You got your decal! Ya!
Now to decide where you would like to put it. The best places are mostly smooth and not gritty or dusty. I am going to show you how to adhere it to wood and turn it into a sign keepsake that you can do in very little time.
Scaps of wood that I have laying around- these are approximately 6x6 for a 5x5 decal.
Supplies needed: Wood, decal, foam paint brush, sandpaper,acrylic paint, sealer, painters tape, sawtooth hanger.
Your decal could come in any shape- if needed you could cut around it so you can easily see what you are dealing with.
Some decals are large and need to be folded for mailing. If yours comes folded and has creases in it- IT IS OK! Vinyl is a very soft malleable material and you can make it do nearly anything. Just remember, you are in charge of it! Carefully open your decal and if you want, set something heavy on it to help open it up, but it is not necessary.
Paint your wood in your chosen color. I really love black signs. But I also paint every sign black first even if I want it to be another color. The black underneath makes the other colors that much more richer in appearance. If you want your sign to be a pastel, I would paint the sign white first and then use your chosen pastel color.
I paint the back black too, the whole thing! It makes it look like its finished just in case someone turns it over.
Once the paint has dried you can sand the edges really well. Also lightly sand the entire sign so that it is smooth. All the nicks and cracks in the wood make it that much better!
Well I might as well make a red one too! Red is the second most popular color I make for customers. Remember, I painted this wood all black first and then I painted just one side and the edges red second. Once it has dried, I sanded the edges pretty hard and lightly sanded the whole thing.
NEXT STEP: Once the acrylic is dried I give it one coat of sealer. You can use a matte or shiny, the decal does not care. Just make sure it is completely dry before the next step.
Now comes the decal! You could technically do all the above before your decal even arrives. Just make sure you know the size of your decal so you have the right size wood.
This step you use painter's tape and adhere your decal to your wood. I find the center of the decal by lightly folding it and measure our the center of my wood so I now where to tape it.
Now I pull the right side of the transfer tape up slowly making sure that the decal is stuck to the tape.
IF THE DECAL IS NOT< LAY IT BACK DOWN AND BURNISH VIGOROUSLY SO THE DECAL RELEASES FROM THE BACK PAPER.
Just pull until you reach the painter's tape.
Once you have pulled it back to the painter's tape, tear away the paper underneath also right to the painter's tape.
Here is what it will look like when you have pulled one half of the decal back and removed the paper underneath.
Now, lay the right side of the decal now and burnish it. The easiest tool to use would be a credit card. Rub, Rub Rub! This will get the decal to stick to the wood.
Now the decal is strongly adhered on the right side, and there is no chance of it shifting, we can remove the painter's tape.
Now for the left side! We just do the same thing. Pull back the entire decal to where it sticks to the wood.
When you do this, you can see the slick paper on the back of the decal.
Carefully remove the paper so that the decal stays on the tape.
Pull it slowly and then the paper is trash.
Now lay the left side back down on the wood. That really is the most difficult part of vinyl and really is just simple.
Grab your credit card and start burnishing the whole decal. Rub, Rub, Rub!
It is so important and makes life a lot easier if the decal will release itself from the tape and adhere to the wood. So keep rubbing!
Now it is time to see this decal in all its glory- lets remove the transfer tape and see what we have. I always start in the corner and move at an angle over the decal.
Feel free to rip the tape in small sections. It is just going to go in the trash anyhow.
And there is the last of it. I ripped this one off in 3 sections.
And this side is all done! Simple!
On the back, I put a sawtooth hanger right in the middle. In the States, I found these in the Walmart hardware section or the framing section of Hobby Lobby. I really dig them for the ease of use. I literally pound them in with a hammer 3 times and it is done.
Here they both are in different colors. Red with white vinyl; Black with cream vinyl.
I found this little easel at IKEA in the frame section. I thought it was perfect for these little signs. For larger signs, Hobby Lobby has a nice selection of metal easels also.
And that folks means you are done! Of course you can put Swanky Graffiti decals on a myriad of surfaces and household items. For instance, mirrors, doors, smooth or semi-smooth walls, dresser drawers, vases, pots, chalkboards, windows, etc. More pictures to come soon on ideas.
Problem solving with the decals
What if the decal has a crease in it after I lay it down on a surface?
There is a simple solution! Vinyl is very malleable and easy to manipulate. Simply take the corner of your credit card and rub that crease out with a good amount of pressure. It should just disappear.
Oh no, there is a bubble in my decal!
This is a common problem but there is a solution! Take a pin and poke a hole in the bubble. Then rub the air toward the minute hole and the bubble should disappear. You might have to poke a couple of holes. The holes will disappear after you have rubbed your piece down again.