After my sticker post last week I was asked to give a bit more info on how I make them.
I’ve been refining how I do it so with my latest batch I decided to take a few screenshots and throw together a quick how to. Please note that this is just how I make them, using a method I came up with myself… I’ve no idea how those proper sticker makers make them.
Anyway, onto the tools. I use a Silhouette Portrait and the corresponding software (I haven’t upgraded to the designer edition as yet) and the sticker paper I use is just from Ebay – £2.50 for 20 sheets. The first lot I made were on far more expensive stickers sheets bought from a label company online and were probably of a worse quality than the sheets I’m using now. My printer is an entry level Samsung laser printer which I’d love to upgrade at some point in the future.
To make the labels I’ll be using the print and cut feature which, as the name suggests, means you create a design, print it and then send it through the cutting machine. It knows where to cut because of registration marks that get printed onto the sheet. Because registration marks limit the space you can print on I created a sheet with the registration marks on and two curved rectangles with my shop logo inside.
I just dragged out a rectangle shape and in the cut style menu changed it to ‘no cut’ and then added the text, which I filled in with a black colour (just go to the fill menu on the right hand side of the top toolbar) and also set it to ‘no cut’.
I then saved this so I always have the same starting point of my stickers so they all look the same.
I then start drawing shapes using the tools along the left hand side. I tend to draw a shape and then draw a slightly larger shape around it and set that line to ‘no cut’. This gives me some error room around the stickers so that if the cut is off slightly, I won’t get any white bits on my stickers (unless I want them there). If I want to add text I just add it the same way as I do my logo – write the text, fill with colour and then change to ‘no cut’. I then go back to the fill menu and fill the whole shape (not the lettering) with my desired colour.
At this point you may want to group the shapes (bottom toolbar) so that you can move your design around the page with ease and keep it all lined up.
In the above image the outer line is set to ‘no cut’, the internal line is set to cut, the lettering is ‘no cut’ and the two boxes have been filled with my chosen colour. You can choose a colour from their palette or you may find it easier to get a list a of all the colour hex codes and input the code into the menu (it’s the six digit code starting with a #).
You may want to do some experiments with your printer as depending on your model your colours may not necessarily turn out the way they look on screen.
When I’m happy with my on screen design I print the page.
I then put the page on my Silhouette mat and load it into the Silhouette.
To cut it I go into the cut options and select sticker paper as the media and change the blade both on screen and in the Silhouette to 1 so it doesn’t cut through the full page.
Once that is completely done I keep the sticker on the cutting mat and select everything on screen and set it all to ‘no cut’ (NB: save your design before you do this as selecting it all back to cut later is a pain as you’d have to click on all the smaller boxes separately otherwise it’ll start cutting out your text). Then select the main outer box and change that to cut. Set the blade on screen and in the machine to 3 or 4 depending on the thickness of your paper and then it send it back through the Silhouette again. This will then cut your sheets out in a lovely uniform way.
I hope I’ve covered everything here and it was useful. If you have any questions please drop me a comment below. In the meantime, these new designs are in the shop now!