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This summer we are taking a huge road trip from our corner of East Texas all the way to East Idaho! It is going to be a long three days driving in the car with all 7 of us. And while I have a lot of things planned for everyone to do in the car we are taking the kids’ tablets. There is only so much Harry Potter we can all listen to.
Luckily all the kids have their own tablet, so there wont be any fighting over who gets the tablet next. Not so lucky they all look exactly the same, so they fight over which tablet belongs to which person. To avoid this fight in the car I decided to label each tablet.
I am all about the shine lately! Between the foil vinyl and now the holographic vinyl from Cricut you have some great choices for shiny materials to use.
For this project I used:
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut Holographic Vinyl in colors pearl and blue
- Free images from Design Space Access
- Cricut Transfer Tape
Cut out your images in Design Space I found the image of the unicorn on the cartridge Brooklyn Iron-On and the rocket on the cartridge Life’s a Party the font I used was Ashlyn’s Alphabet Block, all of these are free to use if you are signed up for the Design Space Access.
When cutting the holographic vinyl make sure your knob is turned to the custom setting and you have clicked on the Vinyl, Holographic in the drop down menu. Holographic vinyl is a little thicker than regular vinyl so if you use the regular vinyl setting it might not cut all the way through making it more difficult to weed.
Make sure when you are weeding the holographic vinyl you go very slow, like I said it is a thicker vinyl and needs a gential hand.
After you have your image cut and weeded apply your transfer tape. Don’t be afraid to use transfer tape, it is the best way to make sure everything you have cut will stay in place and will look the way it does right after you cut it. I prefer to use the Cricut transfer tape because it has the transparent lines so I can make sure my words are going to be straight.
Line up a line of your transfer tape with something on your image or letters. Then rub over the entire image with your squeegee to make sure it is stuck to the transfer tape.
Air bubbles in your transfer tape are not a big deal. Peal the transfer tape and vinyl off the paper backing. Sometimes with thicker material it may not want to come off the backing as easily as thinner material. This isn’t a big deal just use your pick or fingernail to lift the edges off the backing. Remember to go slow and take your time and it will work out great.
After you have lifted your image off the backing take the transfer tae and fold the non-sticky sides together. Make a crease in the center of your transfer tape. This is an easy way to find the center when you are placing your image.
Clean the surface you are adhering your vinyl onto. I find denatured alcohol or lemon oil work the best at getting any “grunginess” off without damaging your surface.
Lightly place your image and transfer tape on what you are labeling, remember today I am using my kids tablets. Use your squeegee and work from the center out to remove all the air bubbles. You want to put a good amount of pressure on the vinyl so it will adhere well.
Peel your transfer tape off at a 45 degree angle or almost back onto it’s self. If you pull the transfer tape straight up you run more of a risk of pull your vinyl off. If you do have part of the vinyl pull off, or it isn’t stuck down well, replace your transfer tape and squeegee it again. Don’t use your squeegee on the vinyl without the transfer tape, the squeegee can scratch your holographic vinyl. Yes, I am speaking from personal experience here.
I’m not sure why I waited so long to do this! It’s quick, easy, and the kids can easily tell which tablet belongs to which person. Of course you can add the holographic vinyl to just about anything. It is perfect for things you don’t want something on permanently and don’t want to leave any residue on.
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