Fancy Paper Crafters

Saturday, June 29, 2013

No More Bare Frames!

I had the pleasure of doing a demonstration today at AC Moore working with Vinyl Transfers and Wooden Frames. To do this project, here's what you'll need:

- Wooden Frame
- Vinyl Transfers of your choosing
- Acrylic Paint of your choosing
- Paint Brush
- Something for you to put paint on (like a paper plate or plastic tray)
- Popsicle Stick, Bone Folder or other item to rub your vinyl on your project
- Scissor or Xacto Knife for trimming

I forgot to take pictures of the roll before I used it but will do my best to describe it. The vinyl transfer sheets come on a roll about 12" x 18". The Nicole Crafts vinyl comes with the vinyl pattern and the transfer sheet all in one package (made it super easy to use!!). Here's what the frames look with nothing done to them:

The frames come with "thingies" (yes, that is what they're called when I don't know the official name lol) on the back where you can hang them up on the wall with ease. After you unwrap the frames, just go over the whole thing with your hand to wipe off any tiny wood pieces that may be hanging around. For both of these, I started by applying two coats of the acrylic paint. You need to let the paint dry about 30 minutes to an hour between coats. Once the paint is completely dry, now it's time for fun with vinyl! 
Take the vinyl sheet off of the roll. Peel the transfer paper that has the vinyl attached off of the backing paper (save this paper as you can reuse it for the pieces of vinyl you don't use). Apply the vinyl to your project. Be careful that you get all the vinyl securely adhered to your project (check all the edges too!). Any pieces hanging over in the middle and the edges are just trimmed away.
For the yellow frame, once you have the vinyl down, trim around the edges and you're good to go. I found that it was easiest to use an xacto knife to go around the edges of the frames where the vinyl hung over and just trim it off. I did try scissors as well but found it cumbersome to deal with the transfer paper and scissors at the same time.

For the teal/black frame, once I had the first two coats of teal painted, I applied the vinyl to the frame. When taking off the transfer paper, be sure the vinyl sticks snuggly around the edges! This is a very important step so don't skip it. I then painted over the top with two coats of black. Once the black was dry, I simply peeled off the vinyl pieces leaving the really cool pattern in teal!

Well, that's it for today! Hope you enjoyed this little project. These make really great gifts and are so easy to customize to your liking!!

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