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Trick for Using Vinyl Scraps for a Vinyl Decal

Are you a vinyl scrap saver? Then, this project using vinyl scraps is for you! 

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Using even the smallest strips of your adhesive vinyl scraps, you can make a strikingly beautiful, and colorful, vinyl decal. This tutorial will explain how to go about using vinyl scraps to make a new vinyl decal with your Silhouette CAMEO. 

Cut several pieces of vinyl into long, thin strips using a paper trimmer.

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Remove the backing from the vinyl strips and reassemble them side-by-side onto the waxy side of a piece of freezer paper.

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The strips should just barely overlap one another.

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Apply a piece of clear vinyl over the strips to kind of seal them all together. Be sure to burnish really, really well.

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Use your Silhouette to cut out the vinyl design of your choice. The design we're using for this project comes from the February 2022 SVG and Fonts Bundle at So Fontsy.

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Because you are cutting through 2 layers of vinyl (the clear and the colors), you will need to adjust your cut settings to account for the extra thickness. Be sure to do a test cut! I found the best Silhouette Cut Settings were: 

Blade: 3
Force: 14
Speed: 1
Passes: 1

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Weed the vinyl decal. This will feel a little different than a regular vinyl decal because you are weeding through 2 layers of vinyl at the same time.

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Apply a piece of transfer tape over the vinyl decal like you normally would to move vinyl onto the final surface. 

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Apply this decal to the surface of your choice, just as you would any other vinyl decal. Again, just be sure to burnish really, really well.

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No vinyl scraps go to waste!

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And don't forget, you can grab the design we used in this project in So Fontsy's February 2022 SVG and Fonts Bundle.
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