Stickers can be placed on anything from notebooks to water bottles and phone cases. Designing your own stickers is a fun way to express who you are and your style. Vinyl stickers can also be used formally for school or work purposes. These instructions are directed towards Cricut users, however any cutting machine should relatively follow these same steps.
- Vinyl (any size, color, design of your choosing)
- A monochrome graphic/image/design for sticker
- Cutting Machine (I will be using a Cricut)
- A pair of scissors
- A Cutting Mat (big enough to fit the design of your sticker)
- Transfer Paper (enough to fully cover the size of your sticker)
- A weeder tool (optional)
- Computer in which will connect to the cutting machine and have the sticker design uploaded on
Step 1: Prepare the Cutting Mat
Make sure the cutting mat is large enough to fit your entire sticker design on.
*Optional: clean off mat to regenerate stickiness.
Step 2: Upload the Graphic
Choose your monochrome design choice and upload it into Cricut Design Space. Make sure it is to the scale of the size you desire for the sticker. Changing the color of it to accurately represent how it will look is optional.
Step 3: Place Vinyl on Cutting Mat
Choose the vinyl color of your preference and stick it to the cutting mat by lining it up with the top left corner and pressing down firmly.
*If it is a roll of vinyl, cut a piece that is big enough for the sticker size of your choosing and apply it to the mat
Step 4: Set the Cutter Depth
Make sure the cutting depth is set to "Vinyl" in order to get the best, most successful results.
Step 5: Send It to Cut
Line up the cutting mat to fit inside the Cricut. Press the load in button that looks like a double arrow. To begin cutting, press the button with the Cricut logo on it. Once completed, press the same load in button to eject the cutting mat.
Step 6: Peel Off the Vinyl
First, remove the completely cut vinyl from the cutting mat. Then, slowly and carefully, peel back the unneeded part of the vinyl to reveal your design. Use a shallow angle while pulling; lift the corner no more than around 15 degrees at a slow and steady rate.
*A weeder tool can be used to remove small pieces of vinyl cut out within the design
Step 7: Transfer
Cut out a piece of transfer paper to fully cover your graphic. Remove the white paper from the sticky, gridded side of the transfer paper and lay it flat over your design. Press down firmly in order for the vinyl to fully come in contact with the transfer paper. Slowly remove the white paper from the vinyl and transfer paper.
Step 8: Stick It Down
Where ever you desire, gently place the transfer paper with the vinyl down. If no pressure is applied, you may move it and adjust it to your liking. Once it is at the correct angle and is positioned how you want, press down firmly to stick the vinyl to the surface. Once again, peel back the transfer paper slowly, ensuring every piece of vinyl is left stuck to the surface.
Step 9: Finished Product
And you're complete! You can now make vinyl stickers of any size and design to be placed wherever you desire.
I hope you find these instructions to be useful and helpful!