Just a heads up, this method is meant for adhesive vinyl since it uses transfer tape, not meant for HTV. If you're trying to layer heat transfer vinyl, click here for some tips and tricks!
I needed a way to better organize my vinyl and, of course, I needed to make a label. For this project, I wanted to make a text label with an outline aka offset...let's get started!
Open up Silhouette Studio.
Type out your word or bring in your design. For this tutorial, I'm going to be referring to a text design, but know this method will work for layering image designs, too.
After the text is the sized, click the Draw a Rectangle icon. Draw a small rectangle above the top left of your text. Highlight the Rectangle > Right Click > Duplicate. Move the second rectangle over toward the right side of the design.
To align the rectangles - which are going to act as your layering guides - highlight them both. Then click on the "Open the Align' Window and under the Align Vertically section click "Align Middle."
I wanted to make my design have a big outline so I used an offset.
At this point, my design is all ready to be cut. But since we want to cut on two colors of vinyl and layer them, we need to adjust the cut settings. Open the Cut Settings Windows. Select the two rectangle guides and the offset and set them to 'Cut'. Click the original text and click "No Cut."
Now it's time to cut the top layer...the pink text. It's very important NOT TO MOVE THE DESIGN OR RECTANGLES in Studio at all during this step! Go back into the Cut Settings window. Switch the cut settings so the offset is now set to "No Cut" and the Text AND THE RECTANGLES are set to "Cut." Basically, since the rectangles are going to be your guides, you want them to cut with both the offset and the text.
Weed both portions of your design like you normally would. Be sure the rectangles stay in place, too! Here's how my two cuts looked after I weeded them.
Now we want to move the top layer (pink) on top of the bottom layer. Cut a piece of transfer tape that is large enough to cover the largest layer. Remove the backing of the transfer tape and lay it down over the top layer (for me that's the pink vinyl) like you normally would to transfer vinyl to another surface.
Peel it up like you normally would - catching both the rectangles and the design. Don't throw out that piece of vinyl backing just yet! You'll need it.
Place that scrap piece of vinyl backing lightly over the text you just peeled up, but leave the rectangles exposed.
Flip it over so the sticky side of the transfer tape is facing down and line up the rectangles on the top and bottom layers. By putting that piece of paper there you are just making sure the top layer of vinyl and transfer tape don't start sticking to the bottom layer until you are absolutely ready.
So go ahead and place the top layer rectangles (pink) directly on top of the bottom layer rectangles (white). I like to line up the bottom edges of the rectangles and then kind of fold up.
You can't see the white rectangles in the photo below because they are completely covered by the pink top layer rectangles. That's what's going to guarantee you're image is layered exactly right!
...then slowly lower down the top layer so it's on top of the bottom layer.
Keep the transfer tape in place and press the two layers together. Peel the transfer tape up again bringing both layers of the design with it.
Now you can place the entire two layer design onto the surface where you want it!
This sounds like a lot of steps, but it's actually fairly easy to do and if you want to avoid wasting your vinyl over failed attempts at "eyeballing it" than this is definitely the way to go!
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