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  1. 25 points
    I have been asked by several forum members to make a video showing how to use parchment paper to layer vinyl. Hope this will clear up questions of what I have been talking about. In the video I use clear app tape. This works great with paper taper too although not quite as easy to see through. I use this a lot for second layer effects that I want perfect. Link:
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    We all need reminded from time to time to respect each other. we all have different ways of doing things and no one way is right. There is usually many ways to accomplish the same goal. With open discussion and respecting each other the brain storming done on here has solved many issues and helped many people accomplish their goals. with respect shown the communication flows freely - sometimes it helps now sometimes it may help someone later with a similar issue. when respect isn't shown all communication stops and nothing gets accomplished. we learn from each other and make us all stronger as a whole if we work together. I am no different than anyone else and also need this reminder from time to time so thought to post it to remind myself and others. peace out my friends
  4. 18 points
    Spent today at Floris Flag Day Festival in Floris, Iowa (population 138). I put out my usual assortment of buttons plus a few anti-candidate (#NEVER TRUMP, ANYONE BUT HILLARY, ETC) buttons plus this one... It was the sleeper hit of the day. It was about 6 hours after I had put the buttons out that the first one of that design sold - then once people saw the guy wearing it, they all wanted to have one and I got swamped and completely sold out of that design - so people started buying the other anti-candidate designs... I had to start handing out business cards to people telling them to contact me if they wanted more. Then someone asked if I could make it as a decal to put on his hard hat for work... Thought I'd share the design in case anyone else wants to make some money off of it - just remember who your friends were once you're wealthy! They All Suck.eps
  5. 16 points
    so for my 1000th post i wanted to say thank you to all the great people here to lend a hand in helping noobs like me.. I was lost for awhile until i found this great forum filled with great people.. I have come along way in this type of work and it is from learning on my own and as well as alot of help form the people here.. Also wanna say thank you to US Cutter for having this forum.. You people are awesome and i consider this forum a second family.. Thank all of you from the bottom of my heart
  6. 16 points
    The purpose of this forum is to provide a friendly public place for people interested in vinyl cutting and related activities, as well as people who are just a fan of USCutter, to gather and share their work or ask/answer questions posed by your fellow vinyl cutting enthusiasts. Generally, people are in the vinyl cutting business for profit or to promote them-self or their organization. As such, there is a line that we must not cross when it comes to what we post here. I have noticed there has been a lot of confusion and some outright intentional ignorance of the rules regarding copyrighted material. The simple answer is that if you did not personally create an image then you need to keep it private and do not advertise that you can get it for someone. If you want to publicize it for others to use then reference the original creator so that people can get it from the source. If you do not know the original creator then you should not be posting it in a place that encourages others to use it, who will then claim they got it from you, which is obviously a problem if you did not create it. There is nothing wrong with finding an image and using it for yourself, but if you are posting it in a public forum and encouraging others to take it when it does not belong to you in the first place then you are robbing the original creator of the credit they deserve and you are deceiving others into thinking you yourself are the one who made it. If the original creator gets no credit then they get no repeat business. Lying on the forum, or feigning ignorance, about a copyrighted item you are posting is never going to fly. So, please do not do this. All reports are thoroughly investigated. So, pretending not to know the image you are posting belongs to someone else just wastes everyone's time and gives everyone a bad experience. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the forum. but that is not possible if there is any illegal activity going on here. If you are caught continuously posting/offering copyrighted material after having already been warned then you could lose your right to post entirely. This might seem strict, but it is standard policy with any copyrighted material anywhere in the US. Please keep these things in mind. If you have any questions about this feel free to ask.
  7. 16 points
    I was just notified that John had a heart attack last night and will be undergoing surgery today. I'm sure some extra prayers will speed his recovery! Thanks Jenny
  8. 15 points
    over the past almost 8 years I have seen many people on the forum - some have become old friends - some pass thru quickly but some stay. as with any family there is an occasional bickering but overall everyone helps others out where they can and becomes a distant family. I just wanted to take the time to say: God Bless all those that have shared in this journey - may it continue as it has in the past.
  9. 15 points
    I'm Dan Payton and I approve this message...
  10. 14 points
    What has made this forum great over the years is all the people that stick around after they have got going and figured things out - offering help to those new people that are just wading in the water. they help each other out when they get stuck, the spend hours every day guiding new people thru the problems and misunderstandings that happen when someone buys their first cutter. The thing that has made the USCUTTER forum survive and thrive is those people, new and old that volunteer their time purely out of the goodness of their heart. so my SALUTE to all the people that regularly contribute and especially those that are on all hours and have shown such patience.
  11. 14 points
    A simple sign I made for use around the shop. I put it on a 18x25 corplast (cheap!) and already used it today. SizeChart.EPS SizeChart.EPS
  12. 14 points
    I'm holding my tongue cause I've already met my snarky quota for the month.
  13. 14 points
    Hello and welcome to the forums! We are all here to help each other with all sorts of questions and comments, but in order to get started you will need to become a full fledged member. You begin as rank of Newbie but you can graduate much easier than with most schools! You simply need to pass the test of respect for the forum Due to the constant spammers in the world we have created a new rule that still allows new members to create new posts, but those posts will need to be approved by a moderator before they are saved as a public post for others to view and reply to. This includes any kind of post, whether you create a new topic or your first post is just a reply to someone else's post. This will help weed out a lot of the spammers and scammers that like to post unhelpful things like ads and general spam, and this should make for a cleaner spam free forum. There is more good news though! We have lots of people who help moderate these forums, including our very own USCutter tech support as well as other forum users such as yourself! They have chosen to go out of their way and assist in keeping this a functional and useful tool for everyone that comes here. So, a thank you and big respect to those Moderators! Please keep in mind, if you are having trouble with using the forums there are always friendly fellow forum members who are willing to sort out the problem for you. Thanks so much for coming here! And we hope you enjoy this free useful tool for all of your projects and questions.
  14. 13 points
    our friend Tom at USC installed a spam filter that checks new members against a list of known spammers - this has cut down the banning by mods I would guess 90 percent or more. this has been a great relief and maybe this will be fun again. now some may ask why we still get some spam - if a spammer creates a new account and has not appeared on that list (populated by forums all over the world) they will not be banned until they make those annoying post - so still some work to do here and there but minor compared to where we were just 2 weeks ago. A HUGE thank you from me personally to Tom Lockhart at USC as I personally was about to throw in the towel
  15. 13 points
    I prefer to measure my robbers flat on the ground. More accurate that way
  16. 13 points
    Just wanted to thank all the vetrans on our forum and else where also. Also those still serving and especially those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
  17. 13 points
    1. Create your print ready file 2. Locate user Dakotagfx on this forum to obtain his email address to request quote 3. Send payment in advance. (I used paypal) 4. Email print ready file to Dakotagfx 5. Receive confirmation and proof, SAME day 6. Sit back a day or two for shipping 7. Open package in awe of a quality printed and cut decal order 8. Deliver finished products with invoice to your customer and receive an instant order for more! Thanks Scott!
  18. 13 points
    dude, marks mom gave birth and the first thing they heard when he looked at a chart was "Times Roman Bold".
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    My suggestion is to start over. This time in Inkscape. Build it in vector from the start. Here's a leg up on the shapes. It's pretty close to the original, not exact. Open it in Inkscape and import your original. Line them up on top of one another and you can easily see where you had your text placed before. Add your Fonts back in and you're good to go. ReworkedLogo.svg
  20. 13 points
    Wow, thanks, that's really helpful. 1) The customer was supposed to provide me with a list of shirt sizes so I could order them. The customer kept procrastinating delaying and went out and bought the shirts at Wal-Mart herself when I told her it was too late for me to order them. 2) Going the extra mile for a customer is a good thing, not something to criticize someone for. 3) It wasn't my choice. 4) Nothing you said helps explain why the letters fell off and what I can do to keep them from falling off a second time, nor do your comments serve any useful purpose other than trying to make yourself appear superior. 5) Refer to #4.
  21. 12 points
    Here`s one I just finished a few days ago. I love my flag. mark-s
  22. 12 points
    I don't need anything today but still wanted to thank you for being one of our most valuable contributors and long term members, you are always there to help just about anyone and have stayed on in the long run. Thank you sir
  23. 12 points
    Well, I got my heat press and some HTV the other day and put my logo on some shirts and hoodies. I enjoyed it so much i'd rather do this than work on bikes lol
  24. 12 points
    On a local Facebook group, someone posted a picture of a pin-back button that they had picked up at an event a few years back- just a generic "I (heart) Ottumwa" - very simple black text and red heart on a white background - and wanted to know where they could get more. Someone else said they though the chamber of commerce might be interested in buying hundreds of them... Eventually my name came up in the discussion, but it was pointed out that at this time I only make the 2.5" buttons, and the one they had was a 1.25" button. The response was "yeah, nobody wants the big buttons, just the small ones." Since the equipment to make the smaller buttons runs around $330 (including 1,000 sets of parts), I said I would buy the equipment if there were sufficient demand to make it worth the investment. No one seemed interested, and so it went no further. Then last week I got a call from the marketing director at the local downtown hotel asking if I could make her 100 of "I (heart) Ottumwa) buttons by 6 PM that same day - I told her I only had the bigger equipment and she said that was OK, she still wanted 100 buttons that same day. Three days later I got a call from a customer I've dealt with several times before and she had seen one of the buttons and wanted to get 100 for herself to give away. She picked them up yesterday (along with a small batch of t-shirts for her volunteer organization) and has already given most of them away and called back last night to order another 100. She also implied that she is putting together requests for an even larger order of buttons in the near future (and so far she has always followed through when she says things like that). It's funny how quick it went from "nobody wants those" to a 3rd order for 100 of them and more in the future... I do need to buy that 1.25" button equipment one of these days...
  25. 12 points
    I was picked to represent all the Vietnam Veterans of America and to accept an award for the Welcome home that Vietnam Vets never got. It was a awesome honor and I felt both Honored and Humbled. It was at the First Academy in Orlando and attended by around a 1,000 people I know there is a bunch of military guys on here both past and present hope you enjoy the video ...
  26. 12 points
    For a friend of the family and his little one
  27. 12 points
    Yup I couldn't resist, will wear it at the next WWIA Event Corvette Show in October ...
  28. 12 points
    stacey and I decided to donate this one for the veterans . . . they got a new trailer and wanted the sign on the back before they head out to the rest area on the upcoming holiday weekend. second one his dad has an old painted sign that was in bad shape and wanted to recreate the fairly crude sign so that is what we did
  29. 12 points
    We recently had a fellow biker die, his name was Howard Ogaard, also known as Howie, but mostly known as Santa. He was a hardcore biker, a navy vet, but he was a loving, gentle soul, he was known thru town as Santa, cuz he did the santa gigs at the malls and charity fundraisers. Tons of people knew and loved him. Anyway i did a custom etched mirror to give to his wife and son... Howard's saying was "Remember Everyone Dies, But Not Everyone Lives. Make Some Memories and Share Some Memories. Expect the Unexpected"
  30. 11 points
    I want to apologize for not being very active on here in awhile. Between my regular job and doing orders that come through me and my wifes store i am busy all the time now.. It has almost been a year since opening the store.. We have seen some good days and some bad days but still holding up and getting new customers everyday. One thing that has me happy is that i have had alot of customers come in that have been to other vinyl shops and were not happy and now they are return customers of ours. Another thing that i have learned is that there is alot of people in my area that does tshirts and vinyl work. But that does not stop us from growing.. I hope everyone on here is growing with their business.. I will try to get more active here soon but with the holidays here im not sure on that.. Again i want to apologize...
  31. 11 points
    Thought I'd give it a try....
  32. 11 points
    A lady came in the store about late january asking about shirts for her church and stated she wanted to support local business and not got to a big online company. Then February another lady came back and asked if were were up to the challenge and we stated yes. then they provided us with what they wanted on the shirt and how many shirts and all the sizes they needed and she provided us with half of the amount down and we ordered what we needed. The total order was for 189 tshirts. We did these tshirts with all heat transfer vinyl.. Yes i know i should have had them printed but for what i looked at it was a little more expensive. She gave us until june to do these. Well me and my wife did these in 10 days... 189 t shirts with front image and a sleeve logo. By the way a hat press works great fro pressing sleeves
  33. 11 points
    One of my local Fire Departments wanted a dash piece to mount in one of the older Trucks....Sounded like a good chance to play with my laser...
  34. 11 points
    Im excited to announce that after few years of installing vinyl wraps and decals for custom truck builds, Moody Blue Decals has been selected as wrap and graphics sponsor for Project Umbrella to debut at none other than the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The truck will be brought to SC from New York in June and we will have 48 hrs to completely install the wrap and graphics. This is the first rendering we did for the build but have since decided that a "rust" wrap will be more fitting and we will be turning this into an apocalyptic master piece. Stay tuned throughout the year much more to come!
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    Well its has become official. On Monday, November 16th my wife will sign papers to the building she is gonna rent for opening a store. She has done craft shows for many years now and she has finally taken the step to open a store. At my current job i will be working Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and be off rest of the week. I will be incoporating my vinyl work into her store as well. I cannot be prouder of her. She has saved her money to cover her rent for 1 solid year with. This is gonna be a challenge but with my support she will succeed.
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    Got this from a friend in an e-mail today. Had to pass it on. Hope I attached it right.
  40. 11 points
    Well I went crazy and bought a few thousand dollars of equipment. I bought a ce6000 60 some software, a couple heat presses and a few supplies. Now I need to find a store front in a busy location and make a return on my investments. I am only going to offer signs,lighted signs, banners, plastic letters and door & window lettering and a few garments. Now I have to figure out the heat press vinyl for the best type and quality for different applications. Up untill this point I have done mostly installs and a small amount of signs and banners but now I need to sell a few jobs to pay for my equipment.
  41. 11 points
    I do a lot of racecar vinyl, and for some reason, I think this is my favorite car I've ever done. Gloss black vinyl, on flat black aluminum and a silver leaf number. Looks awesome in person, pictures don't do it justice
  42. 11 points
    I bought my cutter in September and started glass etching in November. I had never done any of this before. I figured out I love etching Glass! Here is some of the stuff that I have done. I build all the my own frames and bases also. Any tips and pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Travis The first thing I cut with my cutter Glass etched with oak base and led edge lighting. Did this for my wife for our Anniversary, Etched then painted and used rub-n-buf for the gold and silver etched mug for work Edge lit etched mirror edge lit etched harley mirror Edge lit bar mirror
  43. 11 points
    Robin Williams committed suicide today. The news will cover it extensively. People who didn't know him will cry out that it's a major loss to them. On average, 23 Veterans will also commit suicide today, because the ravages ruined their mind. The news will NOT cover this. Nobody but the families will notice. Robin Williams starred in a movie about Vietnam. Many Veterans who will kill themselves served there. As you were.
  44. 11 points
    he was taken to the hospital about 4am from last message - no word since but a relative thought maybe kidney stones - thought some prayers and good karma his way wouldn't hurt a bit - will try to update as I hear more
  45. 11 points
    You gotta sharpen your skills or remove that "custom" from your name.... vector graphics 101. Get out the Bezier Pen and learn to use it folks. mnnmghm_02.svg mnnmghm_02.eps
  46. 11 points
    Part of my business is making custom pin-back buttons using equipment from Badge-A-Minit. Each month they have a Hot Button contest and people submit their button designs for a chance to win prizes. One of my designs was selected as the Hot Button of the Month for May 2014. This is the 2nd time I've won the big prize, and I once won a runner-up prize. The first two times I won, I held on to my gift certificate for when I "really needed it" and ended up letting them both expire, so this time I had it spent within an hour of receiving it, wasn't going to waste it again! The trick to winning, I've found, is to include a good story about how the buttons are an inexpensive marketing tool and easy to sell to people - each time I've won, the design itself wasn't anything special but had a good story with it - some of the more elaborate designs that didn't have a good story didn't even get recognized...
  47. 11 points
    A quick install today. 6x6 post covered with 040 aluminium with post caps and alumalite sign
  48. 11 points
    Looking back over the past 8+ years I have been doing this I realize what great people this venture has let me meet - people from all over the world sharing ideas, helping each other (cause everyone has different strengths) like they was old friends. you come to know who you can trust and where to ask that special question - We help each other from time to time and encourage each other thru the hard and trying times. sometimes we lose some and some find their way back after a while. who could ask for a better group of people to share our lives with. I have had the privilege of meeting several in person from Michigan, Ohio, Florida, TN, IN,HA - and had the privilege of extended conversations via PM. IM, Phone with many others. Shared gifts thru a secret santa program with Austrailia (x2), Canada, GA, TN, etc - What a cool ride this is.
  49. 10 points
    Did a nice large (relatively 40"x60") storefront logo for my sister-in-law earlier this week. Her dad is opening a little Italian style deli/grocery store here in beautiful downtown Greenville, SC. I did this in Adobe Illustrator and cut with my 24" plotter with a seamless design. This was cut in 3 pieces of 751 glossy white (24x40, 20x24, and 24x60) and then all then separated to be installed in 5 sections...again no seams or overlaps on this one. I love doing large logos and it's fun designing and making them work as seamless logos. I basically had to build a scaled template so It would work correctly without overlaps. Also working a few large seamless truck logos so stay tuned for those to be posted within the next few weeks as well.
  50. 10 points
    Decided it was time to Make a sign, that got the point across.. I seen a few folks walking the neighborhood, that seem to be scoping.. (Theft is becoming and issue in surrounding areas) so I decided to make this and dial in my new scope on my .308 Savage. 115 Yards, so the shots weren't as accurate as I hoped for the head shot, but we dialed it in.. Ive had a Garbage guy, and 2 city workers stop and take pictures of it.. Just thought I would share. WiL