Learning to layer vinyl can be extremely time consuming and frustrating. When I first started out I just avoided it all together. But then as I got more comfortable working with vinyl I started trying to layer vinyl again. I never really found a great method (though I tried them all) and just had to deal with doing it by hand. Then I ran across this method for layering vinyl and I have to say it is by far the easiest and best way to do it. With this method you can layer vinyl perfectly every time with almost no effort at all.
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What you’ll need
- Parchment paper
- High quality transfer tape
- Scotch tape
So for this method to work you’re going to need some parchment paper. I don’t suggest using wax paper or press n seal. Just get some good old parchment paper and you’re good to go. The kind I have linked above even has grids on it! Any kind of transfer tape you want will work. I used to be a huge fan of Contact Paper but they recently changed it up some and now it’s leaving a sticky residue on all my designs. I found this transfer tape and I FELL IN LOVE! This stuff is simply amazing and I highly recommend it.
What you’ll do
Okay so this method to layer vinyl is actually really easy. You’ll use a piece of scotch tape to tape your bottom layer down to your work surface. Just make sure it’s a hard, flat surface. I like to do this so the bottom layer stays put while I’m working with it and adding additional layers on top.
Next peel your second layer off the paper backing and place it on top of the parchment paper leaving just a little of the left side hanging off the parchment paper. Line up your design on top of your bottom layer where you want it. You can do this by looking through the parchment paper to get it positioned perfectly.
You’ll notice that you can move the design around however you want and it won’t stick to the bottom layer. That’s the beauty of the parchment paper. Once you get your second layer where you want it just press down on the little bit you left hanging off the left side so that it attaches to your bottom layer. With that portion attached you can remove the parchment paper from under your second layer and lay it down on top of your first layer. It will be perfectly positioned.
Now you’ll just continue this process with each additional layer until you get your whole design layered. Once you’re done just add a new piece of transfer tape to the top and that’s it. Now you can layer vinyl perfectly every time.