Make mom a new mug for Mother’s Day using this cute The Mom Life FREE cut file for printable adhesive vinyl!
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Expressions Vinyl. As always, all opinions and ideas are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
The Mom Life: You know it. You’re living it.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
I celebrate The Mom Life with all it’s ups and downs.
This colorful free The Mom Life cut file that I’m sharing with you today works with the Print and Cut feature on the Silhouette.
Printable adhesive vinyl is one of my favorite inventions!
It literally allows you to create anything and stick it anywhere.
Even on a mug!
I’ll show you how to make the printable vinyl safe to wash, though you can use this image for any project.
The Mom Life Free Cut File
You can download my Mom Life free cut file here.
Prior to opening the cut file, change the paper size to match the size of your vinyl, in this case 8.5″x11″.
Open the “REGISTRATION MARKS” window and select the style of Silhouette you are using and the registration marks will appear on the paper.
Insert the cut file and arrange it so that it does not overlap any of the registration marks.
Resize as needed for your project.
The Mom Life Free Cut File Tips
Prior to cutting you need to make one edit.
The text “The Mom Life” can be seen in white on the flowers in the image above (it is red in the downloadable file).
We need to make it invisible prior to printing.
Sometimes the Print and Cut feature doesn’t line up exactly as you want.
To avoid this issue, we will “remove” the text by making it invisible, but the software will still know it is there and will still cut it when the time comes.
Click on the text then open the “LINE COLOR” window.
Select the “grid” looking box amongst the colors.
The text now looks like it has disappeared.
Send the file to the printer.
Once printed, load the vinyl on the cutting mat.
Open the “CUT SETTINGS” window.
You will see the the text has reappeared in red on the screen.
The software knows it is still there and will cut it.
I found that the “Printable Adhesive Cardstock” material setting worked perfectly for cutting this adhesive vinyl.
Here is the printed AND cut file.
Can’t find the letters?
They’ll magically appear in a moment!
Remove the excess vinyl leaving the pattern behind.
Weed out the little bits of vinyl from the words.
You can see that I printed and cut twice. (Doesn’t hurt to have a spare!)
Cover the vinyl with transfer tape and apply it to a mug, starting in the center and smoothing it out with your fingers towards the outside of the pattern.
Remove the transfer tape.
Follow directions on Dishwasher-Safe Decou-Page to apply it to the vinyl and around it’s edges.
I couldn’t be happier with how the mug turned out!
I plan to just hand wash it, just to be on the safe side, and that’s typically how we care for all of our drinking mugs.
And you can see I used the extra The Mom Life free cut file vinyl to make a pretty card!
Perfect for giving to a friend.
Don’t miss these other Mother’s day gift ideas using vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. They all include free cut files!
Mom life cup by The Scrap Shoppe | Home is where your mom cutting board by Tried and True | Mom Mom Mom shirt by A girl and a glue gun
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Thursday 25th of April 2019
I think I have some printable vinyl in my craft stash - I'm going to have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop! This will be one of my features this Saturday!
Monday 22nd of April 2019
This is SO pretty! What a wonderful Mother's Day gift idea, Michele! Thank you bunches for linking up and sharing with us this week!
Monday 22nd of April 2019
This is something I won't be doing since I do not have the tools but I love the idea. - very cute! :)
Sunday 23rd of April 2017
This is a lovely idea and it's beautiful. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.
Wednesday 19th of April 2017
Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Enjoy your week ahead.