Layout and Design Tips
the borders to your advantage, the fewer cuts you have
the less often you will need to clean your tools. Avoid small
sliver cuts, they’re messy.
utilize lines on paper cutter rethink your layout.
layout lines on your paper cutter may be the easiest way to cut your
custom paper stickers to shape.
carpet tape for easy peeling or score backing with a
paper cutter to cut strips and scissors for separating
shaping. In most cases your custom paper stickers will not appear
side-by-side, therefore they do not need to be identical.
hand cutting and eye-balling are great time savers. This
sticker look is especially effective on handcrafted scrapbook stickers.
borders for cutting guide. A small hash mark
on the page border may help you align the paper cutter blade.
double sided tape close to
custom sticker edge. To prevent
borders on custom paper stickers from tearing when in use, tape should
extend to edges.
Peel. For easy double sided tape backing
removal, place tape
seems near center of custom paper sticker. On larger custom
stickers, the seams between tape strips can be as wide as
custom paper stickers may not have a seam on them
tape pieces). To aid in the backing removal, score the
with a razor knife. Score them BEFORE you separate
Take care not to score all the way through the custom paper sticker.
cutting into double sided tape. If you can
double sided tape to avoid it when cutting up your custom paper labels,
your tools will stay cleaner longer. Example: If your design
calls for an even number of custom paper labels across the page, place
the double sided tape on either side of center. You will
the double sided tape when you cut down the center of your custom paper
the borders. If you are using the borders of
the page as
the edge of your custom paper sticker, place the tape at the edges and
work toward the center. Do the reverse if trimming the
Tips on Making Custom Stickers and Labels.
cloth type carpet tape
as it is difficult to cut and gums up the blades.
your tools clean for a nice clean edge on your custom
sticker. Keeping your tools clean will give your homemade
stickers a professional look!
with the tape in a cool environment so the glue
doesn’t get gooey.
news paper ads. My news paper has fliers from
businesses. Many of them are printed on florescent
Print your custom paper stickers on the back.
refrigerator magnets. Many companies advertise
refrigerator magnets. Employ the double sided tape to stick
anything to the refrigerator magnets. Stick a pad of post-it
notes on a refrigerator magnet and you have a great shopping
list. Also works on metal doors.
tape width, the wider the carpet tape, the less you will
handling it. I use 2” wide carpet tape and design
paper sticker sheets. Your custom paper sticker design may
be served by a 1-½” width.
tape thickness when
purchasing your double sided
Thin clear tape is usually best but if you are experiencing a
“ghost” image from the object beneath the custom
sticker, a thicker opaque double sided tape may be necessary.
employ a heavier paper stock.
Store labels may be the cheapest. I can get
labels for $1.00. That’s cheaper than building your
own. You can still trim them to the dimensions you want, but
are still white. Also, they are thin so any underlying images
bleed through. NOTE: The clear labels I
have used did
not function in my printer.
resistant. To make your paper stickers water
coat with an acrylic spray finish. Test on a discarded
for any adverse effects before applying to all. This will not
make your custom stickers water proof.
purchasing a paper cutter remember that you will be
spirits to clean off the glue residue. Review the cleaning a
maintenance section in the owner’s manual. I
Fiskars paper cutter made of plastic with steel cutting edges.
Although the emphasis
of this website is making computer
generated professional stickers, the methods and techniques are the
same for handcrafted stickers and homemade stickers.
I have made thousands
of custom stickers, and I feel these Do It
Yourself instructions will help you get a good start on your own DIY
custom stickers. A homemade professional sticker is easier than you
think. Be sure to visit all pages, to get all the tips, to make your
custom sticker project a fun experience.