Learn how to make your own Vinyl Car Decals with the Cricut Explore and make your own car decals! A step by step tutorial.
Have you seen those fun 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. Whether it is your family in stick figures, your favorite football team mascot or an exclamation of your true love. In this case, that exclamation is bass fishing!
My husband loves to go fishing for largemouth bass. He had been telling me that he wanted a cool fish decal for the back window of his truck for a while. Since Father’s day is coming, that gave me the perfect excuse to make it!
For Father’s Day, I actually gave him two gifts. This Bass Vinyl Car Window Decal Sticker and the Lucky Tackle Box subscription!
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How to Upload an Image into Cricut Design Space and Create a Cut File
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 how to upload an image and create your own 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 simpler the image the better it transfers to a cut file.
*Images found online are fine for personal use, BUT most images will have a copyright and you will be in violation if you use them in any way for personal gain.*
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.
Cut your Vinyl Car 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.
How to Apply a Vinyl Car Decal Sticker
Clean the window where you want to put the decal really well. Then go over the area once again with rubbing alcohol to remove an 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!
Is this not the perfect gift for any fisherperson? A Vinyl Car Window Decal Sticker and the Lucky Tackle Box Subscription. Yup, I did good!
What image would you put on your back window? Share and leave a comment below!
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