So you want to make stickers, but don’t know where to start or want ideas. Well I’ve got you covered! I’ve been baking stickers for 3 months so therefore I must be an expert. /s
Hence here’s a few beginner’s tip, because I’m still wet behind the ears too Anywho, enough chatter I’ll give you the run down of what I used to get started.
- Label paper
- A printer and ink or
- If you want to go old school– alcohol based markers or other waterproof medium, such as acrylic paint. Just avoid waterbased mediums like Crayola markers or watercolor.
- Scissors to cut the stickers. You can use a paper cutter if the edges are just straight lines though.
- (Optional but highly recommended) Modge podge. Both the type that you can paint onto the stickers and a sprayable one. Workable spray motif also works as a spray finish.
- Your sticker design, though I don’t think this is optional because what are you doing without one?
- If doing a digital art sticker is your route, photo editing software. The price of this varies from free to too much money. I personally use two paid $5 apps on my iPhone, Sketchbook Pro by Autodesk and Ibis Paint X. On my Macbook I use Gimp. I highly recommend Gimp even with its learning curve.
So onto the tips part.
- Let your ink dry before using mod podge. I know this seems like a no-brainer but you’ll get excited to make it all shiny. Nothing is worse than smudges.
- When making a digital piece, opt out of lines that are too fine. Chances are you’ll be scaling your image to be smaller. You don’t want to lose lines.
- Aim not to have too many small curved detailed on the sticker. Use a border or frame it. If you’re cutting the stickers by hand using scissors, fine curves can be quite tedious to cut and usually don’t look as smooth.
- If you’re wanting to to sell your stickers online like on your own web store or Etsy or the like, consider making mockups for your sticker listing photos. I learned how to create some in Gimp by following this guy’s tutorial. If you know how to use Gimp, you’ll be fine. If you use Gimp on a Mac infrequently like me, you’ll have fun finding where “Alpha to Selection”.