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Dimensional Sign

Here is quick inside look on the production and assembly of this unique sign. Fairly simple for us but I know that many people will look at a sign like this and wonder how it’s made.

Routed HDUA CNC machine is a critical part of this sign, the CNC will cut out all the pieces and essentially carve out the portions on the Foam board you want carved. Then after selective painting, we carefully apply all the small pieces to their locations. Once everything is set it’s time to install.

Brushed gold on HDUOffice Sign

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Signicade A Frames

Signicade on SALE at Cardinal Signs, Inc. Whiles supplies last!!

$169 includes graphics

Available in Yellow or White.

White or Yellow

The Signicade is the most popular, durable exterior grade “A” frame that is ideal for placing in parking lots on sidewalks to promote Food Specials, Store Discounts or to just Direct Traffic.

Graphic dimensions

The Signicade will not blow over in heavy winds and is weather proof! There is a large changeable graphics placement area on both sides that measures 2ft x 3ft.

Changeable Graphics

Signicades on Sale!!!

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Educational Signs

A unique sign can capture the attention of distracted boaters.

Dock signs

Two panel Sign

The design of these signs allowed for us to route out a simulated shape of a prop ripping through the sea grass. Once installed at a dock or pilon, the sign is different enough that it will get people to look and learn.

Highly durable
By adding the image of the grass, images of solutions, compiled with the actual separation of the sign should really get the message across.

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Grand Scale Wraps

A wrap is not just a wrap, a car is different than a truck is different than a van is different than a bus is different than a shuttle. This is certainly true in this case.

Grand format

Side view


It’s hard to imagine how much goes into a wrap like this. Many things must be considered like: How will the material form and last on heavy contour areas? How will you wrap where the mirrors and lights are? What kinda of design will flow well with this style vehicle?

Bus wrap

Passenger side


Probably the most challenging part was the hood and fenders, although it was not hard but tedious and time consuming to cover these areas. The most important part was to consider the angles and come up with a plan on what to do first and then making sure the materials are not overstretched but applied correctly.

Back wrap

Back

Hood wrap

Front


This shuttle wrap really made a bland looking transport vehicle stand out from all the others.

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Outlaw Swagger

Ever heard of Salt Life? Well here is a new cool for all you biker, blue collar, hard working, callouses on your hand from keeping this country hummin along!

Custom designed wrap

30 ft trailer


This trailer was a very cool job, I must say that it is nice to wrap something this large that does not have multiple phone numbers, services, web sites, and an essay of everything else we should know about them. 

Vendor trailer wrap

Drop down header


This wrap was more about “look at this” than anything else and let me tell you that eyes were certainly following this one down the road. We enjoyed working on this trailer because it was more of a mural or artistic rendering that makes you inspect each corner of the image, sorta like a painting in the museum.



The most difficult part was to line up the motorcycle tires perfectly with the trailer tires, so we started the wrap in the middle of the trailer to make sure it all landed correctly.

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Community Entrance Sign

An entrance sign to an HOA serves a couple of purposes. First would be to identify the community and its main entrances to the homes it governs.

HOA

Creating the sign


The second would be to help increase the value of the homes in the community and preserve their value, after all, that is why they pay dues to the HOA. A beautiful sign is the first thing a potential home buyer will see.

Dimensional Sign

Brushed Gold Overlay


This sign for Hunters Glen is HDU that has been routed on a CNC machine to achieve the desired depth and shape. A duplicate file is used to cut out the brushed metal, then it is overlaid and adhered to the HDU.

Sign on brick wall

Final install


The final step is to mount the sign onto the brick wall with the proper hardware to ensure it never falls off but can be removed for future maintenance such as a repaint. Just like a home, you will need to clean it and paint it every 7 or so years.

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Site Signs

Post and panel signs are a great way to inexpensively get your name in front of your office. Simply made but designed to last about 7-10 years.

Printed sign panel

MDO panel


Paint can be used to compliment the sign by either matching the posts to the sign or just helping it stand out. Put a couple of caps on top and stick it in the ground.

One sided print

Park Sign


Keeping all you signs consistent is always a good idea, especially for a town that is sprucing up its public spaces and buildings. MDO is an exterior grade wood product designed just for the sign industry. Cut it, paint it, print on it or jig it out to a custom shape.

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Fleet Wraps

As your company grows having a good relationship with a local sign company like Cardinal Signs is invaluable when it comes to consistency with branding on your vehicles.

Wraps for branding

Fleet vehicle


Stellar Services has benefited from our relationship as they continue to grow and add vehicles to their fleet by using the same design layout but fitting it to each model they purchase. Design fees can sometimes be waived when a solid, long term relationship has been established.

Fleet graphics

Second van wrap


We have the privilege of wrapping about 6 vehicles in total for Stellar as well as banners and office signage, keeping the brand consistent. We also save all files for all customers on site, external drive, and in the cloud so we will always have a copy of the exact colors and elements for each job.  We value our clients and we will always do our best to protect their interests.

Ford van wrap

Rear door wrap

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Campus USA Credit Union

One thing I like about this client is the fact that we do different designs for different vehicles, the logo has not changed but the background elements did on this one.

Campus USA Wrap

GMC Terrain


When wrapping or designing the wrap for many new vehicles you will need to consider if the logo or copy as we call it should be included in the actual print or if it should be applied as an individual graphics. In this case the logos were applied individually to the rear quarter panel because of the intense indent in the  vehicles panel. If the logo was part of the print there is a good possibility that the logo would end up crooked or distorted.

Bumper wrap

Campus Wrap

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Vinyl Stickers

Back to basics! Single cut solid color vinyl decals. Off the shelf vinyl is one of the tried and true methods of making most signs. Still a huge part of any sign shop, cut vinyl does not require dry times or lamination.

Plotted vinyl

Cut vinyl


Plotted vinyl

Plotted vinyl


Simply load the desired color, about 30 options in stock, send the vector file to the plotter and let the blade cut the image or text onto the vinyl. Once the plotter is done, remove the vinyl sheet and discard or “weed” all the area you don’t want.
Decals

Weeded vinyl

Once all the weeding is done you will need to apply a transfer tape to the surface, this will allow you to “transfer” the sticker to any surface in one piece. Now you simply squeegee the sticker down and the remove the transfer tape.

R Tape

Transfer tape


Many years ago, before the introduction of full color printers, we would cut 4-6 colors of vinyl to create a full color logo by overlaying each color. Thank you Roland!

Vinyl decals

Stickers

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