If you have a Cricut Machine, you might be wondering what all the different types of vinyl for Cricut Machine are and how to use them.
There are many different types of vinyl for all the Cricut Machines. So it can get overwhelming trying to decide which vinyl to use.
But if you want to make Cricut projects, you need to know the differences in all types of vinyl to make sure you use the correct Vinyl for your Cricut Project.
So I’m going to break it down for you and explain the different vinyl types to use with a Cricut.
differeNT TYPES OF VINYL
There are many different types of vinyl that can be used with your Cricut Machine.
There are also many different brands out there.
I have found the best luck with using Oracal Vinyl and Siser Vinyl. I tend to stay away from Cricut Vinyl. I have had better luck with my Cricut projects using those other brands.
TYPES OF VINYL FOR CRICUT
There are pretty much two different types of Vinyl: Adhesive Vinyl and Heat Transfer Vinyl. Each has many different types of Vinyl.
Adhesive vinyl typically has a paper backing. So you cut adhesive vinyl right side up, meaning the paper backing is attached to the Cricut Cutting Mat and the color is facing up.
TYPES OF ADHESIVE VINYL
1- PERMANENT VINYL
My favorite permanent vinyl is Oracal 651. It doesn’t lift and holds strong.
2 – REMOVABLE VINYL
Removable vinyl is a temporary adhesive.
It is not permanent and easier to remove. So removable vinyl is not meant to last long and is commonly used for indoor projects.
You can use removable vinyl for projects such as wall decals.
3 – STENCIL VINYL
Stencil vinyl is vinyl that can be used as a stencil.
It will seal the project at the edges so the paint or etch won’t bleed under the edges and it will give you crisp lines.
4 – GLITTER VINYL
Glitter Vinyl is a permanent adhesive that sparkles. The sparkles don’t tend to fall out.
Glitter vinyl is great for glasses, mugs, and wood. I’ve used Glitter Vinyl on Christmas Ornaments.
5 – Printable vinyl
Printable vinyl is when you want to print an image on vinyl. You would use a printer to print the image onto the vinyl. Then you can either apply it directly to your project.
TYPES OF Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV VINYL)
HTV VINYL is heat transfer vinyl, which is also known as iron-on vinyl.
A popular Cricut Project for iron-on vinyl is personalized t-shirts and dish towels.
1 – STRETCH HTV
Stretch HTV is a thin vinyl that is commonly used with performance wear because it will stretch with the clothing. am
2 – REGULAR HTV
Regular HTV is commonly used on items that don’t need to be stretched such as hats, blankets, and canvas.
3 – Flocked HTV
Flocked HTV has velvet or a fuzzy texture and it is very easy to work with. When using flocked vinyl, it gives more depth because it’s a thicker product with texture.
4 – Glitter HTV
Glitter HTV is a textured vinyl that adds glitter or sparkle to your project. It doesn’t lose any glitter flakes, so no need to worry about making a mess.
5 – Patterned HTV
Patterned HTV comes in so many fun patterns. So depending on what you are looking for, it can really make your Cricut vinyl project stand out. I love to use Buffalo Plaid HTV for my Christmas shirts.
If you’re not sure which vinyl you should use for your project, here are some quick vinyl tips to help you decide which vinyl to use:
- If the project can handle the heat, you want to use Iron-on Vinyl HTV (HTV VINYL)
- If the project has a hard surface and you want it to last, go with Permanent vinyl
- If the project is temporary and you don’t want it to last, use Removable vinyl
- If you want to make a stencil to paint or etch a design, use Stencil vinyl.