Expressions Vinyl's custom patterned vinyl is available in both permanent adhesive (sticky vinyl) and heat transfer (iron on). Either type provides vibrant colors that are guaranteed to set your design apart! Click below to browse each type of patterned vinyl.
When using the Permanent Patterned Vinyl, Expressions Vinyl recommends a Vinyl Laminate to protect the integrity of the pattern if you intend to apply it outdoors, as the ink can fade or be damaged with time. While not an absolute necessity, a vinyl laminate will protect the printing from scratching or fading. Expressions offers 2 different grades of laminate: Economy and Premium. Both will provide necessary UV protection, the Economy Laminate has a matte finish and will give UV protection for up to 3 years, while the Premium Laminate has a high-gloss finish and will protect your patterns from the sun's rays for over 4 years.
*These Settings are for the vinyl with the laminate applied, for a full chart of all cut settings visit our Machine Settings page*
- Cricut Explore:
- Speed: High
- Thickness: High
- Blade Setting: 4
- Silhouette Cameo:
- Speed: 8
- Thickness: 10
- Blade Setting: 3
HOW TO APPLY PATTERNED ADHESIVE VINYL:
- Clean your surface- The first thing you will want to do is make sure the surface that you are planning on applying the vinyl to is clean and dry. The smoother your surface the easier it will be to transfer your vinyl onto, but rougher surfaces like wood, textured walls, etc. will still work.
- Cut your design- You can cut your design by hand or use a craft cutter. After your design is all cut, remove the excess vinyl from around your image/lettering (this is called weeding).
- Apply your transfer tape- This is the step that a lot of vinyl beginners are unaware of, and yet probably one of the most important in order to not have a stress meltdown when adhering your vinyl to your surface! Simply place your transfer tape over your vinyl, then take something flat and hard (i.e. credit card, scraper, popsicle stick, etc.) to smooth out any bubbles and to make sure it is securely fastened to the vinyl. Next you will carefully pull off the backing paper from the vinyl being careful to make sure that the vinyl has transferred to your tape.
- Adhere design to new surface- With your surface prepared (step 1) you are ready to align your image. Carefully position it onto your project; once you have it in place, firmly press down and use your scraper to smooth out any bubbles. Always make sure to start from the center and work out towards the edges, this will press out any bubbles instead of pushing them in. Once you have your vinyl securely adhered to your surface, take one corner of your transfer tape and slowly pull downwards at an angle. Run your scraper (credit card, etc.) over the vinyl once applied to get out any remaining bubbles and help secure it to the surface.
Expressions Vinyl's Patterned Heat Transfer Vinyl comes with a carrier sheet already applied, you can cut in reverse and apply just like any other HTV!