Clear Shelf Liner to Transfer Vinyl

Since January has been a sprint for me, I haven’t even had a chance to tell you about my amazing Christmas present.  It doesn’t even have a home in my craft room yet, but you better believe I’ve already taken it for a spin or two.

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My husband has watched me struggle with projects that would have been much easier with a vinyl cutter, so he’s had an eagle eye on the price of these for a while.  When they dipped under $200 on Black Friday weekend, he actually came in and woke me up to see if I wanted to order one.  The next morning I had to ask if that actually happened or I dreamt it.  It happened.  Not to mention, there were all kinds of fun accessories in my Christmas stocking, including a fabric blade. 

The software and cutting process was pretty easy to figure out, but I was a little stumped on how to transfer the design onto my project.  Thanks to the internet, I found a great idea.  Many people commented on how the name brand transfer paper didn’t work all that well, but they’d had good luck with ordinary clear shelf liner. 

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When I say ordinary, I mean cheapo. 

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Clearly, I am no expert in this process, but I can tell you what worked for me.  I cut the shelf liner to fit my design.

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I peeled the backing off the liner and stuck it to the front of the vinyl.

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I used a popsicle stick to rub the liner onto the vinyl so I knew it was sticking well.

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I peeled the backing paper off the design on positioned it on my recipe box.  I stuck it down lightly.

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The design got another good popsicle stick rub, only on the vinyl.

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The next step was to peel back the liner.  I was concerned it would peel some of the fresh paint off the box, but that wasn’t an issue. 

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The only problem I did have was when I stopped peeling, it left residue.  As long as I pulled the liner off evenly and in one motion everything was fine.  Here you can see the two spots where I stopped.

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Fortunately, I was covering the box with glossy Mod Podge, so you can no longer see those lines.

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Using the same technique, I was even able to salvage the cut-outs of the knife, fork and spoon for the inside of the lid.

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The design on the top was one I purchased already cut (before I had the Silhouette) and the only difference I found was that it didn’t curl like the ones I cut myself.  “Try everything once” was our food rule for the kids growing up, so my daughter thought this was funny.  That rule caused my husband and I to taste a few things we would have rather not, but it caused my kids to be more adventurous eaters.  The sacrifices we make for our children…

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As you might imagine, we have a very long list of wedding projects that will benefit from this baby.  And now that I know how to transfer the design, they’ll be a piece of cake! Smile

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Silhouette Software Giveaway

Remember those Glass Block Bookends I made a couple of weeks ago?  That project would have been much less stressful with one of those electronic cutting tools from Silhouette.  I don’t own one, but you can bet it’s on my wish list.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve clicked on a photo of a cute project and found out it was made using one of those handy machines.

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The nice people at Silhouette contacted me recently to see if I’d be interested in sharing their Black Friday sale details with you.  I’m always up for a good sale, so of course I agreed.  I promised I wouldn’t release the details until Friday, but if you’re eyeing these like I am, you’ll want to come back!

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They also wanted to know if I thought you all would like to participate in a giveaway.    Of course!  They’re offering a copy of their Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software upgrade (a $50 value) to one of you!

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All you need to do to enter is follow Silhouette on Pinterest, then leave a comment here about what you would make with a Silhouette.  You have until midnight on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to enter.  The winner will be announced on Friday morning, along with the details of the Black Friday Sale.

Stay tuned…I’ll be sharing more giveaways and sales this week!