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

School Themed Gift Card Holders with Envelopes

If you have someone special that you will be recognizing when school comes to an end in just a couple of months, one of these gift card enclosures may be your perfect answer.  All were cut on my KNK Maxx from cardstock.

 

  1. Card with Graduation Hat
    • Hat is cut from cardstock and attached with pop dots for dimension
    • Silky, dimensional tassel was inserted into a hole in the top of the cap
    • Text is cut from vinyl
    • Bottom tab closure
    • Envelope is the same size that was included in my last post.
  2. Card is created to resemble a whiteboard with a message.
    • Apple and leaves are cut from cardstock
    • Text is cut from vinyl
    • Includes envelope sized for the card
  3. Apple-shaped card
    • Leaf and stem are cut from cardstock
    • Text on the front and inside are cut from vinyl
    • Includes envelope sized for the card
  4. Card with Graduation Hat
    • Hat, tassel and text are all cut from vinyl
    • Bottom tab closure
    • Envelope is the same size that was included in my last post.

Free files are included in KNK, PDF, and MTC formats.  Enjoy!

School Gift Card Collection

Gift Card Collection with Envelope

This posting is a result of me always looking for a gift card enclosure whether it be for a birthday, a reward for a good job done in school, or just because.   Gift cards seem to be the answer for so many occasions these days.  Everything was cut on my KNK 15″ MAX and all of the outside designs include the use of vinyl, my go-to product for ease in lettering.  The card base is generic white cardstock and the reward ribbon was layered colored cardstock, “Good Job” added in vinyl.

Assembly is quick and easy with just just 2 folds on the card and a bit of glue on each end of the fold-up portion that encloses the gift card.  There are two card versions, one with a closure tab on the bottom and one without.

Gift Card Set in KNK and PDF File Formats

Also included is an envelope designed especially for the card.  For envelopes, my preference is paper that comes in Strathmore sketch pads, located in the art department of your favorite craft store.

Stand Alone Cards with Hearts & Shamrocks

Heart and shamrock shapes bear a universal message of love and good fortune.  This time of year they suggest Valentine’s Day, which is just a couple weeks away and St. Patrick’s Day in March.  But they work for other occasions, as well.

Both of these cards were created using the heart and shamrock shapes to convey a message without a lot of text.  The greeting is cut out at the same time the top layer and pull tab are cut to shape. The second cutting consists of a red or green backing for the top layer and matching hearts and shamrocks.  The small hearts and shamrocks are glued on the matching shapes in the center of the card and on the pull tab.  The pull tab gives a place for a personal message.

The basic shape of this card can be easily modified for a vinyl message by simply cutting the shape without the greeting cutouts.  Consider adapting the shamrocks into a graduation card and the thank you card into a Valentine card.

My 15” KNK Maxx makes it fun to create cards like this where accuracy is needed for shapes fitting on top of identical shapes.    The link below contains the files for both cards which are cut from cardstock.

Hearts and Shamrocks Cards