I’ve been working on Christmas gifts this year with my Cricut. I love using vinyl, actually vinyl projects are the only thing I’ve really used my Cricut for. My scrapbooking has been of the digital variety lately, so I’ve not had a need to cut paper.
I’ve used vinyl to personalize cups, planners and tote bags. For Christmas presents this year I am using vinyl on ceramic floor tiles. I buy the tiles at Lowes and can usually find singles for $1.68 each for the 12 x 12 tiles and $.82 for the 6 x 6 tiles. There is a new baby in my husband’s family and I made an adorable 6 x 6 tile for the baby’s room, but forgot to take a photo before I wrapped it.
For this tile I used the Word Collage cartridge. It takes just a few steps with but the varying size of letters, especially the small ones, I did have to be very careful when I transferred the image.
I start by using my Gypsy to create my design. I have no idea how people use a Cricut without a Gypsy, it’s are pretty nifty little design tool that plugs directly into the Cricut. It is hard to see in this photo, but this is what your vinyl will look like after it’s cut. It doesn’t cut completely through the vinyl backing, just the vinyl itself.
Next you remove the excess vinyl to leave the actual image that you want to transfer.
This is accomplished by applying transfer tape to the image, then pull the image from the vinyl backing.
Place the transfer paper, with your image, on the tile. You will make sure the image adheres good then pull off the transfer tape. And there you have your design on the tile.
After Christmas I’m going to try a new method using vinyl. Instead of transferring the vinyl and the vinyl being the design, the vinyl will be a template and I will use paint to make the design. We shall see how well that turns out!