Saturday, June 11, 2016

Multi Pack for Mini Crafts

This adhesive vinyl pack by #angelcraft is a great way to try out the different colors and some finishes offered by this company. I did get duplicate colors, but they were in different finishes. For example I received two of the same color red but one was matte and the other glossy.

I do have to say I was disappointed with the way the company cut the vinyl pieces, for the most part. I measured each piece and they were all  able to cover a rectangle of at least 6"x12" but very few were cut square.

As you can see in the left photo the cuts of vinyl I received were mostly jagged edged. Even though I got the right amount of vinyl there is a chance the jagged edge could snag on something in my craft cutter machine and I would end up losing part or even all of the vinyl pretty fast.

The other issue I ran into was the edges not being square, which can be seen in the photo on the right.. I know it seems like such a small issue, but I can see potential problems on the horizon. When I used the vinyl I had two colors that I wanted to run through on a 12:x12" mat. With two pieces of 6"x12" vinyl there should have been no problem. However when they met in the middle they overlapped. Again, another potential issue for snagging and losing the vinyl.

Now this vinyl pack is awesome if you are only looking to cut small projects, accent pieces or need many colors. I do wish there was a way to get all one finish. There might be, but I have yet to find it on the seller's amazon store.

I decided to take a plain black cellphone case and jazz it up with a scroll design. I actually got the design from a ding font (it was just one letter) and then sized it until I got the look I wanted. Then I duplicated the design and stretched it to create the accent. I placed both colors on the mat and cut it all at once.
For those who have cut adhesive backed vinyl before on their craft cutter beware that the paper backing on this vinyl is thicker than some. I didn't realize this until I tried to remove the excess vinyl from my mat. I didn't know the blade needed to be set for a slightly deeper cut and it didn't cut all the way through the backing. Luckily I was able to pull the two vinyl designs from the excess vinyl and place them by hand. There are a few tiny flaws with the match up of some of the bottom points, but not enough to drive me crazy. And since the design was all one piece, I didn't need to worry about lining anything up to the sides. I do like that the paper backing is thicker because it gives the vinyl more stability when it is being cut. Just make sure you lower the blade a bit more than on other vinyls.

Even with the issues discussed above this is a vinyl I would purchase again. And because I received the Multi Pack, I will now have the ability to know which color/texture combo (from the ones I was sent) that I would like to order in a larger size for a larger project.

I received this product at a discount of free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.