Layering vinyl perfectly does not have to be as intimidating as it sounds. Using the simple shape method, you can start layering vinyl on all of your cricut projects easily with a flawless and professional finish. Follow these simple steps, and start layering vinyl like a pro.
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How To Layer Vinyl The Easy Way
Layering vinyl can add dimension and multiple colors to your silhouette or Cricut projects. While it may look complicated or difficult to do, there is an easy way to achieve layering multiple colors of vinyl without all of the headache and placement guessing. You can do this using simple basic shapes while designing your project in Cricut design space.
Here is how we did it step by step on these adorable Valentine’s Day Candles.
For this project, I am using StyleTech Craft Glossy Craft Vinyl in red, black, and white for Valentine’s day. The candles I am using I purchased at my local Dollar Tree for just $1! The red and white string is just simple bakers twine.
I also used transparent transfer tape so I can see through to the design below when layering. Here is how I put it together.
Steps To Layering Vinyl The Easy Way
- Add basic Shapes in Cricut Design Space.
- Once your design is ready to go, sized, colored and layers separated, add your shape. I chose a hexagon.
- Duplicate the Hexagon for as many layers that you have.
- Align the hexagon layers together by selecting all of the hexagons, click align, click center
- Make each hexagon the same color as each layer. red layer = red hexagon, black layer = black hexagon, white layer = white hexagon
- Attach the hexagon and the layer of the same color to the design screen mat.
- Click the MAKE IT button to send your design the cut screen
- Select your material, load your mat, push the GO button and cut each color separately
- Weed your design for each color
- Work from back to front. Place the 3rd layer (red) flat on your work surface.
- cover layer #2 with clear transfer tape, burnish with your scraper tool. Remove the backing paper.
- Place layer #2 on top of layer #3 STARTING with the hexagon shape. Line up all sides on the hexagon before securing together. once the hexagon is perfectly aligned and stuck together, slowly lay the remainder of your layer #2 down on top of layer #3.
- Repeat this step for layer #1 to attach on top of layer #2.
- discard all of the hexagon pieces or use them in another project.
- Once all 3 layers are together, burnish again with your scraper tool, remove the backing from layer #3 and apply to your prepared surface.
What Types of Vinyl Can Be Layered?
Tips To Layering Vinyl Like A Pro
- Prepare each layer separately before attaching it to your surface. Weed and attach the layers together and apply the entire design as one layer. This will make laying the layers together easier, and less of a chance of the layers slipping when applying.
- Take your time. Aligning the shape is very easy, but vinyl is sticky and some vinyl is not very forgiving. Take your time and apply each layer slowly and accurately.
- Burnish each layer to the transfer tape very well. Use your scraper tool or a hard flat edge over the top of your transfer tape.
- Use clear transfer tape so you can see the layers below. Transfer tape with a grid would work even better.
I hope this post breaks the fear of layer vinyl, and you decide to give it a try. I would love to see what you create using the basic shape method to layer multiple colors of vinyl.
Have fun and Happy Crafting!!