How to make a fun custom graphic sign with printable vinyl
Happy Thursday everyone! Today I’m showing you how to make your own fun custom graphic printable vinyl signs.
I kinda have this thing for always having a fun seasonal sign hanging on my front door. Check out my instagram feed @designedtobecrafty so you see my fun Easter sign and other holidays. I didn’t have a summery one yet, so I did what all of us crafters do… made one!
I found this happy looking design in the Silhouette design store and thought it would be perfect, but I didn’t want it to be one simple color.
Did you know you can add patterns inside of designs for print and cut projects? Combine that design skill with printable vinyl and you have endless custom options for adding fun decals to everything you own. I have another tutorial on using it to make keyboard stickers too!!!
For this project you’ll need:
Step One: Add your pattern to the design
Open the design by double clicking on it.
Click on the “fill pattern” tool and select your pattern. I used this one by Angie Makes.
You can scale the size of the pattern larger or smaller, pan around, stretch, etc. by selecting “Advanced Options”
I scaled this down to 80% to get all the fun variety of colors in the bike. Doesn’t it look like an amazing watercolor?? Would you guess it was a floral design? Note to self: brush up on water coloring skills.
Step Two: Add registration marks
Click on the registration mark tool and select the correct style of marks to add to your work space. I try not to move the inset sizes or location unless I absolutely have to. It reads the marks perfectly on white matte paper if you don’t change them. I did need to rotate my design to fit it within the lines.
Now go ahead and print then cut this out. Weed the background vinyl away and cut the paper backing smaller so it’s just around the design. Don’t attach transfer tape!
Step Three: Design your saying
I wanted this to be a summer sign so I simply wrote “hello summer” There was a similar design in the Silhouette design store I loved but I didn’t want the parenthesis around it. So instead of trying to modify that one to work I just found similar fonts I already owned to create it.
‘hello’ is written using Ballarea typeface I bought from thehungryjpeg.com
‘summer’ is written using Gill Sans MT Condensed which is a standard font probably already on your computer
Just size them to be about the same width then align them to be centered. I LOVE the align tool!
Here’s a secret…I prefer to design things in Silhouette studio vs. photoshop 90% of the time, so much easier to use! Free amazing design software, even if you don’t own a Silhouette machine I recommend downloading it.
I overlapped the letters so it read more like a graphic image instead of 2 words.
Right click to pull up the quick menu and with both words already selected use the ‘weld’ tool to join everything together. Don’t forget to ‘group’ it together as well so when you move it around anything loose stays connected.
Now you’re ready to cut this out of your vinyl. Weed the design and do apply transfer tape.
Side note: I used the luster vinyl and I’M IN LOVE!! Just look how pretty even the weeded away part is, so shiny! Must buy all the colors…..
Step Four: Assemble it all together
Now it’s time to attach it all together. I started with the printable vinyl part first.
You can’t apply transfer tape to the bare printable vinyl, it will pull the ink off. So here’s a trick…
Fold the backing back to expose about an inch of the vinyl. Attach that to your wood sign and slowly pull away the backing while attaching the vinyl.
Easy peasy!! Just take your time and pull gently.
Now attach the words. This is the normal process of using transfer tape. Here’s another trick for getting it on straight with a curvy edged sign like the one I used. Take a long ruler and have it lay straight across the scroll indentures. Then take a smaller ruler to line up the bottom text.
Here is the finished product!!
I’m just loving the colors on my aqua blue front door!!