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Silhouette CAMEO Sticker Tutorial for Beginners

Making stickers with Silhouette is really no different than Silhouette print and cut...instead of printing and cutting on paper, you're printing and cutting on sticker sheets! 

And just like print and cut, once you make your first set of stickers, you'll be hooked!!!

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If you sell Silhouette items, it's a good reminder to let your customers know if you have hand wash only items. You can place these stickers right on your business cards and directly on the items.

Design a Silhouette Print and Cut Design

To start making stickers with Silhouette, you want to first create your sticker design in Silhouette Studio.

I wanted something pretty simple since my stickers are each less than 1".  I'm going to fly through this part since I have free Silhouette 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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How to Set Up Sticker Sheets in Silhouette Studio

With your sticker design created in Silhouette Studio, now you can set up the page. 

Open the Page Setup tool from the right sidebar. Change the Media Size to Letter and check the box to show the Print Border. 

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Click "M" on your keyboard to turn on the registration marks. 

Now select your single design and open the Replicate tool from the right sidebar. Click "Fill Page." 

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The software will fill the printable page area with as many repeating designs as possible. 

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Now you're ready to print to your home printer. My favorite sticker material is from Online Labels. They have lots of different types of sticker sheets.  For these stickers I used the inkjet printable matte sheets.  Take everything else out of your printer tray and only place the sticker sheet in there.  This helps ensure the printer grabs the sticker sheet at the right time avoiding any issues with a misprint of the registration marks. 

Click the Printer icon along the top toolbar of Silhouette Studio or go to the File menu and click Print. 

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How to Print and Cut Sticker for Beginners with Silhouette CAMEO

I have a lot of different printers, for various uses, but the one I use for all of my stickers is a simple, basic and old, HP OfficeJet 8610. It's expensive now because it's basically an antique. 

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It prints great, but really the way to get the best stickers is to make sure you have the right printer settings and the best paper - that's why I always use Online Labels sheets

After printing, it's time to cut.  

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Return to Silhouette Studio and from the Send panel select Sticker Material, White.  I find for the Online Labels white sticker paper the default cut settings for "Sticker Paper, White" work best. 

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Place your printed sticker sheet on your Silhouette cutting mat and load it into the cutting machine.  The process is the same whether you're making stickers with Silhouette CAMEO 4, CAMEO 3 or even a Portrait. 

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When you click "Send" in Silhouette Studio from the Send panel, the Silhouette machine will first search for the registration marks. That's how it knows exactly where to cut.

Once the registration marks are successfully found the cutting will begin.

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These stickers cut beautifully and only through the top sticker sheet - not the liner which is what we want.  That's called a 'kiss cut' when the blade cuts through the top sheet, but not the bottom.

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

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28 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. I have the cameo 3.. like Vicki, how can you print? From an external printer? Or is there a way to print on the cameo 3? I was assuming the sketch pens, but that probably won't work on the glossy paper.. Please help thanks!!!

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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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  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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  18. Great idea.. Thanks for sharing this with us.. These tips and guides are really valuable.

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  19. What kind of mat do you use? Do I need to have the PixScan mat to do this?

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  20. Is there a way to cut around each sticker so they could be individual stickers rather than one big sticker sheet?

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  21. Yes you print to your home printer (not the Silhouette machine)

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  22. I just did a sheet this morning and the pre-determined cut settings in the Cameo 3 for "Sticker Paper, white" cut all the way through the sticker and the backing of my Avery sticker paper. It's ok because the sheets are scored on the back so they still can easily release but I will have to play with the settings. Force of 14 is WAY higher than another of your posts where you show the cut settings provided by Onlinelabels.com, which was Force of 3 or 4.

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