Tuesday, 10 December 2013


I am really keen to print vinyl stickers, featuring the logo to add to the menu cover, mock ups etc. It is also a process I haven't yet worked with and is perfect to try with this brief. An illustrator file, with outlines, is printed and laser cut. It is a fast and cheap process when printed in bulk.


A decal or transfer is a plastic, cloth, paper or ceramic substrate that has printed on it a pattern or image that can be moved to another surface upon contact, usually with the aid of heat or water. The word is short for decalcomania, which is the English version of the French word décalcomanie. The technique was invented by Simon François Ravenet, an engraver from France who later moved to England and perfected the process he called "decalquer" (which means to copy by tracing); it became widespread during the decal craze of the late 19th century.

Decal is composed of the following layers from top to bottom:

A paper or film face-stock makes up the top layer of the labelstock. The printing is done on the upper side of the facestock.

An adhesive layer is applied to the bottom of the face stock.

A silicone or release coating layer is applied to the upper side of the backing material.

A paper or film liner provides the bottom layer of the labelstock.

Different variations of decals include: water-slide or water-dip; and vinyl peel-and-stick. A water-slide (or water-dip) decal is screen-printed on a layer of water-soluble adhesive on a water-resistant paper, that must first be dipped in water prior to its application. Upon contact with water, the glue is loosened and the decal can be removed from its backing; overly long exposure, however, dissolves the glue completely causing the decal to fail to adhere. A peel-and-stick decal is actually not a decal as described above, but a vinyl sticker with adhesive backing, that can be transferred by peeling off its base. The sign industry calls these peel-and-stick vinyl stickers vinyl-cut-decals.

vinyl cutter: is a type of computer controlled machine. Small vinyl cutters look like computer printers. The computer controls the movement of a sharp blade. This blade is used to cut out shapes and letters from sheets of thin self-adhesive plastic (vinyl).

Uses: The vinyl cutter is an entry level machine for every signage business. It's essential for sign making. Computer designed vector files with patterns and letters are directly cut on the roll of vinyl which you have mounted and feed into the vinyl cutter, through USB or serial cable. Vinyl cutters are mainly used by to make signs, banners and advertisements. Advertisements seen on automobiles and vans are often made with vinyl cut letters. Vinyl cutters can also be used to cut out shapes from thin cardboard.

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Vinyl Stickers – The New Wallpaper?

Posted by Gavin Lucas, 28 September 2007, 17:02    Permalink    Comments (4)
Nagi Noda vinyl for Colette exhibition

Wall sticker set by Nagi Noda

Domestic is a French company that has been commissioning image makers to create designs and illustrations which are made into vinyl sticker packs under the product name Vynil and sold in design-focused shops in France. The company has teamed up with über-cool Paris store Colette to create Vynil curated by colette, a collection of wall vinyls designed by artists selected by colette: +41Monsieur AFabien Baron,Claude CloskyGreg FoleyKawsNagi NodaJeremy ScottSo-Me and Work in Progress
Here are some of our favourite sticker packs from the exhibition:
Monsier A's vinyl wall graphic - for the colette exhibition

Monsieur A's instantly recognisable figures can be yours to stick on the wall of your home

Fabien Baron vinyl for Colette exhibition

Fabien Baron's alphabet sticker set

So-Me vinyl for Colette exhibition

So-Me, who CR blog readers will know from his sleeves for Ed Banger records, has created this crowd of characters

+41 vinyl for Colette exhibition

Eyes and pens form the bulk of +41's contribution

Each of these kits are limited to just 500 copies and are priced between €48 and €152, depending on the creation, and are available to buy exclusively at colette.fr