Ever wondered how to layer vinyl on transfer tape? Or why you would even want to? Let’s talk about that today!
Ways to Layer Vinyl
Normally you would layer vinyl on color-by-color onto your project. But there are times when you’d rather stick the whole decal on at once instead of trying to line it up for each layer. That’s when you’ll want to try layering on transfer tape – because sometimes it’s easier to layer onto a flat surface and then attach it to your project that has a tricky surface (like a curved bucket) in one shot.
Yep! get excited, I have a video for you to watch if you love learning that way. If you’re a picture person, that’s on down too!
(video coming soon!)
Layering Vinyl How-To
First you’ll want to weed all of your layers. That means pull out all the vinyl that you don’t want so you’re left with your design ready to go:
Now, normally when you layer ON YOUR PROJECT, you start with the underneath layer. When layering ON TRANSFER TAPE, be sure to START WITH THE TOP LAYER. In my example, the orange goes on top, it layers on top of the white ears. So that’s the layer I’m going to start with. Place the transfer tape on top of that layer and press and rub firmly:
Then go ahead and peel off the backer paper – this leaves the vinyl on your transfer tape:
Now, instead of attaching it your project, go ahead and put it on the next layer, lining it up into it’s spot. So with the orange still on the transfer tape, I placed the transfer tape over the white vinyl:
Repeat with however many layers your project has. And then the magic happens – go ahead and peel off the backer paper…
And you’ll have ALL the layers and multiple colors of vinyl onto your transfer tape at once! This way, you can put it onto your tricky project surface in one fell swoop. If you are working on a curved surface, press the center down first, and then press from the center out to the edges.
Then just remove the transfer tape, and voila! Instant layered decal!
I think this is the cutest decal for an Easter Bucket!!
Remember, there’s Gnome One Like You! Aren’t Gnomes just the best – if you loved the movie Gnomeo & Juliet like our family did, you’ll be excited to know about the latest upcoming movie, SHERLOCK GNOMESin theaters March 23!
We love punny things at our house, so it was fun to put together a decor sign quote for my daughter’s room. And of course she was able to help create this fun craft!
Before we get to our craft, here is a little bit about the film: They’re on a mission to bring every gnome home . After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family.
We loved Gnomeo & Juliet – and we’re so excited to see their adventures in Sherlock Gnomes! Sherlock Gnomes is a fun, family movie that is all about the value of teamwork and putting family first. Watch the trailer:
Sherlock Gnomes (2018) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures - YouTube
We were able to coordinate it with her room and those fun pops of red, and it looks great on her dresser:
Quote Kid’s Paint Craft – for Kid’s Room Decor
–Quote cut out of vinyl to use as a stencil – if you’d like this FREE GNOME QUOTE CUT FILE, I have that for you. Also, transfer tape.
–Paint in desired colors, foam paint brushes
–Wood in desired size
First paint your board the same color that you would like your letters to be in the end. I wanted mine white, so I painted the board white.
Using Transfer Tape, transfer your quote from it’s backing to your project board.
Press firmly, securing the vinyl. Then remove the transfer tape.
Next, paint a bleed layer – basically you’ll want to paint over the vinyl with a thin layer of background paint – that way if it bleeds under the stencil, it’ll match, and then it will seal the stencil to your board.
Then your kiddos can dive in and really start creating. Start with one color and brush it on in blocks:
Keep brushing on and switching colors. It helps to let the paint dry between layers.
Here’s about halfway done:
This part is so fun! There’s no rules, just have fun with it!
Kids can really get creative in the process.
So proud of her artwork. I love having them contribute to the decor in their rooms, they get the sense of creativity and pride and accomplishment whenever they see their own decor.
When all the painting is done, it’s time for the grand reveal – peeling up the letter stencils!
Pulling the vinyl off will reveal the background color – in this case, the white.
This is a really fun technique that gives great results!
I wish you could come see it in person. It says “remember, there’s gnome one just like you” – perfect sentiment.
And since it’s custom decor, it goes great with her room!
If you’ve been following me any time at all, you know that I LOVE making tees – it’s probably my current favorite thing to craft! I just made this SUPER CUTE onesie (hello, give me allllll the rose gold!) with some fun Tee Cut Files I was trying out. This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.
I just love being able to give fun handmade gifts – and my go-to is a cute onesie.
There are several that are so great for onesies – this is the section where I found the one I used in today’s project:
I ALMOST went with that Mamarazzi one (and still might!), but I love the heart circle on this one, so I had to start with it. I used rose gold glitter htv on the hearts and then rose gold metallic stretch htv on the wording – it’s so good!
Next up I’m going to use these bunny monograms to make Easter Baskets – I just need to go out and get a bucket and then bam, this. is. happening! Again, yes, all this is included in the Tee Cut File Bundle.
And I also almost made this one for my niece – if you have any unicorn girls in your life, they need this:
HTV Onesie Video Tutorial
Eat Sleep Be Cute Repeat
Just a quick overview of the project I made for ya!
One of the most common question about vinyl I get is “how do you put Vinyl on a Canvas?” – so I thought I’d test it out and see for myself what method is really best. I did that, and I’m here to dish out all the info!
It was fun to do this as a Live Craft Club segment over on facebook – if you’re not in my Online Craft Club, you’re missing out! Ok, let’s dive into the Best Way to Put Vinyl on Canvas – here are a couple of images in case you need to pin this post for later:
If you love learning from video, you can watch me walk you through each of these tests in my Vinyl Canvas Video.
TESTING Vinyl on Canvas
I tested both Adhesive (or sticky) Vinyl and Heat Transfer (or HTV) Vinyl. I divided the canvas into 4 different sections – I painted two of the sections and left two as-is. So the tests were: Adhesive on Plain Canvas, Adhesive on Painted Canvas, HTV on Plain Canvas, HTV on Painted Canvas. This post may contain affiliate links.
First up, Adhesive Vinyl! When using Adhesive vinyl, you’ll need to use Transfer Tape to move your design from the backer paper onto your canvas – my favorite transfer tape ever is the clear gridded transfer tape.
Adhesive Vinyl on Plain Canvas
This was really hard to do! The vinyl just didn’t want to stick. As I pulled up the transfer tape, the vinyl would just come with it.
I did flip the canvas over and really press and rub from the backside of the canvas. Then I tried again. I had to hold the letters down one-by-one as I peeled the transfer tape. I made it work for those big block letters but gave up on trying the text with thin lines.
VERDICT: DO NOT DO IT THIS WAY
Adhesive Vinyl on Painted Canvas
Next up, same type of vinyl, Adhesive Vinyl, on painted canvas. I painted the canvas with just regular white craft paint, a couple of thin layers. I’ve heard mod podge will do the same thing. The idea is that it will prepare the surface of the canvas so that the vinyl will stick to it.
You guys, this was 10 TIMES BETTER than the plain canvas! I had to be slow and careful, but I was able to remove the transfer tape without too much trouble and was even able to do that with the thin font. If you have Adhesive Vinyl on hand that you’re wanting to use on a canvas, I would say go for it using this method. Painting the canvas made a big difference.
VERDICT: When using Adhesive Vinyl, painting the surface is a must! This is doable!
Heat Transfer Vinyl on Painted Canvas
I had never tried using Heat Transfer Vinyl on a Canvas before – I was missing out!! Since it transfers with heat, the vinyl can melt into the canvas and adhere better. First up though, canvases have some give to them, so you’ll need to put something under it so that you can push down in the middle of the canvas. At first I tried a tshirt as shown below, but later I tried a scrap piece of wood and that worked even better.
Yes, I used my iron. I just pressed firmly for 20-30 seconds. And then voila, the carrier sheet peeled right off, I didn’t have to be extra careful or baby it as I peeled.
This method was 100 TIMES BETTER than the first thing I tried – SO MUCH BETTER! Using Heat Transfer Vinyl will now be my go-to method in putting vinyl on a canvas.
I then wondered if having the canvas painted would make a difference and if HTV would be able to stick to a painted surface, so I tested that. The results were the same as the non-painted surface, paint didn’t make a difference either way.
VERDICT: winner! This was hands-down the best method – using Heat Transfer Vinyl is the best way.
Have you put vinyl on a canvas before?? Which method did you try?