Today I thought I’d get back to my crafty roots and use my 1st love: vinyl. I’m also branching out a bit and trying a super cool function in the Make the Cut software called the Conical Warp. You use it to help you create words and images that will more easily wrap around a cone shaped item, like a tumbler and other things with sloped sides.
Need vinyl? I like to buy mine from Expressions Vinyl.
Here are all the posts I’ve made using vinyl.
I’m using the Stuck on You .svg file from Lettering Delights. You get all those things you see on the left of the screen above. I love that PB&J sandwich.
To get to the conical warp option in Make the Cut choose your image or text then go to EDIT, SHAPE MAGIC, CONICAL WARP. See how it curved the text/image I had highlighted? Now the JOY lettering will wrap around the tumbler perfectly. Sometimes if you’re making an image that is this big or has a lot of lettering you run into problems because your vinyl is cut to go onto something straight but your object curves. If you’re not using software that offers a conical warp setting then you usually have to make your text or image smaller or add pieces one at a time. It’s doable but this is better, I think. 😉
At first I was going to use a blue tumbler and make something for DH but then I remembered I had this adorable strawberry (long time followers know of my strawberry b’day’s) so I decided to be
a shellfish selfish, use a pink tumbler and make this for ME! 😉 Sorry DH. I do love you BERRY much. Think of that when you look at MY tumbler. LOL!
I’m cutting vinyl and using Make the Cut with my Silhouette Cameo today. You can also use MTC with the KNK Zing, my newest machine. Check out these Zing posts.
You don’t have to use a mat to cut vinyl with the Cameo unless you have crazy shaped or tiny pieces, which I did. Gosh, I really need to give my Cameo control panel a makeover. Dear Joy, Christmas is over. LOL! Here’s how to customize your Cameo control panel.
Sometimes as you are “weeding” (removing the vinyl you don’t want to use from the vinyl you do want to use) you find little areas that need some extra help. The Silhouette didn’t evenly cut these images so I had to help it along buy adding some slices to the vinyl. This small cut allowed me to get to the eyeballs which otherwise wanted to pull off with the vinyl I wasn’t using.
Now all the pieces are weeded. It’s time to layer and assemble the whole berry. I like to construct my whole layered image and then apply it to things. You can layer it onto the tumbler one bit at a time if you like.
I’m using transfer tape to help me remove these items from the backing. Next, I will layer them onto the different pieces.
I told you I was a big believer in transfer tape. Here I’ve transferred the berry to the tumbler. After making sure it’s stuck down well, I will remove the tape.
Using the conical warp really makes that look perfect on the tumbler.
Have a Cricut and want to learn about vinyl? No problemo. Check out my Cricut Vinylology DVD!