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How to Use Vinyl

Feb 20, 2023

There’s a lot to take into consideration when beginning your next craft vinyl project! What type of vinyl to use, machine settings, color charts, sizing. Or maybe you need a bit of inspiration in deciding what that next project will be. No matter where you’re getting started, we’re here to help you along the way with our internal expertise. Use this section as your one-stop guide for all things craft vinyl: from step one, to the care of your finished project.


Choose Your Type of Vinyl

HTV or adhesive? The short answer is that it depends on your project. But if you’re new to craft vinyl, chances are that you’re unsure of what type of vinyl will work for what you have in mind. And using the wrong vinyl can mean disaster. After all, adhesive vinyl on your niece’s onesie makes for a one-use onesie. Learn more about each type’s use with these lists of the basic steps, as well as some handy pro tips from the Expressions Vinyl team.



This versatile vinyl can be placed on almost anything you use in your day-to-day life: water bottles, metal lunchboxes, bowls, plates, cups, wine glasses, wood, canvas. Cut for custom wall decals! The possibilities are as vast as your imagination.



HTV will do well on anything that can stand the heat: clothing, shoes, burlap, oven mits, canvas, pillow covers, ties, purses – you get the idea. Fabric-like surfaces are heat transfer vinyl’s best friend.

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