Do you know how to distress vinyl after you cut it? I didn’t know that was possible but it is! And odds are you already have the tool you need to make it happen in your house.
April is going to be EPIC.
I feel like I’ve been waiting for April 2019 for years. Which is crazy because they only announced the last season of Game of Thrones recently and it hasn’t been that long since Infinity War came to the big screen.
But, I’m a tad dramatic so I’ll continue telling people that it’s felt like years to finally get to the conclusion of these two stories.
I am a HUGE fan of making shirts for events. Two years ago I made this Game of Thrones bleached shirt for myself and I still wear it all the time. Though Chris says it looks more like The Lion King than the Lannister Lion, but whatever. I still love it.
This year I knew I wanted to make another Game of Thrones shirt but I also wanted to make one for Avenger’s Endgame. I kept coming up blank.
Chris and I have been rewatching the entire series to get ready for the last season. We were on the episode where Jon takes a small group of men from the Night’s Watch over the wall to avenge Lord Commander Mormont and they start to say their vows. That’s when it clicked.
"I am the shield that guards the realms of men".
Shield. Captain America. Game of Thrones.
I knew I wanted to distress part of the image to give it a worn look. Both Game of Thrones and Endgame are going in to huge battles and everyone is going to come out of it beat up and battle worn. I wanted to have that look on the shirt.
To figure out what to distress I looked at two things: size and weight. The Shield was by far the winner in both categories which meant you’d be able to see the distress much easier than you would if I had done it to the font.
Did you know that you can distress a design AFTER you cut it? I didn’t. I had zero clue until someone told me you could in one of the Silhouette groups I’m in. And it’s a game changer you guys. A total game changer.
You can distress anything now! It’s amazing!
To get the correct size design for your t-shirt, download the sizing and placement guide here!
To distress your designs you need one of these: a cheese grater (one with tiny holes) or a pedi egg. I only had a cheese grater so that is what I used.
To distress your design after you cut it you need to do three things:
- DO NOT WEED your vinyl beforehand. This will keep those tiny distressed pieces from sticking to the carrier sheet (though you will get a few rogue pieces that will stick no matter what).
- Only use the grater on the back of the vinyl. I have not tried this with permanent vinyl, only heat transfer….so I can’t say that this works for both types. But with HTV you want to only distress from the back (non-shiny side) of the vinyl.
- If you drape your vinyl over the side of a counter/table top it is easier to distress. Laying it flat on the table makes it more difficult to get a good distressed look. The angle makes it easier for your cheese grater to really “dig” into the vinyl.
These tips for how to distress vinyl are:
- easy to do,
- require tools you (most likely) have in your home, and
- are much easier to weed than if you cut a distressed decal.