Posted By TeckWrap Craft On October 10, 2022

Can You Use Smart Vinyl On Cricut Maker?

Can You Use Smart Vinyl On Cricut Maker?

For many crafters who own the previous generation Cricut machines, this is an important question. Yes, you can use Smart Vinyl on Cricut Maker but with some limitations. You will have to adjust the settings in Design Space, the designated software that works with Cricut, and pay special attention to loading the material into the machine accurately.

In this blog, we'll delve into the realm of Smart Vinyl, offering insights into its nature, how you can use it with Cricut Maker, and what are the restrictions. We will also provide invaluable tips on how to preserve the beauty of your crafts created with Smart Vinyl.

What Is Smart Vinyl?

Smart Vinyl is a special vinyl material that you can use with electronic cutting machines such as Cricut or Silhouette without a cutting mat. It is sometimes also referred to as ‘Smart Material’ or ‘No Mat’ vinyl. The key feature of Smart Vinyl is that it comes in a roll and you can load it directly into your automated cutting machine, saving time and eliminating the need for a mat, which is required when using regular adhesive vinyl.

CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5
CRICUT JOY 5.5

CRICUT JOY 5.5"x120" Adhesive Craft Vinyl

$8.00

Smart Vinyl is slightly thicker than regular vinyl. It is also lighter and can be easily managed. The benefit of using it is that you can make repeated cuts and make a design that can be as long as the length of the vinyl. With regular vinyl, the size of your design is restricted by the size of your mat.

The different types of Smart Vinyl are craft adhesive, both permanent and removable, and Smart Iron-on to be used with compatible fabrics. It also comes in a diverse array of finishes, including but not limited to opal, mirror chrome, holographic, glossy, and matte.

What Is Smart Vinyl?

If you're someone whose creative passion constantly beckons, then you're in for a treat. The advent of vinyl has revolutionized the crafting world, and the introduction of Smart Vinyl is like the icing on the cake. Harnessing the power of Smart Vinyl opens up a world of possibilities for those who love to craft exquisite and detailed vinyl projects.

Understanding Cricut Maker

Cricut Maker is an older version of the automated cutting machine manufactured by Cricut. It is a versatile cutting machine that can cut a wide variety of materials, however, since it belongs to the previous generation, it is not equipped with special sensors like the latest machines that can help cut Smart Vinyl accurately.

You can cut over 300 materials with this machine and can use over 12 tools for cutting, writing, scoring, and other effects. In order to use Smart Vinyl on it, you either have to place the film on a cutting mat, or if you are inserting it directly into the machine you have to take care of certain factors that are mentioned in detail below.

How To Use Smart Vinyl On Your Cricut Maker?

Let’s be honest. Smart Vinyl is not made for the original Cricut Maker – one of the older Cricut machines. It works best with the generation 3 machines such as Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3. They have special sensors that measure and smoothly take in the vinyl. They even straighten it out if it is crooked.

Having said that, you can use Smart Vinyl with Cricut Maker but be careful, there is always the risk of material jams, improper cutting precision, and damage to machine parts especially if you are not using the cutting mat with the vinyl. Now, let's go through the procedure of using Smart Vinyl on your Cricut Maker. Here’s the step-by-step process:

How To Use Smart Vinyl On Your Cricut Maker?

Step 1: Prepare Your Design

Turn on your Cricut Maker, access Design Space on your preferred device, and begin working on your creative project. Position your design exactly where you want it and click on the 'Make it' button. The software will place your design on a virtual mat by default. Since we will be feeding the Smart Vinyl directly into the machine, we will ignore this and click ‘Continue’.

Within the software, specify the material you're using for your design. Press ‘Browse all Materials’ and then type in ‘Vinyl’. From the list select the premium vinyl setting and press ‘Done’. Now select ‘More’ for the pressure setting since Smart Vinyl is a little bit thicker than the regular one. It's time to load the vinyl into the machine.

Step 2: Load The Vinyl Into The Cricut Maker

Place the Smart Vinyl into a roll holder for stability and insert it into your Cricut Maker. Fit its edge within the guides on both sides just under the roller and hit the load button. The Cricut Maker will not measure the Smart Vinyl to make sure you have enough material and it will not straighten it. You will have to make sure that when you are inserting the edge into the machine, it is perfectly straight.

Load The Vinyl Into The Cricut Maker

Step 3: It Is Time To Cut

Ensure there's a 10-inch gap behind the machine to allow the vinyl to feed out smoothly as it's guided through the back. Then hit the 'Go' button to initiate the cutting process. Your Cricut Maker will precisely cut your design without the need for a cutting mat. Once it is done, press the unload button to remove it. Now cut the vinyl from the roll around your design to weed out negative parts from it.

Step 4: Weed Out Extra Vinyl From The Design

Upon completion of the cutting process, proceed to unload your Smart Vinyl from Cricut Maker. Cut around your design and set the roll aside to make the weeding process easier. Employ a weeding tool to carefully eliminate the surplus vinyl material in your design.

Glow In the Dark Squeegee
Glow In the Dark Squeegee

Glow In the Dark Squeegee

$4.99
Pitaya Squeegee 1PCS
Pitaya Squeegee 1PCS

Pitaya Squeegee 1PCS

$4.99
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - One Week Set - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Baby Pink - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Sky Blue - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Sweet Purple - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Rose Red - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Pale Yellow - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Smart Orange - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Tender Green - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - One Week Set - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Baby Pink - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Sky Blue - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Sweet Purple - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Rose Red - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Pale Yellow - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Smart Orange - TeckwrapCraft
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen - Tender Green - TeckwrapCraft

Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen

$24.90
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets

Silicone Slap Bracelets

$3.90
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments

TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments

$16.90
Craft Tool Set
Craft Tool Set
Craft Tool Set
Craft Tool Set
Craft Tool Set
Craft Tool Set

Craft Tool Set

$7.90
Mint Squeegee 2 PCS - US to US - TeckwrapCraft
Mint Squeegee 2 PCS
Mint Squeegee 2 PCS
Mint Squeegee 2 PCS - US to US - TeckwrapCraft
Mint Squeegee 2 PCS
Mint Squeegee 2 PCS

Mint Squeegee 2 PCS

$8.00
Tweezer - Default Title - TeckwrapCraft
Tweezer - Default Title - TeckwrapCraft

Tweezer

$4.50
Weeder - Default Title - TeckwrapCraft
Weeder - Default Title - TeckwrapCraft

Weeder

$3.00
Mermaid Weeding Pen
Mermaid Weeding Pen - US to US / Rainbow Mermaid - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen
Mermaid Weeding Pen - US to US / Rainbow Mermaid - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen - TeckwrapCraft

Mermaid Weeding Pen

$6.90
Glitter Sparkle Weeding Pen - Black - TeckwrapCraft
Glitter Sparkle Weeding Pen - White - TeckwrapCraft
Glitter Sparkle Weeding Pen - Black - TeckwrapCraft
Glitter Sparkle Weeding Pen - White - TeckwrapCraft

Glitter Sparkle Weeding Pen

$6.90
Cutting Mats Set - US to US / Medium Tack Mats - TeckwrapCraft
Cutting Mats Set - US to US / Mixed Tack Mats - TeckwrapCraft
Cutting Mats Set - US to US / Medium Tack Mats - TeckwrapCraft
Cutting Mats Set - US to US / Mixed Tack Mats - TeckwrapCraft

Cutting Mats Set

$11.00

You can use a tweezer, weeder, or a weeding pen or hook. All of these are easily available in the ‘Accessories’ section of TeckWrap Craft. You can purchase whatever you think is the best one for you and it will be delivered to your doorstep. Once weeding is done, you should have the final design in front of you that you initially visualized.

Step 5: Transfer The Design

In order to apply the design on your selected smooth, clean, and dry substrate, you will need a transfer tape. This is available at TeckWrap Craft as well and comes with a grid so you can ensure the correct placement of your design. Remove the liner from the transfer tape and carefully apply it to your design. Use a squeegee to burnish it ensuring a seamless application.

6” Width Transfer Tape
6” Width Transfer Tape
6” Width Transfer Tape
6” Width Transfer Tape
6” Width Transfer Tape
6” Width Transfer Tape

6” Width Transfer Tape

$16.50
Low Tack Transfer Tape
Low Tack Transfer Tape

Low Tack Transfer Tape

$10.90
Medium Tack Transfer Tape
Medium Tack Transfer Tape
Medium Tack Transfer Tape
Medium Tack Transfer Tape
Medium Tack Transfer Tape
Medium Tack Transfer Tape

Medium Tack Transfer Tape

$10.90

Now remove the backing from the Smart Vinyl and apply it to the substrate. It can be any surface such as glass, ceramic, metal, or wood. Be certain that the surface is clean and dry before proceeding. It should also be smooth to ensure robust adherence of the vinyl to it.

Transfer The Design

Use a squeegee with slight pressure to make sure that the design has properly stuck. Finally, remove the transfer tape from the design slowly at an angle. Do not lift it vertically. It should be closer to the surface. Once it is done, you have successfully cut your Smart Vinyl design in Cricut Maker and transferred it to your desired surface.

Limitations Of Using Smart Vinyl On Cricut Maker

Following are some of the important points that you have to take into account when using Smart Vinyl on Cricut Maker:

  • While feeding the Smart Vinyl into the mat guides, make sure to push it forward toward the rollers and keep it against the left guide for proper alignment. This is because Cricut Maker does not readily accept Smart Vinyl. You might have to be patient to feed it correctly into the machine.
  • Sometimes, Smart Materials may curve upwards in the middle during loading. If your material doesn't lie flat, simply press the unload button, realign your material using the left guide, and reload it to ensure a straight edge.
  • If you're working with Smart Vinyl that you've previously cut, ensure that the leading edge is squared off. It should be perfectly straight. Use a guillotine or even a craft knife alongside a ruler to achieve this. This helps in feeding it evenly into the guides for a smoother cutting process. If the edge of the Smart Vinyl is not fed into the Cricut Maker perfectly straight, the whole design will get messed up.
  • Cricut Maker leaves a lot of space on the top and the side of the vinyl design when it cuts Smart Vinyl because it assumes that the vinyl is on a mat. It is programmed to leave that space for the cutting mat. Since we do not use one when cutting Smart Vinyl, it leaves space expecting the mat to be there. There is no option for matless cutting in Cricut Maker.
  • When you are cutting the Smart Vinyl on Cricut Maker, your design can only be as long as 23.5 inches with a width of 11.5 inches because that’s the maximum area of cutting when regular vinyl is on the mat. The largest mat is 24 inches long so it doesn’t cut more than 23.5 inches of design.
  • With Cricut Maker, if you find it difficult to use a roll holder, you can place the Smart Vinyl on the table and feed it into the machine. Keeping it steady can be an issue. Also keep in mind that this machine cuts slowly as compared to Cricut Maker 3.

Using Smart Vinyl On Cricut Maker vs Cricut Maker 3

Cricut Maker 3 is specifically designed to work with Smart Vinyl, but as is clear from our blog, you can also use it with Cricut Maker. Let’s see what difference you will find in both of them when using Smart Vinyl.

Cricut MakerCricut Maker 3
Specifically designed to work with regular vinyl on a cutting matDesigned to work with both regular and Smart Vinyl
Does not have special sensors to measure the Smart Vinyl and smoothly take it inEquipped with sensors to measure the vinyl and smoothly load it into the machine
Does not straighten the edge of the vinylAutomatically straightens the edge of the vinyl
Maximum length of the Smart Vinyl design that can be cut is 23.5 inches onlyCan cut a design of the Smart Vinyl up to 12 feet in length
Will leave space on the top and side of the design as it will assume it is cutting on a matWill not leave extra space and the vinyl will not be wasted
Slow cutting processCuts faster
Makes quite a bit of noiseIt is relatively quieter

Smart Vinyl At TeckWrap Craft

TeckWrap Craft is a one-stop online shop for all your vinyl crafting needs. With just a few clicks on your computer, you get the product delivered to your doorstep. We offer premium quality smart vinyl in different amazing colors. These are eco-friendly permanent vinyl films that are non-toxic and safe to use on utensils. They are also water-resistant and can be applied outdoors as well without any apprehensions.

These are easy to work with. They allow continuous cuts without a cutting mat and you can weed the design without any hassle. They are designed to be used with Cricut Joy, but now that you know how to go about it, you can try using them on Cricut Maker as well if you have that machine. Whether you want to design wall graphics, decorative art, drinkware, signboards, or greeting cards, you can do it in no time with our Smart Vinyl.

Smart Vinyl At TeckWrap Craft

How To Make Smart Vinyl Designs Last Longer?

Care and maintenance are essential for ensuring the longevity and quality of projects made with Smart Vinyl. Here are some tips to help you take care of your Smart Vinyl creations:

  • Cleaning: Regularly wipe vinyl surfaces with a damp, soft microfiber cloth. Avoid abrasive cleaners or scrubbing, as they can damage the vinyl's finish.
  • Outdoor Use: If your Smart Vinyl project is intended for outdoor use, be mindful of exposure to the elements. Consider using UV-resistant or weatherproof permanent Smart Vinyl for increased durability in outdoor applications. Periodically check outdoor vinyl projects for signs of wear, fading, or peeling and make necessary repairs.
  • Avoid Extreme Temperatures: Extreme heat can cause vinyl to warp or lose adhesion. Avoid leaving Smart Vinyl items in direct sunlight, especially if they're on surfaces that can become hot, like car windows or a wall that receives constant sunlight. In freezing temperatures, vinyl can become brittle, so exercise caution in extremely cold climates.
  • Storage: When storing Smart Vinyl rolls, keep them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture. Store rolls upright or horizontally to prevent warping or creasing. You can use TeckWrap Craft’s wall-mounted vinyl roll storage for this purpose.
  • Gentle Handling: Be careful when handling items made of Smart Vinyl. Sharp objects or rough handling can scratch or tear the vinyl. When removing vinyl decals or designs, peel them off gently at a 45-degree angle to minimize stress.

Frequently Asked Questions

To Use Or Not To Use Smart Vinyl On A Cricut Maker - The Final Verdict!

In conclusion, it is better not to use Smart Vinyl on Cricut Maker. The only advantage you get is that of matless cutting which Cricut Maker does not support. You may be able to cut the vinyl without a mat but there is a lot of risk involved of the vinyl getting stuck, improper alignment, or the machine getting jammed.

Another option is to use a cutting mat when working with Smart Vinyl and Cricut Maker. But if you do so, the whole idea of Smart Vinyl is of no avail. If you have to use a cutting mat then why not work with regular vinyl which is slightly less expensive as well? Invest in Cricut Maker 3 or Cricut Explore 3 if you want to make crafts with Smart Vinyl. You can also use Cricut Joy for it.

Related Blog Post

Is Permanent Vinyl Dishwasher Safe?

Is Permanent Vinyl Dishwasher Safe?

May 13, 2024 TeckWrap Craft
The Best Shirt For Infusible Ink

The Best Shirt For Infusible Ink

May 10, 2024 TeckWrap Craft
Sayings Vinyl Shirt Ideas

Sayings Vinyl Shirt Ideas

May 09, 2024 TeckWrap Craft

What are you looking for?

Your cart