How-To Use the Vinyl Cutter to Create Nail Designs
Importing the image into the software (Sure Cuts Alot) I always make sure that I run an image trace on the picture to get the lines that the cutter will follow. If I need to edit my picture further I make it large enough to see what I am doing then adjust it as needed using the software tools provided. The vinyl brand that I use the most is 'Oracal' which can be found at various hobby stores in the scrap booking section. I sometimes use other brands to practice on but I found if I want long lasting designs 'Oracal' is the way to go.
I always run the cutter at the slowest speed setting for small designs unless they are really simple and then I adjust the force of the cutting blade depending on the vinyl that I am using and by the complexity of the design attempting to be cut.
For transferring the design again it depends on the complex nature of the design. Simple designs are transferable with tweezers and the more complex are transferred with the aid of transfer tape or painters tape that has a delicate adhesive. Once on the nail I cover it with a clear coat of polish to ensure longer wear then enjoy.
ABOUT SONJA OSTLER
Sonja works as an Architectural Detailer at e.Construct. She is also a volunteer and mentor at DoSpace specializing in the 3D Lab. When Sonja is not at work, or at DoSpace, she teaches ballroom dancing and outdoor survival skills, works on robots, 3D prints stuff, or chills at home with her two cats Blackberry and Cosette.