What kind of vinyl is best for outdoor stick figures?

by MyVinylDesigner 25. March 2010 14:25

"I just ordered your stick family designs and am excited to get started.  You recommend the Oracal 631 vinyl for most projects, but is it suitable for stick figures that will be attached to vehicles (extreme fluctuations in weather) or is there a more durable vinyl used for that?"

Oracal 631 vinyl works fantastic for indoor projects, but it will only last about a year outdoors.  The Oracal 651 vinyl is still relatively easy to work, but has an outdoor life of about 4 years.  There is also an Oracal 751 vinyl which will last about 6-7 years outdoors, but it can be tricky to work with in cutting small stick people.  So we recommend using one of the latter two oracal films for outdoors.  The higher the number on the vinyl film, the more expensive it costs, so be sure to charge your customers accordingly.  You can order these vinyl films from any major vinyl supplier

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How are Stick Figure Families Used? Prices? Sizing?

by MyVinylDesigner 23. April 2009 21:14

Stick figure families (or stick families) are a popular consumer item right now.  When cut in exterior white, silver, gold, or light gray vinyl, they are absolutely adorable on car windows.  They are meant to represent the members of your family and stand between 2-1/2" to 5-6" tall.  They retail from $2/infant up to $5/adult. Pets run around $3-$4 each, and extra text for the family names varies from $2/name to $5/family name.

Not only can stick figures be used to represent families on vehicles, they can be used for job charts, name tags, and other things around the house.  They're being used on t-shirts, scrapbooking pages, cards, and more.  People love to talk about their families and stick figures are a great way to celebrate their family's uniqueness.

In our Stick Family PLUS Collection, we have included non-stick figure elements like sanddollars, sandbuckets/pails, palm trees, beach footwear, etc. that can represent family units.  You can line up beach sandals or sandbuckets to represent a family.  It's all about showing the personality of your family, and what you enjoy doing together.

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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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Why won't my vinyl stick to the cold car window?

by MyVinylDesigner 23. March 2009 10:03

In cold weather conditions, the only way to apply vinyl decals is by using a vinyl application fluid like RapidTac.  Otherwise, the vinyl will simply not stick.  Here are two tutorials we thought covered the entire process best:

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CLICK HERE for info related to bidding a commercial installation job

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