How to Apply Mermaid Scales to Tumblers FAST!

I was literally crying as I tried to place individual scales on a custom mermaid scale tumbler only to have it look crooked or "off" (and let's not even mention having to remove each individual scale AFTER paint is applied. Oof!). Well, turns out I'm not the only one who was faced with this problem. So, I created connected Mermaid Scale Cup Wraps, sized and shaped to wrap perfectly around popular tumbler brands AND meet at the seams. No more frustration, confusion, and wasted time placing individual scales by hand! Doesn't that sound wonderful?
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I literally spent HOURS (and shed many tears) perfecting theses scales so you don't have to. :)
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SUPPLIES
Adhesive-backed medium such as contact paper or vinyl
12"x24" Cutting Mat (Cricut, Silhouette)
Digital Cutting Machine (like Cricut Maker, Circut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, etc.)
An insulated tumbler. In this tutorial I am using an Ozark 30 oz tumbler. I sell connected Mermaid Scales for Ozark Trail and Hogg tumbler brands.
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STEP 1
Cut out your the connected Mermaid Scales Wrap SVG in an adhesive-backed material of choice following your cutting machine manufacturer’s instructions.
STEP 2
Place the middle of the bottom scales (you will see that the “top” and “bottom” are labeled in the cutting file for easy reference) on the bottom portion of the tumbler. Work one side around the tumbler and then repeat on the other side. The middle section of scales is the most tricky to apply. Begin by lining up the middle of the scales with the bottom section. Work around the tumbler one scale at a time, making sure each individual scale is lining up properly.
STEP 3
Repeat the process outlined in step 2 with the top section of scales, making sure to start with the middle of the sheet. Fold the tips over the rim of the cup to get a clean finish. If you’d only like a portion of the tumbler covered, look to the cutting file for the correct piece.
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THREE Steps. Boom! How easy is that?! Now your cup is ready for color, glitter, and any other customization!
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If you purchase my connected mermaid scales SVG, your purchase comes with not only a step-by-step guide, but also tips, tricks, and troubleshooting to make sure your finished product is professional. Also, check out my mermaid scale SVG business bundles, put together for those of you who are serious about taking your tumbler business to the next level.
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Want to see the scales in action? Check out this one minute video and see for yourself how quick this process is.
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