Opaque | Metallic | Ultra Metallic
Calendered | 5 Year | 3 Mil
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60 COLORS | 6 YEAR RATED
Craft vinyl is an exceptionally versatile film product for crafting, decoration and scrapbooking. Have you been interested in making custom T-shirts, stickers and other craft vinyl projects, but don't know where to start? Keep reading to learn about the different types of craft vinyl, its many uses and the best brands and products for your application and budget.
The advent and popularity of the personal electronic cutter has changed the face of crafting and scrapbooking
forever. At Rvinyl, craft and sign vinyl may not be in our blood (that would
probably be pretty fatal) but it's certainly in our name and proudly carry one
of the largest selections of craft vinyl for all your scrapbook vinyl and vinyl crafting needs.
Not only do we sell the same quality craft vinyl that Provo Craft sells for their Cricut vinyl,
we also offer a number of other premium vinyl films tat you won't find anywhere
else. So, not only do we bring you a full line of ORACAL®, Avery™,
3M™ and Rwraps™ craft, sign and wrap vinyl but we've cut out the fancy Cricut vinyl packaging and distribution system to bring the same high-quality
Cricut vinyl tot you for just pennies on the dollar.
No matter what type of vinyl cutter you own (even if it's a pair of
scissors), you can be sure it will cut any of the craft vinyl we sell. Listed
below is a brief list of some of the more popular electronic cutting machines
you can use with our vinyl:
The word "vinyl" can describe many different materials, depending on the industry. In the arts and crafts world, vinyl refers to a film product with a self-adhesive, pressure-sensitive layer you can use to make a design on a temporary surface before transferring it to a more permanent location. Popular uses of craft vinyl include personalized greeting cards and iron-on T-shirts, though the applications are nearly endless.
Craft vinyl is a highly versatile PVC film product that is perfect for crafting, decoration, and scrap booking. This
type of vinyl film has a pressure-sensitive, self-adhesive layer on the back that will allow it to adhere to many surfaces from smooth to semi rough. Rvinyl currently carries a wide variety of sign, craft and wrap vinyl but the
one which Provo Craft sells as Cricut Vinyl is actually
ORACAL® 631. This
calendered Cricut vinyl is compatible with any electronic craft cutter, not just the Cricut
and is also available in comparable Avery™ Promotional Cal PC500 and
3M™ Scotchcal™ 50 craft vinyl versions.
When creating a project with craft vinyl, follow these steps.
Vinyl comes in two forms - adhesive and heat transfer - each of which has many options. We'll explain each type in detail below.
Adhesive vinyl features a sticky side, which allows you to transfer it to other surfaces like paper, plastic, metal, etc. It's an ideal material for personalizing many kinds of items, from mugs to windows. Adhesive vinyl products fall into one of two categories - removable and permanent.
If you want to make something for indoor use, where it won't encounter harsh conditions, we recommend adhesive removable vinyl. It's easy to use and looks great on doors and windows, and you can use it to make beautiful monogram designs for your bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.
Removable vinyl is an excellent choice for people who want to decorate their walls without leaving holes or damaging the paint. Adhesive removable vinyl is also ideal for decals you plan to remove soon. For example, if you're decorating mugs or other materials for a one-day event, choose removable vinyl. A "Just Married" sign on the back of your car is another example where removable vinyl is the better choice.
This vinyl type works well for decals intended for outdoor areas or surfaces that will see exposure to water, cold, heat and other harsh elements. Car windows, flowerpots and frequently washed mugs are all excellent examples of applications for permanent vinyl.
However, keep in mind that you shouldn't run mugs with permanent vinyl through the dishwasher, especially if your appliance is more powerful.
Adhesive vinyl is available in a wide array of finishes, including:
Heat transfer vinyl, also known as iron-on vinyl, is a bit more complicated than its adhesive counterpart. The material is akin to adhesive vinyl, but instead of being pressure-activated, it is heat-activated. This vinyl type adheres well to fabric and any surface that can withstand the high temperatures required to make the vinyl stick. Wood, ceramic and metal also work, but avoid using it on plastic, which can melt.
Choosing the appropriate heat transfer vinyl for your application is critical because it will determine whether your project lasts. For instance, some HTV is best for stretchy clothing like workout shirts or leggings, whereas other HTV is for poly-blends and cotton.
The most common finishes for heat transfer vinyl are:
As is the case with most products, craft vinyl is available from various manufacturers. However, the most reputable, popular and trustworthy brand names are the following.
ORACAL® is a major force in the craft vinyl industry, and you'll surely come across their products while shopping. ORACAL® calendered films are available in eight distinct lines, and each comes in a range of colors. Some of these lines are as follows.
3M™ is another leading brand that dominates the vinyl wrap world and has equal capabilities in both calendered and cast vinyl. Here are some examples of products.
The third titan in the craft vinyl industry is Avery Dennison®, which manufactures a wide variety of calendered and cast vinyl products, as well as polyester. They offer these products.
Whereas craft vinyl films such as ORACAL® 651 offer a broad selection of solid-colored, opaque vinyl, Rcraft™ has more exotic finishes. At the moment, they make three primary kinds of craft film.
The best craft vinyl product for you will depend on your application and budget. Below, you will learn about leading craft vinyl brands and examples of their most popular products, which will help you decide which brand to choose.
We will first recommend three products for a smaller budget.
ORACAL® 631 Exhibition Calendered Film is an adhesive-backed film meant for short or medium-term indoor applications. Application examples include decoration and lettering for trade shows or in exhibition buildings. It's also excellent for use on painted drywall, making it the go-to product for wall decor.
ORACAL® 631 comes in 60 matte colors.
This vinyl is highly suitable for sign making and crafting and blends durability, affordability and easy weeding. It's available in 30 vibrant colors, features a high-gloss finish and has five-year durability. Typical product applications include the following.
3M™ Series 50 Scotchcal Graphics Films are colored, general-purpose films specially made for cutting electronically. Because they're intermediate, calendered vinyl, they're more cost-effective for flat signage, crafting projects and commercial applications. This product looks and performs well both indoors and outdoors and receives top marks in affordability, though if you want an extended lifespan, we recommend you buy something like Series 7125 cast vinyl.
Use 3M™ Series 50 Scotchcal films in the following applications:
Looking for a slightly higher grade craft vinyl. Try our so-called outdoor
Cricut vinyl which is ORACAL® 651 which gives you longer durability,
performance and is better suited for outdoor applications. Other great, higher
performance craft and Cricut vinyl films are ORACAL® 751 as well as Avery™ HP750 and
3M™ Scotchcal 7125 series films.
If you're searching for a somewhat higher-grade craft vinyl product that can withstand the harsh outdoor elements, consider some of the film products below.
This intermediate calendered vinyl product is the gold standard for sign and crafting vinyl. Series 651 provides outstanding durability, weedability and a wide variety of colors. Its thickness is 2.5 mil, meaning it's thick enough to withstand the harsh elements without peeling, cracking or discoloring, but still thin enough to ensure ease of cutting and weeding. This film lasts roughly six years, meaning it won't fade a few weeks after installation.
Series 651 comes in 60 high-gloss colors and is most suitable for the following applications:
Avery Dennison™ HP 750 Series' high-gloss films are especially for use with plotters and cutters. With over 100 colors available, HP 750 Series films have the broadest palette of colors in the entire industry. These craft vinyl films are durable, affordable and easy to weed. You can use the HP 750 right out of the box without adding chemicals or laminates.
If you want sign or craft vinyl with an outstanding performance, you'll want to consider Series 7125, vinyl films' gold standard. It's great for use in Silhouette or Cricut machines and professional-grade plotters. It comes in a broad range of solid colors and has a seven-year durability rating and a high-gloss finish.
Some recommended applications for Series 7125 are:
Craft vinyl has a wide variety of uses that let you add your flair to projects. You can apply this material to a virtually endless list of things, including homemade cards - one of the most memorable gifts someone can receive. Other ideas include the following.
You don't have to be a professional sign maker or even particularly
artsy or handy to make cool crafting projects with vinyl. We have
literally hundreds of types of vinyl from metallic cast films, to
Diamond Plate, carbon fiber, animal skins and more. You name it and
we've got. Still, a lot of us go blank when faced with so many options.
That's why we've come up with five, easy-to-do vinyl crafting ideas to
get you started with your Cricut, Silhouette or off-brand vinyl
One of the all-time favorite
vinyl crafts for new crafters into make custom mugs,
tumblers, champagnes flutes and wine glasses. Although applying the vinyl to a cup
or glass does take some practice, your options are endless when it comes to styling.
Try using colored tumblers and holographic vinyl! You can make your own designs, find plenty of free pre-made graphics on Pinterest, or buy from the Cricut or Silhouette Design stores. They are awesome as bridesmaids gifts, party favors, teacher appreciation gifts or just as a way to dress up your boring water cup! I highly recommend checking Silhouette School for training, ideas and tons of how-to's for getting started with vinyl!
Everything just looks better with a fancy label but buying them at
West Elm or Crate & Barrel can cost a fortune! Plus, once you design,
create and apply these pantry labels you may actually find yourself
wanting to spend more time in the kitchen and actually cooking or baking
instead of ordering out (again). Get the organized and Better Homes and
Gardens-worthy pantry you've always wanted with inexpensive glass jars
and simple labels that'll make your kitchen cabinets look like a million
Artwork for your home can be costly, and if you cruise garage sales
and antique shops look enough you realize that none of the so-called
wood signs almost never say exactly what you want anyways. Using a cutting machine to cut out your own slogan, saying, inspiring words or graphics is
ridiculously simple and applying them to wood is a great way to add texture
and depth to your home decor. Paint or stain any sized wood to your liking, and then apply the graphic in colors that fit your home perfectly.
The sky really is the limit here so go all out.
Who doesn't love the way art galleries artfully arrange portraits and
pictures? Finding the right frame size, correct color and then variety of other designs like numbers and quotes can take a lot of time. With vinyl projects, however, you can transform an otherwise ill-fitting frame into the perfect piece for your gallery wall.
Upgrade your home and show off your family photos in style with custom
cornices made from gold or silver vinyl, etched glass vinyl and more.
Honestly, this kind of feels like cheating (since we did pantry
labels above) but storage labels are different because they usually meant
to be applied on plastic bins. Who doesn't have tons of those Sterilite
totes or Rubbermaid bins in our garage, holding our precious keepsakes, seasonal decorations, baby clothes and more. There's no reason you can't use some of your vinyl to make the totes not only look better with a fun font and image, but also to be more organized. This is a super easy craft that lets you put your crafty hand to use for something that will help the whole family stay organized.
If you love the idea of making your own, custom decals but can't
afford a machine you can still make your own. Just pick up a sheet of
vinyl that's to your liking and follow the 7 steps below to make your
When you shop for your craft vinyl on Rvinyl, you can enjoy several benefits, including a generous three-year warranty against peeling, fading and cracking. We also replace any defective films, replace botched film installations at a discount and, if you submit photos, you can get product rebates.
If you live in the United States, you qualify for free shipping on orders over $59. Start shopping now to find the perfect craft vinyl products for your next project.