How to Make Real Vinyl Stickers - Stickers




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This is how to make real vinyl stickers. These are real stickers not labels or cheap stuff like that.

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    30 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Hello, I'm trying to make decals without any background. Is this possible?


    3 years ago

    I'm just wanting to make decals for mugs and cups (Yeti). I had someone to do a few for me, and I want to start my own project. Can I use any kind of printer, and is there another type of sticker/vinyl paper that is good?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, Thanks for the video. Are these stickers microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe???

    My purpose is to use it for name labels for students... The stickers should be water proof, microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe???

    Is this paper suitable for my requirement???


    4 years ago

    Gooday what software are use to make a vinyl sticker or for car decal thanks and more power


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Well done!

    Actually I am in the process of making my first bartop MAME cabinet, and I was wondering how I could cost effectively make the marquee and the side art - I can make the custom art myself, I just don't want to pay an outrageous amount to get it done lol Everything is on a budget lol Your method shown here will work perfectly for the side art of the cabinet and should be far less expensive than getting it done through Fast-signs. Do you know if that paper is available for Laser printers as well? I have an inkjet that I never use in my basement but I prefer my color laser)

    For the marquee, I'm actually going to get some 3M color laser printable transparency sheets to print my image across. This will then be cut to size sandwiched between 2 pieces of left over plexi/lexan. The outer piece of lexan has has a tint, and is left overs from the monitor bezel. This will allow the image to shine through when turned on via the led light strip behind the marquee and will be a be muted due to the tint so not to be overly powering - focus should be the game on the screen not the marquee.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks. You explained this much better than another video I just watched. Very helpful!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I got that those stickers and made a bunch of stickers for a local band. Everyone I've seen stuck to a car is peeling. The adhesive isn't strong enough for outdoor use. If you use a regular inkjet printer, they will fade very quickly as well.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Not all of Papilio's vinyl are meant to be used outdoors. They have special vinyl designed for outdoor use which are also designed to be extremely difficult to remove. As for the fading, the Papilio site warns of this possibility and therefore makes an aerosol UV laminate spray which is meant to prevent this from occurring.

    Outdoor paper:
    UV laminate spray:

    *Please note that the paper link is for 10 sheets. Papilio also offers 1, 100, 500, and 1000 sheet packages.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    How durable are these stickers for outdoor use? I've had a number of people ask me for stickers that are water proof so they can put them on bike helmets and such.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Theres some stuff you can get at Amazon. Papilio brand. Inkjet Removable Waterproof Vinyl. Depending on how much wear it'll see, not to mention weather, you might want to spray the stickers with a fixative before you apply em. But they're pretty durable and waterproof on their own. Good luck!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Great work! that laminate sheet is a great idea. Is corel draw really the industry standard over there? I alway thought illustrator was (well it is in the rest of the design industry) i thought corel draw was more a prosumer program. Cool -ible! Thanks for sharing.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Corel is the standard in my mind at least for screen printing. Stickers really fall under screen printing in my book. Just my opinion. I get really frustrated with Adobe ilustrator. Although all my vids are Adobe Premier Pro.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    gotya, im guessing corel probably works better with plotter cutters also, which im sure you have used for stickers.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    awesome! thanks! i will be using this so we can make our stickers for our band cheap! =)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    hey i want to make a graphics kit for my motorbike but i dont have an inkjet printer, would u be able to use a canon mp510 printer?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I take sticky-back vinyl and run it through a color laser printer, then spray paint high-gloss clear enamel. I get the vinyl at Auto Trim in Tukwila, WA.