GM Crafts Stained Glass Vinyl and Leading Tutorial and FREE Cut Files for All Machines.



Welcome to another tutorial blog! We hope this file sparks some great creative ideas for you! This file can be used in a variety of ways, cut out of Stained glass vinyl as the below tutorial shows, add them to jars, lanterns, windows even shower screens! Try it with our Prime, matt or gloss Self adhesive should you want a more solid colour, use with or without the leading, even add it to a frame with lights behind.

Why not use HTV and create a T-shirt or Canvas instead? Add them to cards with HTV or self adhesive.

Tremendous thanks for this file to Henry, he is making this out of wood marquetry using his Cricut Maker, and sent it to us to alter, for us to share with you! this is ideal to use indoor and out, and is ideal to extend your enjoyment in the garden over the evenings to come, or to brighten up your home in the evenings.

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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!
  • Stained glass Self adhesive Vinyl Starter Kit Available here or available individually including the Leading Tape  here
  • Transfer tape. In the starter kit or Available here.
  • Blackboard self adhesive Vinyl. Available here.
  • LED weeding pad. Available here.
  • Squeegee. In the starter kit or Available here.
  • Weeding tweezers or Hook .In the starter kit or Available here.
  • Scissors.
  • Glass lantern 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.


what you need henry glass

Stained glass Lantern sunset files click here to download


1. Before you start, you need to download the cut files for your machine above.

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. 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 and do this for all  cut files. When all  have been uploaded, Insert all the images onto the canvas and resize to suit your project. When re-sizing for this 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. I also for this project coloured all different cut layers, see blow, to change layer colours, choose the the layer and then the colour box on the bar next to operation. I then colour each layer the colour of vinyl I am going to use so that when it goes to the last screen I know which one to put on my cutting mat. When I go to choose “make it” they will all be individually placed on mats so I can choose each one individually to cut without having to keep going back to the main screen as below. I duplicate this design 3 more times and resize one slightly smaller to fit the door frame better on my lantern, see below.

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3. 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) then click done. 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 Stained Glass self adhesive Vinyl on the maker 3, and used the Premium Outdoor Vinyl setting on the Cricut maker 3 with Default pressure. And then for the Blackboard vinyl we used, Premium Vinyl – Frosted Glitter on Default. Edit the mat if cutting all 4 at once, to ensure you can fit them all on your sheet of vinyl, I jumbled mine slightly to only use 1 sheet for each colour by editing each colour in this screen below.

**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 cut our Vinyl please test cut for your chosen machine found on our Application guide, and also Blog.  Load the Vinyl chosen individually for each layer.

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4. Next you need to load your mat with material on. Remember to do this step for all the colours, but be aware to choose the correct layer before you press the Cricut button on the machine, as it will default to cutting each layer by number so 1, then 2 and so on, but you can over ride this and remember to change the setting for the blackboard vinyl. F435F236-F678-42AD-B4F1-30A1E7017E53_1_201_a3269B7FB-EFE0-4D94-8219-E67A2EBCC7DE_1_201_aAE5B47F6-A7F0-4766-A5F3-5E82248D514A_1_201_aF660CD70-EF6C-4DFD-9BCB-E296255FB124_1_201_aA94DC9AF-EDA2-400B-A435-27205705AC7B_1_201_a

5. Take your rubbing alcohol and cloth whilst the Blackboard vinyl design is cutting and proceed to clean the Glass, be sure to let it dry completely before proceeding. Be sure to use on your hands and fingers to keep the glass as clean as possible when applying.F42101EA-1E1E-41DD-A398-7B27A4BECD18_1_201_aC7319C34-8AF3-485D-B1BD-47BD0AE5B689_1_201_a37EDFCF3-32E7-4B86-99BD-344FF9C1A2A3_1_201_a86986F21-2C01-43F6-B20E-14F4C25901E5_1_201_a

6. Switch on your LED pad, Proceed to trim the excess uncut areas away from all colours of Stained Glass Vinyl and the Blackboard Vinyl, before proceeding to weed all the unwanted vinyl. I then cut the layers ready and create a pile for each Lantern side so I can grab one pile to work with for each side.A4C0EC36-41BF-4E4A-ACBC-7F5EBB951FFE_1_201_a423DF62F-22ED-4E4C-A17F-87B63CB530D8_1_201_a551FB5C4-4E7D-4DDB-BBB2-D875669254CD_1_201_a82E6B3B9-89F4-42AF-BFB4-CAB6D2DFBFF2_1_201_a1A72C361-9255-4381-AD93-42C166C52F99_1_201_a4560C6F8-063B-4303-97A2-D3B265000F02_1_201_a

7. Take your Clear Application tape as shown, peel the backing, and place face down (sticky side up) on the table, take the layers for one side of the Lantern, put them face down onto the sticky side of the sheet. smoothing out from the middle to each edge with the squeegee firmly.


8. Alternatively for the Blackboard layer outline you can do this freehand without the transfer sheet, I would then pop my squeegee one the glass to prevent it sticking whilst I line it up or the backing of the app tape. (See below) Smooth as you go with your squeegee and pick any difficult bits with your weeding tool to preserve the adhesive.2DD26933-E2F7-48FD-B2BF-82F2E4F0F95E_1_201_aDBEB75A8-F24F-4C56-B3C4-B0C6497E808F_1_201_a86E4DE50-8F5C-49E5-B008-AC25EBB3827D_1_201_a22E28BCD-40E6-4BF0-BF79-AB5662E8AF81_1_201_a814A9E3D-EB86-40B0-A527-72D2921306B6_1_201_a155EE85C-38D5-479C-9DC7-3C313F09373F_1_201_a4123B944-20E0-49B1-9BF4-27C0473EAFDE_1_201_a9F49445C-989C-4FEF-8BDC-517C5B271CDA_1_201_a347C9F7A-E41C-48B6-B4E0-54EAE9849545_1_201_a

9.Once your outline is placed correctly, proceed to apply each of the self adhesive Stained Glass colours, remember to use App tape to make this easier with your squeegee. Peel the backing sheet back on itself do not lift it off to remove. Apply one colour at a time, holding in your hand gently place the centre first, before rubbing from the middle out with your fingers to ensure a smooth application, be sure once applied to give it a firm rub with your finger side or squeegee to activate the adhesive. Remember it takes 48 hours to reach optimum adhesion. When removing the application sheet, peel backwards on it’s self.


10. Next take the lead strip, peel the backing to reveal the adhesive, start to follow the lines at the top of the design, overlapping where they meet to create the full stained glass finish, layer the top lines, then the bottom and then the Middle, before finishing the outside edges to complete the design, mould where needed with your fingers apply even pressure to activate the adhesive. Scissors will cut this easily for you.C598AC78-59BA-44EF-A2F1-E694C8AE91D1_1_201_aA004B2D4-47B9-4ECF-A123-D0A108270E28_1_201_aE8467B26-8DA4-47C3-BF46-BFB90C51DB10_1_201_a660B9B8C-B972-4222-87CE-27D6C4C5BF2F_1_201_a2DABEF4A-4E51-428A-8191-33D1541261E4_1_201_a2D485BEC-CCA4-49CD-82B0-635CC6730683_1_201_a63C84F5F-4215-4F23-A945-5CC465354644_1_201_a45479912-46F9-4B22-B8B0-D6FA2183A050_1_201_a4B9EA194-5BC9-4E11-8FE4-9752EF65A824_1_201_a101F883C-5CD8-4B93-9F92-FC538E7E436C_1_201_aC3040B12-5E93-403A-846A-0E19366C0D45_1_201_aAC91188D-091B-48C6-967F-F3B8BF3C0897_1_201_a

11. Repeat these steps for the other 3 sides to complete your project!  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


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 (brother.com)