Monday, 11 January 2021

Applying vinyl decals with and without static ling

 HOW TO APPLY YOUR VINYL TRANSFER

Firstly clean thoroughly the application surface. Surfaces can be cleaned with a damp cloth and water or a fast-drying cleaner such as rubbing alcohol.
Avoid using solvents, household surface cleaners or window cleaners as they can leave residues that reduce the effectiveness of the vinyl adhesion.

To apply your sticker remove it from the paper backing by peeling away the transfer tape. The tape will hold the individual pieces of your sticker design in place while you position it on your desired surface. 

Once your sticker is positioned correctly you can press the transfer tape onto a surface to adhere it. Next, use a credit card to apply pressure to the entire design to make sure it's fully adhered. 

Finally, slowly peel the transfer tape away at a 180-degree angle to leave the sticker adhered.

If your design is especially delicate, let it sit for 24 hours before removing the transfer tape. This gives your sticker time to adhere more strongly to the surface and makes it easier to remove the tape while leaving the design intact.

WHAT ABOUT THE VINYLS WITHOUT TRANSFER TAPE?

Simply peel and stick your decals to the desired surface and press down.

HOW TO REMOVE VINYL

Use fingernails or a blade to pick at and lift an edge of the vinyl. Slowly and firmly peel back the vinyl along the surface as opposed to straight out.
To remove the vinyl from the glass you can also use hot water (not boiling).


The adhesive can sometimes remain on the surface, particularly if the vinyl has been in place for a number of years. If you are having trouble removing it with window cleaner a more effective result will be achieved with an acetone-based adhesive remover.

VINYL MAINTENANCE

Vinyl can be cleaned with a soft, non-abrasive cleaning cloth. Use a warm soapy solution, and rinse afterwards. Do not use abrasive cleaners or high-pressure washers or steam cleaners

 

APPLYING DECALS TO STATIC WINDOW CLING

If you would like to make your decals removable rather than permanent then you will need to add your decals to the static window cling. This makes it easily removable when you want to change or store your decal.

First, cover your decal with application tape. This is a clear slightly bumpy textured film that may already be covering your decal.

Rub down hard over the film with a store or debit card or something else suitably flat and hard.

Gently peel the application tape away from the backing making sure the decal is stuck firmly to the application tape.

Place down on top of the clear window cling and again rub hard with a store or debit card.

Lift the corner of the application tape and fold back on itself.

Gently pull away with your fingers flat against the uncovered decal.

Slow and steady until all the tape is removed and your decal is on the window cling.

APPLYING CLEAR STATIC CLING TO WINDOWS


Cut around your design leaving a border or square… this won’t be visible once applied to the window.

Clean and dry the window to remove any dirt.

Take a wet dishcloth and add a drop of washing up liquid and wipe over the window.

Peel the window cling completely with decal away from the backing and place against the window.

Wipe with a clean dry cloth from the centre outwards.

Keep lifting and pushing out any bubbles.

Don’t worry about the smaller bubbles, these will disappear once your window is dry.


For pictures and detailed instructions see this log post here: http://inspiredbyscript.blogspot.com/2021/01/window-decals-what-you-need-to-know.html 

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

WINDOW DECALS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Our vinyl decals can be used on all manner of things. Here I'm going to talk about how to apply your decals to WINDOW CLING. 
You can, of course, apply your decals directly to most clean, dry, flat)ish) surfaces, but this should be considered a permanent, non-reusable application. 

Window cling is ideal if you'd like to reuse your design somewhere else or replace it on a regular basis. 

Using window cling saves a lot of time and energy scraping off individual decals especially when the decals are small. 

Small decals come ready to peel and stick 


Our larger decals, however, come ready attached to a piece of application tape.  This tape helps you pick up larger or more delicate pieces of vinyl and position them so you are less likely to crease it when you stick it down. Whether you are using WINDOW CLING or applying to straight onto a smooth surface, the application is the same. 


FIRST OFF - Cut your window cling to the desired finished size.
Then gently peel the application tape away from its backing ensuring the whole of the decal comes away. If at any time you see it's not stuck, simply place back down and rub hard with a store or debit card or some other hard, flat, piece of plastic. 


Once you have peeled it away, lay it gently down onto the WINDOW CLING or position it wherever you want it to be.  

Once again take your plastic store card and rub very hard on the back. Check it is stuck by lifting up the application tape and peeling it away SLOWLY from the backing. If it's not stuck down you haven't rubbed hard enough. 


The best way to remove the tape is to pop it back on itself so that the non-sticky side touches the non-sticky side and pull at an angle from the top left or top right corner.... sort of in a diagonal movement. 

If any areas are not stuck properly, hold the application tape 90 degrees and rub the decal until successfully removed. 


Give it another gentle rub over once the application tape is removed to ensure it's all stuck down nicely. 


REGARDING RAINBOWS 

Rainbows come in all shapes and sizes, right? so where and how you place them is entirely up to you. 

I usually set out the 6 colours. RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE and taking one of each space them out on my mainline. This gives me a great guideline to work from. 

I then fill in with the smaller colours until I am happy with the design.  Get creative and have fun! Remember there is no right and wrong way... everyone's design is different! 

TIME TO PREP THE WINDOW!

No matter how clean you think your window is... give it a quick clean anyway. 
Then take a wet dishcloth and drop on a few drops of washing up liquid (Shhhhh trade secret!). 

I know this sounds crazy but it helps you to move the decal into position and helps with the surface tension. 


Leave your window wet like this.... 


O.K. grab that plastic store card and a clean, dry, cloth and place them where you can get access to them.

Peel the window cling away from it's backing and stick to the window. 
For large decals another pair of hands is useful. 

Lift and place dow repeatedly until you have as few bubbles as possible. 
Take the plastic scraper and lifting away the window cling, place down and scrape to the outside from the middle.... repeat as often as you need to. 


Don't panic about smallish bubbles this is perfectly normal. 

Just get rid of as many of the larger ones as you can. 

This was the best I could do.....

But once dry the bubbles will disappear. 

And won't be noticeable at all.


There you go! Stand back and admire your window creation.... spreading a little joy out into the world. 

Keep the backing paper to the window cling. It will come in useful if you ever need to store it and preferably keep it rolled in a cardboard tube. 

You can buy WINDOW CLING HERE

See a selection of available WINDOW & WALL DECALS HERE

We also offer vinyl stickers to use for your own personal projects. These can be used to personalise just about anything TAKE A LOOK

If you have an idea and want us to cut it for you CONTACT US for a quotation























Wednesday, 7 October 2020

There's nothing more satisfying than creating products from clients' own artwork, especially when they know what they are doing!  

Kirsty decided she wanted 2 books and a t-shirt for her sisters birthday. 


The notebook with lined pages was to have a simple black graphic on the front with ivory covers.

And here it is finished. 


The second book was a coloured graphic with a coloured graphic

Looks great don't you think?


The black t-shirt was to have H.T.V. on it


No need for black H.T.V. as the t-shirt was already black 
Just look at that neon vinyl....see how it pops! 


I have to say this was probably one of the most enjoyable jobs I've done for a long time. Understanding what the creator needs in terms of graphic and format helps massively. It's probably best to ask BEFORE you get down to drawing and creating. 

Although the graphics her are one single graphic the coloured ones have to be split onto colours and layered, which can be time-consuming. Understanding this and sending in this format makes the job more pleasurable too. 

It might be good to add here that if you do send artwork it needs to be in 300dpi as a minimum. Anything less is likely to pixellate and the fuzzy printing is not down to the designer nor their printing method by YOUR bad image quality in the first place. Please bare this in mind when sending artwork. 

Fortunately, I didn't have this problem with this job. If in doubt CONTACT US first. 

Interested in having a book made? Here are the links:
CUSTOM MADE T-SHIRT MENS/UNISEX   LADYFIT

Monday, 5 October 2020

Not aRANT.... more a PLEA!

hELLO EVERYONE! Hope you are all doing o.k.?
What a roundabout of a year this has been! 

There I was looking forward, like most people, to the year ahead. Spring had arrived! The next time you lift your head up and look ahead and it's Autumn!

At the start of lockdown, it felt like time had slowed down.... almost stood still at times. Now I feel like we are fast heading towards the C word!

For small businesses, it's been tough and for so many of them, it still is! .... really tough! And 

I'm not going to lie, my mental health has been very up and down and all over the place.  
Glass half full or glass half empty? Well, it depends on what day you ask me lol.

I am so VERY grateful for all those awesome people who have given me orders both large and small and who have kept me going when I wanted to give up!

Every penny spent with a small local business puts 80p in every pound back into the local economy. Shop online with the big boys and you're only putting 5p in the pound back.... pretty disgusting eh?  What you may not know... the big boys pay less tax than most small businesses! Why? Because they have an uncanny knack of offsetting so much of their profits and employ super-smart accountants! Most of them have offshore accounts that are subject to different taxation systems than ours.  

So as the C-word approaches and indeed wherever you can... PLEASE... if you do nothing else this year... shop small, shop local, shop independent. 
The advantages are huge! Not only are you helping a person who had a go at turning their dream into a business and took the risk to have a go, but you'll also find we are incredibly nice people who will bend over backward to give you what you want and REALLY value every penny you spend with us. 

O.k. now here are a few pictures of makes... some commissioned some as gifts.... 

These double-walled thermos flasks keep drinks hot or cold.
 

Just one of the many cake toppers I've made
I really need to put them all into one long blog post! 


Personalised Hoodie 


Personalised Hoodie 


I love making t-shirts, whether it's for business, business branding or clubs
Here's one for one of the Thirsk Bowmen.


After the kitchen repaint, I found this cute cat, brought back from Spain by a friend 
as a little thank you for looking after (and keeping alive) 
her gorgeous diabetic orange tabby cat 'Scooby'.


Do you ever look in the mirror on a morning and think " Oh me gosh! I look like my mother!"?
Me too! So I just had to inject a little humour into my morning visit to the looking glass...
If you can't read it I'll translate.....

Hello beautiful.... You look younger in real life! 


I love designing anything with letters and even more so when it's then cut in vinyl. 
Self-adhesive vinyl can be applied to most clean, dry, surfaces and can last up to 7 years outdoors if applied correctly. 

HTV (Heat transfer vinyl) is applied to fabric using a heat press and is generally used on garments, although I have used it on bags, books and even wood. 

I know that there's a lot of you using vinyl stickers for kitchen jars and bathroom pump dispensers so I thought I'd offer them for sale on the website. 


At the moment I'm only offering Black, white, gold and silver self-adhesive stickers. HTV is best applied with a heat press. Using an iron can be an epic failure. 

And can you believe that I am already getting ready for the C-word. I don't want to be overwhelmed by Christmas stock at the end of the year so I think I'll be putting these out as pre-orders, that way I'll only buy-in and make the products that have already been paid for. And it will help me save space and stop everything bursting out of the work/shop door. 

On a final note THANK YOU so much for  every order you give me, it really is appreciated and you are helping keep the wolves from the door and put food on the table ... again THANK YOU! 

Until next time, Stay safe, keep well and please wear a mask xxx

Monday, 1 June 2020

Time for A Catch Up!

Hi Tribe,
We ventured into the studio yesterday, mainly to catch up on maintenance and get this kit idea off to a start. 

I set Steve to work on rubbing down the paintwork on this dilapidated cottage that I fondly refer to as my second home. But first.... he needed to trim back the bush as he couldn't get near the windows!

 During this lockdown I've noticed how blue the sky is. Something I haven't seen since I was a kid! I doubt anyone believed it when I used to reminisce how blue the skies used to be, but thankfully they've now seen it for themselves. 
In a selfish twist, I'm glad the plane companies are going out of business. Not only for the environment but the economy too. If more people spent their money here we would be more financially stable as a country and don't even get me started on the carbon footprint all these travelling planes cause. 

I have to admit, it was a hot day... perhaps too hot (Did I really say THAT?). It was so hot Steve went on a mercy mission to get the last remaining ice cream lollies out of the home fridge. 


I finally put all doubts and worries aside and the work on the new Charity Kits has started! As I said in a previous post it's really bothered me that the smaller charities are down on their vital fundraising. Their shops are closed and the events that they rely on so heavily cancelled. So, I'm making it a priority. 


Oh the irony of paying a small fortune for a diary this year! I bought this and remember almost fainting at the price.... but it went with my branding so I clenched my teeth and bit the bullet!

Now it looks like it's going to end up being a notebook, what with all weddings cancelled and such like.

Perhaps I'll buy a cheap one next year!


I'm thinking of launching the Charity Kits on the first Friday of every month.
This will give me enough time to make the kits, write the instructions and get the blog post written.

I've designed the cards already. I just have to decide on how many to make available and what charities to support.


Steve managed to get the paintwork rubbed down, but the more he sanded the more wood fell out. The heat was unbelievably hot and too hot to paint. So we ended the day on a high, but knew when to stop. at least.


Yesterday seemed much more optimistic. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it was when the government announced that we can meet in groups of up to 6 people? And while I have no intention of leaving my little town at least for the time being, it does mean we can see the grandkids, which is brilliant news.

Regarding opening the work/shop. While I'm happy(er) to be in there I am not happy to be open to the public anytime soon. Even though I have all the measures in place that I physically can, it all seems too soon and way out of my comfort zone right now.

The numbers may be dropping as a national average, I know fine well that they are NOT dropping here and while R number is nearer 1 than 0, I won't be opening to the public.

I have a website and I'm happy to do messenger video calls, so the only advantage of opening is that the public can see and touch things. Touching things is not permitted under the government regs even with hand washing.

Whether this is a good idea or bad, I have no intention of putting my life or the lives of my family at risk... it's as simple and clear cut as that.

We drink very little and haven't had a drink all lockdown, but last night it seemed right to crack open the Pimms that has been in the cupboard for at least 2 years and have a celebratory drink.

I'll leave you with a little video of my only lockdown ' non-essential' purchase.....my beautiful, solar, moon-gazing hare and the beautiful blackbird friend that serenades me first thing on a morning and last thing at night.


If you read my blog posts all the way through, please can you leave me a comment, a message or simply a quick hello? It will be nice to have something more than a thumbs up that we usually get on FB.

With love and bright blessings, Sue xox.


Sunday, 24 May 2020

What is an Affirmation?

Even strong people crumple sometimes! 


I'm not afraid to admit that my own mental health has suffered over the last couple of months and looking at my FB feed a lot of others are also suffering right now, so I've re-invented something I used to make years ago BEFORE I went into the whole wedding stationery business and somehow it felt that the time was right to bring them back. 

I've upgraded to a metal box and increased the number of cards to 50! 
Previously they were sold in a card box, but I wanted something more durable to withstand many opening and closings. 


I really feel like I could write a book about this, so this post will probably be much longer than I intend….. nothing new there then lol.

SO WHAT IS AN AFFIRMATION?
First off……..


For anyone who’s a cynic about these things, you really have to be committed and try them ad hopefully it will prove to you that WORDS HAVE POWER! More importantly, what you say to yourself magnifies, whether it’s negative or positive. We have all been guilty at one time or another of pulling ourselves down. It’s easy to think the worst of ourselves. Usually, the words we choose to use to ourselves are designed to chip away at our self-esteem and confidence to such a degree in severe cases it can lead to depression and a general feeling of unworthiness. Very often these negative self-beliefs have been sown by someone else. A comment made in jest can so easily play on your mind. Other times you can create them all by yourself.

If you practice Affirmations I will practically guarantee that you will see an improvement. I say practically guarantee because you really have to WANT to change and some degree of responsibility for that lies on your shoulders.

Long before the book, The Secret came out (a book I absolutely abhor by the way, as it equates money and possessions as affirmations - which they aren't!.....it's not all about riches and power!) where was I (jumps off the soapbox!) yes long before The Secret and The Laws of Attraction came out, a lot of us were already practising Affirmations.

So……
Put simply an Affirmation is ‘The 3 P’s’
It’s POSITIVE
It’s PERSONAL to you
And It’s PRESENT… ie you speak it as if it’s already happened.

If you think about it logically, a lot of negative self-talk can bring you down to rock bottom. Feeding the subconscious with thoughts that you probably wouldn’t even say to your worst enemy….
I’m so fat!
I’m so thin!
I’m so stupid!
I hate myself!
I’m just an idiot!
I’ll never have any money!
I’m always so skint!
Everyone hates me!
Everyone takes me for granted!
Etc. etc. etc….BLAH BLAH BLAH

Now if you can talk yourself into believing these things about yourself, it stands to reason that doing the opposite will make you believe the good things about yourself, and in turn, attract those things to happen and right before your eyes.

So an affirmation about say….
I NEVER have enough money
Should be changed to
I ALWAYS have enough to get by on.

I am so fed up
Should be changed to
I am happy

I feel ill
Needs to be changed to
I am healthy

The idea is that you pick one card out a day and say it repeatedly to yourself. I used to write them on post-it notes and leave them all over the house…on doors, fridges, mirrors…anywhere I would look frequently over the day.


The advantage of the new cards in a box is that you can either spread them out in front of you and choose one or take ten out and give them a good shuffle. then choose. However you decide to use them is up to you.

A card maker I know uses them to add to the front of her hand made greeting cards. Cool idea eh? 

If you'd like a set or can think of a friend who would benefit from these right now  HERE'S THE LINK.   or send me your email address to inspiredbyscript@yahoo.co.uk and I'll send a Paypal request (No account necessary). 

In the meantime, keep your chin up....we're all in this together!
Everyone feels the strain right now. Keep talking.... even though you don't want to.  A problem shared is a problem halved.  We are going through some extraordinary times right now but there's no need to go through it alone. I'm available to listen if anyone needs me. 

Message me through messenger on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InspiredByScript/

Love and bright blessings,
Sue XOX

Monday, 27 April 2020

Pop-up Box Card and how they work


I remember seeing my first pop-up box card on a Facebook group I'm in. 
WOW! Just WOW! Did someone make that? So I set to work on making my own.
I remember the first one I made took me almost all day, but the magic of seeing it pop open was so worth it!  I set about making one for each of my family members birthdays. They became easier and I found ways around the long-winded ways on You Tube making them quicker at least.

They come flat, but with a gentle squeeze of both sides they pop up into a box and the little graphics, hearts or whatever bob around and bring a unique sense of magic to the recipient. 


Everyone who received a card loved them 
With practice, it was sourcing the graphics
which turned out to be the most time-consuming part.



This is the first one I made for my make-up mad niece. 


The Mad Hatters tea party for a friend
(on the left.)



This one I made for my brother who is mad
on all kinds of pushbikes



I worked on ideas that were quicker to make 
and in turn, this made them affordable. 
I love the way these hearts bob around 
and the glitter card catches the light. 


Watch again how they work......apologies for the awful video..... 
I didn't intend to share it.... but hey-ho! 


I'm going to work on more 'Off the shelf' cards and as time goes on fill up my shop a little with Popup Boxes for special occasions. 

I have toyed with the idea of offering these as kits, what do you think?  I'm keen to know your views so please pop me a comment. 

Any questions will be answered. 

Pop over to the website link POP UP CARDS  to see more. 


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