Welcome to another tutorial blog! We hope this file sparks some great creative ideas for you! This design can be used in a variety of way, cut it out of Self adhesive Chameleon Vinyl as the below tutorial shows, add it to jars, lanterns, cups, flasks and even lunch boxes!
This design can of course be used on a T-shirt or Face mask instead? Add to cards with HTV or self adhesive, and almost anything that you wish to personalise.
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What you’ll need:
- Cricut Maker . Available here
- Or Silhouette Cameo 4. Available here (Instructions for the Cameo and Brother machines at the bottom!)
- GM Chameleon Self adhesive Vinyl Available here
- Transfer tape. Available here
- LED weeding pad. Available here
- Squeegee. Available here
- Weeding tweezers . Or Weeding hook. Available here
- Glass Blocks Available here
- Rubbing alcohol and lint free cloth here
- Cut files, links to create with your own image, are free below! Including Silhouette. Cricut and Brother instructions to follow at the end.
1. Before you start, you need to download the cut files for your machine above. Upload each PNG into the design space. Click “Upload Image” on the left-hand Design Panel, and navigate to the file you want to open. Select ‘Insert image’ and select image type ‘simple’ when prompted. Next you’ll be asked to delete any space that does not get cut, you can skip this part by pressing ‘continue’. When asked if they’re print-then-cut images or just cut images, select cut images. Click save. When uploaded, Insert the images onto the canvas and resize to suit your project. When re-sizing for this project I measure the Glass block to ensure it will fit, and also this inside and use one of the square shapes in the Cricut software to create the inside layer, I bring the design together as it will be on the project so I can then get the entire size in one box so I get the over all design size correct with no hassle.
2. I Recolour each one differently, so I can cut the different Vinyl for each layer, which means I don’t have to keep returning to the design page, see below, then click make it to move on to the next screen. On the next screen, If using the Cricut Maker 3 then you will need to choose to cut on the mat (unless using smart media)
3. Click continue in the bottom right on the next screen. In the next window make sure your settings are all set to the successful settings from your test cut and ensure your machine is linked before proceeding to cut. Cut settings: (**please test cut) Press the flashing Cricut symbol on your maker to cut, after loading the sheet into the machine. Apply the settings needed for your chosen Vinyl, we made it with our GM Chameleon self adhesive vinyl, on the maker 3, and used the Metallic Vinyl setting on the Cricut maker 3 with More pressure. (We used more pressure due to the intricate details)
**A reminder that these settings, including the blade setting, are specific to the materials and machine we are using, adjustments may be necessary if using different materials and machine**
We always recommend before proceeding, you test cut your materials when first using so if you have not recently used this product in your machine. Please test cut for your chosen machine found on our Application guide, and also Blog. Load the Vinyl chosen individually for each layer.
4. Place the Vinyl for the First layer you are cutting on the mat. Press the up arrow to load the mat, and press the flashing light to proceed to cut on the machine. Once cut repeat to cut with the remaining layer.
5. Once cut remove from the mat to prepare to weed, switch your LED pad on ready to take the excess waste vinyl away (weeding). If you haven’t done so already, at this point get the lint free cloth, put on some of the alcohol and rub over the surface of each glass to ensure you have removed the surface contaminants, be sure to let it dry completely before proceeding.
6. Whilst the glass dries, proceed to trim the excess uncut areas away from the Self Adhesive vinyl, before proceeding to weed all the unwanted vinyl surrounding material.
7. Take some of the Transfer Application tape, lay it on the table Sticky side face up. Place the sheet with the rainbow design onto the sticky side, with the design face down onto the sticky side. Rub the back of the vinyl carrier with your squeegee as shown, then trim with scissors.
8. Take your Glass block and the inside square vinyl layer, peel away the vinyl backing, I lay it on the block upside down so it doesn’t stick to be sure I am happy with the size, before carefully rolling it to place inside the block. Once in the block there are 2 ways I use to stick it to the back, firstly you can lay it inside the block the same way. sticky side facing up, pop your hand in once you are happy it’s straight and flip it other to then use your fingers under the sticky side to place it straight before withdrawing your hand. See below;
9. Or once Folded pop your hand in under the shiny non sticky side and bring the front edge up to meet the block near the opening inside to get it straight before working your hand backwards to stick in the correct place. And then use your squeegee inside to secure.
10. Next take the Rainbow design, rub the back with the squeegee to ensure it has transferred to the application tape, and peel the backing away. I use the same method as above to check I can line it up correctly and turn the design sticky side up and lay it on the block first to see where I’m going to put it. I then use my squeegee on the block (see below) to stop it sticking all at once, so I can make sure the alignment is correct on the bottom edge first. Once square I proceed to apply the rest, and then rub hard with the squeegee to activate the adhesive on the vinyl to finish.
11. Lastly take the LED lights of your choice and insert them inside. Don’t forget your finished design can be matched by using any material cut using a cutting file, card, self adhesive vinyl or even HTV. We’d love to see your makes on our social media pages! Or email them in!
Silhouette Cut File (download above)
Before you start, you need to download the cut file, Upload the cut file into Silhouette Studio and resize as necessary, (when resizing bring all layers into the design software and select all at once to get the correct offset layers and save the adjusted file, so you can cut layers individually at that correct scale you have chosen) Remember to test cut if necessary and cut settings are found here along with test cut guidelines for every machine.
Brother Cut File
To import these files into the Brother Canvas Workspace:
After downloading, please log in as usual to your design space account, open a new project mat, then left click on the SVG icon in the top left bar in canvas, this will then allow you to import your files. Once you left click this icon, a pop up box appears with you to choose where to import file from, choose to import the file from your downloads list or where you have chosen to save when unzipped.
Cut settings are found here
Just incase you need the link CanvasWorkspace