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10 Ways Painters Tape Makes Silhouette Crafting Easier

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A few weeks ago I shared a photo on the Silhouette School Facebook page confirming just how cheap resourceful I really am.  Remember this? Yeah it's basically me refusing to open up the new mat that's sitting like a foot away. Instead, I use painters tape to hold down my pieces so they don't move on the next-to-no-stick-mat that I've been using for months.  Painters tape to the rescue...again.


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This is the actual stash that's in my craft room at all times. All different sizes of painters tape.

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When I sit down and think about it I use painters tape with my Silhouette a lot. Like a whole lot...here are 10 ways I use it when crafting with my Silhouette.

For example...as an alternative to transfer tape or transfer paper.

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...as a holder for small items that need to remain upright and steady so I can put tiny pieces of vinyl on them.

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....as a way to clean my Silhouette cutting mat and get rid of all that gunk, papers, dust and fibers that make my cutting mat not so sticky

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....as a way to perfectly measure an inch, or two, or three...

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....for a perfectly straight line base line when placing vinyl or a stencil to a surface.  (On wine glasses, filling the glass slightly with water will also give you a base line.)

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....as a hinge in the hinge method...the key to placing a perfectly straight, centered and even design or stencil.

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...to protect surfaces from paint or etching cream

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...to keep my vinyl rolls rolled.

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...and to hang wall decals with the flip method.

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I know there have to be more Silhouette hacks made possible with painters tape out there! How do you use use painters tape to help you craft? Leave a comment below.

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17 comments

  1. This stuff sounds really handy. I just recently bought a Silhouette and have been learning how to use it. I am going to buy some of this tape.

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  2. To hold dies as you run them through the die cutting machine

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  3. I was wondering if you could use it as transfer tape when doing freezer paper stencils? If you ironed on top of it how would that turn out? Just trying to find an easier way to transfer the centres of letters, rather than using tweezers!

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  4. you showed how you used the tape to hold te rolls together i use toilet paper rolls i can get two from ach roll and they hold them tight

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  5. After cleaning my mat, I put the painters tape all around the border of the mat. Then I spray the mat with a temporary hold glue spray. Krylon makes one called Easy Tack. There is an other one I buy in the fabric store and use with my embroidery machine,too.

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  8. Thank you for this! I'm still learning the basics and have to admit I am a bit intimidated by my new machine!

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  13. One more: the rollers on my Portrait no longer grab vinyl well to feed it evenly into the machine, so when I'm cutting vinyl without the mat I fold a piece of 1" painters tape lengthwise across the top of the vinyl and it feeds perfectly every time. Love the site!

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