How to Apply EasyPSV® on Curved Surfaces
with Relief Cuts
In order to stick with my New Year’s resolution of drinking more water, I’m creating some DIY motivation: a customized water bottle to help keep me in line! But decorating curved surfaces can be tricky sometimes, so I’ll make it easy and show you how to use relief cuts with EasyPSV®.
You will need your basic vinyl supplies:
- Vinyl Cutter (Cricut, Silhouette Cameo, Brother ScanNCut, you name it)
- EasyPSV Permanent (I’m using Totally Teal)
- EasyPSV Application Tape
- Your favorite Weeding Tool
- Dawn dish soap/water mixture or isopropyl alcohol/water mixture
- Lint Free cloth (paper towel not recommended)
- Water Bottle (or any cup/tumbler)
First thing to do is to cut your design out of your vinyl of course. Load your EasyPSV onto your cutting mat (or straight into your vinyl cutter) with the vinyl facing up (liner-side-down). Do not mirror your artwork, this needs to be cut forward-facing just like any normal adhesive vinyl.
Once the cutter is finished doing it’s thing, grab your weeding tool and start plucking away the un-needed PSV, leaving your original artwork on the liner.
Then all you need to do is apply the EasyPSV Application Tape on top of the decal vinyl and give it a good rub-down with your squeegee.
Before we get to relief cuts, make sure your tumbler is clean and free of any dust. Also try to minimize any finger prints once you have the bottle clean. We do not want any dirt or skin oils getting onto that adhesive. Personally, I use Dawn dish soap and a lint-free cloth to clean and prep my surfaces for PSV. You can also use 70% isopropyl alcohol diluted with some water to clean up any finger prints.
If your design is pretty straight up and down, then you may not even need relief cuts.
But if your design has pieces that wrap around the curve, like the tendrils on a dreamcatcher then you’ll likely need to utilize relief cuts. Remove the liner from the EasyPSV to expose the adhesive, then use your scissors to cut little slits around the artwork. Thanks to these little cuts, you can now apply the EasyPSV to your tumbler in sections. I call these “relief” cuts because they “relieve” tension from the application tape while applying to curved surfaces. This tension relief allows you to manipulate individual parts of the decal in order to prevent creases or bubbles that may occur if we just slapped it on in one piece.
Start by tacking down the middle of your design, and draw a line with your finger going down the graphic. Then you can apply each section by pressing it onto your tumbler with your fingers. When the whole graphic is adhered to the tumbler, go back over it with a squeegee before removing the Application Tape.
I told you that would be easy! Let the vinyl sit on the cup for at least 24 hours before enjoying a healthy water beverage. Letting it sit will ensure the EasyPSV has fully bonded to the bottle. Remember, we recommend washing these by hand for a long lasting decal!
Hopefully this new customized tumbler will keep me and my resolution on track….until Spring Break anyway! If you want to make your own water tracker, you can download the free cut file from this post when you click here.
Can your Easy PSV be applied to a vinyl tire cover for a trailer that will be exposed to sun and rain?
Yes, Linda! Typically EasyPSV® Permanent will last 3-5 years, but climates with more sunshine and humidity can affect the longevity of the decal.
can you use on t-shirts
Hi Anetria! We don’t recommend EasyPSV® for t-shirts since it is made to stick to hard goods. However, we do offer several styles of Heat Transfer Vinyl that can be used for fabric decoration.
Is this vinyl cut toxic? im looking foor a vinyl for my crafts pvc free. please comment
Hi Lupita! Most Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl is PVC free and CPSIA certified (or considered “non-toxic”) however all of the adhesive vinyl (AKA EasyPSV®) is PVC based except for EasyPSV® Chalkboard. Chalkboard is PVC free.
I have purchased the EasyPSV SparkleBerry Ombre Unicorn. Will it work on a hydro flask water bottle considering the texture of the bottle?
Hi Nekecia! Most hydroflasks are stainless steel aluminum which EasyPSV® can definitely stick to. If the bottle has a texture, then I’d suggest using a little extra power behind your burnishing with the squeegee.
Can I stick this on an old wooden clip board to decorate it?
Yes, you can use EasyPSV® on wooden clipboards. We made a chalkboard clipboard in this blog post with EasyPSV®.
hi, what’s the different between Siser Adhesive and permanent?, I mean! how I can recognizer it each other
Hi Angelica! EasyWeed® Adhesive is HTV without the vinyl part. It is a cloudy heat-activated adhesive on a clear carrier. EasyPSV® Permanent is adhesive vinyl with a paper liner. EasyPSV Permanent has gray back-printing on the liner and EasyPSV Removable has mint back-printing.
Do you have to use the tape to lift it from the backing sheet?
Hi Marilynn! You can peel and the stick EasyPSV® like a sticker if you have simple shapes that don’t need to stay in a certain alignment. But we usually recommend using Application Tape every time since it will maintain the designs alignment as well as prevents finger oils from getting on the adhesive which can lead to less durability.
I have made water bottles using the EasyPSV Permanent glitter and I let them sit for about 2 weeks before using. My daughter has only used hers 3 times, we hand washed it, and it is already coming off. I cleaned the surface with rubbing alcohol before applying and I used the transfer tape to apply the design. I squeegeed it and let sit for 2 weeks. What did I do wrong???
I’m sorry to hear that, Casey! If you could share a link or picture of the water bottles with our Customer Support team at email@example.com we may be able to get to the bottom of this situation.
I used the mystical pearl easypsv on water bottles and it is bubbling all along the edges. What is happening here?
Hi Cynthia! Sometimes air gets trapped underneath the EasyPSV and will release out the edges. You can use a piece of the paper liner left over from the PSV to protect the vinyl while squeegeeing over it again to re-stick the edges down.