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How To Apply Leopard Print Pattern To A Starbucks Tumbler

Hey, friends! I’ve received a lot of requests for a how-to on this tumbler so here it is! It’s super simple!

First, lets talk supplies. These tumblers are sold at Starbucks locations for $3. Cant beat that price! For vinyl, I always use Oracal 651 from Expressions vinyl. For the leopard print I used the colors brown and light brown.

Step One: Design Space Setup

Once you’ve downloaded the design (which you can do here), upload it into Design Space and scale it to 8 inches wide if you want the same look as my cup. If you want smaller leopard spots, scale it down a bit. After you have it sized, click the ungroup button.

Next, hold shift and select each one of the light brown spots in the far right panel then click attach. This holds the spots in the exact space you see them in on the screen. Do the same thing for the dark brown spots; hold shift, select them all and then attach.

Now when you click continue the spots will hold their place on the mat. If you don’t attach the like colors together you’ll get this:

Which results in you having to put the pieces together like a puzzle. Doable, but not fun!

Step Two: Cut, Weed and Layer

Load the first color onto the mat, into the machine and cut. Repeat for the second color.

Weed both colors of vinyl.

Apply transfer tape to the dark brown spots using a scraper tool.

Then align the dark brown spots over the light brown and press down with your hands or the scraper tool to adhere them together.

Step Three: Apply Decals

At this point I just use scissors to cut apart the spots and apply by hand. I attempted to apply them as a whole in one swift movement and, well.. it wasn’t so swift. This way is MUCH easier.

Let the vinyl cure to the cup for at least 24 hours before filling it with hot or cold liquids!

If you have any questions leave me a comment below or send me an email. 🙂

 

 

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34 Comments

  • January 24, 2020 at 2:41 pm
    Gabriela

    Thank you for all your diys

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    • January 24, 2020 at 2:55 pm
      Kayla

      Thank YOU!!

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  • February 7, 2020 at 8:45 pm
    Taylor

    Is there a specific way to upload the image? It will not separate the colors when uploading into design space.
    Thank you.

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    • February 10, 2020 at 4:39 pm
      Kayla

      Did you click the “ungroup” button?

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      • March 3, 2020 at 9:53 pm
        Taylor

        The ungroup button is not available for me to click. When I upload it. Do I upload it “print and cut” or just regular? When I do regular it makes it all black and doesn’t have the ungroup button available.

      • March 4, 2020 at 7:16 pm
        Kayla

        You upload it as a cut file not a print and cut file. Did you download the SVG or PNG version?

  • February 9, 2020 at 10:09 pm
    Nicole

    Thank you!! I have been wanting to do this for my daughter and my friend and just didn’t know how! So so thankful for you sharing!

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    • February 10, 2020 at 4:40 pm
      Kayla

      Yay! Happy to help! 🙂

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  • February 29, 2020 at 5:59 am
    Brooke

    Hello,
    When uploading image I am able to remove what I need in “clean up” then I go through “define” and when I get to save image it’s not separating the vinyl colors. It blends them into one. It gives me the option to save in printable form. But I can’t do that.

    And thanks so much for the diy! I’m so happy to have found your page😀

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    • February 29, 2020 at 2:56 pm
      Kayla

      Hey! When you upload the SVG you shouldn’t have to do any clean up. Just save it as is. Are you on an iPad?

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  • March 22, 2020 at 12:48 am
    Claudia

    Hi! Thanks for your tutorial on the Starbucks leopard print. I purchased the leopard pattern vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. How would you recommend applying that? Would it need to be cut at all? Or would it be just a pain to do without cutting? Or would it just be easy to do the way you did?

    I’d appreciate your input.

    Claudia

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    • March 23, 2020 at 9:39 pm
      Kayla

      Hi there, so the printed vinyl from expressions is what I use to add the circle around the Starbucks logo but for the cup in this tutorial I used brown and tan adhesive vinyls and cut leopard print shapes out of those. I wouldn’t recommend trying to cut the leopard spots out of the printed vinyl.

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  • April 20, 2020 at 1:38 pm
    Brye

    Hey I can only find the schedule file. Do you have it in a jpeg or png. I only have the basic edition of silhouette studio? Thanks for this awesome tutorial

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  • April 20, 2020 at 2:06 pm
    Brye

    Hey! I can only find an SVG file and I have silhouette basic. Do you have this in a PNG or JPEG file? Thanks for this awesome tutorial

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  • April 28, 2020 at 4:41 pm
    Brixx

    How can I do this from phone when u said to u group then go into layer and attach 1 color then the other I can’t attach from phone and gives them all scattered

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    • April 29, 2020 at 12:52 pm
      Kayla

      I’ll try it from my phone and let you know!

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  • May 5, 2020 at 2:33 am
    maria

    hiiii, love the print! can we use this vinyl to sell cups? (commercial) or is this just a svg download for personal projects?

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    • May 5, 2020 at 6:43 pm
      Kayla

      Sure can! 🙂

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  • May 5, 2020 at 4:13 pm
    Jennifer Holtson

    When I try to save the image, it wont save it. I go to “upload”, then “browse files”, then select the image in svg format, it asks me to name it, then I try to save it and there is nothing there…

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  • May 12, 2020 at 5:03 am
    NM

    Hello, do you by chance have a step by step for the silhouette? I’ve ungrouped it, but it’s not letting me separate the colors..

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    • May 14, 2020 at 1:54 pm
      Kayla

      Oh that’s weird. I see what you mean. I’ll look into that today!

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  • May 18, 2020 at 1:38 am
    Nicole LaRiviere

    Hello. I cannot seem to find the link to download the Starbucks logo. Can you please help me? Thank you.

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  • May 24, 2020 at 1:17 am
    Janelle

    Thank you so much! LOVE it. Turned out gorgeous.:)

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    • May 24, 2020 at 1:21 pm
      Kayla

      Yay!! So glad!

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  • May 24, 2020 at 2:03 am
    Michelle

    Thank you for all your DIYs! Do you have to apply a seal over the cup?? What are the care instructions for these types of cups?

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    • May 24, 2020 at 1:23 pm
      Kayla

      Thank YOU! So happy you find the site helpful! I don’t apply anything over mine to seal them, I just hand wash the inside of the cup really well and never scrub over the vinyl decal. Also, don’t let them soak in hot water for a long time because it melts the adhesive.

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  • May 24, 2020 at 2:48 am
    Ta

    When I downloaded the file and went to upload it to design space, it says file isn’t supported. Tried right click and copy to paste into another program and couldn’t. Am I doing something wrong?

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    • May 24, 2020 at 1:24 pm
      Kayla

      Hi, hopefully I can help. Did you download the SVG or PNG version of the file?

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  • May 25, 2020 at 1:24 am
    Maria

    I wanted to say thank you for sharing and also if there’s an email we could contact you on to see if I can get some help.

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  • May 26, 2020 at 7:49 pm
    Melissa Izquierdo

    Where can I find these cups in bulk for projects like these???

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    • May 27, 2020 at 12:51 pm
      Kayla

      Hey! I haven’t been able to find the Starbucks branded ones in bulk anywhere. They’re sold in Starbucks stores for $3. You could probably find them in bulk without the Starbucks logo.

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