Friday, October 30, 2015

How to mail HTV fabric decals

So, I feel a need to make this post because I could not find anything out in the vast sea of Internet on how people might package or ship their HTV vinyl decals. So I'm making one for you!

The minute you start making neat stuff with your silhouette is the minute everyone wants something. There is nothing wrong with that, and in fact, it's a lot of fun and good practice on how to use the software. 

I have run into the perfect storm of "I could use the money" and "I'm not going to have any time" due to the soon to be arrival of Little Miss. So, I decided to sell just the decals (I'm not the only one) to make it easier for me to ship them! I can design, cut and weed and slip it in the mail if it's small enough without leaving the house. I'm also selling tumblers and glass cutting boards locally but have had to limit those because of time!

Anyway the whole purpose of my post is how to ship the HTV fabric decals? I can assemble the oracal decals ahead of time, put on the contact paper and mail it off knowing the recipient will should have minimal to do.. But HTV is a whole other animal. You can't layer it ahead of time and it's must be done just right for a good outcome. I'm testing out the waters with some early orders, but I think I've found a good solution.



The first issue was how to prevent the backing from sticking to everything! Wax paper (not parchment) seemed to be the best answer. I can cut and weed pieces, layer and number them accordingly and place them on a piece of wax paper assembled. This made for good presentation as well as good organization. Then I folded a piece of card stock in half, placed the wax paper and instructions inside and put it in a mailing envelope. I also added "practice" vinyl scraps for people to practice before application. If I have small elements such as eyes, I'll send those too marked as extra.

The last thing I add is a print out of their image for reference. I try to get it close to the actual size of their decal to help with alignment.

Then I'm hoping to get it mailed without issue. All the elements make for a sturdy envelope thankfully. I'll keep you posted on how that turns out.

This only applies to small decals- we will see what happens with the larger sizes!

Happy Crafting!



4 comments:

  1. Very interesting. I assume you also include instructions for applying the vinyl. One other thing, did you mean to misspell Rehearsal on the shirt?

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  2. oooo cutting/weeding and putting on wax paper might also give a good way to store them if you know they are popular!

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