Are you struggling with how to layer multiple vinyls on your project?
I used to, but not anymore!
I know many of you can relate to how frustrating layering vinyl can be. Sometimes I hear blaming myself for having too much coffee because my hands would shake when I am trying to line up the whole image to the other parts of the vinyl. Eyes get all crisscrossed or I just barely touched the first layer with my second layer of vinyl, then it gets stuck and it’s all ruined. Next thing you know, you’re saying goodbye to the whole project and talking crap to yourself. Because that just cost you money (or maybe that’s just me haha).
So I wanted to share what has helped me layering multiple pieces of vinyl.
Log in to your Cricut Design Space and click new project. We are going to do this start to finish.
On this screen, screen canvas/workspace (Photo 1), Unicorn is a great example to use because there are multiple layers/colors on this image.
On the right side panel, you will see the how many layers and colors of the image you have on your canvas/workspace.
And if you’re unsure of how many colors you have on your canvas or workspace. Just click on the next tab of the “Layers”, which it’s the “Color Sync” tab. This will show you exactly how many colors you have on your canvas/workspace.
Let’s go to the left side panel and grab a shape.
Choose a square because I am going to create our own registration marks that will guide us through the layering).
(Unlock the square) We are going to resize the square to a rectangle. Then click “duplicate” on the top right side panel of the screen.
Choose/select both rectangles.
Click Align, go down and choose “Align Bottom”.
Then weld the rectangles together (preference).
I center the rectangles below the image (preference). Then I select all of the layers, including the rectangles (Photo 7).
Then click duplicate (which FYI, I will be doing this multiple times) (Photo 8 and 9).
Now that I’m done with duplicating the images.
As you can see in the first image, (Photo 10) I already removed some of the layers; such as the flowers and horn.
And I will continue to delete different layers for each image. Delete what I don’t want and only keep what I need for each image (Photo 10 and 11). You can also hide the layers if you’d like, or whichever works for you is just fine. Just don’t delete the bars/registration marks.
And on the bottom right panel, click “attach” (Photo 12) – FYI, the images will turn black and that’s normal.
Then click “Make It”.
It will take you to this screen (Photo 14), where it previews your images on the mat. What I usually do is I get my green cutting mat ready along with the pieces of vinyl I need.
I use this screen as my reference to know how big are my vinyl should be and where I should place them on my physical green mat.
FYI. There is a zoom in/out on the left side of the mat onto your screen (Photo 15).
I use this so I can see better where to place the pieces of vinyl on my physical mat.
Once you are ready to cut, just click “continue”.
Load your mat and press start.
*** Once it’s done the cutting, unload the mat and remove the pieces of vinyl off the mat. ***
Weed the vinyl and try not to remove the rectangle/registration marks.
Layering Vinyl Process
Here are the steps on layering vinyl.
STEP 1. – Take transfer tape and placed it on top of the first layer.
STEP 2. – Take the scraper and burnish.
STEP 3. – Fold the backing of the vinyl about half an inch, where the rectangle/registration box is the only ones exposed. These boxes are the ones that we are going to use to line it up to the other boxes that are on the other layers.
STEP 4. – Line up the 1st layer of the rectangle bars/registration box on top of the 2nd layers rectangle bars/registration box. Press the vinyl from the middle, and burnish as you remove the backing of the vinyl. (If you’re comfortable enough, you can also remove the backing of the vinyl as you burnish).
Done with the first and second layer. Now go back and repeat STEPS 3 and 4 of the Layering Vinyl Process. It’s that simple.