A few days ago, I went to check the mail and noticed how horrible the numbers on our mailbox were. Time for a little spruce up!
There are so many cool tricks you can do with vinyl. Today, I’ll show you how to add a little “texture” to your vinyl.
I started with some of our outdoor decal vinyl, (Like our table cloth? Pretty fancy, eh??)
Next, I crumpled it up, creating lots of fold lines. Then, I flattened it back out.
TIP: You don’t have to ball it up as much as I did. I’d recommend playing around with this, to find what suits you best.
After loosely flattening my vinyl, I brought it out to the backyard and gave it a light coat of black spray paint. When doing this, you want to spray from 2 – 3 feet away, and at an angle. It’s important that you only spray from one side. Otherwise, it will ruin the effect. Also, you don’t need much! We’re not looking for a solid coat of paint. Just enough to make a variation of color.
TIP: Krylon is my spray paint of choice. Other brands might work, but I find Krylon never fails! Also, don’t be afraid to play around with different colors! I used a dark color on a lighter vinyl. It works using lighter paint on darker vinyl, just as well. You can even create a neat marble or granite appearance.
Here’s a closeup of the finished paint job:
Next, I applied my vinyl to a 12″x12″ cutting mat. You’ll want to use a brayer or squeegee to get the vinyl as flat as possible. I used a squeegee, but a brayer might work better, because it wont scratch the paint.
TIP: When cutting crumpled up vinyl in your cutter, I recommend slowing the machine down and doing 2 passes. This is because the vinyl will have some uneven spots, which may cause the cutter to “skip” over a few places. Due to the amount of crumpling I applied to my vinyl, I ended up having to touch up a few spots, with an Exacto knife.
I included an additional border of grey vinyl, to add a little contrast between the red vinyl on my black mailbox. I find the easiest way to create a border, is to lay a completely solid bottom layer. I created my design in Make The Cut, using the shadow tool.
TIP: If you need to create a patch, like I have, use your cutting mat to hold the bottom layer of vinyl. It will stabilize the vinyl and make the entire process a bazillion times easier!
Lastly, I applied my painted red vinyl on top of the grey border. I used a paper transfer tape, but we also have a clear plastic transfer tape, if you want a clear view of what you’re applying your vinyl to.
The finished product: