The hinge method is a best practice for placing transfer tape or any other type of covering on your material.
- Begin by removing a small portion of the backing from your transfer tape or film approximately a half-inch (12.7 mm).
- Creasing down the backing by folding it over is very helpful. It not only exposes the tape but also gives you something to use to pull the backing off the tape.
- Place the exposed tape on your material, using the squares as a guide to place it as straight as possible.
- Slowly peel the backing downwards or sidewards (whichever is easier based on orientation) and guide the tape down on the material with your hand or a burnishing tool.
- Once the tape is placed be sure to rub/burnish the tape with a tool such as a burnishing tool, popsicle stick, or credit card
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The hinge method can be used when placing vinyl on surfaces as well. Follow the same steps as before but make sure that your vinyl remains on the surface when removing the transfer tape after placement. You can use washi tape or masking tape to secure the artwork to the surface while placing it. This is extremely useful for larger projects, especially when placing decals on walls. You can use a burnishing tool or rub the vinyl with your finger to ensure it adheres. It’s always a good idea to take it slow when you’re placing vinyl on any surface but it is especially important when working with curved surfaces.
You can see a demonstration of the hinge method in this video from Cricut’s YouTube channel.