What is patterned adhesive vinyl?
Patterned adhesive vinyl is a special type of adhesive vinyl that has a pattern printed on it. The vinyl is similar in durability and thickness to an outdoor, permanent vinyl, with the difference being that the vinyl has been run through a professional printer with special inks that are designed to be streak and smudge-free. As the pattern has been printed after the vinyl was manufactured, to enhance and extend the life expectancy of the printed image, it is a good idea to laminate (or overlay) a clear adhesive laminate or vinyl over top of the printed image.
Patterned vinyl can be cut using scissors or an exacto knife, or a Silhouette or Cricut computer-controlled cutting machine. Once cut, the excess, unwanted portions of the vinyl are removed and the design is transferred onto the destination surface using a transfer tape.
Note that not all vinyl is alike! Each different type differs in thickness, color, surface finish, indoor/outdoor durability, and flexibility, so it is important to pay attention to these properties when purchasing, applying, and caring for the vinyl. Each of these properties can affect the cut settings that you may need to use, so please pay attention to them before you attempt cutting.
Note that all of our printed vinyl comes direct to us from Sparkleberry Ink so there is no wait time for it to be printed.