Tips For Using Transfer Tape

May 2, 2017 • Contributor: Sarah from Pretty Providence

I'm Sarah from Pretty Providence and I'm excited to be sharing tips for using transfer tape today. I love using vinyl transfer tape, but I am surprised when I find out that lots of Cricut users don't know about it! It's honestly a life-saver!


Transfer tape tips

Transfer tape helps you get cut vinyl from A to B without falling out of place AND allows you to make sure everything is placed in a straight line. This is especially helpful for lettering. Nobody wants crooked letters, am I right?!

Okay, so let's get started. Here is a basic tutorial on how to use transfer tape:

After you've cut vinyl, you know it's time to 'WEED!' Weeding is where you remove the outside pieces from what you cut using a hook from the Cricut Tool Kit.


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Remove the liner from your transfer tape. Hold transfer tape steady, sticky side down.

Gently place the transfer tape over your cut image. Start in the middle and move outwards.

Burnish (rub) the tape onto the vinyl. A craft stick, butter knife, or the scraper from the Cricut Tool Kit can be used to do this!

Peel the vinyl away from the liner at a 45-degree angle. If the vinyl sticks to the liner, simply burnish the transfer tape onto the vinyl again and then continue to peel the vinyl away.

Carefully place the transfer tape/vinyl cut-outs onto a clean and dry surface (in my case, this bread box) making sure the images are straight.


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Burnish again! Start in the center and move outward.

Peel your transfer tape away from the vinyl at a 45-degree angle. If the vinyl sticks to the transfer tape, simply burnish the vinyl again. Peel the transfer tape away slowly and carefully.


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That's it! See, using transfer tape will make vinyl projects that much more simple. Make sure you hop over to my blog to see how this fun bread box turned out!


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49 thoughts on “Tips For Using Transfer Tape

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  2. I purchased a roll of glitter vinyl. The transfer tape will not stick to it. How am I supposed to use this glitter vinyl.

  3. Thank you for this. Any suggestions on using the transfer tape on a coffee mug with the curve? would you still start in the middle and move outward on burnishing?

  4. I still find that after burnishing the vinyl won’t come off the backing even with the heavyweight transfer tape

  5. I am seriously not a fan of the new transfer tape! It was a fight to get it to release my vinyl. Are there different types like the new mats? I had a large project with 30 pieces and luckily found some of the old transfer tape and it saved the day!

  6. I purchased the glitter vinyl and transfer tape (both Cricut products) and was unsuccessful at transferring my image. I tried numerous times but my image would not stick to the transfer tape. Could you please tell me what I’m doing wrong? Frustrated.

    • The glitter vinyl should have come with some Strong Grip transfer tape at the end of the roll. This works best for transferring the glitter vinyls.

  7. I followed the directions to a T! My vinyl would not come off the transfer tape! I tried again being even more gentle. Still my vinyl stuck permanently to the transfer tape. I wasted all my time and my vinyl. I spent $13 on it. I might as well have thrown that $13 out the window. Everything I have used has been Cricut brand. I don’t understand how this happened. The transfer tape stickier than the HTV, Scotch tape, even stickier that foam scrapbooking squares.
    I LOVE my Cricut Explore Air 2! I love my Cuttlebug! I love everything I have created. I just don’t like the transfer tape. Losing my valuable time and money is heartbreaking ?.

    • I am in the same boat!! I have ruined SO MUCH vinyl and transfer paper because the transfer paper does not release the vinyl when i try to put it on whatever I’m making. So frustrated right now!!

      • I am also wasting a lot of money and time on trying to use the transfer tape and the vinyl. I have tried multiple times to transfer vinyl to both glass and chalk boards with no success. I am very frustrated.

        • Seems like your transfer tape might be too sticky – a common complaint. Try sticking it to your jeans or t- shirt a couple of times to get some of the ‘stick’ off. Remember to remove it by pulling it almost back onto itself. Hope this suggestion helps.

  8. Has anyone seen this new Cricut BrightPad. Joann’s in Manchester CT has the tag on display but no one knows about it. What is the price on this?

  9. I’ve tried using both glitter vinyl and foil however when it’s time to use the transfer tape neither will transfer. What can I do to help with that?

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  11. What is the best transfer tap to use on glitter vinyl? I have a hard time with the glitter to stick so it can be transferred

    • Are you using the Strong Grip transfer tape that came with the roll? That should help you transfer the glitter vinyl successfully.

  12. Every time I start in the middle to apply my transfer tape it ends up messing up. Is there a secret I don’t know?

  13. I just want to say how disappointed I am in cricuts transfer tape. I bought 3 rolls and completely waisted my money, time, supplies, and ruined TWO projects! The transfer tape doesn’t stick to anything! I also noticed there is a new texture to the material. And yes, I did buy the same kind I have always bought. I am highly upset with the quality of cricuts transfer tape and I will be looking for another brand!

    Tori Houp

  14. What do you do when the vinyl won’t come off the transfer tape? Every single time I use this transfer tape, I have the same issue and it ends up being thrown out. And then I have to cut it again and use a different transfer tape.

    • Try burnishing it again if the vinyl is not coming off. This will help make sure that it adheres to your project and the tape should lift off.

  15. I try to use the tape all the time. My problem is separating the transfer tape from its own backing. Any suggestions?

  16. The last roll of Cricut transfer tape that I purchased (from Hobby Lobby) has ruined everything. I use the sticky vinyl on wood projects that have been sealed. It pulled the paint and sealer off. Ruined the project, which I sell on Etsy. Used the heat vinyl and ruined the shirt and design. Has this happened to any one else? Not a very happy customer. Darlene

  17. How do I use the transfer tape on painted projects without it peeling spots of the paint off too? I painted some glass jars and tried to put labels on them only to have patches of the paint peeled off with the transfer tape. Help?

  18. I have wasted so much time and vinyl using the transfer tape. Burnish all you want-it is too sticky! This product needs reworked.

  19. I have used the transfer tape on a board game I made. The purple writing on it did not come off when I put it on my game. Could you please tell me what I should have done to get the writing off.
    Thank you.

  20. Brand new to cricut and the transfer tape is such an issue. I was trying to adhere glitter vinyl to glass and the regular transfer tape won’t work to adhere to the glitter vinyl at all but the strong grip transfer tape won’t let the design adhere to the glass. Super frustrating.

  21. So glad I found this group. I am also so frustrated. I have been trying to use the transfer tape to transfer vinyl to glass and to chalk board without success. I thought I was doing something wrong. Has anyone on here with the same problems found a solution yet? If so please share !

    Thank you

  22. I love my Cricut Air 2. I’ve had it for about 6 weeks. I’ve mainly used it for vinyl. I have studied and watch tutorials on the transfer tape. I only buy cricut brand vinyl and transfer tape. The transfer tape is so sticky that I cannot get the vinyl to separate from it. I’ve done everything as suggested, cleaned the surface where I’m applying the vinyl, it’s indoors at 70 degrees F. What more do I need to do???
    And why isn’t this being addressed??
    I’m SO FRUSTRATED with this!! I’ve wasted time and money on this.
    I wish I had known how terrible the cricut transfer tape was going to be.
    Do the people at cricut even try their own product???
    It’s horrible. I will not ever buy cricut brand transfer tape again.

  23. So I learned a new trick to get through the rest of my seemingly industrial strength Cricut brand transfer tape. It’s very professional too.
    After I cut the vinyl with my Cricut Air 2, measure and cut the transfer tape to fit my vinyl, I peel the backing off the transfer tape and stick it down onto my shag carpet.
    I had to be careful not to remove the carpet from the floor with the super strength adhesive on the transfer tape.
    This added a bunch of fibers to the adhesive and made it less sticky but it’s still sticky enough to pick up the vinyl.
    Maybe this step should be added to the transfer tape instructions. Seriously helped. Wish I tried this 2 weeks ago!!

  24. I just bought the cricket maker just for the vinyl project’s. Never have had any of these machines. I also bought all cricket products and they cricket transfer tape will not release the vinyl! I’m so frustrated that I was so excited to thos machine and spent over 800 and it will not do what it’s suppose to. I’ve watched tons of videos on you tube everyone makes it look so easy. Well it’s Not! What a waste!

    • Read my fix about sticking the tape to the carpet. This will help you get through the open rolls of transfer tape you bought. Return any unopened ones. It’ll help. I’m going to try good old contact paper next. I heard it works great.

      • Please keep us posted on how Contact Paper works! I’m currently ruining the second project by trying to use Cricut transfer tape with Cricut glitter vinyl. Very frustrating!

  25. I am new and have been told by numerous people, after wasting a LOT of vinyl, that many many people use contact paper instead of the Transfer Paper. But I do like the tip of sticking to jeans to lessen the stickiness! 🙂

  26. Ok….so i just spent over 500.00 on the New Cricut Maker machine and the Package deal!
    I created a vinyl lettering no prob…up until I used the cricut transfer paper and now I can not remove the vinyl letters off the transfer paper. I have tried everthing to remove it and it wont come off.

    there goes tons of money. are there other transfer papers besides this one from cricut to use to transfer the vinyl?

  27. Yep, good old contact paper does the trick. I had to press down firmly/burnish to even get the contact paper to pick up the vinyl. Which is exactly what I wanted. The vinyl needs to be more sticky than the transfer tape to stick down and release from the transfer tape/contact paper. The contact paper isn’t gridded, the backing paper is though. You could always trace a reference line on it from the backing paper if you really needed it.

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