Vinyl Cutting a Vintage Heart Sticker


This project is a simple Sticker produced at the fab lab.

The design was downloaded for free as a vector from and was cut on the vinyl cutter. 

Sticker was then stuck on a wall in the lab.


AutoCad, CorelDraw






Black Vinyl



Production Steps

This section describes the different steps followed to produce a simple sticker at the Fab Lab.

Step – 1 : Download the Design

In order to digitally produce a sticker on a Vinyl Cutter, you need to have its digital design first. This can be designed using any Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.

In this example, the design was downloaded as vectors from the website in .CDR format, which can be opened using Corel Draw software.

Step – 2: Prepare Your File For Vinyl Cutting on Corel Draw

You will then import the CDR file into a preparation software, in our case we use CorelDraw. The sheet width should correspond to the vinyl roll width.

  • Choose Your Material: Typically you may have an idea about what kind of vinyl you will use and its color. In this example we will be using White Vinyl.
  • Choose Your Cutting Vectors: To cut any vector, it must have a “Hairline” thickness to be read by the vinyl cutter as a vector that requires cutting. Thus we had to mark all the vectors that we wanted to cut and set the thickness to be “Hairline”.
  • Forward the Job: After choosing all the variables, send the order to the vinyl cutter. But before doing that, we have to manually set it up the printer with respect to the material we intend to use.

Step – 3: Setting Up The Vinyl Cutter

After preparing the file and the relative settings we need, turn on the machine, wait for it to initialize, and do the following steps:

  • Pull the pinch roller lever and insert the material.
  • Align the material with the rollers, then push the lever.
  • Press the “Edge” option on the machine, it will measure the width of the media.

Step – 4: Perform The Cut

This is when the magic happens!

  • On the PC forward the job.
  • The machine will pull the material out to measure if there is enough material (it will pull as much as the length you put in the preparation software).

Enjoy watching the machine cutting vinyl.

Step – 5: Prepare Your Sticker Cut Part from the Vinyl Cutter

To prepare the sticker, follow those steps.

  • When the cutting job is done cut the part with a cutter.
  • Remove all unwanted parts of the Vinyl.
  • Stick a transparent adhesive film on the remaining vinyl shapes

Step – 6: Transfer your sticker to the intended surface

To stick your sticker onto the intended surface, follow those steps:

  • Clean the surface of choice to remove any dust and impurities
  • Cut one sticker
  • Remove the back paper support layer
  • Stick the transparent sticky film with vinyl shape on the surface
  • Press the vinyl onto the surface and make sure to remove all bubble stuck under it
  • Slowly and carefully remove the adhesive film