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Thursday

Shipping Department Break


Our shipping department will be CLOSED Monday, Oct 12 - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015.  Orders placed during this time will ship Oct 21.

You can still place orders during this time, they just won't ship until Oct 21.

If you need items during this time, or shortly after - please order those now!  Especially if they are for a big crafting activity.

Visit our website for amazing holiday designs.  CLICK HERE.

I will still be answering emails - so if you have a question during this time, please email me.
ywbooks@yahoo.com



Wednesday

Shipping Department CLOSED for 2 weeks in July


Our SHIPPING department will be closed for 2 weeks: July 23-August 5.  We are relocating our office (a.k.a. - we're moving!!!).  We need this time to pack up our office and all of our stock, move everything, then unpack in our new location.  We know this is not convenient for anyone.  But please bear with us as we make this transition.

Our website will still be fully functional during this time - and ORDERS CAN STILL BE PLACED.  They just will not ship until August 6.  Orders will be shipped out as quickly as possible when we open back up - in the order they were received (orders placed on July 27, will ship before orders placed on August 2).

If you need items during this time, or even shortly after, PLEASE ORDER THOSE NOW.  All orders placed before July 23, will ship before we close (this means you need to order no later than July 22).

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.  We will have access to emails during this closure time.
ywbooks@yahoo.com



Thursday

Giant Ruler Vinyl Decal


We now have the GIANT RULER vinyl!  YAY!  Apply to a 6" or 8" wide board.  The board should be about 6 feet tall because you place it above the ground, so your board actually takes measurements taller than 6".  You can cut off the ends under 1 foot if you desire.  It's flexible for what you need.  Just cut off parts of the decal you don't want to use (before applying).  No matter how much you cut off below the 1 foot mark, be sure to measure 1 foot off the ground, and line up the 1 foot mark on the board and place on wall in this spot so your measurements will be accurate.

ORDER HERE.





Tuesday

Halloween Sign - Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins


Here is another great Halloween design!  I love how it turned out!

Here is how to make it:

1. You will need the vinyl decal, available here. You'll need a piece of wood to fit the size of vinyl you order.  I used the 2.5"x22.5" size.  My board is about 3.5"x23.5".  
2. Paint the wood orange. Allow to dry. Sand edges to make it look "roughed up" (you'll also need to sand the edges so the stain can turn the edges black).
3. Apply vinyl. Be sure to measure from the same letter on both sides (measure the p's or the k's, for example).
4. Quickly rub stain all over wood and vinyl. Then rub with a clean paper towel to wipe off access stain and to lighten the stain on the wood. I used ebony colored stain (black), so it looks more Halloween-y.
5. Hang for Halloween.




Away in a Manger

How to make your Away in a Manger Shadow Box:

You will need:
* Shadow Box
* Raffia
* Paper (I used wood plank looking paper.  You can use what you want).
* Vinyl Decal - available HERE on our website We Cut Vinyl
      Vinyl decal comes in the following sizes for shadow boxes: for 5x7, for 8x10, & for 11x14.


1.  Cut vinyl decal into two pieces - manger as one piece, and words as another (keeping all the words together as they came - as one piece).

2.  Apply the manger to the paper.  I put it right down flush with the bottom of the paper.

3.  Apply the words Away in a Manger to the outside of the glass.  I put it towards the top of the glass, where I thought it looked the best (put the paper inside the frame so you have a reference of where the manger will be in relation to the words.
**You can leave the decal as one piece and apply the whole thing onto the paper - I like the dimension it gives applying the manger to the paper - and the words to the glass.

4.  Cut several pieces of straight raffia.  Use as much as you think you need.  I probably have 20-30 pieces in mine.

5.  Lay frame down so glass side in down.  Put raffia into frame.  Attach the paper to your shadow box backing - most are padded.  I just used the pins that came with it.  Put backing into frame.  Done!

Visit our website for lots of other great Christmas vinyl decals.









Friday

I Love You Because:


Our newest vinyl lettering is just in time for Valentines Day.
I Love You Because:  and you fill in the blank!  I put it on an 8"x10" frame, with a simple white paper behind it.  I didn't want any kind of patterned paper because I wanted it to be nice and "clean" when I write the note.

Order this vinyl lettering HERE.



Saturday

How to Apply Water Bottle Labels


Here is a short video tutorial on how to apply our custom water bottle labels.  You will see how you need to hold them tight between your palm and your fingers to apply to bottle.  Watch as many times as you need and your labels will look great!  CLICK HERE to watch video.

You can order custom LDS Missionary water bottle labels here.


Wednesday

Two New Christmas Designs

We have 2 new Christmas designs on our website.  You're sure to love them!

 This decal looks adorable on the glass of a shadow box that is partially filled with bells.


Looks great in a long rectangular frame on the glass.  Would also look nice on a piece of wood.

You can order both designs here.


Tuesday

Girl w/Crown Silhouette vinyl decals



Look at these cute girls with crowns vinyl decals.  Oh, the things you could do with these and "Daughter of a King" or "Daughter of God", or "Be Loyal to the Royal Within You".  And it goes on, and on, and on...

You can order them here:  http://wecutvinyl.com/html/decals_and_shapes.html


Monday

Have yourself....


Our newest Christmas design.  Just adorable!  Looks great on glass blocks or jars holding candy.

Order here.


Thursday

Christmas Decals for Jars


We have 5 new designs that are great for jar crafts.  Including lanterns, jars loaded with goodies, and much more!  Would also look great on small tiles, or ornaments.  Click here.


Monday

*NEW* Temple Decal


We now have the Vancouver BC Canada temple available on our website.  I know many have asked for this temple, and we finally have it done!  Yippee!!  CLICK HERE


HOME, FAMILY, BLESSING vinyl decal


Our newest design - perfect for Relief Society Super Saturdays.  Order the 10-inch size for a 12x12 tile.  Looks great on wood, too.  Also makes a great Christmas present for family.
Order the vinyl lettering here.




Wednesday

Glass Block Nativity Scene


We have a great new set of designs for 3 glass blocks.  These would also look great on 3 8-inch wood blocks.  Sold as a set - Order here.



Glass Etching A Pan


I love having my name on the bottom of my glass pans.  I'm able to take them to events and everyone knows who the pans needs to go home with.  I recently discovered that I prefer to have my name visible and easier to see instead of lifting up the pan to look at the bottom.  Sometimes when there is still food in the pan, this can be a problem.

So - I decided to make a decal that will fit on the SIDE of a glass pan.  I love this so much better!  Here's how to make one. 
You will need:
*A glass pan - 8x8 or 9x13.  I never use PYREX pans for etching, because for some reason, not all their glass pans etch, so I always use Anchor Hocking pans.
*Glass etching cream. Here is the kind I use.  I have a big bottle (22-oz), but if you only plan to etch one or two pans, a small bottle is great.  You can buy this at some craft stores.  If I can't find it locally, I buy it online.  Search around for the best value.
*Vinyl decal with your name from We Cut Vinyl.
*A small paint brush
*Additional masking tape

Here's how to etch your pan:
1.  Buy the vinyl decal from We Cut Vinyl.  It is already added into the details to INVERT the design, so you can etch it.
2.  Apply the decal to your pan where you want it.

3.  Tape around the decal to protect the glass from the etching cream
4.  Apply the cream to the decal.  Make sure you get every little corner.  Looking thru the cream from the back side up against a light, you can see any spots you missed.

5.  Let cream sit for 10 minutes on pan.
6.  Rinse cream off with warm water (etching is hard to see when glass is wet.  Dry off pan and you will see the etching).
7.  Remove vinyl from pan.
8.  Done.  Now wasn't that easy?


**If you are not sure if your glass pan will etch or not, try a small dab (as shown in picture) of etching cream on a corner of the bottom of the pan, let it sit for a few minutes and wipe it off.  If it is etched, you're good to go (see the small patch of etched glass in picture on the right?).  If it doesn't etch, get a different brand of glass pan.  None on my PYREX pans will etch.  *The glass etching cream starts to work the moment it is on the glass, so if you leave it on for just a few minutes, and it still isn't etching, longer won't help.  Get a different pan.



If you like to offer a FREE craft project at group activities like Relief Society, this is a good one for that since the cost is so minimal.  Just provide the vinyl decal with the personalized name (be sure to have sign ups so you know what names to order) and the other items, and have each person bring their own glass pan(s).  


Monday

Welcome Sign for Front Door


New Welcome vinyl decals now on our website!  These are perfect for a front door or even a wood plaque.  You can see them here.


Friday

LDS Growth Charts



These growth charts are simply adorable.  You not only grow in height, you grow in the gospel - I love how these show the progression of your gospel growth and what to look forward to.  Printed on adhesive fabric makes them one of a kind, new item to the market.  You'll love these!

Exclusively available on our website We Cut Vinyl.

Kindness Begins with Me


Kindness Begins with Me vinyl lettering.  Where will you hang it?  Click here to order.


Wednesday

CTR Shields


Look how adorable the CTR shields are in color!  These are awesome for bedroom decor!  Click here to order.


Another Be Blocks

Here is another great look for the Be Blocks.  
*Black paint
*Light brown vinyl.


Directions on how to make these are here.

Thursday

Quote with Customized Family Name


We love this quote by Gordon B. Hinckley.  We love adding our own name to it!

To make, simply apply vinyl decal to a tile or wood plaque, or even straight onto a wall.  Similar instructions on how to do this can be found here.

Order this quote customized with your family name on our website here.





Friday

Customized Temple Vinyl


Customize a wedding gift for the upcoming weddings this summer.  Simply email us to customize text.
To see our temples, click here.

Be Blocks - Pres. hinckley

We all love the Be's that President Hinckley taught us.  This craft was inspired from his words.

Here is how to make your Be Blocks:

1. Order the vinyl and/or the KIT from our website, here. (The kit includes three blocks)  Wood blocks come unsanded and unpainted.
2. Sand your blocks nice and smooth, rounding the edges. We used a palm sander - so much easier!
3. Paint your blocks. 
4. Let paint dry. When paint is dry, lightly sand blocks again, sanding more around the edges, so it gives it a roughed up look.
5. Apply vinyl lettering to your blocks before staining the wood.  If you try to apply vinyl after staining, it has a harder time sticking to your blocks. Make sure vinyl is securely pressed on wood all around.
6.  Stain blocks (wear rubber gloves). Even apply stain on top of vinyl - don't worry, it will wipe off.  Quickly wipe off excess stain with a paper towel. Let dry. (If applying vinyl on top of paper, stain wood before applying the paper).
8. Apply a THIN layer of mod podge over vinyl lettering.  (If you plan on stacking your blocks, DO NOT mod podge the tops/bottoms of the blocks or else they will stick to each other). Let dry.
9. All done!


**If you want paper as the background (as shown in the green blocks) paint blocks, stain blocks, then apply pieces of paper with spray adhesive {so you won't get wripples}.  This can be bought at most craft stores, and even Wal*Mart - the brand isn't important.  They all seem to work fine - I personally use the kind shown from the link on Amazon.  Then apply vinyl to paper, then use mod podge.











Monday

How to make a Glass Block

Making a Glass Block with a vinyl decal couldn't be easier!

Here's how:
1.  Buy a glass block.  You can find these at home improvement stores, and online.
2.  Order a vinyl decal from We Cut Vinyl.  Have fun with your decals - yes, black is the most popular, but look how great it looks in pink for a little girls room.  Be brave - order a color!!
3.  You can choose any design for your glass block: temples, wording, shapes, flowers, etc... If you don't see what you want on our website - EMAIL US!  We will make you a custom design.
4.  Be sure to order the CORRECT SIZE decal.  For example, if your glass block is 8 inches square - we recommend the 6.75" size.  If you have a rectangular glass block, DO NOT try putting a square graphic on it.  Order a design that is rectangular.  Email us if you need to see if a design that is square can be made to be rectangular.
5.  If you are drilling a hole in the back of your block for lights, do this before applying vinyl.  ONLY do this if you know what you are doing.  You need a diamond head drill bit, or a drill bit made for cutting glass.  Be sure to use water when drilling to help prevent glass from breaking.  Again - only do this if you know how, or seek a PROFESSIONAL'S help!!
6.  Apply vinyl decal.
7.  I sprayed the examples (in the picture) with frosting spray paint after applying vinyl.  I like how it looks when it is frosted.  This also helps hide the lights that are inside when they are not on.
8.  That's it!  Pretty simple, huh?

Order your vinyl decals here.



Friday

Kansas City Missouri Temple


We now have the Kansas City, MO temple vinyl decal ready for you!!  Relief Society's and Young Women groups are loving this for a craft for all their members to put in their homes.  Primary children are also using decals like this on small objects just for little hands (available as small as 3 inches).    Shown above on glass blocks, sprayed with frosting spray, spray paint.

Order your Kansas City, MO temple vinyl decal here.
(It's under: Missouri Kansas City)

Are you from the Kansas City area and need a bigger cutout for events coming up?  Just contact us and we will see what we can do!

We will be at the Open House on April - and are so excited to see it in person and to go in it.


Thursday

Garden/House Lantern - Night Light

I've seen on a few websites these etched glass lanterns. I thought they were so cute, so I decided to try it. I love it! These would make a great night light in a baby's room. Here are the instructions on how to make one.

Gather items you need: Glass jar (any size ranging from a baby food jar to a full size Mason jar), glass frosting spray paint (at any home improvement store), vinyl decal either in shapes or you could do a name (available at WeCutVinyl), tea candles - either battery operated or flame, wire or ribbon for hanging.

Clean outside of jar so vinyl will stick to it. Apply vinyl to jar:
In a well ventilated area, LIGHTLY and QUICKLY spray jar with frosting spray paint. You may want to do 2 LIGHT coats:Once paint is dry (it will dry pretty quickly, usually within 10 minutes or so) peel vinyl decals off of jar.Wrap wire around top of jar and tighten down with needle nose pliers so jar does not fall out of wire while holding.

Put candles in bottom of jar and light carfefully with a long match. Or use battery operated tea lights.

Have fun....and craft more!


Portions Plate

When committing to eat healthier, portion control and the proper foods are key! I made a plate to help with this. It can be made on any size glass plate, but remember, the smaller the plate, the less you will eat automatically!

You will need: A plain glass plate (it can be colored, as long as it is still transparent), the portions vinyl decal here, and glass etching cream.

Apply vinyl to back/underside of plate according to the directions that come with the vinyl. The decal will come mirror image so it will be readable from the front/top of the plate. Apply a thin layer of glass etching cream over entire decal, making sure all open spaces are covered so it will etch completely.
Wait 5 minutes (or however long according to the etching cream directions). Rinse under warm water. Keeping the plate under as hot of water as you can stand, peel vinyl decal off (the warm water will help keep the vinyl adhesive soft - making it easier to remove). Once all the vinyl is peeled off, rinse plate and dry. Done!


New Halloween Sign

I just got done making my latest vinyl craft design. I love how it turned out!




Here is how to make it:
1. You will need the vinyl decal, available here. If you have wood already, great. If not, you can order that too with the vinyl.
2. Paint the wood orange. Allow to dry. Sand edges to make it look "roughed up" (you'll also need to sand the edges so the stain can turn the edges black).
3. Apply vinyl. Be sure to measure from the same letter on both sides (measure the p's or the k's, for example).
4. Quickly rub stain all over wood and vinyl. Then rub with a clean paper towel to wipe off access stain and to lighten the stain on the wood. I used ebony colored stain (black), so it looks more Halloween-y.
5. Hang for Halloween.


Christ etched on glass


I have been wanting to make this for a while now and had a little time today so I tried it. I love it! What an elegant way to put Christ in so many things. It is so slight to see, but you do see it and it is so great! You may want to try it, too.

How to make your glass etching of CHRIST:
1. Order the CHRIST head decal from We Cut Vinyl, here. If you want just the head etched (like in my examples), be sure to type in the vinyl color text box: INVERT. If you want to etch everything else but the Christ head, then order it as usual. I used the INVERTED one, so just His head was etched onto the glass.
2. You will need glass etching cream. Available at some craft stores, and also online here. I apply it with a plastic spoon.
3. Glass to etch onto. I used a 5x7 frame. You could use any size frame, really. Or even a glass block.
4. HOW TO MAKE:
*Clean your glass.
*Apply vinyl decal to glass where you want it (you may want to measure and lightly mark where you want it to go), or you can eyeball it.
*Remove transfer tape.
*Lightly apply glass etching cream so it covers all the open vinyl/glass areas where you want it to etch (you can see an example of this here). Be sure to NOT get any of the cream on the outside of vinyl where you DO NOT want it etched. It will etch that glass too if it touches it. You may want to tape up around vinyl decal with masking tape to protect the glass where you are not etching.
*Let sit for about 5 minutes
* In as hot as water as you can stand, rinse etching cream off of glass. While still holding glass under water, peel off vinyl decal (the warm water will make the adhesive under the vinyl easier to remove).
*Dry off glass. You're done!


Any questions? You can email me! ywbooks@yahoo.com

Halloween sign - Witch, cat and brew

I made this new Halloween sign from a graphic I found while searching for another Halloween graphic on my computer. My daughter loves the purple sparkly glitter I put on it.


Here is how to make it:
1. Order the vinyl decal from We Cut Vinyl (WeCutVinyl.com). My decal is brushed silver.
2. You can get the wood from us at We Cut Vinyl, too. You'll need to email me for information on that.
3. Paint or stain the wood. I only stained my mdf wood with ebony (black) stain. I wanted to try it without paint and I like how it looks. Allow to dry.
4. Apply vinyl decal. **On my sign, the way it looks is by default. I thought I messed up on mine so I had Carl try to sand off the vinyl decal - well, it didn't sand off, it just roughed up the vinyl a little bit - so I decided to just go with that and it turned out great!** I will have to remember that "technique" for future projects.
5. To get the glitter effect, spray board with a photography matte finishing spray. This is the one I used. But working quickly - sprinkle glitter lightly all over board (before matte spray dries). The glitter will stick to the spray and hold it in place.
6. Wrap wire thru holes and curl with needle-nosed pliers. I bought my wire at Metal Mart (be sure to ask for Mark Helean...he is the best one there!!) but I am sure you can get it at Home Depot or Lowe's, or other home improvement store. I don't remember what gauge the wire is, but it is pretty thick. Mark at Metal Mart would know if you called him - tell him you want the wire that you can hang pictures and craft items up with.




Carve your blessings in stone

I found this great saying that I wanted to make a vinyl sign out of for my website. Here is how it turned out.
How I made it:
1. Painted my wood piece white. Allowed to dry.
2. Sanded it so it looked a little "roughed up". This also gives it a natural border.
3. Apply vinyl. You can get this decal on my vinyl site here. Be sure to measure and level wording so it is straight and then tape across entire top of decal so it holds it in place. You can see how to do this on my website, here.
4. Stain wood with stain. I used Minwax stain, Special Walnut color. Wipe off excess stain from wood, and from vinyl lettering (I stain my board after I apply my vinyl since it is easier to apply vinyl to it before it is stained). Also - you may want to put on rubber gloves and use a paper towel to apply stain. This (the gloves) helps it so you do not have brown fingernails for the next three days!
5. You're done.

This would make a great easy craft for Relief Society, family reunions, girls night out, etc... Also makes a great gift.




Custom Tissue Box Cover


This is such an easy craft! The hardest part (once you have all the supplies) is deciding which pictures to use, and what color of vinyl will coordinate the best. Seriously! You'll love how easy this is to make.

You will need:
1. Paper mache tissue box cover - 5"x5". I bought mine *in store* at Roberts Craft in Utah. They are also available online here, and here (I do not guarantee any item from these websites since I did not purchase mine from either of them. Please make sure you are ordering the proper item before paying for it). Or just search "paper mache tissue box cover" and you may find other websites that sell them.
2. Paint and sponge paint brush (since you are painting "paper" the sponge brushes work best). I use regular house paint that I buy in the gallon at Home Depot. I use this paint because it is much more cost efficient than buying those little containers of paint at a craft store. But I do a lot of these kinds of crafts, so I go thru a gallon of paint faster than the average person, I guess.
3. 4 - 4"x4" pictures. These are cropped from 4"x6" pictures. If you do not know how to get your picture just right in photoshop, ask an employee at your local photo developing store. You can also just cut a 4"x6" photo to fit in the space. It will look best if you order the MATTE or LUSTER finish on your photos. Not glossy!
4. Spray adhesive. You can buy this almost anywhere - Wal*Mart, Target, office supply stores, etc... (You can also use glue sticks or mod podge to glue your pictures onto the box, but with adhesive spray you will not get any rippling effect like you do with glue.)
5. Matte photo finishing spray. You may be asking - what for? You will actually use this twice on this project, so it is worth the investment. If you do not have any already, you can purchase it at most photography stores. I use this kind, here.
6. The Family Picture Block vinyl words from We Cut Vinyl. Available here. I used light brown vinyl lettering.
How to make:
1. Paint paper mache tissue box cover. I used black paint. You will want to paint it twice. Let it dry completely inbetween coats of paint.
2. Once paint is dry, spray lightly (do not puddle spray) with the matte photo finishing spray. If you do not do this, when applying the vinyl lettering, you will peel the paint and part of the box off. This protects the painted box. You will want to spray this inside of a box to protect your kitchen table.
3. Once matte spray is dry, spray back of photos (one at a time) with the adhesive spray, and place your photos on your box where you want them. Be careful, once you stick the pictures onto the box, they will not move, so place carefully.
4. Once all four pictures are glued onto box, apply the vinyl words (according to the directions that come with the vinyl). You will over lap the pictures with the vinyl lettering - this is ok - and actually looks best.
5. Now spray the entire thing lightly again with the matte photo finishing spray. This will protect everything - and protect the photographs from finger prints, etc... (again, spray in a box to protect your kitchen counter or table)
6. You're done. See how easy that was?
With your leftover items from this craft (adhesive spray, matte photo finishing spray, and *maybe* your gallon of house paint) make other crafts. You can also protect all your photographs with the photo spray.
These make great gifts for in-laws, grandparents, teachers desks, bishop's, and others.

The Family Proclamation Vinyl Home Decor Board


I just made another home decor item that I just love! Putting vinyl on ceramic tiles is the latest craze in home decor. Honestly - I am not a fan! I much prefer a board over a tile for several reasons. But my main reasons are: tiles are breakable, wood boards are not; I can paint a board any color I want, I can't paint a tile (as least not easily).

I love the Family Proclamation. I always have. I wanted a plaque that I could rotate with my other home decor items throughout the year. Here is what I came up with:
Here is what my finished project looks like:

How to make:
1. Order the vinyl lettering from We Cut Vinyl. 2. Paint wood desired color. I painted mine black. Let dry.
3. Sand painted board to smooth, and to "rough up" the edges.
4. Wipe off all the dust from sanding with a paper towel or rag.
5. Apply vinyl decal. To get your vinyl decal straight and centered, follow these instructions: Measure and line up decal on board so it is the same distance from all edges. Be sure to measure from the vinyl decal itself NOT the backing sheet it is on. Once in place, tape a big piece of masking tape across the entire top of decal. Don't be afraid to really tape it on well - all the way across.
With a smooth edge object, go over entire decal to make sure the vinyl is going to stick to the top clear transfer sheet.
Starting at the bottom of the decal, peel the top clear transfer sheet off white backing sheet. The vinyl decal needs to be coming up with the top clear transfer sheet. Keeping the clear sheet attached and "hinged" at the top with the tape, remove white backing sheet out from under the vinyl.
Carefully place vinyl back down on board, scraping as you go to keep air bubbles out. Start at the top (the hinged part) and go all the way down to the bottom.
Now carefully but firmly, press and scrape over entire decal with a smooth edge object - like a credit card. This should press the vinyl onto the wood so you can remove the top clear transfer sheet.

Now peel back top clear transfer sheet, leaving vinyl decal on wood.

If some of the vinyl sticks to the clear transfer sheet, simply put it back down, press down so the vinyl will stick to you wood, and hold it in place with a finger while you continue pulling away transfer sheet. You may have to do this several times, in different places, if the vinyl wants to stay on the transfer sheet instead of going onto your board.
Once the entire decal is on the wood, and the clear transfer sheet is completely off, press with the palm of your hand over entire decal to firmly press the decal onto the wood to be sure it is all adhering fine.

Last step - I always spray all my wood projects with a matte finish photo finishing spray. This helps protect the wood and vinyl. I also like how it "finishes" the project. This is the kind i use.  You could also Mod Podge over it if you wanted to protect it even more.

This would be a *perfect* Relief Society craft project. Remember, you can order this LDS vinyl decal and many others, including temples, on the We Cut Vinyl website:http://www.wecutvinyl.com/







 


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