Would you like to learn how to make stickers at home? Printable sticker sheets are a fun way to get stickers. And the best part is that you can print as many as you’d like!
I love using them in my planner. It’s a great way to add a fun pop of color or a quick note about something.
How To Use Printable Stickers
The easiest way is to just print on sticker paper and then cut the stickers out with scissors. You could also print them and use a tool such as an Exacto knife. This cutting tool would also work.
Another option is to use a Cricut or Silhouette machine. When I print stickers, I use a PNG file so that I can upload it into the design space.
How To Print Stickers Using On A Cricut
I’m only familiar with the Cricut design space so here is how I print stickers using my Cricut. The design space is where you’ll go and get all of your projects touched up and ready to go for printing.
In the Design Space:
Upload The PNG File
Open up the Cricut Design Space and choose a new project. Click the upload option from the toolbar on the left side of the page. Next, you’ll click on the upload image button and then press the browse button. From there you can choose the file you want to upload.
The reason we use a PNG image is that it has a transparent background. This allows the design space to cut around the white border and not just around the image itself.
Process The PNG Image
Once you choose your file, the design space will open a screen that will start the image upload process. It will ask you how detailed the image is. I usually choose complex.
After clicking on complex, click “continue” and you will be taken to a screen where you can clean up the image.
If you are using an image that doesn’t have a transparent background, you will need to erase the background using the magic wand tool.
Select the magic wand tool and then click on the white area. Your entire background should be checkered now.
Even if you have a PNG transparent background it’s a good idea to still use the magic wand tool. This just helps to clean it up and get any spots that you may not want to be printed on the stickers.
After you’ve cleaned up the image, click “continue” and then you will be able to choose between a “print then cut” option or “cut” option. Choose the “print then cut” and click on the Save button.
Insert The Files Onto A Canvas
You will be taken to the uploads section. Once there click on the image you just saved, then click on the “insert images” button. This will open up your images onto your canvas.
Once in the canvas space, you can rotate and resize images. If you get a message that says “image too large” you can simply adjust the size. The design space allows for projects up to 9.25” x 6.75”
Save The Project
Before I click on the “make it” button, I save the project. The save button is located on the upper right-hand side in the canvas space. Now all the work you did will be saved under my projects and you’ll be able to go back and reprint it if needed.
Make Sure You Have Sticker Paper In Your Printer
Here is the sticker paper I recommend:
Click “Make It” Button
This will take you to a new screen which will show you how your sticker sheet is positioned on the mat. If everything looks good, click “continue.”
Send to printer
Now you’ll print your design on sticker paper.
To do this, choose a single sheet and color, print on normal or best setting if you have that option. Now send it to the printer. It will have a black mark around it, that is the registration mark for your Cricut.
Align And Load Your Printed Sticker Paper Onto Your Mat
NOTE: You’ll want to align and sticker sheet on your mat exactly as it is shown on the screen.
Turn your machine on and then load the mat by pressing the load/unload button on the Cricut.
Select Your Material And Pressure Setting.
Following the prompts, select the paper you’re using and the cut you’d like. I like to do “kiss cut” which means that the stickers will be cut out but there will still be a backing, like a sticker sheet you would buy at the store.
For material setting, I have found that the Sticky Note setting works best for me.
Make The Cut When Prompted By Cricut
There will be a flashing green button and if you push this, it’ll start the machine. When the machine is done cutting it’ll prompt you to click finish and unload the mat. Press the load/unload button. Flip the mat over and peel the mat off the paper (so the paper doesn’t curl.)
There you go! You just made your first sticker sheet in the Cricut! YAY!!
Make Your Own Stickers
Did you know that you can make your own stickers? You could create a PNG file using Canva, Pic Monkey, or Adobe and then upload it into your Cricut and follow the steps I outlined earlier. Or you could just print them on paper and cut them out using scissors.
Another option is to use the Cricut Design Space to create your own stickers or labels. In the design space you can use the fonts available or upload your own fonts and images. The nice thing about the design space is that it’s pretty easy for beginners to use and learn.
There are plenty of tutorials for how to navigate the space and once you learn the tools, it’s easy to create your own basic stickers.
I personally create my stickers with Adobe Creative Cloud because I’m familiar with it and it’s just easier for me. But after using my Cricut design space, I believe it’s an excellent choice for beginners!
Do you like to use stickers in your planners?
P.S~ Are you looking for stickers sheets? I’ve got stickers in my shop! Check it out here.