It is no secret that I am vinyl crazy. I originally started out by just wanting to make SVG files for other crafters. However, when my BFF came over and told me about a sale at a local discount store, I found myself inside said store not knowing how I got there. (Just like when I visit Hobby Lobby or Micheals. I end up sitting in my car with piles of bags and a bill the size of myself, but let’s not tell my husband!). Thus the addiction to vinyl began. There are a lot of types of vinyl and if you are just starting out, it can be overwhelming. Let me help ease some of the fear of the unknown by breaking this down for you. Let’s talk about it the different kinds of vinyl!
What is vinyl?
So what is vinyl? When you type it in on google, you might find fencing, old records, or even a TV show. (Totally learned something new today). So what is the vinyl that we are going to talk about today? Craft Vinyl – Vinyl that can be used on cars, walls, and even shirts. Let’s dive in a bit.
Permanent vinyl or as you may see it often referred to as “651” in crafting groups is a vinyl that was created to be well permanent. It’s supposed to stand up against the outdoor elements. This vinyl can be used on cars and fleet vehicles which makes it the perfect material for anything outdoor. Think business decals for windows, car decals of course, and even outdoor signs. Yes, those cute signs you see all over Pinterest, you can use it for those!
But wait, there’s more! (No really, there is) Crafters rejoice at the awesomeness of 651 in the DIY world we live in. You can use permanent vinyl as your go-to for cups, tumblers, laptops – think anything that is going to have to stand up the elements outside – or – the being used constantly. Your imagination is truly your only limit. Oracal 651 boasts being strong for up to 6 years! It has a nice glossy finish which really makes your great designs pop. Now Oracal is not the end all be all. There are PLENTY of other super cute and permanent solutions for vinyl.
Wall vinyl is considered a “temporary” indoor vinyl. This is often referred to as 631. It is a great way to instantly update the walls inside homes and businesses. 631 has a nice matte finish so there is no glare inside. Oracal boasts a product that can last nicely for 3 years with a clean removal for up to 2 years. This product makes it easy to change a space without the mess, fuss, and commitment of painting. It is the perfect solution for renters, college students, and even parent’s who children’s taste always change (Mom approved stamp – 2 kids 9 and 5).
Heat Transfer Vinyl:
Heat transfer vinyl (also referred to as HTV) is a vinyl that can be cut and used on a variety of products from shirts to bags, aprons, kitchen towels and well the list goes on and on. When heat is applied (can be a simple clothing iron, and easy press, or even an industrial heat press), it bonds to the fibers and can withstand daily use and washing. HTV makes for a strong and long use product! There are many different types of HTV including glitter and stretch for those more elastic fabrics. One of the more popular brands is Siser. Each type (and brand for that matter) comes with its own set of heating instructions so if you are a crafter, it is important to read the settings needed to help ensure that your products come out great.
I hope that this information has helped you get to know more about vinyl and the different types of that you can get for crafting. If you have any additional information to add, feel free to drop it in the comments below. To see a list of the places that I LOVE to shop for my own supplies, check out this post here.
*Disclaimer, there are affiliate links in this post. I have linked to some AWESOME deals on Amazon to help you get started on your journey. The links are for starter packs which is a great way to test out new avenues of crafting. If you make a purchase using one of my afl links, I get a small percentage of the sale. It isn’t enough to buy a car, but I can splurge on some dollar deals that will allow me to create tutorials and more for you.