Wed 7 Jul 2010
Vinyl Lettering Craft Tips & Tricks: Glittering Vinyl
By: Tay Silver | Creative Cuttables & Commercial Vector Designer
This is Tay and I’m back to share some of my favorite tricks when it comes to making adorable vinyl décor. With just a few simple craft supplies you can add glitter to any vinyl project, including glittering directly on top of the vinyl surface. Here is what you will need:
• 2 Way Glue Pen with a soft chisel tip (I used Zig brand with the large chisel tip)
• Ultrafine scrapbooking glitter in an opalescent or translucent shade (this allows the color of the vinyl to show through a bit) or a shade similar to that of your vinyl.
• Soft bristled paintbrush, makeup blush brush or similar glitter dusting tool
Glittering is the very last step when doing vinyl craft projects so to begin, you’ll need a completed project:
Tip: You should always paint your wood and complete any aging treatments, inking or edge sanding before applying vinyl lettering and glitter so you don’t damage the vinyl or your glitter.
1. Using your soft bristled brush, lightly dust the vinyl surface, removing any sanding dust or debris from off the face of the project.
2. Place your project on top of paper towels, parchment paper or some other protector that will catch excess glitter.
3. Working carefully, use the glue pen to trace over the entire surface of the vinyl you’d like to glitter. Precision is important and the glue begins to dry quickly so glitter each element one at a time.
4. While the glue is wet, sprinkle generously with glitter to cover the adhesive, all the way out to the edges. Tilt the project and use the soft bristled brush to gently dust glitter from the surrounding area, being careful not to touch the glitter that is drying. Repeat tracing with the glue pen and glittering. Neighboring areas will appear seamless when they’re all glittered. If using different colors of glitter, let the first area dry and dust away excess glitter well before glittering the second area in another color.
5. Once your project is glittered, let the piece dry and gently dust off any remaining loose glitter with the brush. If desired you can set the glitter with any clear craft finishing spray, just ensure the overcoat you are using will not discolor the vinyl or cause it to appear foggy. Glitter does not need to be set on decor items that will not be handled beyond packing away for seasonal storage.
This technique can be used to apply flocking, mica and other lightweight embellishments to the surface of your vinyl.
Tip: Do NOT use heat sources of any kind on your vinyl projects (ie: no heat-set embossing powders) because heat will cause the vinyl to pucker and peel up off the surface of the project.
Creative touches like this add depth and character to handmade décor and make extra special hostess gifts, too! Post pictures of your completed projects in the gallery and share your own unique vinyl tips & tricks!
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