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Silhouette Transfer Tape Substitute: Painter's Tape!

Last week I shared a little trick about using Scotch Blue Painters Tape to clean a dirty Silhouette cutting mat....and since you all seemed to eat it up, I'm back with another painters tape tip.

Did you know a great substitute for Silhouette Transfer Tape is painters tape?  Yup, it's true! I received some samples of  3M Scotch Blue Painters Tape which comes in various widths making it great for small and even some medium size vinyl designs.

My husband came home with this plain old plastic tumbler from a work meeting.  He thought it was cool - yeah it would be if it wasn't just so...boring.  I immediately snagged it knowing he'd like it even more if I personalized it a little bit.

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I did a google image search for a Penn State logo, his alma mater, and quickly turned it into a cut design. (Click here for details on cutting any jpeg or gif with Silhouette.)   Here's what the original design looked like....

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I must point out that I am totally grateful for PSU - not only for providing my hubs with an awesome education, but for also picking a font that requires NO letter weeding!  Can I get an AMEN?!  (If you aren't so lucky, check out how to modify fonts to avoid the annoying 'middles'.

I cut my design on vinyl (I recommend Oracle 651 from Expressions Vinyl for dishes, glasses etc that will be washed) and now I'm ready to transfer.  This is when I grab my painters tape.

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This design is pretty small - maybe only a few square inches. I weeded the design as I normally would, then I ripped off a piece of painters tape and used it just like you would regular transfer paper or transfer tape: Lay it sticky side down on the design, rub well to pick up the design, then peel back the tape with the design attached.

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I positioned the tape with the vinyl stuck to it on the tumbler, rubbed again with my finger to release the design, then slowly peeled off the tape which left the vinyl on the tumbler.

Since I moved the logo and the font separately, I used the same piece of tape to transfer the text portion of the design and it worked perfectly, again!

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My husband, of course, loved the design ...but I'm not sure he'll ever get a chance to use it :) 

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Thanks for coming to class today at Silhouette School.  If you like what you see, I'd love for you to pin it!

Disclaimer: I received samples of 3M Scotch Blue Painters Tape but all opinions are my own. 


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