Today I’m going to show you how to make awesome stickers at home, but I’m also going to show you how to print and cut from Silhouette Studio perfectly trimmed pieces. Yeah, they’re great for stickers but they’re awesome for lots of other projects, too!
When my nephews were here we played at lots of parks and made lots of crafts. On Saturday morning when we were to be having a nice “relaxing” day at home the little nephew asked me a question. Could we make stickers? Well, of course we can!
And I sat there and kicked myself over the fact that I didn’t buy an awesome sticker machine that I had seen online for a crazy ridiculous price weeks before. Because at the time I was all “how many times am I going to need to make stickers?” As it turns out, the answer is probably every time the nephews come to visit after we’ve tried it the once!
We were off and picked up this bad boy, the Xyron 2.5 Inch Create a Sticker Machine for considerably more than I would have paid online. But the boys were leaving the next day so we did what we had to do (after a quick play at the park, that is).
For this project you will need:
- Digital images for stickers (cartoons, flowers, whatever)
- Silhouette cutting machine and printer
- Xyron 2.5 Inch Create a Sticker Machine
Open you Silhouette Studio and start a new file.
Change the paper size to Letter by clicking the fourth icon from the right in the tool bar at the top of the program (looks like a red square).
Next you’ll need to set crop marks so that your Silhouette knows where to cut to trim your images exactly for awesome looking stickers! Click the second icon from the right in the top tool bar (looks like three corners on white) and check “Show registration marks”.
Bring your image into your Studio. Here we’ve got Homer Simpson who looks like he might have spied a mug of Duff… Next we’re going to
Click the fifth icon from the right in the top tool bar to trace your image and get your cut marks. Click “Select trace area” and draw a square over your shape.
Click “trace outer edge” to make your cut line that will go around the shape. Now, fair warning, you may need to play with the settings quite a bit to make your cut lines perfect but it’s well worth the time! Also, if you can find or make your images with a thick black line around the edges your job will be much, much easier (I added a black stroke around each shape in Photoshop for mine).
Now when you’re actually making your cut lines you don’t want to move them from your image because then it won’t cut in the right place, I just moved mine so you could see what happened.
Continue to bring in your shapes and make your cut lines.
If you have good files to start with, you can even bring them all in, get them set up so they print on a page and then do the cut files all at once for big time savings!
Go up to the menu and click “FILE” then Print. Print as you normally would to your printer.
Allow to dry and then attach the print out to your cutting mat and load it into your machine.
Send the the Silhouette to make the cuts.
Since I used normal printer paper, I used the settings for “print paper”. This paper worked well for my stickers and it’s cheap so I’d recommend it to you also.
And here is the machine cutting my stickers out. See how there is a crop mark in the bottom left hand corner? These are the marks that tell the machine how the paper is situated so it makes the cuts in the right place. Pretty futuristic and awesome, no?
Remove your cut outs from your cutting mat and hope that a cat doesn’t come right over and flop down on the sticky mat. And if your cat does, feel free to check out my Silhouette tips and tricks to see how to clean or re-sticky up your mats.
And there’s Apu all cut out and ready to get sticky with it. Now, I didn’t think to cut out the white spaces in between legs and whatnot but they would have been much more awesome if I did, so keep that in mind when making your own stickers!
Place your cut out onto the “loading deck” area of the sticker maker and gently push until the paper will go no further. Begin cranking the handle and gently pushing the paper forward for just a second more. Continue to crank until the sticker comes out the other side!
After some time I figured out that I could work it so that my stickers were really close together and used up less of the adhesive roll (after all, little nephew wigged out a bit when making stickers alone and cranked off two feet of the roll, which made it useless, so I was in conserve mode!)
It’s pretty darn amazing because the sticky is only on the stickers. I have no clue how this happens but it’s awesome all the same!
Each sticker is absolutely wonderful and really didn’t take all that much time to make.
We were also able to make stickers that were from hand drawn things and even crafty things we made out of foam (like an awesome Sponge Bob and Patrick!). So the Silhouette business isn’t 100% necessary to have fun with the sticker maker by any means.
And if you’re wondering where you can get images for your stickers, I got a lot of mine from Vector Cartoons. The rest I found just by searching Google for the character name “Simpsons vector”!
Happy sticker making!