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Making Custom Silhouette Stickers 101

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Making custom stickers is really no different than print and cut.  And just like print and cut, once you  make your first set of stickers, you'll be hooked!!!

I'm prepping for my first craft fair and since I have some items that are hand wash only, I thought it would be a good idea to make some stickers to remind buyers that certain items can't be put in the dishwasher.  I'm putting the stickers both on my business cards and directly on the items, when possible.

The first thing I did was create my design. I wanted something pretty simple since my stickers are each less than 1".  I'm going to fly through this part since I have tutorials on every step along the way...click on any of the links if you get stuck (and of course these steps may or may not apply to your sticker design):
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Now you can fill your page with stickers. The easiest way to do this is from the Replicate window. Just select the design and at the bottom of the Replicate window click "Fill page.  This is what you get...

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Next I added registration marks. Remember to delete any stickers that are outside the safe cut line and those touching the gridded area.

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 This is better....

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Now I'm ready to print. I printed on the Silhouette brand White Silhouette Sticker, although my favorite (much cheaper) alternative is using full sheet postage labels!

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After I printed, I prepared to cut by changing the "Material Type' to White Sticker Paper in Studio and putting my printed sticker sheet onto the mat.

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My machine found the registration marks and cut beautifully.  That's called a 'kiss cut' when the blade cuts through the top sheet, but not the bottom.


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Then just peel up the top sheet to 'weed' and you've got your DIY custom stickers!

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And here's how I put them to good use...

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What occasion calls for you to whip out the sticker paper?  Leave me some comment love!

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22 comments

  1. how did you get your stickers printed on the sticker paper before you cut with cameo? sketch pins? Or did you design else where and print using your printer or what? Anything to help me figure this out Thanks in advance.

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    1. It's essentially a print and cut...so I designed in Silhouette Studio, printed on the sticker paper and then cut on the machine.

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  2. Please Help! This was so easy to do only thing is that when I print everything prints except the PS. I can't figure that out. If anyone can help please do and thank you kindly.

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    1. Hi Niecy, It's most likely not printing b/c the text is not filled or the line does not have a weight to it. Change one or both of these and it should print.

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  4. I'm wondering, one you design a sticker in the Sil project, is there a way to save the sticker only to your library so it can be used in other projects later? Similar to what you buy in the design store but it's your own design?

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    1. you can do a save as to your library......

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  5. I keep cutting all the way through the backing page. Any suggestions? I have the blade at 1 and the thickness at 15. Thanks!!!

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  6. Thank you for your post, Do you have any tutorial video for use Silhouette ?

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  7. Hi Melissa,
    I am learning how to do this, thank you, but I am having an issue replicating a full page. My circle and dotted lines replicate but not the Hand Wash Only. I cannot for the life of me figure this one out. Suggestions? Thank you

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    1. Ensure your entire design is grouped before you replicate.

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  8. My problem is that I want to be able to remove the whole sticker sheet and not cut all the way through. I want to create a sheet of stickers and peel them off of the sheet as I need them. Everytime I try to peel the sheet off of the mat, it takes a lot of force and ends up curling the sticker sheet no matter who careful I am. Are the mats usually this sticky? Any recommendations?

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    1. I unstickied my mat by wiping it over with a clean dry t-shirt a few times, the more you use it the less sticky it becomes

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  10. I want to use the clear sticker paper to make jungle animal stickers for the walls and furniture of a baby's room. My question, is the stickers peel able so as the child ages you can remove them and perhaps put up some other type of decoration without ruining the walls or furniture?

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  11. What kind of sticker paper? Sorry, I'm a newbie. Would window cling vinyl work well for glass items. I'm just concerned that sticker might not come off easily.

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  12. I just made Minecraft "Creeper Juice" labels the other day, in preparation for my son's 9th birthday coming up in a few weeks. (Found predesigned Minecraft labels online, but modified them quite a bit, adding each kid's name in a Minecraft font, picking the exact same colors from the original "Creeper Juice" text below, and enlarging the labels by adding an offset with a cut-line, then another offset with same color fill without a cut-line. (Learnt it here on your blog!). My son is so exited about everything regarding his upcoming birthday party. (Some things he knows, like these labels, and some things will be a surprise for him). Also making Minecraft square cardstock torches with print & cut (not labels), printing, cutting, glueing, putting something inside to fill them up, leaving room inside for the upper 1/5 of the torch, to add battery tea-lights. :)

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  13. Do you use any kind of sealer to keep the ink from running off the sticker paper? Or is that more of a problem for glossy paper? Thanks!

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  14. Do you use any kind of sealer to keep the ink from running off the sticker paper? Or is that more of a problem for glossy paper? Thanks!

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  16. do you use a silhouette cutting mat? if so, which size do you use for the full size avery shipping labels?

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  17. I made some stickers using the same sticker paper using the sticker cut setting, but with some stickers the blade cut through the top white sheet and bottom yellow sheet, other stickers it did not cut through at all. Any suggestions? I have the cameo 3 with the auto blade. Could the autoblade be part of the problem?

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