All About Vinyl: Learn about the difference and options available for Adhesive Vinyl & HTV

There are a lot of vinyl options on the market. So we thought it was a good time to give you the 411 on Vinyl so that you know your options and to eliminate any confusion that you may have.

Get the vinyl 411 with this all about vinyl article from the experts at Pro World

There are two main categories of  Vinyl – Adhesive Vinyl & Heat Transfer Vinyl.

Adhesive Vinyl is used as a decorative vinyl for creating signs or craft projects. It has an adhesive back and can be applied to just about any hard surface. Adhesive Vinyl comes in three different adhesive strengths – semi-permanent (631), permanent (651) and professional grade.

Heat Transfer Vinyl, which is also known as HTV is used for decorating garments and is applied with a heat press or an iron.

HTV with carrier

HTV with carrier

Vinyl Varieties

Here at Pro World we LOVE vinyl, and we carry a large assortment to ensure that our customers always get precisely what they want! Below are the different vinyl types that we carry:

Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)

Cutting Vinyl

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For starters, to cut vinyl you will need a vinyl cutting machine, we sell vinyl cutters in multiple sizes. There are cutters for the hobbyist and for the professional custom seller. You can find all of our options here.

Cutting Adhesive Vinyl

When you cut adhesive vinyl you want to cut on the shiny, color. Not on the paper backing. And when you apply it you will want to weed your design and then apply your gridded application tape on top of the design. This will help you align your design on the surface. 

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Cutting Heat Transfer Vinyl

With HTV you cut on the back side of the heat transfer vinyl, not the plastic top. Since you cut on the back of the HTV you need to mirror your design before cutting it. Then when you weed your design, you should lift the waste HTV away from the plastic sheet,  so that the plastic sheet stays intact covering your design. The plastic sheet will act as a protective barrier so that the HTV doesn’t directly touch the heat. Once we are done pressing you will remove the plastic sheet.

Now that you know the difference between adhesive vinyl & HTV tell me.. What do you want to try? Head to our website from now until Sunday 10/14/18 and you can get 10% OFF all vinyl & cutters! PLUS you will get 2x PW Reward Points! Which means it is a great time to stock up. 


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Grow Your Business with Sport Merchandise

School is back in session, pumpkin spice everything is on the shelves and Sunday football is in full swing, which only means one thing: Fall is here! With fall, comes the fall sports season.  Teams are always looking for new ways to fundraise, so now is the perfect time to expand your business into the sports market with a fall sports shop!

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A quick and easy way to get your sports shop started is with our Heat Transfers.  They are simple to use: Choose your heat transfer design, lay it on your garment, press it with your heat press and peel according to the directions. It’s so easy and we have thousands of designs for you to choose from! Here are a few examples of our heat transfer sports designs:


Football and cheer


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And don’t forget about Mom!


If you want to outfit a team you should consider using our Custom Value Transfers. They allow for you to create one color custom heat transfer that includes free shipping, free ganging, and a free art set up.  Just pay for the sheet quantity that is needed, everything else is covered! Our One Color Value transfer offers a durable, soft feel that can print on multiple light and dark garment types.

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But when it comes to creating custom products you have more options than just heat transfers. You can use adhesive vinyl for window decals, signage, and even team wall art!


Sublimation for all things polyester and poly coated items like water bottles, keychain for bag tags, or even awards!

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And HTV if you want to personalize your product yourself like these sport headbands that Finnegan and the Hughes made.

finnegan and the hughes headband

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Hot Mess Canvas Tutorial

Did you know that if you paint a canvas, add vinyl, repaint it and peel the vinyl, it is called a Hot Mess Canvas? Neither did we! Until now that is.

The technique gets its name due to the loose painting restraints. When you apply the first layer of paint, you can use as many colors as you want, There is no rule to paint placement, allowing you to make it a Hot Mess and still get gorgeous results.

hot mess canvas

Want to make one for yourself? This is what you need:

Now that you have your supplies, let’s get started! Follow the steps below:

1- Use your cutting software to design an image.

2 – Cut and weed your adhesive vinyl. We recommend using permanent 651 so that it adheres to the canvas.


3 – Paint your canvas with a variety of colors and let it dry. There are NO RULES when painting the canvas. You can use as many colors as you would like in no particular order. Just make sure that you don’t have any white showing.


5 – Take your weeded design and apply your application tape.

PRO TIP: Adhere the top of your application tape to your work surface and then place it on your design. By having it anchored to the table, it will help you control your application tape so that it eliminates bubbles. IMG_8407

6-  Place your design on your canvas and carefully peel the application tape back from your design.


7 – Paint the entire canvas a solid color and let dry.


8- Once the paint is dry, carefully weed your design.


9 – Admire your results.


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Personalize a Balloon

Are you throwing a party? Add another level of personalization by decorating a balloon!

As you will see from the instructions below, the process is easy. All you need are a couple of minutes and a couple balloons!

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You Need:

Ready to make one for yourself? We used 2 different application techniques.

Directions for adding adhesive vinyl to a latex balloon:

  1. Design your image (we recommend a simple image since you cannot use application tape on a latex balloon)
  2. Insert your adhesive vinyl and click cut
  3. Weed your design
  4. Blow up your balloon
  5. Carefully hand place your adhesive vinylpersonalize a latex balloon - make a balloon banner

Directions for adding adhesive vinyl to a mylar balloon:

  1. Design your image
  2. Insert your adhesive vinyl and click cut
  3. Weed your design
  4. Inflate your balloon using a helium tank (or purchase one inflated)
  5. Apply your application tape or hand place your design
  6. Carefully apply your adhesive vinyl and slowly peel the application tape if you used it

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Mother’s Day Vase with Etched Adhesive Vinyl

Mothers do such a good job making a house a home. So one way to show how much you appreciate your mom is to etch a vase for her. There is no need to use chemicals or etching machines to do it, we are making etching easier by using adhesive vinyl.  

Today we are making a vase that says, “Home is where your Mom is”.  Want to make one of your own? See how easy it is below!


You need:

Want to make your own? It’s simple:

1 – Design your image and cut your etched adhesive vinyl

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2 – Weed it


3 – Apply the transfer tape


4- Carefully remove the transfer tape.


5 – Buy a bouquet of flowers and bring it to Mom!


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Decorate a Door Mat

The days are getting a little longer, the flowers are blooming and birds are singing because Spring is in the air.  A great project to get started with this Spring is a personalized doormat to decorate your front step.

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Here is everything you will need for your personalized doormat:

Ready to make your own? Here’s how!

1- Start by designing your doormat within your design software.

2 – Load your adhesive vinyl into your cutting machine, check your cut settings and click cut.

3 – REVERSE weed your design. So that means you will remove the text making it so that the adhesive vinyl can be used as a stencil.


4 – Carefully lift one side of your adhesive vinyl stencil and move it to your doormat.  Then slowly pull back the vinyl backing and push down on your vinyl for maximum adhesion. Try to remove any bubbles and seal the ends.


5 – Carefully dab the paint onto the doormat. We painted 2 coats.


6 – Let it dry and remove the vinyl IMG_4597

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Personalized Baseball Ideas to Make This Spring

Knock your sales out of the park this spring with personalized baseball and softball products! We have an extensive list of supplies that allow for you to create anything you can imagine.

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From heat transfers, heat transfer vinyl, adhesive vinyl and even sublimation there is something for everyone. Need some ideas to get you started? Here are a few!

You can create batting helmet labels from adhesive vinyl, so that the team can tell each other apart.

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Let the fans show their love of the game with shirts made from HTV or heat transfers.

IMG_3229-e1461730984340Our baseball and softball heat transfers come in screen print, rhinestone and even studs!


You can personalize team jerseys with heat transfer vinyl.

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You can even sublimate your own baseball awards!


Bag Tags


Photo From Finnegan and the Hughes!

Need more ideas? Try personalizing bat bags, bat racks, water bottles (with vinyl or sublimation).  Hats and visors are great to customize as well.

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St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration

You don’t need luck to bring you to the end of the rainbow this Saint Patrick’s Day. You just need a few supplies to fill your own pot of gold! You’ll find everything that you need here at Pro World.  Do you need some inspiration? Read below!

St. Patrick Day

You can take a plain beer mug and turn it into the perfect St. Patty’s drinking vessel with a little adhesive vinyl.

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Or make sublimated shot glasses


Or sublimated koozies


You can even make and sell shirts for the whole family from vinyl, heat transfers or both!


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Want to see some of our favorite heat transfers? Check them out!

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New Product Announcement: Siser EasyPSV Adhesive Vinyl

Did you hear the news? Pro World now carries Siser EasyPSV Adhesive Vinyl! But that’s not all. We were so excited during the product launch that we decided to reward our customers for purchasing Siser products! Here are the details:

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Now you may be asking, what is Siser Easy PSV? It’s the latest adhesive vinyl to hit the market! It is available in Permanent, Permanent Glitter, Removable Chalkboard, Permanent Glow in the Dark, and Permanent Light Etch. See the product highlights below.

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Siser EasyPSV Permanent Vinyl comes in 38 colors, and has a width of 12”. This outdoor rated adhesive vinyl is strong enough to survive the weather and UV conditions.

Siser EasyPSV Permanent Glitter Vinyl comes in 18 colors and has a width of 12”. Try it out on plastic, glass, ceramic, and more!


The Siser EasyPSV Removable Chalkboard Vinyl is perfect for creating a To Do list on your wall.


Do you want to create custom designs that will glow in the dark? The Siser EasyPSV Permanent Vinyl Glow in the Dark has a width of 13″ and look great during the day and at night!


With Siser EasyPSV Permanent Vinyl Light Etch, you can put down that sandblaster! Now you can easily add a frosted look to your projects.


To see the new Siser EasyPSV colors in person, check out our Facebook Live!

Don’t forget the Siser promotion is valid on any Siser order. So anytime you purchase over $59 you will get FREE US Shipping, double the reward points, and a $10 coupon with $99+ order *. So be sure to also order some Siser EasyWeed, Strip-Flock & Glitter!  

*Restrictions Apply see website for details.

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Creating a Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Sign with Vinyl

A few weeks ago, we told you  about our new product called Oracal 641. Today, we are going to use the matte sign vinyl to make a Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Sign.

Want to see what we made?

Want to make one for yourself? Here’s what you need:

To make your own:

1 – Design your cut file.

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2 – Load your Oracal 641 into your cutting machine and click cut.

3 – Weed your design.


4 – Lay your Transfer Tape over your weeded design.


5 – Peel the blue backing from your transfer tape.


6 – Apply it to your chalkboard blank.


7 – Peel the transfer tape.


8 – Admire your work!


Have you tried using Oracal 641? Show us on Facebook or Instagram, we would love to see what you made!

Like this project? Pin it for later!

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