Feb 22, 2014

NEW DECALS THIS WEEK

These are some of the decals that I put in my shop this week.  The family name one was a custom order for a lady who wanted her family's last name and all of the members of her family's name in a circle.  She also wanted the est. date which is so popular.  I thought that it turned out so cute that I am now offering it in my shop.
I love the world map decal.  I want to put that one in my boys' room on canvas.  I am going to apply the vinyl to the canvas and paint over the top of the decal with orange and then remove the decal once it dries to show the canvas underneath.  That sounds confusing, but I'll post pictures once I'm done. I am going to make a DIY frame and stretch canvas over it from a local fabric store.  Canvas frames are so expensive and it's just going in my two boys' room so I don't want to spend a ton of money on it.

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DECAL STICKING TO PAPER VIDEO TUTORIAL

This video will teach you tricks to get the vinyl to come off when it gets stuck to either the transfer paper or the waxy backing.  Leave a comment if you have any other suggestions or questions regarding the vinyl sticking when it shouldn't.

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HOW TO APPLY A VINYL WALL DECAL

Your decal comes sandwiched between transfer tape and the waxy paper backing that the sticky side of the vinyl is stuck to.  The transfer tape actually looks like masking tape, but for this illustration it is clear so that you can see what is happening to the vinyl more clearly.

DECAL PREP
The most important step during the decal installation is making sure the installation area is clean and dry. Before you begin, wipe down the surface you want to apply the decal to with just water. If you use a cleaner, the decal may not stick to the chemicals that are used in the cleaner. 

BURNISH AND CUT
To ensure that the decal is properly stuck to the transfer tape covering before installing the decal, take a credit card and press firmly over the whole surface of the face of the decal while it is still laying flat on the table. If your decal came in multiple pieces, cut them out and apply each piece separately. 

MASKING TAPE HINGE
Apply a long piece of masking tape along the top of the decal with approx. half of the tape on the decal and half on the vehicle surface. This will make a large hinged 'flap'.  The hinged flap will make installation much easier. For long thin designs, you can cut the decal in half (up and down between the lettering) once it has been taped to create two flaps for even easier installation.
SMALL DECALS
For smaller decals you can skip the masking tape hinge step and simply remove the waxy backing and apply your decal to the wall.

LARGE DECALS
For larger designs, you can cut the decal in half (up and down between the lettering) once it has been taped to create two flaps for even easier installation.
TRANSFER THE DECAL
With the wax paper backing peeled half way downward, begin to apply the sticky side of the decal to the surface with the squeegee. Be sure to use even strokes horizontally across the decal. Only apply the first half of the decal. Continue smoothing out the decal with long horizontal strokes, starting at the top and working towards the bottom. Continue to remove the backing paper as needed until all of the backing is removed from the decal. For larger decals, remove only half of the waxy backing and smooth it onto the wall before removing the rest of the backing.  Make sure the decal doesn’t fold over onto itself.
REMOVE THE TRANSFER TAPE
Once the entire sticky side of the decal is applied to the surface, go over the decal with the squeegee, with increasingly harder strokes. Then begin peeling the transfer tape covering off of the decal by pulling the tape back 180 degrees. Finish removing the transfer tape covering, peeling from one side to the other. 
APPLY REMAINING PIECES
If any piece still need to be applied, repeat the process till all of the decal is applied to the wall.
BOXES AND ARROWS
If your decal has boxes, line the boxes up on top of each other and remove the boxes after installation. If it has arrows, line them up like this.
AIR BUBBLES
If you get air bubbles in the decal, use a pin or needle to puncture the vinyl to release the air and carefully go over it with the credit card to smooth it out.



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Mar 18, 2013

QUATREFOIL INSTALLATION

If your vinyl is larger than you need it, you will have to cut it down.  To do this measure out how big you want it with a ruler and draw a line where you need to cut.  Cut along the line with scissors.


Piece the pieces together if your project is too big for just one piece of vinyl by applying the first piece of vinyl to the wall and then lining up the remaining pieces and keep adding until you reach the desired length you want.






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Apr 26, 2012

LEANING GIRAFFE


Your decal will come in several pieces.  Cut all of the pieces out and apply them one by one from numbers 1 to 3.  Each piece will overlap each other a little bit to make it easier to line them up while installing it. The black lines show where the two pieces overlap each other.  You will want to tape all of the pieces onto the wall before you begin so that you can determine the correct placement of your decal.

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Mar 22, 2012

BLOSSOM TREE

Your tree trunk decal will come in six pieces.  Cut all of the pieces out and apply them one by one from numbers one to six.  Each piece will overlap each other a little bit to make it easier to line them up while installing it.  It is best to tape all of the pieces onto the wall so that you can get an idea of where you want it exactly before you begin applying the decal.  Once all of the tree pieces are installed, apply each of the flower blossoms and butterflies where you would like them.
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Feb 22, 2012

ALPHABET AND ANIMALS



Cut out each letter and animal shape so that you can apply them one at a time.
Apply these LETTERS FIRST and then the animal shape over the top.

Apply these ANIMAL SHAPES FIRST and then the tletters over the top.
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Jan 6, 2012

WELCOME

Welcome to the Designed Beginnings Vinyl Decals Blog!  We are excited to finally get this up and running.   We hope to have tutorials, giveaways, discounts and other fun things showcased on the blog.  Check back often to see all of the new designs that will be in our etsy shop.
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