I recently shared how I use printable coloring pages to create cut files I can’t find anywhere else. I’ve been using this method to create vinyl designs for our customized Disney Magic Bands. The magic bands are only about an inch wide so I’ve been doing this on a very small scale. I’m thinking these layered vinyl designs would make incredible decorations for kids rooms though. I know my son wouldn’t complain if I made one of his favorite character to decorate his wall!
I’m going to show you the processes by finish up one of my Disney Magic Bands and adding Flounder to it. If you haven’t seen it already, be sure to click over here and read the tutorial for creating Silhouette cut files from coloring pages. Once your cut file is ready you’ll need various colors of adhesive vinyl, transfer paper, a hook for weeding, a scraper, and of course your Silhouette.
First you’re going to right click and release the compound path.
Fill in each section with the color of vinyl you plan on using. You don’t have to do this, but I find it so much easier to stay organized. It helps me figure out exactly which colors I need and how I’ll separate them.
Click on the outermost line and fill it in with black.
Resize the whole image to the size you need. It helps to make a duplicate of your image now in case you run into any issues.
Start with one color. Select each piece that needs to be cut of that color and group them together. Move the grouping to the side. Do this with each color. You’ll see that with Flounder’s face I added the black pieces to the grouping. This is because I find it easier for the black to peek through from the bottom layer than to have to add another small piece of black vinyl on top. When I weed out the yellow design I’ll make sure to weed out the eyes and mouth. Once you’ve grouped and moved all the colors you should be left with one solid black piece. This will be your base piece.
Cut each grouping out of the right color of adhesive vinyl. Use the hook tool to weed out the designs. I ended up leaving a few pieces out from my initial design. They were just too small to mess with, but it is fine since you can’t even notice they’re missing.
Use transfer paper to pick up the first piece. Carefully place it on the black base piece.
One by one, add each grouping of vinyl to the base piece. Start with the largest piece and finish with the smallest details.
Whoo hoo! The hard part is over. Pick up the completed design using transfer paper and move it to whatever surface you want. Start from the middle and work your way outwards while adhering the design to its final surface.
*I’ve been asked what kind of vinyl I used for the magic bands. I found this variety pack of vinyl ease on Amazon. I chose it because the adhesive is strong and it comes with all the colors I needed. If you’re looking to have a variety of vinyl colors on hand for smaller projects it is a great choice!*