Making your own stickers isn’t as hard as you may think, even if you’re adding another element to it like vinyl. It won’t take complicated software and expensive materials. All you need is a little patience and creativity!
Here’s how you do it:
Step 1. Gathering materials.
You don’t need a lot of stuff to make your stickers, but you do need to make all the necessary preparations in advance if you want to complete the project quickly.
First of all, you will need a computer, access to an inkjet printer and an image editor. It doesn’t have to be Photoshop or Illustrator. Free software like GIMP or InkScape will do just fine.
You will also need adhesive vinyl sheets to print on, clear laminate to coat the stickers and scissors. A scanner or a camera is optional.
Step 2. Finding the concept.
To get started, you need to find the right idea. Even if you don’t have one, you can come up with something by looking at other people’s work and taking inspiration from them.
Browse the Internet for some ideas. For starters, check sites like Flickr, DeviantArt or Pinterest or look at our previously published stickers.
A straightforward concept will work best, especially if you are a beginner at this. Don’t be afraid to keep things simple.
Step 3. Doing some sketching.
Sketching on paper will definitely help you in fine-tuning your ideas. Maybe you have several by now, but putting them on paper will show you what works best.
If you’re comfortable with it, you can start with digital drawing. If you are not a skilled artist, don’t worry. Your sketch doesn’t have to be perfect because you will be able to fix it through post-processing.
Step 4. Graphics.
To bring your concept to life, you need to create a document in the size of your printing paper, choosing a resolution of at least 300 pixels per inch and the CMYK color space.
Scan your sketch or take a high-quality photo of it and import it into your document. Remember to clean it up a bit with the help of the contrast adjustment.
With the Pen tool, trace over your sketch, moving your anchor points as you proceed. Vary your stroke width to emulate inking (this is fairly easy if you are using a vector graphics editor).
Step 5. Printing.
Now you only need to print and add some finish to the project. Flip your graphics horizontally to ensure your stickers will print in the right orientation.
Copy your sticker graphics multiple times all over your document, minding to keep the stickers away from the borders.
Test on normal paper to make sure all the stickers fit properly and the print quality is as you wish before you use the inkjet vinyl.
After printing your stickers, apply the clear laminate over the vinyl sheet with the graphics facing up. Cut your stickers out with scissors or a trimmer.
There's no such thing as too much practice!
Don’t worry if you make mistakes at first. Just be patient and correct them. You can reuse the same settings to easily make more stickers in the future and have more fun!
Sticker stock by Zoexoso.