Looking for New Ways to Use Vinyl

by MyVinylDesigner 25. May 2010 06:02

Vinyl lettering adds richness, focus, and interest to your home in an endless number of ways.  For walls, a vinyl lettering "stencil" can be used within a plaster for an embossed look, reversely hung with different finishes, or directly hung on a finished surface.  Try using vinyl lettering on or around surfaces with a faux finish (French for fake), trompe l'oeil (an old European painting technique that implies a three-dimensional illusion), crackle, aging, stain, or paint.  It's fun!

Since all surfaces have different tactile properties, be sure to sample small letters first.  The effects are visually stunning!

Besides the finished walls of a home, vinyl can be placed on most finished woods (ie. painted, crackled, sanded, stained), cabinet doors, old windows, the glass of picture frames, glass blocks, mirrors, shadowbox pictures, tiles, shower doors, lockers, doors, decorative plates, plexi glass, sheet metal, mailboxes ... to name a few!  Just make sure the "substrate", or surface, is clean, dry, of moderate temperature, and relatively flat.

CLICK HERE ... for more ideas in how to use vinyl in home decor

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Creating Monochromatic Color Schemes

by MyVinylDesigner 24. July 2009 06:29

Monochrome means "one color"... so in monochromatic color schemes, one color is highlighted through different values (lightness or darkness) and intensity (brightness or dullness).  An example would include the combination of various shades of blacks and grays on a black or gray surface.

Our most stunning monochromatic color combos, with or without second color overlays include:

dark gray vinyl ....... on ....... black surface
light gray vinyl ....... on ....... white or dark gray surface
tan vinyl ....... on ....... light or dark creme surface
silver vinyl* ....... on ....... light gray or white surface
beige vinyl ....... on ....... light or dark creme surface
frosted vinyl ....... on ....... mirrored surface
creme vinyl ....... on ....... slightly darker taupe surface

*Any same-color combination works well if the values, intensity and hues are similar. The metallic Oracal 631 colors are soft and velvety looking with a matte finish.

EXAMPLE
In this project, black vinyl was placed on a dark gray surface, with a second overlay of vinyl popping out in white. The subtle variation adds depth, warmth, and a quiet strength to the monogram.  Imagine this technique on the wall alone without an overlay.  Stunning!

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Warm & Cool Color Combinations

by MyVinylDesigner 11. July 2009 07:36

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Presenting Stick Family Catalogs

by MyVinylDesigner 20. April 2009 20:48

All of our catalog pages have a colored background to help prevent third-party misuse.  May we suggest some options for sharing this particular catalog with others:

1-  When showing stick families, use a few presentation folders with sheet protectors.  (We have found some awesome white vinyl presentation folders with 12 attached top-loading sheet protectors that run around $4.  They are slim, trim, very professional, and don't use the bulky rings that catch paper.)

2-  Print catalog pages on white cardstock for added durability in the sheet protectors.  You can place two pages of cardstock in each sheet protector, for viewing on each side.

3-  Take your catalog on a CD to a local print shop and have them print your copies.  Or, print a master color copy from home and make colored copies as needed at a copy center.

4-  If you wish to have something for customers to take home, present them with a black/white photocopy of the colored page.  The background will be a bit gray, so make sure you print a bit on the lighter side.  Customers will understand.

5-  Consider showing only one or two catalog pages to new customers.  Too many options generally overwhelm them, create more work for you, and dramatically increase the decision-making time.

6-  Use the suggested order form we included in your collection.  As the customer tells you about their family, jot extra notes on the paper so that you can add the elements and extras if needed later.  Charge accordingly ... CLICK HERE for some general pricing and sizing guidelines.

7-  Please avoid showing our designs as black images on a white background.  It may look a bit cleaner, but it "unprotects" our designs.  When our designs are dark images on a white background, they can be instantly vectorized, engraved, or cut in number of different softwares.  This means that the very design we sell can be instantly replicated and used.

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Tips for Making Stick Figure Families

by MyVinylDesigner 24. March 2009 20:24

May we suggest the following tips for making your stick figure families absolutely adorable:

1- Ensure that the crawling baby and animals face inward, if placed on the outside of the family. (photo design tip)

2- Position family members so that they slightly stagger the horizontal plane; they aren't meant to stand on a perfectly straight line. They also don't need to be placed the same distance apart. Position the snowmobile, four wheeler, and skiier families in staggering arches and fun horizontal planes. It makes them come alive.

3- Ensure that when you add glasses, facial hair, etc., that you "weld", or join, all your elements; there should be no cuts in the intersections of crossed lines. You should not have to use layers of vinyl.  Your stick figure family should peel off its vinyl backing like one big sticker.

4- Ensure that when you cut vinyl for car windows, that you use the proper exterior vinyl. (like the Oracal 751 Premium Cast Vinyl).  White, silver, and light gray are best for car windows.

5- Be creative in combining families.  Perhaps you could weld the father and mother holding hands, or a couple with the arms around each other.  Show their personalities.  You can "ungroup" or "unweld" the separated components of the faces and change facial expressions; place the eyes in the glasses to look upward, downward, or to the side.  Some bodies are interchangeable between genders.

6- Add a neck if the woman's hair is too long, if a child has a swimming suit, or if you want an animated head popping up.  Otherwise, necks aren't needed.

7- Use noses sparingly.  They take a lot of time to weed and often get lost.

8- When adding heads to the ATV, skiing, snowboarding, and motorcyle bodies, place the head just above the body (with no neck), or "weld" it to the body. Each gives a different and fun look.

9- Most of the bodies can be slightly squished or enlarged vertically to create thin and large framed-body options.

10- Keep a sheet of extra eyes nearby so that you won’t worry about losing some during the weeding process.  Just get the family weeded, then go back with the tweezers and replace each lost eye or mouth.

11- All of the elements like bags, hats, graduation hat, cane, crowns, lassos, and musical instruments, are meant more for you than for the customer.  You may not want to show customers, unless they ask, because it increases the decision and overall work time.  When a customer tells you this family member likes shopping, playing the flute, or is graduating, write it on the order form.  Then you know what elements to add later.  The halo can be placed on the heads of deceased family members.

12- The elements like the sun and snowflakes are also for you to add as needed.  There should be a charge for the extras, unless you want to use them as upsales and bonuses.

13- Ensure that you price accordingly; custom stick figure families can take time. Keep a separate file of family combinations nearby, so they're quick to copy and paste from when needed. Our website offer some general pricing guidelines for stick families.

14- Ensure that customers know that smaller isn't cheaper; depending on your vinyl cutter, you really shouldn't cut these stick figures under 2.5" - 3" high.  Adults are generally 5”-6” tall.  So run a tester beforehand.

15- Present the customer with the entire vinyl family, as a ready-to-hang-big-sticker layout, not as individual family member cutouts.  It will ensure that the family hangs in the easiest, cutest way possible, save time, and help the customer feel they're getting the most for their dollar.

16- Take a deep breath and have fun!  Once you get going and create that fingertip file of family combinations nearby, the process will go quickly.  Make your stick figure families absolutely adorable and alive with personality!

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