Make your own Car Decals and express your personality and style. Below is the complete Vinyl Car Window Decal Sticker Tutorial.
Have you seen those vinyl stickers or decals that people put on the back window of their cars? They are so fun and a great way to share with the world what you love.
It can be your family in stick figures, your favorite football team mascot, or your true love, bass fishing.
My husband loves to go fishing for largemouth bass. He has been telling me that he wants a cool fish decal for the back window of his truck for a while.
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How to Make a Car Decal
If a big mouth bass isn’t your thing, you can turn any cut image into a window decal using the Premium Outdoor Glossy Vinyl. You can pick an image from Cricut Design Space if you’d like, but I’m going to show you how to upload an image and create your own cut file.
Uploading an Image into Cricut Design Space and Create a Cut File
To find that perfect image you can do a simple google search. There are loads to choose from but I have found the more simple the image the better it transfers to a cut file.
*Images found online should be fine for personal use. Most images have copyright so you can’t sell the design or an item using that design.
When you find your image, right-click to save the image to your computer.
Go into Cricut Design Space and click on New Project. Click the bottom left sidebar button that says Upload.
Click on Upload Image and drag or drop the image onto the next page.
You will be asked to select your image type. For this bass fish, I am going with simple since there aren’t multiple layers of different colors.
Now you select which areas of the image are not a part of the final cut. In this case, I click on everything white. It then turns into a blue and white checkerboard. Make sure to click on every area that is white. In the below image I still need to click on the fins and tongue.
Select the image as a cut image. This also gives you a preview of what the cut image will look like. There is a back button you can click if you need to do some more adjusting to the image before you move forward.
After you approve you are taken back to the original upload screen but this time you can see your newest cut file among the images.
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Cutting your Decal on your Cricut Machine
Click on the image to highlight and then select Insert Image.
This adds the image to your design area where you can adjust the size or even the direction of the image. Then you are ready to cut!
Click on the green button that says Make It and follow the prompts to cut the image out of Cricut Premium Glossy Vinyl.
After the image is cut, carefully weed or remove the excess vinyl.
Apply a layer of Transfer Tape on top of the cut vinyl. The Transfer tape will help you place the vinyl without letting any of the pieces stretch or move out of place.
Applying the Car Decal
Clean the window where you want to put the decal really well. Then go over the area once again with rubbing alcohol to remove any excess grease or fingerprint smudges.
Carefully peel back the paper backing of the vinyl going slowly to make all parts of the image release from the sheet.
To apply the vinyl, start at one end or corner and lay the vinyl down in a rolling motion. This will help assure even placement.
Go over the Transfer Tape with the Scraper Tool and push out any bubbles from underneath the vinyl car decal.
Peel back the Transfer Tape and you are done!
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- Cut out your design onto permanent vinyl.
- Carefully weed the design.
- Apply a layer of Transfer Tape on top of the cut vinyl.
- Clean the window where you want to apply the decal.
- Carefully peel back the paper backing of the vinyl going slowly to make all parts of the image release from the sheet.
- Apply the vinyl to the window. It helps to start at one end or corner and lay the vinyl down in a rolling motion.
- Go over the Transfer Tape with the Scraper Tool and push out any bubbles from underneath the vinyl car decal.
- Peel back the Transfer Tape and you are done!
What image will you put on your back window? When you make it, please share a photo! We'd love to see.