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What is the difference between Printed Vinyl Decals
and Cut Vinyl Decals?
Vinyl decals have been around a long time, most commonly used in advertising, but with the increased popularity of vinyl being used for decorating purposes now there is much confusion on the difference between printed vinyl decals and cut vinyl decals. Both mediums will produce stunning decals for decorating purposes however there are some differences and those differences may determine which kind of decal you want for your decorating project. Let's explore those differences below.
As you can see on the picture below, before installation, the differences between the two are very subtle. The differences will become more noticeable during and after installation.





















PRINTED VINYL is much easier to install and will closely resemble what you think of as a "peel and stick" sticker.
Printed vinyl is basically what it sounds like, inks are used to print a design onto clear or white vinyl and because of that, printed vinyl can produce a decal that has many multiple colors. Printed vinyl can also produce a photo realistic decal.

CUT VINYL takes a little more time and patience to install, but once installed it can appear to be hand painted. Cut vinyl decals have no background, the background that you see behind the cut vinyl design is what you install it onto. Cut vinyl decals are die-cut from pre-colored rolls of vinyl and because of that you are limited by color selection.
Cut vinyl CAN produce a decal using multiple colors, however, each color in the design must be a different layer, and because more materials are used for each layer, it can quickly become very expensive to do this. Here is a good analogy to use when comparing cut vinyl to printed vinyl. Say you have a flower design, red flower, green leaves and yellow centers and when you print that design it comes out all at once on one sheet of paper, just like a printed decal would. Now if you want to create that same design using colored construction paper you have to cut out the shapes from the correct colors of construction paper and then assemble them to get the same flower design, just as a multi-color cut vinyl decal would have to be.
INSTALLING A PRINTED VINYL DECAL
Peel off paper backing                      








Stick to application surface        
INSTALLING A CUT VINYL DECAL
Rub paper backing   Peel off paper backing   








 
Stick to surface      Rub firmily over area
Peel off transfer tape         Rub firmly
CLOSE UP OF BOTH INSTALLED
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Fun Crafty things to do with Vinyl Lettering and Graphics!
Vinyl wall lettering and decals are starting to show up in many places other than just on interior walls. There are so many crafty ways to use vinyl decals that we created this page to share some of these unique and fun alternative uses for vinyl decals.
ANY PAINTED SURFACE
Vinyl lettering and decals will stick to any painted or treated surface such as wood and canvas.
ANY HARD SMOOTH SURFACE
Vinyl lettering and decals work wonderfully on glass and mirrors. Putting vinyl on picture frame glass has become very popular and can produce some stunning designs for gift giving or for your own decorating purposes.
Vinyl lettering will stick to painted metal, ceramic tiles and even posters. You can cover a stretched canvas with a poster to create your own unique design.
IN THE KITCHEN
Vinyl lettering designs are becoming popular in the kitchen and are being applied to many items including plates, cutting boards, glasses, mugs and even stemware. Just take note that any item vinyl is applied to is hand washable in warm water. Vinyl will not hold up to being washed in the dishwasher.
AT WEDDINGS
Vinyl lettering and decals are showing up at weddings and receptions in so many ways. It is a very economical way to create a personal touch to your favors, accessories and keepsakes.
If you have any more inspiring ways to use vinyl please contact me with your ideas, I would love to see your creativity!
* I can currently be reached via messages in our Etsy Shop
Content copyright 2010-2016  ThunderStorm Graphics.
All rights reserved.
Fun Crafty things to do with Vinyl Lettering and Graphics!
Vinyl wall lettering and decals are starting to show up in many places other than just on interior walls. There are so many crafty ways to use vinyl decals that we created this page to share some of these unique and fun alternative uses for vinyl decals.
Vinyl lettering and decals will stick to any painted or treated surface such as wood and canvas.
HARD SMOOTH SURFACES
Vinyl lettering and decals work wonderfully on glass and mirrors. Putting vinyl on picture frame glass has become very popular and can produce some stunning designs for gift giving or for your own decorating purposes.
Vinyl lettering will stick to painted metal, ceramic tiles and even posters. You can cover a stretched canvas with a poster to create your own unique design.
Vinyl lettering designs are becoming popular in the kitchen and are being applied to many items including plates, cutting boards, glasses, mugs and even stemware. Just take note that any item vinyl is applied to is hand washable in warm water. Vinyl will not hold up to being washed in the dishwasher.
Vinyl lettering and decals are showing up at weddings and receptions in so many ways. It is a very economical way to create a personal touch to your favors, accessories and keepsakes.
If you have any more inspiring ways to use vinyl please contact me with your ideas, I would love to see your creativity!
* I can currently be reached via messages in our Etsy Shop
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