03/23/14

Awesome Race Signs To Cheer With. About Vinyl Banner Signs

racing-banners-splashWith race season upon us, it’s time for us to get excited and get inspired to run our best. For those who are on the sidelines enthusiastically cheering us on as we run by we appreciate every effort you make to spur us on. We especially appreciate creative race signs that bring a smile to our face when we really need it.

Vinyl was first invented in the 1920s and has since become an essential material. It is a made from chlorine and ethylene, and often referred to as PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Vinyl banner signs are essentially promotional tools, and using them in the right way can contribute to the success of a business or event.

Uses of a Vinyl Banner Sign
A vinyl banner sign can be used in a variety of different contexts. A market stall or business stand at a conference might have a vinyl sign above its table so passersby can easily identify what is being sold. A banner could be hung to advertise an event in a city center, or across a road to show the finishing line of a race. Protesters might create a banner to communicate information or allegiance to a particular idea or group, somewhat like a modern placard.

03/23/14

How to Make Vinyl Lettering Sign To A Race Car

carsVinyl decals are an easy way to attach a sign to a race car. Using custom vinyl lettering on professional and amateur race cars gives people a way to keep track of their favorite race car. Vinyl lettering gives a race car a custom look without the high price of a new paint job, and using vinyl lettering on all sides of the race car allows spectators to see the vehicle from any seat in the stands. Race cars were made to look great, go fast, and win; race car vinyl lettering is an easy way to announce to the fans and sponsors that you’re here to win.

Create your new lettering using a computer aided design tool, or scan an image of a design into a computer and save as a vector file on your computer. Designing custom lettering entails using a drawing tool like Microsoft Paint or Adobe Illustrator to develop a new design.

Save your new design or scanned image as a vector file. Professional vinyl cutters and sign makers require that any new design be saved this way so that computerized vinyl cutters can use the image to cut a new vinyl decal or lettering. This type of digital file can then be read by a vinyl cutting machine to precisely replicate the design in a piece of vinyl.

Cut the design into a piece of stock vinyl by using your own computerized vinyl cutter or take the design file to a professional vinyl cutter. Doing the design work yourself and then taking it to a professional vinyl cutter will save you the cost of having a professional design it for you. The cost of design can cost as much as $100 an hour when done professionally. Learning how to make race car vinyl lettering will reduce the overall cost of race car vinyl lettering by as much as 80 percent.

Initiate the vinyl cutting program and turn on the vinyl cutter. Choose the color of vinyl lettering you want and place the colored piece of vinyl into the feed slot of the vinyl cutting machine. Open the design’s vector file and place it in the print queue. Hit print and the vinyl cutting machine will send the cutting machine instructions to cut the stock piece of vinyl into the design you created.

Watch the vinyl cutting machine as it begins to cut out the design into the vinyl. Be sure that the stock piece of vinyl does not get jammed or ruined during printing. The vinyl cutter uses a precise cutting tool to trace the outline of the vector file’s design to recreate the design in a piece of vinyl that can be later attached to the race car. Learning how to make race car vinyl lettering is really, really easy and most of the work comes from creating or finding a design to make. After the vinyl cutter “prints” the new design into the vinyl, the vinyl lettering will be ready to attach to your race car.

03/23/14

How to Make Race Flags

banksia-grove-playground-pitstop-playground-race-t1Ready, set, go! Checkered race flags are a quintessential icon of car racing and call to mind everything from the 1950’s greaser racing the jock to the intensity of modern NASCAR races. In NASCAR races today, the checkered flag is used to signify the end of a race and is commonly displayed in photos of NASCAR champions. A homemade race flag is an ideal decoration for boy’s bedroom or a racecar-themed birthday party. Standard racing flags are typically silk screened or digitally printed; however, we do not all have access to such equipment. Make your own flag at home using a fabric stamping technique. Have a question? Get an answer here now!

  • Determine a size for your flag. Common sizes for commercially sold racing flags are 2 feet-by-2-1/2 feet and 3 feet-by-5 feet. A smaller, party favor-size is 1 foot-by-1-1/2 feet.
  • Cut a piece of white fabric to the determined size and hem the edges using a sewing machine, a needle and thread, or iron-on hem tape.
  • Determine the size of the checkers by dividing the length by 10. For example if you are making the 2 feet-by-2-1/2 feet-sized flag, you would divide 2-1/2 feet (30 inches) by 10 to end up with a checker size of 3 inches.
  • Draw the determined checker size square on a rubber sheet using a straightedge and a pencil. Rubber sheets for stamp making are available at craft stores.
  • Cut out the square with a craft knife.
  • Use the straightedge and pencil to measure and mark a grid on the white fabric, with the squares being the same size as the determined checker size.
  • Paint one side of the rubber square with black fabric ink and use it to make every other square in the grid black. Keep the ink on the rubber square wet as you go. Let dry.
  • Repeat the stamping process on the other side of the flag so that both sides are checkered. Let dry.