backer. Only the vinyl will be stuck to the contact paper. Press the contact paper to the wall, or in my case the piece of foam-core that will be my new bulletin board. Rub your fingernail over the vinyl and peel back the contact paper carefully. There you have it, a vinyl transfer! Use this to spruce up your walls, furniture, lamps even your car!

Here are some more shots of my IB:

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Family photos make me happy 🙂

I stitched this pocket to hold oft-used stencils and masks, yes, I made it with the cricut!

I stitched this pocket to hold oft-used stencils and masks, yes, I made it with the cricut!

It is nice to look up and see this when I create!

It is nice to look up and see this when I create!

If you want to try this but you don’t have a cricut you can try stenciling or using large stickers or get get a premade saying from one of the companies listed above.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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