Q: Many people use a vinyl cutter to apply the lettering to their keepsakes. Is this necessary? What exactly is it and how does it work?
A: A vinyl cutter is a small device that you attach to your computer. With this cutter you are able to simply type in the text that you would like on your keepsake (you can choose your font, your size etc..). Next you click 'print', but instead of it printing out on paper, it actually has a little blade in it that cuts your letters out of self-adhesive vinyl. It's very cool! You then apply all your vinyl at once which means all your letters are spaced perfectly, lined up perfectly, straight and look professional. The vinyl comes in 10 yard and 50 yard rolls in hundreds of colors.
Do you need a vinyl cutter? NO.
Is it a helpful tool? YES. When most people are first starting out they don't have the budget for a vinyl cutter (they start around $600). It's often an item that people work up toward as their business grows and profits. Once you have one you wonder how you lived without it, but if you've never had one, a $3 paint pen is perfect for personalizing your keepsakes!