In my Cricut Vinylology DVD, I show you a project with chalkboard vinyl but since then I haven’t shown any projects with it…until today! 😉 You may think you have to have an electronic die cut machine to cut vinyl but that’s not always true. You can cut vinyl with scissors, some strong paper punches and non electronic die cutters like the Big Shot!
Need vinyl? I like to buy mine from Expressions Vinyl.
This hand cranked machine can emboss using special embossing folders and can die cut using dies like the one above. Instead of using a Cricut or Silhouette, I’m going to cut the chalkboard vinyl with that pretty Top Note die by Sizzix using the Big Shot.
To cut the chalkboard vinyl in this machine, I first put one acrylic plate down. Next, I put the vinyl down with the Top Note die over it and the blades facing down. Finally, the last acrylic plate goes on top. Then you just roll it right through the machine. Fun!
Don’t worry if your acrylic plates get all scratched up and yucky looking. That happens after the first die cut use. It doesn’t hurt the way they work and you’ll get used to the yuck look after a while.
I’m using Prang Hygieia colored chalk, which is my favorite. It’s not awful with dust and the colors are really vibrant. In my DVD, I use Bistro Chalk Markers on the chalkboard vinyl. I think the markers are easier to clean off of the vinyl. If you can’t decide which one to get, I’d suggest trying the chalk first since it costs the least. You can always get the markers later. The markers are really cool though, they do a great job writing on glass too. You can just wipe off the glass when you’re finished. Woo hoo!
After the label came out of the machine, I wrote on it and then simply peeled the backing off the vinyl and stuck it to the glass. Chalkboard vinyl is very thick and it is easy to peel and stick it to things, especially when you’re working with a small amount like this.
You can make labels for anything, but I thought it would be fun to make my pom poms feel special. Want to make pom poms? Oh, I can help with that! Click HERE for a pom pom how to. I swear, I don’t know why I’m so in love with pom poms. LOL!