I am a screen printer… by necessity rather than choice. Really I am a dreamer with a touch of entrepreneur. I have been screen printing t-shirts for my brand “Rock and Ride” for a few years now and have started experimenting with printing stickers lately. My wife and I go to motorcycle events to set up a booth and sell our gear. I thought packaging stickers into sets may help them sell better. However, this means that I need to come up with some packing, and it needed to be both inexpensive, a small number of units, look professional and interesting.
I have a membership to Tech Shop Pittsburgh. With their laser cutters available to me, I thought this could be a cool way to do something. So these hang tags, I made them at Tech Shop. I eat a lot of cereal and frozen pizzas, so there was plenty of cardboard / paper board heading to the garbage. Since it only has print on one side, is sturdy without taking up a lot of space, and free, it was a perfect candidate for the job.
I came up with a design in Adobe Illustrator utilizing the engraving and cutting capabilities of the laser cutter. I remember when billboards along the road started to have extra parts that stuck “outside the box”, and it was cool. I took some influence from that and decided to make the tags where they were cut and folded to give a sticking out or custom shape. I then engraved the brand icon and logos as well as “Sticker Pack #”. Then I could fold the hang tag over the bagged sticker assortments. With a Sharpie permanent marker I labeled them to identify them as pack “1” or “2”… Pack “3” is currently in the works.