How to print vinyl letters with adhesive backing

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How to print vinyl letters with adhesive backing
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Using a personal cutter, you can use a machine to print and cut letters from adhesive-backed vinyl. Some popular personal cutter products are Cricut, by Provo Craft, and Silhouette, by Graphtec. You can apply your adhesive-backed vinyl letters to walls, glass, and a variety of other surfaces. Adhesive-backed vinyl can be purchased from craft stores and online retailers.

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Things you need

  • Personal cutting machine
  • Adhesive-backed vinyl
  • Cutting mat
  • Computer or ink cartridge

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    Place the cartridge you want to print from into your machine. Turn the Cricut on.

  2. 2

    Use the dials to adjust the size of your letters. Enter each letter you want to print using the keypad.

  3. 3

    Place the vinyl onto the cutting mat, vinyl side up. Load the mat into your Cricut by pressing “Load Paper,” then press “Cut.”

  4. 4

    Wait for the machine to finish cutting, then press “Unload Paper.”

  5. 5

    Remove the letters from the mat carefully.

  1. 1

    Open the Silhouette software from your computer’s start menu. Open a new document; select your document size and orientation (landscape or portrait).

  2. 2

    Type the letters you want to print in the software's cutting mat mockup by clicking the "Text" tab. Keep the letters within the red line.

  3. 3

    Place the vinyl onto the cutting mat, vinyl side up. Load the mat into your Silhouette by turning the knob on the left side of your machine away from you. Continue turning until the mat edge lines up with the black guideline on the machine. For the Silhouette SD, line the mat up with the rollers on the machine, then press enter to load the mat.

  4. 4

    Click the “Cut” button in the right-hand corner. Remove the mat after cutting has been completed; carefully take the cut letters off your mat.

Tips and warnings

  • Refer the cutting machine's manual for additional information.

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