Why are there so many different Types of Vinyl for Cricut Machine? Exactly my first thought. This is definitely and important knowledge to have as there's so many projects that can be made. At first, figuring out the different types of vinyl for the Cricut machine felt like my patience was being tested. Seriously!
I joined groups and started reading up on all the different vinyl's there were and thought to myself there has to be an easier way to understand all this.
Depending on what you actually wanna do will be how you will need to know which vinyl to use. Obviously you cant use the same vinyl for every project as each different vinyl has its own purpose.
So let's jump into it and get the confusion clear of which viny is used for which project!
So what are the different types of vinyl you ask?
Trying to learn the vinyls and how their used is literally like trying to learn a new language. Some are sparkly, some are glossy, this one will stick forever and this one wont. So with this being said I knew this was the first thing I definitely had to learn or what was I really doing with projects besides being confused of what to use. This is where I decided to make myself a cheat sheet in order to know what each abbreviation was for.There is a difference in all of the types of vinyl for Cricut and you NEED to know this stuff so you can create a beautiful project that will last.
What Is The Difference Between Removable and Permanent Vinyl?
While both are yes a vinyl that you cut with your cricut to adhere to glass or walls or pretty much anything vinyl will adhere to.
Removable Vinyl is temporary, meaning it's easier to remove.
Permanent vinyl well it's in the name it's more permanent and better for project's you will wash like windows or car decals.
What Is HTV Vinyl?
The question “What Is HTV Vinyl” is a good one.
HTV stands for Heat Transfer Vinyl or what I know as, iron on vinyl. Ok…that makes more sense.
HTV works great on cloth, like shirts or backpacks…things like that. I have done some dish towels with funny saying on them. I even used it on a leather hand bag. It turned out great!
Most people say that if you use enough pressure and heat with your iron, the HTV will stand up to being washed and dried, which is good because I need to wash those dish towels.
If you are going to use a household iron for any length of time in your Cricut adventure, I would suggest buying a craft iron from Amazon just for your crafting.
I did end up buying the new Cricut EasyPress and I love it. What a difference! Check it out here.
What is Window Cling Vinyl for Cricut?
Window Cling vinyl for the Cricut machine is exactly what it says, it clings to windows. This type of vinyl is great for temporary stickers for your car windows, your home windows or mirrors.
They don’t have adhesive on them, so they are easy on and easy off. I have seen people make holiday things to hang in their windows out of window cling vinyl. This was an easy one for me to figure out.
Quick Guide to Understanding Types of Vinyl
Some of my favorite vinyls for projects will be below. I bought a really awesome color changing vinyl that changes to the temperature of your cups. I'm also going to list the best heat press for your cricut designed shirts and projects.
Leave me some comments on your thoughts and your biggest struggles when it comes to your cricut and projects and I will be happy to post for you. If you wanna share any of your projects wed love to see them tag us on instagram @the_keeping_it_real_mama.
Hope this helps with your process!
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