How to Make Custom Stickers, Decals & Signs With a Cricut Machine & Vinyl

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Introduction: How to Make Custom Stickers, Decals & Signs With a Cricut Machine & Vinyl

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In this tutorial, we'll see just how easy it is to make custom stickers for your Argo, using vinyl and a Cricut machine. You can watch the YouTube video of the project here.

Things you'll need:

1. Cricut Explore

2. Cricut Standard Mat

3. Cricut Adhesive Mat

4. Scraping Tool

5. Vinyl

6. Transfer Tape

7. Fonts

Step 1: Get the Measurements.

Measure the area where you want to put the sticker. Then, depending on how much space you want to leave around the sticker, figure out the size of the sticker. I have decided to make a 10 by 10 sticker for my Argo.

Step 2: Select/make Your Design.

I put this design together using Cricut and Photoshop. I purchased the tree design on Etsy.

Then I went to Argo.com, saved the image and put it into Photoshop.

The Argo logo doesn't quite match my design, so I changed the color of the letters A-R-G-O.

Then, using the Quick Selection Tool, I removed the background of the Argo logo.

Next, I converted it into a PNG file and exported it into my Cricut Design.

Step 3: Unlock the Design and Enter the Dimensions You Need.

You cannot change the size unless you unlock the design.

Also, once you are done with the sizing, it is extremely important to attach the design if it isn't already attached.

Step 4: Stick the Vinyl Onto the Sticky Mat and Put in the Machine.

You could use Oracal Vinyl 651 or 631. I prefer 651.

Step 5: Weed the Design and Get the Design Onto the Transfer Tape.

Once it is cut, you will need to weed it (remove the extra vinyl so that only your design remains).

Then, put the transfer tape onto the design and press well so that the complete design sticks to the tape.Use the scraping tool to squeeze out any air bubbles.

Step 6: Thoroughly Clean the Area(on the Argo) With Rubbing Alcohol.

Step 7: Peel the Transfer Tape Off the Vinyl.

Step 8: Get the Design Onto Your Argo.

Check the alignment of the design. Then place the transfer tape onto your Argo. Press well with your fingers and palms. Then use the scraping tool (with a little pressure) to remove any air bubbles and to make sure that the design sticks well.

Step 9: Carefully Peel Back the Transfer Tape.

Take it slow and easy so that the vinyl remains on the Argo while the tape comes off. If you rush this through, you might get the design off as well. We definitely don't need that!

Step 10: The Final Look!

And that's what our Argo looks like now!

Happy creating!

If you don't have the time to create a custom sticker, send me a mail and I can create it for you.

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    5 Comments

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    kswallace04
    kswallace04

    3 months ago on Step 10

    Ok my company wants me to make stickers for when we replace water heaters or garbage disposals for any service repairs or questions and our information and 2 or more colors how would I go about doing that or can I?

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    ICreateCrafts
    ICreateCrafts

    Reply 3 months ago

    Oh yes, that's a great idea on how to get your company's logo and name out there, not to mention your contact info if the owner needs to get a hold of someone. I know you can print and cut on sticker paper, but I have never done that before. That might be your best bet.

    Otherwise you could use 651 the permanent vinyl and have the logo, name of the company and phone number and put it on directly when installing water heaters or garbage disposals or whatever you are installing. I hope this helps?

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    rroderick311
    rroderick311

    Question 9 months ago on Step 4

    Once i have the design inserted and ready to cut. Im told to send it to the printer, why? What do i do with the printed paper? I am using black removable vinyl and my design is black. The vinyl doesnt go into my printer... correct?

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    ICreateCrafts
    ICreateCrafts

    Reply 3 months ago

    Oh no. You must have it set to print, not cut. You don't want it to print your image off, rather cut it from vinyl. Be sure to check your settings. The vinyl does not go into your printer, it goes into your cricut machine on the mat

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    ICreateCrafts
    ICreateCrafts

    Answer 6 months ago

    I am so sorry, Instructables never notified me of your question. To answer your question really late (sorry) you must have it on print and cut, you want to change it to just cut out your design. Your vinyl does not go into your printer. If I can help you anymore please check me out on YouTube, I am quick to answer any comments left there.