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#1 Posted : Sunday, September 04, 2011 12:17:23 PM(UTC)
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Hi,
I am new to vinyl and want some directions to decorate my acrylic tumbler. I have the tumbler and the expression but not sure what to do? Do i just cut my name/shape and adhere the vinyl to the cup? Do i need anything special? Is the vinyl self adhesive?looking for step by step directions...anything would help
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#2 Posted : Monday, September 05, 2011 5:46:34 AM(UTC)
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I have done this only once, but will try to help. I used the below chart to figure out which kind of vinyl I wanted.

http://cleversomeday.wor.../2010/03/09/which-vinyl/

I went with an outdoor vinyl that could be put in the dishwasher. This was given as a gift, so I don't know how well the vinyl held up in the dishwasher. I have read that if you use a non-outdoor vinyl, you should only handwash your tumbler.

I cut my letters and I used vinyl transfer tape to transfer my cuts.

Here is a video tutorial. I this helps some. I googled and read a lot before I started, and I had no trouble. The more you read, the more you'll be confused, but you'll figure it out...really. :)

http://sarastudio.blogsp...icut-vinyl-tutorial.html

Good luck with your project.
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:32:39 AM(UTC)
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Just go for it, there are no rules, but a word of caution, once you start, nothing will be safe from being vinlyed
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#4 Posted : Thursday, September 08, 2011 12:14:25 PM(UTC)
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That is a great video that HodMom linked! Tells you exactly how to cut and apply vinyl.

I buy my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl (that is who made the instructional video) they have great prices! Sign up for their emails to get coupon codes!!

Remember the magic formula for cutting vinyl - "3 3 3" and you will have great luck. They call that the kiss cut - you don't want to cut all the way through - just cut the top layer of vinyl - but not the paper backing.

I have also found that a super sticky new mat is not a good thing. I like a mat that has been used some or I take a new mat and stick it to a clean t-shirt a couple times to take some of the tack away.

You will have the best luck using transfer tape to apply your design. I like the clear transfer tape, but the paper kind like in the video works just as good. With the clear, you can see where you are going with the design. Both are reusable - but the clear seems to last longer.
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#5 Posted : Friday, September 09, 2011 7:28:35 AM(UTC)
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I just don't have good luck with transfer tape. (No doubt user error!) If it's a small cut, I use packing tape, removing some of the tack by pressing to my clothes. For larger cuts I use clear contact paper, also removing some of the stick. I'm told that Dollar Store contact paper is less sticky and good to use.
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#6 Posted : Friday, September 09, 2011 1:00:35 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Riley1 Go to Quoted Post
Just go for it, there are no rules, but a word of caution, once you start, nothing will be safe from being vinlyed



Boy, isn't that the truth!!!!!LOL Love Flapper

Just go for it. Vinyl is so much fun. BigGrin
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