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So, a few months ago I sold my Cricut and purchased a Silhouette Cameo.  While I don’t use it a lot, I use it much more than the Cricut and am glad I made the swap.

Because my craft supply shopping is done online (mostly due to geographical deficiencies) I didn’t know what matte or glossy vinyl even looked like “in person” (but I do know the difference between matte and glossy finishes) and I thought that the finish was the only difference between the two vinyls.

After Christmas, there was a sale on vinyl and I bought 8 rolls to add to the 3 roll collection I already owned.  I chose matte indoor/outdoor vinyl because I prefer the finish over gloss in general.

I wish I’d known at the time (and the information IS out there – I just didn’t think to do any research) that glossy vinyl is “permanent” and matte is “removable”.  (glossy is not necessarily “forever”…it’s got stronger adhesive so it’s better used on items that would be handled a lot such as glassware or items that will be exposed to the elements such as signs).

As a result, I have “lots” of matte vinyl but I can’t use it for the purpose for which it was purchased – personalized coffee mugs, etc.  I did test the matte vinyl on a mug but it didn’t really hold up that well…you’d have to delicately wash it by hand and make sure you don’t snag any of the letters or they’ll nick or peel off.

Here’s the test mug that I made:

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Once I’d tested the mug and determined that the matte vinyl simply won’t do the trick, I ordered just a few rolls of the vinyl to try it out.  It was easy to reclaim the test mug – probably took less than a minute to remove all the letters just with a fingernail.

My test subject is a co-worker who was thinking about ordering a mug on etsy after a friend told her that she has RBF (a term I was new to about 3 weeks ago but I’ve since added it to my vocabulary.  If you’re not familiar, it stands for “resting bitch face”.)

Here is the (same!) mug I made for Jess (no point in hiding the name as I personalized the mug!)

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…and here is the other side with the personalization:

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Hopefully, when she uses it she can report on the durability of the vinyl so I can decide whether to order more colours.