Welcome back, I hope you had a nice Christmas vacation. Now it’s time to get to work. We have learned how to cut regular size pieces of vinyl, next we are going to talk about cutting large pieces of vinyl. Last week we learned all How to Apply Vinyl. This is a beginner level series but may have some tidbits of knowledge that are helpful for all levels of crafters!
Welcome to our NEWEST series for crafting with your Silhouette CAMEO. This series is all about Adhesive Vinyl. We will cover everything from what it is, to where to get it and how to cut it over the next few weeks.
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How to Cut Larger Pieces of Vinyl
I have walked you through cutting vinyl in 12×12 pieces using a mat or no mat but there is another way to cut vinyl for multiple projects at a time. Cutting larger pieces of vinyl is the majority of what I do. Lately when I am doing a project, I tend to go a little overboard and do multiple projects at once. Most of the time I wonder what I got myself into but getting it done is so rewarding.
Page Settings for Multiple Cuts
Once you have your design set up to your liking, now is the time to send it to your silhouette. Let’s pretend we are doing a project with friends and we want multiple copies of the same design.
In order to print multiple projects at a time, you need to purchase vinyl in rolls. Vinyl rolls come in a variety of sizes 12×3 feet, 5 feet, 10 feet, 12 feet, or even 20 feet. Rolls are usually a better value and easy to store. Just make sure when your store your vinyl that it doesn’t get any creases in it. If there is a crease in the vinyl the CAMEO will not cut it properly.
- Make sure your page settings is set for the size of vinyl you are using. (Page settings can be found on the right hand side of the screen, paper icon). Example if you are using 12×3 feet the paper size would be 12 x 36.
- Check no mat in Page Settings. If you have that you are using a mat, it will alter the way your design is printed on the paper.
- Replicate the number of designs you want printed. Example if you are using 12×36 inch vinyl and you want 3 designs that are 11×11 inches, you can fit those designs on your vinyl with a little room to spare.
Now you are ready to send your design to your Silhouette CAMEO.
Printing on larger pieces of vinyl
Once you have the desired number of designs set up and the correct size of vinyl selected, now it’s time to send your design to your CAMEO. Make sure you have your rollers on your CAMEO set to hold your vinyl in place. I place my rollers about a half of inch in on each side of the vinyl. This will prevent the vinyl from shifting while printing.
Load your vinyl and make sure the roll is free to move. I like to stay right by my CAMEO when printing in case the vinyl roll gets stuck or is too heavy it pulls. If your rollers are set right it shouldn’t shift but we know machines aren’t always perfect.
Your CAEMO will print everything at once and alert you when it is finished. Once finished your can push unload on the machine and you’re done. I use my straight edge cutter or scissors and separate each design I am working on.
That is all I have for you, I hope this post made sense. Cutting with larger pieces of vinyl is nice, especially when you have a large design, big letters, or want to cute multiple designs or the same design at once. Tune in next week to get Vinyl Projects Ideas.