Thu 8 Jul 2010
Vinyl Lettering Craft Tips & Tricks: Embellishing Vinyl Craft Projects
By: Tay Silver | Creative Cuttables & Commercial Vector Designer
Tay here to share more of my favorite tips for making those vinyl crafts really stand out!
How to Apply Acrylic Rhinestones to Vinyl Craft Projects
This ultra-easy trick is a great way to add dimension to vinyl crafts and even store-bought seasonal decorations. Here is what you’ll need:
- Acrylic Rhinestones (7mm “standard” size or shapes 6 to 9mm)
- Mini GlueDots
Simply unroll a section of glue dots, which come with one side stuck to a backing and one sticky side face-up, and place the flat back of the rhinestone centered over the glue dot. You should now have the rhinestone stuck to the glue dot which is still stuck to the backing paper as shown:
Gently peel the rhinestone and glue dot from the backing paper and place it on your project, pressing firmly to set it in place. Repeat with additional rhinestones, buttons, and small flower embellishments. (To see how I applied glitter to the vinyl, see our previous blog post.)
Glittered Polka Dots:
Place plain glue dots all over your completed project and press ultrafine glitter into the exposed sticky surface. Dust off excess glitter using a soft bristled brush.
Ribbon & Curled Wire Hangers:
When you need a charming way to hang your completed project, you can use any ribbon or 18 to 20 gauge metal craft wire. In these examples crafter CrystalCangel used several different hanging techniques.
Two holes drilled into the face of this project with ribbon knotted through it gave this piece a trendy shabby-chic finish:
Tip: Wire can be used in place of ribbon and twisted around a small wooden dowel rod to give it character. (Don’t have a dowel rod? Twist the wire around the wooden handle of your sponge brush to achieve the same effect.)
For this sign, ribbon was attached to the back of the board using a hot glue gun and then buttons were glued over the ribbon edge to give it an appealing appearance suitable for selling:
If your project can stand on it’s own but needs an extra something, consider a ribbon wrap similar to the one shown in this photo:
For more clever and creative ways to embellish your vinyl projects, CLICK HERE to see several more creative examples in the Peppermint Creative Gallery and be sure to add images of your own when you’re done!
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