I really, truly tried to make something for Thanksgiving. I thought about it and thought about it – but nothing boiled to the surface. Please understand, we just moved into our new house and I have not yet been able to unpack all of the boxes in the kitchen or bathroom, let alone my craft room. I will be so happy when everything is organized but for now I have to accept my limitations. Luckily I went shopping with my mom a few weekends ago and therefore had some things on hand to create this Christmas project. And Mom was here to help, which made the project all that much more fun – Yay!
Gemstone Metallic Vinyl is a stunningly beautiful cast vinyl, laden with metallic flakes, that will add elegance and dazzle to your designs. It is used for permanent and/or outdoor applications as a decal or as a wrap (including signage, automotive or marine installations). In addition to its spectacular sparkle, Gemstone Metallic Vinyl has a high gloss finish. This vinyl is designed to provide high quality cuts with your KNK digital cutting system. Gemstone Metallic is available in 15 spectacular colors, all of which are completely opaque (no light will show through).
Gemstone Metallic Vinyl is .003 inches thick (.075 mm, 2.925 Mil) and is rated at a 5-7 year life. This typically means 5 years for outdoor applications and 7 years for indoor applications. In certain applications (no direct sunlight, stable temperatures, etc.), cast vinyl can last significantly longer. Gemstone Metallic Vinyl provides resistance to typical chemicals such as water, oil, gasoline, and anti-freeze. The minimum temperature for installation of this vinyl is 40°F. Because it has the ability to stretch and conform to the surface shape it can also be installed as a wrap. Normal usage temperatures for Gemstone Metallic Vinyl are -50°F to 225°F.
Gemstone Metallic Vinyl has a 2 year shelf life under the proper conditions. All vinyl should be stored in a dust-free environment. Use plastic bags or sheeting to keep your vinyl free of dust and other contaminants. Also, store in a container that protects the vinyl from exposure to sunlight, especially direct sunlight! Storage temperature should be between 35°F and 75°F, with a relative humidity of 50%. If your vinyl becomes brittle, it has likely ‘expired’. However, you may still be able to use it if you are applying to a flat surface or if you warm it up slightly (but work quickly).
Gemstone Metallic Vinyl can be cut directly on its carrier (backing paper), or for smaller pieces you can tape it to your mat. Use a standard blade to cut this vinyl.
Deco Sparkle™ is a holographic heat transfer vinyl that will add Pop and Shine to your projects! While it adheres to nearly any fabric except nylon, it is not recommended for applications where you need ‘stretch’.
Deco Sparkle, like most iron-on vinyl, is cut in reverse and the carrier is removed after application. This means you put the bright side down on your mat and cut on the dull side. You can use either a standard blade or a thick material blade – but this material will require higher pressure than a simple, one-color heat transfer vinyl. Make test cuts to ensure proper settings for blade exposure, speed and force.
Deco Sparkle should be applied with even pressure at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 seconds. Use a teflon sheet to prevent damage to the design. The carrier sheet is peeled off when its cooled. If the vinyl starts to come off with the carrier, simply increase pressure and reapply heat.
Deco Sparkle can be combined with other materials for additional eye-popping effects (See Team KNK post on 16 September 2013). However, it cannot be layered.
As with most heat transfer (iron-on) applications*, wash garments inside out in cool/cold water.