I am not sure if any of you who commented on my original tip about using the adhesive shelving paper as a way to attach a scrollsaw pattern to a project. But I have done several projects using this tip now so I thought it was time to share my feelings and such about it. Love Hate
Yeah, I developed a real love hate relationship with this tip. I love it because the vinyl sticks so nicely to the project and does not leave behind adhesive residue. But the hate sometimes makes me wonder why I use it. What is there to hate?
Well I have lots of trouble with the ink not really totally drying on the vinyl and smudging the pattern if I happen to run my hand across it. I have thought about spraying a thin film of matte finish, like what you can buy to spray over a photograph. The matte finish can be found at any craft store. But then I stop and consider the possibility that the matte might get on the project or that it may cause the vinyl to roll up or deform. Plus I have not smudged anything so badly that I could not make out the lines.
One other negative thing, is cutting the damn vinyl. It is easily done. But having to cut it to size is a pain in butt. It is easier if you have a paper cutter that can handle the width of the roll. Or, just do what I thought was best and that was to layout and cut the entire roll at once. Then you have a stack of 8.5 X 11 sheets of vinyl pages just waiting to be printed on. Also consider that you really have to fill the entire page with duplicate patterns or some other pattern. Because once you cut a section of the sheet out, you will not be able to feed it through the printer again.
Of course, if you have a few hundred dollars laying around. You could use what one LJ suggested (a cricut). Don’t get me wrong, these are cool machines. They work very well, and you can now connect them to your computer and use it to cutout patterns on a wide range of media, even thin gauge metal. If your spouse does scrap booking or does similar crafts. Well you could split the use of the machine and maybe the cost. LOL.
I am not ready to through in the towel on using the vinyl. I like its ease of use and no residue on the project so much that I put up with the other negative things. But I am considering the purchase of a Cricut to cut down on any waste when it comes to cutting the vinyl into sheets and printing on those sheets. Just be sure that if you do buy a Cricut yourself, that you buy the Expressions (at this time it is the biggest of the machines). It is the most expensive of them but the wide range of media or stock, the sizes it can handle, etc. it is worth it. The smaller cheaper machines would severely limit your patter sizes, media, paper, or stock sizes. In Closing
I am going to continue to use vinyl shelving paper to print patterns on and to affix them to projects. I will also continue for now, cutting up the rolls entirely at one time, and try to find a way to minimize the ink smudging. I just like the convenience and that fact that is cheap. But I will be looking into a Cricut as well.
I hope you find this information useful and imformative enough for you decide if you really want to use the tip.
As always! Keep making sawdust!
-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina