I have 2 words for you: Resin, Cheetah Print. Ok, that’s 3 words but let’s count it as 2 because CHEETAH PRINT! When I saw this adorable little resin cheetah print pumpkin I knew exactly what I had to do with him… create a special vinyl sign to show him off.
So today we’re going to cut a little vinyl to make the cutest “Welcome to the Patch” resin cheetah print pumpkin sign you ever saw!
This is the same SVG design I used for these cheetah print pillows and this resin coaster and serving tray set. Plus I put removable vinyl decals on dinner plates for my Halloween tablescape this year… because your girl didn’t have any Halloween themed plates and I wasn’t about to buy a set when I could make temporary ones.
Either way this little design is SUPER cute and if you really don’t want to make a resin cheetah print pumpkin don’t worry… you can cut out the vinyl one that comes with the design and call it a day.
Let’s get started.
- Cricut Maker 3
- Cricut Roll Holder (for smart iron-on)
- Fine-Point Cutting Blade
- Cricut Standard Grip Mat (that’s the green one!)
- OR Cricut Fabric Grip Mat (that’s the one I use… it’s pink and holds everything)
- SVG Cut Files (FREE at the bottom of this post).
- Weeding Tool
- Scraping Tool
- Smart Vinyl
- Transfer Tape
- Blank Sign
Step 1: Upload and Cut your SVG
Before we get started on our sign we need to actually upload our cut files… so start by grabbing the FREE SVG at the bottom of this post and saving it to your computer. Then you can upload it into Cricut Design Space and pop it onto a new blank canvas.
There are a few options but we’re working with the “Welcome to the Patch” design for this particular sign. Once it’s on a new canvas go ahead and weld all the words together… then resize everything so your pumpkin is about 5.5 inches wide. Then you can delete the pumpkin layer and you’re good to go!
This way your design will be the right size to coordinate with your real resin pumpkin once it’s in the real world.
Of course, if you’re not doing the resin layer you’ll want to leave your pumpkin layer in Design Space so you can cut it with your Cricut.
We’re cutting all of our words out of white smart vinyl so go ahead and click go and select your machine (I’m using my Cricut Maker 3). I selected without a mat since I’m using smart vinyl and then we’re ready to rock… no need for mirroring or any other adjustments.
I popped my smart vinyl into my machine and hit go… it cuts so quickly! Plus there’s something about not needing a cutting mat that always makes me feel fancy.
BONUS: If you need a little help uploading your SVG don’t worry! You can follow along with my How to Upload an SVG to Cricut Design Space Tutorial… it’s super easy but I’ll walk you through all the steps so that you’re good to go.
Step 2: Weed your Design
Once your entire design is cut it’s time to weed! This goes pretty quickly since we’re only working with four words here. Of course white vinyl is my arch nemesis so that’s an entirely different problem. It’s super hard to weed.
It’s going to pop on that black sign though!
I just grabbed my Cricut Bright 360 and turned it on… the bright light makes weeding a breeze even for me.
From there I used my weeding tool to carefully remove any extra vinyl from the negative parts of the design. The inside of the o’s, the top of the e’s, around the letters. At the the end of the day we want our vinyl to look exactly like the design we’re working with in Cricut Design Space so we’ll remove any vinyl that’s not part of that design.
Step 3: Transfer the Design
Ready for the magic? Now that our vinyl is ready to go we’ll grab a nice sticky piece of transfer tape. Go ahead and cut it to fit over your entire design and then place it down making sure that the guidelines are straight to your letters.
Smooth it down firmly so that everything bonds and then carefully start to peel the transfer tape back up… the vinyl decal should stick to the transfer tape and leave the white backing behind.
Like one big transfer tape, vinyl decal sandwich with only two layers.
Go slowly and if your vinyl isn’t sticking then you need to bond it some more… keep scraping until it comes up naturally.
Once your design is fully on the transfer tape you’re good to go! Place it carefully onto your sign making sure it’s straight and in the right position. Then start to smooth it down from the center towards the edges of the design to eliminate any potential air bubbles.
Once the entire design is smoothed over you can remove the transfer tape and the vinyl will stay behind on your sign. Volia!
Told you it was magic!
Step 4: Enjoy the Cutest Pumpkin Sign EVER
At this point we are alllll done! We can add our little resin pumpkin and hang our new sign up on the wall.
It turned out sooo cute!
I ended up doing the details of the resin pumpkin black so they’d pop on the copper of the pumpkin but I’m thinking white would of been better on the black background of our sign.
So maybe I need to re-paint those? OR POUR A NEW RESIN PUMPKIN!
Either one would work!
I’m pretty happy either way but a little more contrast would go a long way.
Let me know what you think down below!