I had my first experience using vinyl and my Cricut last week. Let me tell you, I was nervous! See, I've had ideas in my head for awhile of what I wanted to do for my sister's wedding. Of course, if you know me, I'm a procrastinator. I finally ordered the vinyl the week before the wedding. Thursday night, I was out trying to find something to put it on. And Friday I was finishing it up. But...I think it came out fabulously!!
For my vinyl, I used ebay seller, AdaboyArts. Awesome seller, btw! I had recently purchased Sure Cuts A Lot to use in conjunction with my cricut. This means that I don't have to purchase a ton of cartridges just so I can get different fonts. It works with all the fonts that I have on my computer already! (it will also do anything else, but I obviously only needed it for the fonts)
I was originally just looking for a plain board that I would paint and apply the vinyl lettering to. However, in my quest to find the perfect one, I found this awesome metal board with the scroll work already on it! They had two sizes (available at my Hobby Lobby) and I got the larger size. The best part was that I had a 40% off coupon, so it made it even cheaper! Score! :)
Thanks to Jan, I knew what all I needed to do apply the vinyl easily. She made an outstanding, easy to follow tutorial. Within no time, everything was done! (ok, I shouldn't say that...it took me a bit because I had to get everything to line up perfectly!)
I really liked how it turned out! And, I only needed a 12x12 piece of vinyl to cut this out. For reference, the letters are 5.0 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide.