Do you find yourself overwhelmed with all of the different types of vinyl available to use in your crafting? Today, I'm going to break it down in simple terms for you.
You often hear the terms Oracal 631, 651, Oramask 813, Heat Transfer Vinyl, and Transfer Tape.
Oracal 631 is often referred to as indoor vinyl. It is used for wall decals because it is removable without causing damage to your walls. You don't want to use 631 for any projects that will be exposed to the outdoor elements.
Oracal 651 is referred to as outdoor or permanent vinyl. 651 is often used for coffee mugs, wine glasses, car decals, outdoor signs, and water bottles. 651 can be exposed to water, heat and cold. Note that projects made with 651 are not dishwasher safe. You will want to wash these by hand. 651 has a stronger adhesive than 631.
Heat Transfer Vinyl
Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) is used for fabrics (i.e. shirts and tea towels). I personally prefer Siser Brand of HTV. A few of the varieties of HTV you can get are Easy Weed, glitter, and stretch. There are many more varieties, but these are my most popular. Remember to mirror your image before cutting and place your HTV shiny side down on your cutting mat before cutting.
813 Stencil Vinyl
When painting signs, I like to use Oramask 813. This is meant specifically for stencil purposes, but is not reusable like your standard mylar stencils. It goes on easily, has a less adhesive than 631 and 651 vinyls and rips easily when you remove it from your painted sign. It is also the stencil vinyl we use in our studio.
Transfer Tape comes in all sorts of styles from paper and clear, with lines and without lines. I personally prefer Paper Transfer Tape. It is easier to use when making signs. Some people like to use the clear with lines when making mugs and wine glasses. You use transfer tape to get whatever type of vinyl you are using from the backing sheet onto your project (i.e. cup, wall or sign).
I hope this post helps clear up any questions you may have in regards to what type of vinyl you should use for your craft projects. Please reach out to me if I can answer any questions.