Iron on Vinyl VS Adhesive Vinyl

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This is an introductory guide for newbies. Some clients always are worried about that it’s too complicated for them to design works and choose appropriate materials. Therefore, we decided to write this article to help you with cricut iron on vinyl and adhesive vinyl. You will get a comprehensive knowledge about iron on vinyl and adhesive vinyl after reading this.

Iron on vinyl

Iron on vinyl, also known as heat transfer vinyl, is a specialty vinyl polymer that can be used on certain fabrics and materials to create designs and promotional products. It comes in a roll or sheet form with an >adhesive backing so it can be cut, weeded, and placed on a substrate for heat application. Iron on vinyl is made in single colors and also has special options such as patterned, glitter, flockedholographic, glow-in-the-dark, reflective and 3D puff.



It is best used for simple designs with minimal colors since each individual color or pattern used in the design must be cut, weeded, and heat pressed. Certain iron on vinyl can be layered to form multi-colored designs. The more layers involved, the harder it is to match up each to achieve the end result. 

Iron on vinyl is traditionally placed on fabric products. Because of the nature of the way the vinyl is applied, it must be used on products that can take the heat and pressure required to make the transfer adhere properly. For fabrics and clothing, typically this is temperatures in the range of 250-300 deg Fahrenheit, or 120-150 degrees Celsius. The product (also known as a substrate) will also need to hold up under the clamping action and pressure of the heat press.

But nowadays more and more creative crafters have come up with bundle “unusual” ideas of applying iron on vinyl. Here are some examples:



Adhesive vinyl

Adhesive vinyl is different from iron on vinyl. It doesn’t need to be heated to transfer. Crafters usually use adhesive vinyl in vinyl cutter to create window decals, car decals, mugs, tumblers, monograms, and more! Without heat press, this adhesive vinyl will not stick to cloth.

But there are something in common between iron on vinyl and adhesive vinyl. First, they both need to be put in vinyl cutter to get the pattern you want, and then be weeded. What is different is that iron on vinyl works with heat press in next step while adhesive vinyl works with transfer paper usually.

Here are some adhesive vinyl works:



No matter what materials you use, you can make stunning works as long as you have put your heart in crafting. So don’t be afraid that you can’t deal with it. It’s not complicated at all! What matters is your determination of making it!

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