When Decor Elements came out, I knew I had to have the 'Create Definition' for my stamp room. SU provides good directions for hanging the vinyl but since my husband used to own a sign company and hung vinyl on many surfaces, I decided to get some tips from him.
Any time you hang vinyl with text/words in it, you want to make sure it goes up straight. You don't want to tilt your head to read it :) When I located the spot for it and used masking tape to hang it temporarily so I could see what it looked like, I discovered that the text did not line up straight with the paper cut at the top and the gridlines on the back of the paper did not line up either. This can happen if the vinyl is not perfectly straight in the cutting machine. Never fear, here is what you do.
You need a straight line for reference before hanging. Take your ruler and draw a line across the paper using the bottom of letters that are flat. You can not do this with letters that hang below, like a 'g' for instance. Click on the pictures to get a bigger view.
Ok, now you have a line to use with your level. Now let me tell you girls, when I hang pictures I eye-ball it and I am pretty much on target. It is a guy thing to use a level BUT in this case, you really want those words straight. Use masking tape to anchor the corners so it does not move.
Now, here is where the signmaker in my husband comes out. This is a fairly big piece of vinyl art so removing the transfer sheet from the whole thing and having it roll up on you is a disaster. So he recommends creating a 'hinge' in the middle with masking tape and work on one side at a time.
So peel back the piece to the right of the hinge and slowly pull back AND make sure the letters are sticking to your transfer sheet. If they are not, put the backing paper back down and rub the image until it does. Now just rip off the blue paper, you do not need it anymore. Gently rub from the hinge to the right using your applicator to transfer the letters to your wall. Now you need to do this on the other side too. Do not remove the white paper until the whole image is on the wall.
Now...you have to peel the transfer paper off the wall and reveal your cool letters. First, this is a good time to use your applicator to rub across the image on the wall to make sure those letters are sticking. We generally paint our walls with an eggshell finish which is a little slick and shiny because it is easy to clean. We were able to get the letters to stick to this paint but you may have to work at it. Gently remove the white paper, pulling at an angle. It the letters are not sticking to the wall, put the paper back down and rub until they do.
Boy, the end result is AMAZING! I love the texture and depth these images have on your walls.
I put my 'Create Definition' above my punch holder my DH built me. Don't you just love them both :) Hope this post helps you get the result you want with your Decor Elements.