Product Review - Grafix Cling Vinyl

A couple weeks ago I discovered Grafix Cling Vinyl. I was looking for something that I could use to create a removable stencil for a glass painting project that I will be sharing soon. I had already tried using Contact paper (one of my "go to" materials) and while it can be used to make great die cut stencils, it was just a little bit too sticky for what I had in mind.

So, I decided to try cling vinyl. My hope is that it would adhere to the glass long enough to do some painting and then peel away without leaving a sticky residue.



I bought a package of the Grafix Cling Vinyl at the craft store. It had nine, 9 x 12 sheets of vinyl in assorted colors (clear, white, black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.)

The colors were pretty basic, but since I was only planning to use them as stencils, the colors wouldn't really matter to me for this project.



I have a Silhouette Cameo that I use for all my die cutting. After formatting my design, I had to fiddle with the cut settings a bit, but finally dialed in (blade depth - 3, speed - 5, thickness - 20.) My Cameo cut through the vinyl leaving the paper backing in tact.

Beautiful!



Loved the first sheet, so I tried another.

Again, in cut beautifully.






So, the vinyl is perfect for die cutting, but what can you do with it?

It's simple to peel your design from the backing paper and stick it on to...

Well, it seems like you can stick it on almost anything.




First I stuck it on piece of glass. Then I tried the mirror, the refrigerator, the dishwasher, my granite counter tops and my computer. The only thing that I couldn't get it to stick on was wood. My design adhered easily to most other smooth surfaces.

Once I was done with my little test I smoothed the vinyl back onto its paper backing.

Pros

  • easy to cut
  • sticks to most smooth surfaces (except wood)
  • easy to remove
  • doesn't leave any sticky residue
  • can be repositioned countless times
  • has a nice, glossy finish

Cons

The only thing I didn't like about this product were the colors. A variety pack is fine for many kid's crafts, school projects, windows and lockers, and more. But, there are times when it's likely that I would want to create something using just a single color of vinyl, school colors, for example. I could not find single color packs of this cling vinyl at my local craft store. However, after a little research I discovered that you can buy the variety pack as well as single color packs in red, blue, white or clear on Amazon. Still, not the most exciting colors.

Overall, I really liked this product. I definitely will be using it again. In fact, after creating my glass painting stencils, I thought it might be fun to create a decal for my laptop that has my logo and blog name. I can't wait to try more projects.


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