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How To Use Holographic Vinyl

Holographic vinyl is really pretty but it might seem a bit intimidating to work with. If you’re anxious to give it a try with your die cutting machine, check out this craft tutorial. We’re going to test out the holographic vinyl and see if it really is as tricky as it seems. We’ve got so many great ideas for using it to make some fun craft projects and can’t wait to try it out. Keep reading and we will show you how to use holographic vinyl.

How to Use Holographic Vinyl

We’re going to take you step-by-step through the process of using holographic vinyl with your die-cutting machine to create an amazing craft project. In this tutorial, we are using our Cricut machine, but this will work with a Silhouette Cameo 3 or other die cutting machine too.

Materials Needed:

Cricut machine (we’re using the Cricut Maker), a surface to put our vinyl on (we’re using a plastic tumbler with lid and straw), transfer tape, weeding tools, your Cricut cutting mat, some rubbing alcohol, a piece of paper towel, and of course, our holographic vinyl.

Let’s head on over to Cricut Design Space. We are using one of the adorable cut files from Makers Gonna Learn. We have cut files for every occasion there!

What you’re gonna want to do is to first measure the space available on your surface and see how big you would like your decal. We have measured our cup and decided that it should be no more than 3.5 inches wide and 2.4 inches high. Size your design in Design Space.

Once you have that size, we’re going to click “Make it”. Since this is vinyl and not iron-on, we do not need to mirror it. Click “Continue”, go to all materials and select holographic vinyl and choose the premium holographic vinyl. Now, we’re going to give this a little bit more pressure because our blade is not the sharpest and we want to be sure to get the best cut.

Grab your holographic vinyl, put it on your cutting mat and load it into your machine. Now you can press the flashing Cricut button.

We used the Cricut True Control Knife to cut off a little piece of holographic vinyl that we know will fit with the size of the decal we’re making. This way we can save the extra holographic vinyl for another project!

A great tip before you go to weeding your vinyl is to use your scraper tool and burnish. Once done, take your weeding tool as you normally would and start weeding. 

Once you get all of that weeded, get a piece of transfer tape that will fit over the vinyl decal. We use a “taco” technique, laying down the tape by starting in the middle and then working our way out. That will ensure that it will not get any air bubbles stuck in there. Once again you need to burnish it.

Now, we’ll turn the mat over and pull this up from the back. Once it’s pulled up, turn it over and burnish some more from the back. Next, you’re going to take your backing and peel it up. 

Before you stick it onto your tumbler, you need to get a little bit of the rubbing alcohol and your paper towel to wipe down your tumbler. This will remove any dust, dirt or oil that your fingers add to this and it will help your vinyl adhere really well. Decide exactly where you want to place your design onto your surface. Then, take your holographic vinyl and start in the middle with the taco method just as we did before and lay down your design.

It’s really easy to take your fingers and burnish it in place exactly as you would like it. Once you have it burnished, grab the corner of your transfer tape and pull back carefully. You want to pull it straight back – don’t pull back as this may cause your vinyl to lift away from your surface.

That’s it! Now you have an awesome decal made with holographic vinyl. I absolutely loved how it turned out and I will definitely be using holographic vinyl more in my crafting day-to-day. I hope you all enjoyed this super simple tutorial. It wasn’t hard at all to use holographic vinyl; it’s actually a lot of fun! 

What will you make with holographic vinyl? We’d love for you to share your projects with us!

We have so many great die cutting tips and tutorials to share with you here on Makers Gonna Learn. Check out these posts while you’re here:

Vinyl Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know

Weeding Vinyl Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know

Tips for Removing Vinyl