Vinyl Cutting Resources & Guides

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Our Bucket List of Tools and Resources for Craft Fans

We've put together some vinyl cutting resources that you might find useful.

This section of the site compiles all of the tutorials and guides we've published, as well as useful third party sites and information hubs -- places you can go to learn more about crafting from other experts and bloggers.

We've also included a selection of our favorite stores for grabbing cheap supplies. 🙂

Major Brands

  • Silhouette -- Maker of the bestselling Cameo and Curio.
  • Cricut -- Market leader in the crafts demographic with its Maker and Explore Air range.
  • USCutter -- Mix of low and medium end professional machines.
  • Graphtec -- Widely acclaimed high performance cutting machines.
  • Roland -- Famous for 'Roland Reliability' and high performance.
  • Sizzix -- Small crafts machines; maker of the Big Shot.
  • Brother -- Maker of the popular ScanNCut machine.
  • KlicNKut -- Cult favorite, maker of the KNK Zing Orbit amongst others

Where to Buy Vinyl Supplies

Amazon -- It goes without saying. Amazon has some of the best deals and bundles around. Very few retailers can compete with them for price.

Swing Design -- An authorized Silhouette dealer, they also sell huge amounts of vinyl from your favorite manufacturers and always have a good deal to hand.

Sign Warehouse -- Wide array of signmaking supplies including some hard-to-find accessories.

MDP Supplies -- Lots of vinyl supplies and some good deals on cutters. UK only.

Beacon Graphics -- A graphic supply superstore with everything from vector designs to heat presses.

Oracal 651 Vinyl: Best Deals and Discounts -- Our complete guide on where to stock up on the world's most popular vinyl brand

Software and Tools

  • Sure Cuts A Lot -- Currently in its 5th edition, SCAL is one of our absolute favorite cutting software programs that's the perfect bridge between the basic programs that come free with Silhouette and Cricut, and more professional programs like Corel and Adobe. Available for a one-off payment of $59.99.
  • CorelDraw -- Pro tools with new font management. Trial available, or $499.
  • Adobe Illustrator -- Award winning tool can be purchased as a single Adobe cloud plan for $19.99 per month.
  • AutoCAD -- An industry leader with eyewatering prices, starting at around $50 per month (for stripped down versions). Ouch!
  • InkScape -- Free vector-based design tool. Export graphics for use with your vinyl cutter.

Resources and Insights