I recently had a vinyl layering breakthrough that I wanted to share with you. I had an AHA! moment while I was making this Cozy Christmas Kettle using my “Baby It’s Cold Outside” graphic from the new Cozy Christmas SVG bundle. If you haven’t checked out all the holiday goodies in this new bundle yet, you need to!
Maybe I’m just slow, and that honestly might be true, since for the longest time I had it in my mind that vinyl decals had to be one color. I’d even seen projects with multi colors and still it didn’t register. I am a little embarrassed to admit how long I went on this way — it just had never occurred to me to layer vinyl colors together. I still remember the first time I made a multi-colored vinyl design, and I have never looked back!
Now I’m layering vinyl all the time, but when I was making this Hot Cocoa Kettle using the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” graphic from our new Cozy Christmas bundle, I realized that the way I was layering vinyl, needed some improving.
When you’re layering vinyl for an iron-on you actually put on one color at a time, but when I’m making a layered vinyl adhesive decal, I like to combine my colors all together before attaching to the final surface.
In the past, when I’m layering vinyl, I overlay the main layer (which is usually the black) onto each of the colored vinyl layers. However, since this design is so tall, it kept trying to stick to my table surface while I was trying to get things lined up. I was getting pretty frustrated and nearly ruined my black layer. Then I had an AHA! moment — I should be applying the smaller, more manageable color layers to the back of the main layer, only they will now need to be in reverse.
To make this simple, cut the colored layers in reverse using the “mirror” setting in Cricut Design Space. This setting is typically used for creating iron-on transfers, but for this project, if you cut the black layer normal and the colored layers mirrored, then you can flip over the black layer and overlay the colored layers onto the black instead of vice versa. This method is SO MUCH easier!