WHA Decals—and how I used them
Who doesn’t like stickers, let alone the 631 Series die-cut indoor grade vinyl decals.
I was a
big collector of stickers until someone stole my collection of at least 200 pieces when I was 6 (that bastard). Though, I don’t collect as avidly today, the enthusiasm of receiving and stumbling across a sick sticker never faded.
Like all brands, stickers are the first swag to produce. It’s affordable and the most direct way to establish your brand presence and what you believe in (whether the receiver like it or not). Got these in the mail a couple days ago and couldn’t wait to slap them on all things I own (and city own).
Made the decals in 4 sizes: 1.5″ for cases, rulers, and small appliances. 3″ for phones, notebooks, speedlites. 6″ for something grander such as backpacks, laptops, and people’s foreheads. 10″ is for items that are truly valuable like your car, crib, or new born baby.
Now on how to apply them.
1.Select a Medium
Ideal canvas would be objects with hard, smooth surfaces. Though seem fitting, Howie Mandel’s head is not ideal.
Today I’m bombing my laptop, the item that I use the most on a daily basis, with a 10″ to show how much I believe in the brand.
2. Prep the medium
Clean the surface thoroughly.
Sand or dust’s the nemesis of adhesive. They would lower the life expectancy of the stickers. Avoid them at all cost.
This following step may vary depend on the application.
Since I’ll be positioning it dead center of my laptop, I chose to mark it prior. Most of the time I just freehand.
3. Decal application
Different from regular stickers, decals come with two layers of adhesive. You’d first pull off the top translucent layer along with the decal, like so:
Now hold your breath and paste.
Before you tear off the top translucent layer, find an object with a curve edge and firmly press against the decals. This step’s to make sure they’re sticking to the canvas firmly.
Finally, erase the pencil lines and clean up the work station.
If there are air-bubbles underneath the sticker, use a thin blade (x-acto knife) to peel the edge of the sticker closest to the bubble and reapply it. Note: try not to peel the sticker all the way off; just portion of the sticker at a time to retain the position.
4. Enjoy the result
That’s what’s up.
I also bombed my nylon down jacket. May not last for long, but looks pretty dam good while it stays.
Black on black’s pretty slick, too.