Exercise 04.03: Vinyl Weeding


The goal of this exer­cise is to develop the proper tech­niques needed to pre­pare and apply com­puter con­trolled cut vinyl adhesive.


The objec­tive of this exer­cise is to expe­ri­ence tech­niques to remove unneeded fig­ure and ground por­tions of pre­cut adhe­sive vinyl, and to apply fin­ished vinyl to appro­pri­ate sur­face using release tape and squeegee.

Background Reading

Safety Notice

  • Beware of sharp tools.
  • Do not apply stick­ers to unau­tho­rized surfaces.
  • Work in a brightly lit area.


Cre­ate a sticker using two col­ors of adhe­sive vinyl cut on a com­puter con­trolled device. Align and trans­fer the stick­ers on appli­ca­tion tape. Learn appro­pri­ate appli­ca­tion tech­niques after critique.

Part One

After receiv­ing the pre­cut vinyl from the instruc­tor, care­fully weed the vinyl, pay­ing atten­tion to the fig­ure and ground for each color. Use the class and video ref­er­ences as a guide. When all appro­pri­ate sec­tions are cleared, apply trans­fer tape to the white text and remove the back­ing paper.

Part Two

The thick­ness of the vinyl will cre­ate the nec­es­sary edge to set­tle the cor­re­spond­ing color. Align the color, and apply with squeegee or card to base color back­ing paper. Care­fully remove the trans­fer tape, using a diag­o­nal move­ment back away from itself with the release paper nearly par­al­lel with the sticker and work sur­face. Present this two (2) color sticker for cri­tique. Do NOT apply the sticker before cri­tique.  Sub­mit a photo of the sticker to the appro­pri­ate D2L dropbox.

Technical Specifications

  • Oro­cal 631 Adhe­sive Vinyl, Mate­ri­als pro­vided by instructor
  • Two (2) colors


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine exer­cise score: Exer­cise Grading


Weed­ing, pen tool, path gen­er­a­tion, closed paths, pathfinder, align­ment, vinyl application


Art­work, com­puter, appro­pri­ate soft­ware, Craft knife, release tape, vinyl cut­ter, vinyl


As defined by cor­re­spond­ing cal­en­dar item, drop­box, dis­cus­sion or con­tent topic description.


Wednes­day, August 26, 2020. Mon­day, August 24, 2020. Assign­ment Given.

Fri­day, August 28, 2020. Wednes­day, August 26, 2020. All Parts due for cri­tique. Photo sub­mit­ted to appro­pri­ate D2L section.