GM Crafts Crafty Vinyl Tutorial and Free Artistic Christmas Wreath Cut Files for All Machines


Great to see you!

Well it’s that time of year! These cut files are so versatile,  and could be made into a card, It would work on any form of project, including using as a Christmas Jumper design with HTV, just adapt the process to the medium you plan to use it on and be sure to check our application guides as appropriate.

This week we thought we would celebrate our Crafty Vinyl,

Our Crafty Vinyl range is perfect for cutting without a mat! But can also be used on a cutting mat too.

  • Recyclable release liner
  • Available in 1 meter and 5 metre lengths.

The release liner is a silicone coated PET that will provide excellent weeding conditions and aids removal of the vinyl from the liner.

Suitable uses include (but not limited to) vehicle graphics, ceramics/china and glass, metal, smooth wood, canvas, homewares, windows, some plastics, commercial graphics, house signs, stencils and many other decorative uses.

Easily cut with all digital cutting machines including Silhouette, Brother, Cricut etc.

Get crafting this fun design for loved ones, friends, and family. You could even do a matching Canvas, T-shirt and Gift bag with the design to really impress your friends or family! This Tutorial is also suited for the Silhouette Cameo and portrait range, Cricut Maker, Explore and Air 2, Please be aware if resized for the Joy it may be too small detail to cut properly, so do test cut. This also will cut perfectly on the Brother scan n cut, Please see further down for the free files, and for Silhouette and Brother machines instructions after the tutorial.  Please bare in mind the cut and mat settings will need to be adjusted as appropriate for the machine – see our settings guide here 

We would love to see what you make!  Have you found our You Tube channel yet? The video showing this and all of our other tutorials are  available on there, as well as exclusive demos, inspiration and more!  Join us on Facebook , Instagram or Tiktok or  send us an email to [email protected] we would love to hear from you!


What you’ll need:

  • Cricut machine Available  here Or Silhouette Cameo 4. Available here 
  • GM Crafts Crafty Vinyl Available here.
  • Reusable Application tape. Available here.
  • LED weeding pad. Available here.
  • Squeegee. Available here
  • Weeding tweezers . Available here
  • Rubbing alcohol and lint free cloth here
  • Scissors from your own stash- And a willing window.
  • Cut files, which are free below! Including, Cricut, Silhouette and Brother cut files.




1. Before you start you will need to download the cut files for your chosen machine, link above. Unzip the file to use it by right clicking it in your downloads.

2. Upload each PNG into the design space. Click “Upload Image” on the left-hand Design Panel, and navigate to the  files you want to open. Select ‘Insert image’ and select image type ‘simple’ when prompted.( Add 1 of each file see below). 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 it has been uploaded, Insert the images onto the canvas and resize to suit your project, 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 without the mat.

crafty wreath Cricut image 1 crafty wreath Cricut image 2 crafty wreath Cricut image 3

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 Crafty Vinyl, without the mat, therefore we used the Smart Vinyl setting for Permanent- with More pressure- If your blade is new please see default and remember to test cut.

**A reminder that these settings, including the blade setting, are specific to the materials and machine we’re 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.

cricut smart settings

4.  Place the Crafty Vinyl  for the First layer you are cutting on the loading area in between the 2 guides on the machine. Press the up arrow to load, and allow it to run through by itself as your machine checks it has enough for the chosen project, when it is ready, press the flashing light to proceed to cut on the machine. When it has cut you press the arrow button to unload the vinyl, trim excess unused away from the design with scissors. Repeat this step for all the layers, ensuring to use the correct cut settings for each material.

5. Once you have repeated step 4 for all 4 rolls of vinyl, you will need to cut the unused vinyl from the sheet to save waste, remember if you wish to use any left over scraps later on your mat, you will need to adjust your settings. Switch on your LED weeding pad, and proceed to remove any excess vinyl, leaving the design only behind on the carrier sheet. Remember the backing sheet once the vinyl has been removed is fully recyclable and can go into your household recycle bin.

6. Once all 4 colours have been weeded, it is time to use the App tape ready to transfer it. Once weeded. Take your transfer tape and lay it with the sticky side facing up on the table. Place the design onto the sticky side face down, then trim the application tape from the roll to fit. Take your squeegee and rub the back of the vinyl hard to transfer it onto the application tape. Lift the backing paper that had the vinyl attached to it, back upon itself ready to apply. TOP TIP use High tack take time and patience, ensuring you firmly rub the back, and if your app tape isn’t big enough for your design overlap it see below..

7. At this point we would normally advise you to use rubbing alcohol to degrease and prepare the surface, Be sure to allow this to dry fully before proceeding to apply.

8. Proceed to apply each layer, removing the app tape before the next layer, once you are happy with the placement, smooth out any edges or creases with your squeegee. Be sure to apply pressure when smoothing to activate the adhesive

We hope you enjoyed this weeks Blog, and remember to click the link at the top to watch this being made. 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