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Rear Fin Sticker on Shinsei 1957 Chevy

This post is going to describe how I used a Circut Machine to remake the old faded stickers that go on the rear fins on my Shinsei 57 Chevy I showed in this post.

At first, my plan was to scan these stickers into the computer and clean them up. Unfortunately, I’m just not that talented or have the patients for Photoshop. So I decided to go another route.

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Silver Silhouette

I took some silver ‘party foil’ from Cricket and taped by sticker to is and used it as a pattern. My scan was not clean enough for the Circut to use as a pattern to cut and I did not have the patients to manually clean it up.

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The White Stripes

I then measured and cut out very thin white strips, just like in the original sticker, making sure to space them out exactly as the original sticker:

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Here I am pulling off the ‘negative’ or unwanted portion. The scrapbooking crowd call it ‘weeding’. This is important because I want to keep the spacing between each white stripe.

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I used transfer tape to transfer the stripes from the backing above to my work piece.

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Here is the other side.

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Then I trimmed the white stripes to the silver foil piece. If I had managed to get the profile of the sticker cleaned up on the computer I would not have had to do this step.

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The Emblems

Before we get started, here is a picture of a REAL emblem so you all know what it’s supposed to look like:

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I had to decide which Chevrolet Shield looked the best from the options I cutout. Note, the original sticker just has a solid silhouette, but I knew I could do better! I decided on a very simplified, one up from the bottom. I made these by uploading a picture of the real emblem into the Cricut and then removing the negative space. You can see on the bottom one, I got a little bit carried away.

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Here are all the pieces laid out before assembly and the original sticker in the background.

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Here is the Bel-Air script and shield, grey shadow, and white layer just for the shield.

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Here is a close up of all the layers stacked on top of one another. Again I used transfer tape to keep the spacing between the shield and the Bel-Air script.

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Finished!!!

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Comparison vs the original faded sticker.

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Here it is on the vehicle!!!

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I think it turned out pretty darn good and a lot better then gluing back on that faded wrinkled sticker!!!

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