Door Signage and a Vinyl Decorated Cookie Container

When we were installing the vinyl signage on my last post, I observed a sign on the inside of an unused set of doors that had seen better days.  In fact, it was so weathered that the tape was beginning to turn loose.

I was inspired to remake the sign in outdoor vinyl.  I did with these results:

This sign didn’t require a ladder for installation, so I installed it the next day myself with great results.  Just like in my previous post I cleaned the window before applying the vinyl.  It wasn’t possible to use the hinged method because of the complexity of the design, so I used these steps:

  • I completely masked the design and with small pieces of tape placed it on the door where I wanted it.
  • At approximately halfway, horizontally, I placed a piece of blue painter’s tape vertically on the design so that it extended beyond the design on the top and bottom, securely holding the placement of the design.
  • Next, I loosely folded the right side of the design back on the left side, separated the backing from the vinyl, and with my scissors cut away the backing.
  • With the backing removed, I used my squeegee to apply the vinyl to the window, working from the center taped line out to the edges.
  • When the right side was securely adhered to the glass, I loosely folded the left side back on the right side and removed the backing.  In addition to removing the backing, I removed the piece of blue tape that had been placed vertically to hold placement of the design so that I had access to where the seal ended on the right side of the design.
  • It was now time to use my squeegee to apply the left side of the vinyl design to the door, working from the center out to the edges.
  • Finally, I removed all the masking and gave the design a final once over with a squeegee enclosed in a soft casing.

As a thank you for helping me, I made Noel some chocolate chip cookies, which I knew were his favorite.  When trying to decide what to put them in, I decided on an aluminum container with a lid.  The lid provided the perfect format for my vinyl greeting.  In addition, it was accompanied with a gift card in one of my Thank You gift enclosures previously posted.

Once again, I used my 15″ KNK Maxx

Bernina Store Signage

This is my first adventure into store signage and much thanks goes to Noel Couch and Judy Keating, who assisted me.  Noel is actually the store manager of my Bernina sewing store, Sew From The Heart. He was great help with installation and was a quick learner in great vinyl application.  With him being on the ladder and Judy and I handing him the next thing needed, I think we ended up with a very professional looking job.

All total there were 14 signs measuring 34″ wide by 5.5″ high.  Since the vinyl measured 15″ wide, I wanted to cut them with the vinyl only having to pass through the cutter once.  Sandy was kind enough to make a video for me, explaining how to accomplish it.  Her video is at the end of this posting.  If you look at the words on my computer screen, you will see little white dots on each letter.  These dots are actually numbers telling me the sequence that the letters will be cut. The “B’s” were one and two; the “E’s” were three and four, and so forth to the end, with the cutting blade ending at the end, in lieu of returning to the origin.

Once the vinyl was cut, it was split lengthwise for weeding.  In this picture Judy is doing the weeding, while I am cutting more signs.

 

Next a mask was applied to each sign, with the top and ends cut to match with the ends of the actual signage.

Then the mask was marked down the center of each sign horizontally and vertically to assist in centering them on the windows.

This completed my home preparation.  The rest was done on site.  The following pictures detail our process.  We began by cleaning the window.  Although we were using outdoor vinyl with a 7 year life, I knew that our installation was dependent on the window being as clean as possible.  We used lint-free rags purchased at the hardware store and a cleaning mixture that Chad gave me consisting of a drop or two of alcohol and a drop of dish soap in a spray bottle filled with water. Thanks, Chad!

We next identified the center of the window horizontally and vertically and marked them with a grease pencil.

These marks were then matched with the center marks on the sign masking and a small piece of blue painter’s tape was placed on each end of the sign to temporarily hold it in place.  At this time we could verify the placement for accuracy and visual appearance. (The blue background is our Arizona blue sky, reflected in the window.)  When satisfied with the placement, a piece of blue painter’s tape was placed along the top, partly on the masked sign and partly on the window.  This tape created a hinge for applying the vinyl letters individually.

 

With the sign centered and hinged, next each letter was handled individually, by cutting between them, lifting the letter up on its hinge, and then removing the backing sheet.

With the backing sheet removed, the letter could be put in place with a squeegee applied to the mask at a 45° angle.

 

The final step to each letter was to remove the mask, and squeegee one last time with a slip-on, felt-like covering on the squeegee. This covering on the squeegee prevented the vinyl from being damaged.

From the inside:

…and the outside, from the corner:

This venture into store signage was a fun and rewarding one…yet another reason why I love my 15″ Maxx, Klic-N-Kut cutter.  I give a special thanks to all along the way that encouraged and helped me.  I was stretched, as I know Noel was, but I would do it again, if given the opportunity.
Video: Tips on Cutting Vinyl from KNK Studio

Tiles!

Tiles are so easy to make, are great gifts, and are relatively inexpensive. I usually get  my tiles at Home Depot and have learned to make sure that they are American made. I have also bought some great tiles at ReStore, the Habitat for Humanity resale shop.

The first tile was a saying that I saw online. It was printed and framed. Well, you know that when you have a KNK your mind works differently. You not only see the saying but you immediately scrutinise the font. I didn’t note what font I used, but it was a basic font that came with KNK Studio. I typed Believe in Yourself, did an outline of  Be and You to make them bolder than the rest of the letters, and then cut out the saying.  This tile is a 3×6 tile and the embellishment is from an embellishment set from My Vinyl Designers. I usually make a rectangle the same size as my tile when designing tiles so that I can make sure that everything is the right size and in the right place prior to cutting.

This tile is also a result of a tile that I saw online. Generally tiles come in basic earthy neutral colors. But, add some alcohol ink and you have color!

I used Adirondack Cranberry,Eggplant,and Wild Plum. Because I have had alcohol inks rub off metal before  I used my embossing heat gun to heat set the ink because I was told that would help. I also sprayed it with a clear Matte spray. This did alter the way the alcohol ink looked prior to spraying. It may have worked better if I had sprayed a very fine mist several times. I am fortunate that my husband has a drill press so I use that to drill my tiles for hanging.

I used CentB font for the large L and Passion Conflict for Lilly.  

 

Just when you thought Christmas was over…

I bought some ornaments last year on after Christmas clearance. Some were clear and some frosted. I tried the pledge and glitter trick on one and wasn’t thrilled. It was an uglier version of what a store-bought glitter ornament would look like.

Then I tried alcohol ink on a clear ornament. That turned out better but was plain.So when I decided to make personalized ornaments.  I used one of the alcohol ink ornaments that I had made as a base. The H on the ornament it CentB font, Harper is PC Dazzle as is the back of the ornament. I like PC Dazzle because it cuts well at any size and weeds well. With the ” H”  I scored all of the edges with my exacto knife prior to removing it from the backing. This helped it lay flat on the round ornament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So that worked for the girls, but what about the boys? Gavin would not like purple. So I made this ornament for him. I stole his face from a My Scrap Chick file.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then, because I had seen an ornament on-line and said “I can make that” (ask my family how often I say that) I made this Hello Kitty ornament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the ornaments were made by cutting vinyl on my wonderful KNK Maxx. The first two are made with Oracal 631 and the Hello Kitty is Oracal 651 only because I wanted the glossy finish. The vinyl is available at www.knkusa.com.

So, go get those clearance ornaments before they are gone and for about 25 cents you can make some great personalized ornaments for the little ones in your life.