Adhesive Vinyl Sheets for Cricut and Silhouette
The Cricut and Silhouette machines are miniature versions of a commercial vinyl cutter. These small machines are sized and priced for the home crafter. They can cut many materials but one of the most common ones is the adhesive vinyl sheet. These sheets of vinyl are the same materials that professional sign makers use for a wide variety of projects. They are just sized and priced more appropriately for these personal electronic cutting machines.
Parts of an adhesive vinyl sheet
Most vinyl that is produced is for sign making purposes and has and pressure sensitive adhesive that allows it to attach to most any smooth surface. These adhesive vinyl sheets are made up of three parts.
Adhesive vinyl sheet uses
The specific purpose that most adhesive vinyl sheets are manufactured for is sign making. This is generally what most home users will use their Cricut or Silhouette to create. The final project may be a home décor project or even scrapbooking. Most often these sheets of vinyl are turned into lettering. With some practice you can make full multi colored graphics with backgrounds and everything though. It is also quite common for silhouetted images to be cut out in the vinyl as well.
Choosing an adhesive vinyl sheet
For many projects it is really just about the color. But as mentioned earlier different vinyls are designed for different uses. The two main questions you probably need to ask are will this be outdoors for a significant period of time and do I want to be able to remove it easily. If the vinyl is going to be outdoors for good or at least for many days at a time it is best to choose one that is designed for this application such as Oracal 651. If it needs to be removed easily or without causing any damage then something like Oracal 631 will be an ideal choice. Sometimes you just can’t get all the qualities you want in one adhesive vinyl sheet and just have to choose which quality you desire most.