Today I want to share an awesome product with you — sheets of Angel Crafts Vinyl. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to better organize my craft space (imagine how nice it would be to be able to find everything!). Angel Crafts Vinyl, with an assist from the Sizzix “Homemade” Alphabet die and my Sizzix Big Shot, is a great help in doing that. Here are just a few of the items I was able to add labels to fairly quickly.
I definitely have “too much stuff” in my craft room — but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is just that sometimes it can be difficult to find what I am looking for. Sometimes I also think I’m grabbing the right box or bin only to find out that I got the wrong one. To make things easier, I decided that labeling everything would help a lot. I love the Sizzix Homemade alphabet because the letters are large and easily recognizable, but not so large that they won’t fit in tight spaces. I was also very excited to find the new Angel Crafts vinyl available in flat sheets — how cool is that! In the past when I’ve tried to use vinyl in my Sizzix Big Shot, I’ve had the problem with the vinyl curling and not staying where I placed it on the die. That is not at all a problem with the flat sheets. Angel Crafts colors come in 6″x12″ sheets and in 12″x12″ sheets — both very convenient for use in die cutting. It is very easy to cut with your paper trimmer down to a size appropriate for your die cutting machine, and then die cutting is just a breeze!
With the Homemade alphabet, all of the letters are on the same die. That gives you two choices: 1) to always cut the entire alphabet or sections of the alphabet regardless of what letters you need; or 2) to cut the vinyl into small pieces (1″ x 1″ or 1″ x 1.5″) so that you can select the individual letters. I did the second version. Most of the letters can be cut from a piece of vinyl 1″ x 1″. The taller letters generally need a piece of vinyl 1″ x 1.5″, although, for example, the letter “y” probably needs a 1″ x 2″ piece of vinyl. Some of the wider letters, like “m’ and “w” also need a little adjustment in the cut size. Once you figure all of this out, though it really is very easy.
I began by cutting a pile of the various sizes of vinyl, and then grabbed my first item to label. It was the wooden box that holds my spool of black May Arts burlap twine. I’m always confusing the black with navy or dark green, particularly when I’m in a hurry. With the bold vinyl letters that will no longer be a problem. So I placed the Homemade die on a cutting plate which was stacked on the magnetic platform (not sure the magnetic platform was necessary, but it did keep the die from shifting). Then I added an appropriate piece of vinyl over the letters b-l-a-c-k, and I placed the second cutting plate over the top. It was very easy to run through the Sizzix Big Shot. I found that the vinyl cuts a little like lightweight cardstock, so if you need to add a shim or two when cutting lightweight cardstock you’ll probably need it with the vinyl too (I added a shim, and my cuts were cleaner, etc.). I tried cutting two of the same letter at the same time, but that didn’t work as well — often the second letter didn’t fully cut. Cutting the letters one at a time seemed to work best (so for the word “color”, I needed two passes to cut both o’s that were needed).
The vinyl separates from the liner so easily, and this makes the process just so quick and easy. Normally you would want to use the point of your scissors or a craft tool to keep your fingers off the sticky part of the vinyl so it adheres better. When you watch the video below, you’ll see my fingers all over the sticky side of the vinyl — in spite of my handling of the vinyl, it still adhered very well. That tells me that the vinyl will stand up very well to some of the normal “oops” moments that we all have. I also found that it could be easily repositioned if needed. For a lot of projects you’ll want to use transfer paper to get a more precise placement, but I just didn’t feel it necessary for labeling craft supplies.
I tried to label a variety of things to show you that the vinyl works well a lot of different surfaces. The burlap twine is in a wood holder (painted and varnished); the 6×6 paper pads are in an acrylic tray; the Color Box ink is in a plastic box; and the dividers for my dies are artists’ canvas panels. I’ve tried a number of other surfaces too, and I haven’t found anything that the vinyl didn’t work well with.
Please see the short video where I show you how I cut the vinyl, and how I labeled the dividers for my dies.
Here are a couple of other photos of my labeling projects —
I store my dies in canvas totes, separated by die company. It helps so much to add the dividers (6×8 canvas artist panels), and to have them labeled.
I always find the 6×6 paper pads a little difficult to wrangle. This is a tray designed to organize a refrigerator or pantry, and is approximately 7″ x 13″. It holds quite a few of the paper pads, so now my task will be to organize them in a way that I can find what I’m looking for. At least here’s a start with the holiday paper pads.
I have several different kinds of inks, and keep them sorted by the brand. The boxes I use for storage are similar, so the labeling helps me to get the right box the first time. Of course the ones that I use most never quite get put away.
I really like to use the May Arts burlap twine for so many projects. I recently purchased some washi tape dispensers to hold the twine and keep it ready for use. The color labels will help me to get the right twine the first time. Yay!
The letters that I cut for these projects are kind of bold, and I want to just show you that you can cut more intricate projects with the vinyl. This is the “smile” die from the Sizzix You & Me die set. It was easy to cut (1 pass), easy to place, and it retained its shape.
I hope that my project today inspires you to check out the Angel Crafts vinyl for your next vinyl project. It is a great product and is very easy to work with!
Supplies Available from Cut @ Home:
Angel Crafts Premium 6″x12″ vinyl Neutral #1 (SKU6X12NEUT-01)
Sizzix Homemade Alphabet die (SKU 659866)
Sizzix You & Me die (SKU 659780)
Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)
Magnetic platform for wafer-thin dies for Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 656499)
From my stash: A variety of craft supplies that needed to be organized and labeled.
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!