I've gotten obsessed with making stickers ever since I finalized the process. The possibilities are infinite and I can't stop. Should've started this years ago. So many ideas. Although, I do admit that I take some designs from the internet.
- Photoshop: 7.98"x10.65" template. 150 dpi (I found there isn't much of a visual difference between 150 and 300 dpi). Add strokes for extra white borders and for lines to cut. It takes a lot of rearranging to make the most of the space.
- Print: I save the image from Photoshop, drag it into Microsoft Word with the smallest borders it allows, then print. The paper I use is sticker paper, it's basically just a full-sheet label. Very important: print with all of the highest settings. Your printer may differ, but my crappy inkjet printer will just not do its best job until you tell it to.
- Protection: I add an extra layer of shelf liner to protect it since the paper is just paper. Don't want smudging or wet substances to ruin it.
- Cut: First I cut them all to be separate for more precise cutting. Then I actually cut around the edges to get the final product.
- Peel and stick! (I actually have no place to do this step.)
Cost: 1 sheet of sticker paper ($1) + 1 full page of coloured ink ($1?) + 1 sheet of shelf liner (20 cents) + my time (priceless or free) = ~$2 for a full sheet of stickers!
ID Badge Cards
I'm too poor for a PVC card-printing machine, so I used sticker paper to make some!
- Materials: PVC cards from eBay, sticker/label paper, shelf liner.
- Photoshop: 2.2" x 3.4" template (measure your card and add a bit to the sides). Design your card.
- Print: I save in Photoshop, drag into Microsoft Word, make sure the dimensions on the page is correct, print on sticker paper.
- Protection and Gloss: Put some glossy shelf liner on there.
- Card Application:
- Cut two connecting edges.
- Slice lightly on the back of the sticker with a knife to peel off just the corner where the edges are cut.
- Peel off the corner backing and line it up to the edges of the card.
- Peel off the rest of the backing and stick the whole thing onto the card.
- Use a knife to cut along the card.
- Use it to get into top-secret facilities.