Monday Tutorial: How to use vinyl

I am so excited about our New Premium Vinyl it is amazing.  It is super perfect for Indoor and Outdoor use! Today I am going to show you just how easy it is to cut out and apply your vinyl to any project.

Start with the text or shape you want to cut out.  In this case I will be creating a sign and will apply the word “Play”  to the project.  Select the text button and type out your word.

From here I resized it to fit the space I want it to fill.

Now all you have to do is select the Silhouette Vinyl setting in the Cut Settings.

You will then load your Premium Silhouette Vinyl into the Silhouette.

Come back over to the Silhouette Studio Software and select cut.

Once the Silhouette cuts out the text, “weed”  the excess vinyl from the design you have just cut.  I like to trim my vinyl and save the piece that has not been cut to use for a future date, if it is large enough.

Cut a piece of the Premium Transfer Tape and place over the “weeded” design.  Using your hand or the scraper smooth the Transfer tape on to the vinyl.

Pull Transfer Tape up and your Vinyl will be secured to the tape.

From here place the Transfer Tape and Vinyl combo onto your project.  Using the scraper, smooth tape and vinyl to the project.  Once this is complete peel tape away from the project and reveal your vinyl design.

You will see a bike painted on the back of the project, I created this by cutting out the bike shape below.  Instead of weeding the negative space from the shape, I weeded the shape and left the negative space.  This allowed me to use it as a stencil to paint over.  Super fun and easy…and let me tell you once I was done and peeled away the vinyl, I uncovered the most amazing crispy clean lines ever!  I hope you enjoy your new found love!  Happy Monday!

PS.  Dont forget to stock up on Silhouette products in the store and your fav shapes…now is a great time to get a subscription too!!  Today is the final day of the black friday sale!!!


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41 thoughts on “Monday Tutorial: How to use vinyl

  1. Awburn says:

    I love what this machine can do! The girls at eighteen25 sent me over to be a follower. I am now following!

  2. Michelle says:

    my vinyl does not want to stay adhered to any surface even though I press it down well. Any thoughts?

  3. Marcy says:

    Love the Monday Toots!!!
    Thank you for another beautiful project…

  4. Thank you for this tutorial! Can’t wait to do it myself! Again, thanks!

  5. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these machines!!! House of Hepworths sent me here and I’m now a follower!!

  6. Nicole says:

    I’ve had trouble trying to figure out how much length is on the rolls of vinyl. I ordered a bunch yesterday and am assuming it’s the 9 or 10 feet that it was last time I bought it. Do you get the same length in premium vinyl?

  7. Want one want one want one want one want one. And did I mention…want one?

  8. Traci says:

    Michelle- our standard vinyl has a lower adhesive tack and works really great with flat smooth surfaces. The Premium Vinyl is great for not only smooth flat surfaces but for textured surfaces, as well as indoor and outdoor use!

    Nicole- The Premium Vinyl is also a 9″x10′ roll, however the Premium Frosted Vinyl comes as a 9″x4′ roll.

  9. So… I see you don’t use a mat with this premium vinyl. Can you do that with the regular vinyl too? I am unnecessarily cutting 12 inch lengths and plastering them to the mat for no reason???

  10. Traci says:

    You do not have to use a mat for the vinyl. Select the Silhouette Vinyl setting and feed that baby through. No mat needed!

  11. I can’t wait to own your machine! Here’s hoping to Christmas (or a giveaway!)

  12. Kathleen says:

    Lorie from Be Different, Act Normal sent me over here! :) Love your projects!

  13. Just like my daughter says “Everyone has one but ME!!” That is true in my case too! But I haven’t “died yet” because I don’t have one :) It would be wonderful to have so I can use it with my 3 rolls of vinal I bought at the SLC expo!!

  14. Traci says:

    Katherine…today is the day to get one!!!! Last Day for the Black Friday sale!!!

  15. Brigitte says:

    Amazing- love the idea. What a great machine.

  16. Julie Anne says:

    Oh, this looks like soo much fun… I keep trying to win one, but no luck yet…

    I think we need more giveaways for Valentine’s day!! What a sweetheart of a gift!!

  17. PinkGranny says:

    I am watching this blog in the event Santa or someone brings me a silhouette. I am fascinated and want to see everything it will do!

  18. Gianna says:

    That is one amazing product. The uses seem endless!

  19. Whenever I try to feed my vinyl into my machine without a mat the vinyl goes all haywire and off the roller wheels? What am doing wrong? Or is there something wrong with my machine. It messes up the whole cut whenever I try it. What could be wrong?

  20. I’m your newest follower from the House of Hepworths and I hope to have one of these awesome machines very, very soon!

    Teresa <><

  21. Brittney says:

    I am following and was sent by House of Hepworths. I am in dire NEED of this amazing machine!!

  22. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [30 Nov 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  23. Traci says:

    Hey Miss Lilybug,
    It sounds like your vinyl is not feeding straight through the rollers. What happens is, when the top edge of the vinyl is not straight you could actually be feeding it in on an angle (the angle of the cut). This will then roll your vinyl through sideways, causing the cut to be off. If you have a long cut, a fail proof way to see if it will stay on the rollers is to: hold the shift and right arrow buttons down and allow the vinyl to feed through before you start your cutting. If it is still in the rollers, hold the shift and left arrow down to roll back the feed. If the rollers shift the vinyl over, you need to make sure the top edge is straight and re-feed it again. Also, one more little tip, sometimes the black rubber wheels in the middle of roller, might jam the roller, if the vinyl is curled up a bit…so I usually hold the middle part down flat to feed it through. Let me know if this helps you solve the problems you have been facing, if not you can always contact support at

  24. lynn says:

    so very cute-tfs!

  25. What kind of transfer tape do you use – I didn’t see anything like that available in the store?? Learning – slowly but surely!

  26. Lisa Mala6 says:

    YES! Just what I needed to give this a try.
    I have vinyl and was to chicken to try it or what I did do was a disapointment. Thank!

    Can you reuse the transfer tape???????

  27. Anonymous says:

    will chalk board and mirror vinyl be available for the ssd?

  28. I’m getting one of these for Christmas one way or another, and vinyl is the top of my list. Thanks so much!

  29. Maggie Reno says:

    I ordered the frosted vinyl and I can’t wait to use it for Christmas! I’ve had problems with my vinyl shifting too – NEVER before had I thought to actually leave it on the roll while cutting. Did I miss that somehow? I also noticed that it’s sometimes the vinyl that catches and that’s what shifts my sheet, so when it’s a long, detailed cut I watch now and push down pieces that pop up.

  30. My software appears to be an older version. Yours seems to be an updated (and more user friendly) version. Can anyone please (pretty please) tell me how to update?


  31. Sarah Norman says:

    I am having problems with the blade cutting all the way through the vinyl and backing. Then as it feeds through to the back of the machine, it pulls and bends and tears apart the vinyl since it catches on the rear of the machine. It is really a mess. And I’m definitely using the blue cap as it recommends. I’ve also moved the thickness down as low as 8 even though it says 10-14 is adequate. I am using the regular Silhouette vinyl because that’s what they had at my local store.

  32. Chris says:

    I’m having the same trouble that Sarah posted about… the blade cutting all the way through the vinyl and backing. If anyone has any advice, please let me know!! Thanks!

  33. Amanda says:

    I am having the same problem ast Sarah and Chris. I have used almost half a roll of vinyl trying to get it not to cut all the way through. It is also getting jammed and then ripping it half way through. Help!

  34. Barbara says:

    Sarah, Chris and Amanda – I was having exactly the same problem but my husband figured out that the default settings had to be changed. I used the regular Silhouette vinyl, changed the speed to 4 and believe it or not changed the thickness to one (1)! When we first loaded the vinyl, we clicked on Shift and the right arrow and ran the vinyl almost all the way through and then Shift and left arrow and ran the vinyl back again. We also made sure the vinyl was room temp (I actually left it in the window for about ten minutes and let the sun warm it), and finally I cut the vinyl to the length I needed, instead of feeding off of the whole roll.
    I now have “create. dream. imagine.” on the wall in my scrap room and LOVE IT!
    Hope this helps!

  35. Monica says:

    Thank you Barbara!! I was having the same problem, then looked online for help. I tried your suggestions and it worked like a DREAM! It still cut all the way through in places, but it came out intact. :) Now I just have to figure out what I want to say…

  36. Sarita says:

    Thank you, Barbara! I almost had a complete meltdown last night because I wasted 3 sheets of vinyl and my Silhouette was cutting it all the way through. I can’t wait to go home tonight and try this!

  37. Maysem says:

    Cute!! What’s the largest word that I can make with the Silhouette? I need to make a sign..and the board I’m working with is 24″ squared. It’s a welcome sign and would like the word “Welcome” to spread out (maybe leaving about 4″ on the side). Am I able to make “Welcome” 20″ wide?

  38. Barbara, you are a lifesaver! Thank you for taking the time to post your comment, it made a world of difference for me!

  39. Connie says:

    hi! I am trying to cut a vinyl word that would be larger than the mat on my screen. I clicked the ‘no mat’ but it will only cut what shows on the mat on my screen. What am I doing wrong? I am using the original silhouette. Your help would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance. =)

  40. Connie says:

    Yay!!! Thank you SOOOOO much!!!!

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