ScanNCut: custom vinyl fun

I’ve got a confession to make – I’ve become totally obsessed with all things vinyl.

I was making some projects for Brother (usual disclaimer that I’m a paid consultant for Brother, but all ideas & opinions are my own – LOVE the ScanNCut! Note affiliate links are used in this post) and vinyl was a good choice of material. I checked out Julie Fei Fan Balzer’s videos on the topic – specifically an umbrella. Armed with great tips and an initial idea, I got to work!

I’ve quickly become absolutely obsessed with making my own vinyl stickers. A few reasons I’m loving it?

  • Quick and easy – no adhesive needed
  • Adds new possibilities (onto glass, plastic, etc)
  • Expands what I can do with my ScanNCut

In short, now that I’ve begun I can’t stop! Today I’ve got a video to share showing how I took a doodle and turned it into a sticker perfect for my notebook!

I was able to adjust the size to be exactly what I wanted – and no pressure because I could doodle until I had it just right. Speaking of love – the ScanNCut has a great deal going right now! $50 off the CM350 (here’s a link to amazon) for a limited time.

I’m consistently amazed by how many things I come up with and continue to do with this machine – new ideas and materials to test all the time!

I have a lot of ideas for creating some custom projects – including new pencil cups for the kids, a makeover for a boring stapler, and I’m thinking about some laptop top decorations as well. So much fun! I used black vinyl and transfer sheet by Brother – though you do not need to use their brand of product any brand should work in the ScanNCut.

The vinyl used here is indoor/outdoor “regular” craft vinyl. One word of caution – I did buy some beautiful mint color vinyl at the craft store last week… and realized today that it’s “iron-on”. WHOOPS! That will work but not what I had in mind at all so it’s good to be sure you double check what type of vellum it is and know there are different styles as well as colors. Lesson learned – now I’m off to dream up some new concepts for vinyl!

9 thoughts on “ScanNCut: custom vinyl fun”

  1. I am using vinyl and transfer paper for the first time this week too on my cameo.
    I am making signs on Coroplast for a golf tournament. The sign company was going to charge $30 per sign. I bought all the material including the boards for less than the cost of one. I find weeding is the most tedious task of all.

  2. I have never cut my own vinyl shapes. I am going to have to look into trying this. Your example looks really cool. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is fun!
    I have cut vinyl when working in a professional sign shop but making your own fun stuff is more fun!

  4. Thats interesting about the different vinyls. I bought vinyl when I bought my circuit and I’ve not even opened the package!

  5. I have not used vinyl in my machine, I have a Silhouette (which I love), but I have used it in my Big Kick die cutting machine. It always seemed safer, like I had more control doing it that way. I have thought about using my Silhouette, but I guess I’m too chicken.

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