I love stickers. I remember collecting stickers when I was young. My sister and I had sticker books where we put our most prized stickers. We especially loved anything shiny or scratch and sniff. Even as an adult, I enjoy picking out stickers for my kids and before they came along, I bought them for my students.
So it’s not really a surprise that my latest craft obsession is making my own stickers with Silhouette Studio and my Cameo cutter. I recently shared my custom Olivia The Pig sticker sheets made with images from the Silhouette online store. Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own!
How to Use Silhouette Studio to Design Sticker Sheets
Tools & Materials
- Silhouette Studio (Free or Designer edition)
- Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
- Silhouette White Sticker Paper
- Print and Cut Images from Silhouette Online Store
Creating the sticker sheets
Start by opening a new file in Silhouette Studio. Choose the letter size paper setting and turn on the registration marks. Set your paper in the landscape position. Before you add any images you need to draw a rectangle. Click on the scale options and resize your rectangle to w: 3.860″ x h: 5.405″. You don’t have to use my measurement, I just eyeballed my original rectangle and these are numbers I got. Duplicate the rectangle and fit both shapes on your paper. These will be your sticker sheets.
Adding the images
Click on File —–> My Library —–> Choose image. The Olivia images are from the Silhouette Online Store.
Notice the Olivia image has built in cut lines and a large white background? In order to arrange your stickers efficiently, you will want to remove the white background. For instructions on how to do this, please review my post How to Detach a Silhouette Print and Cut Image from the Background. Once you have removed the background you can create the offset and resize the stickers.
Offset Your Images
*Important* Do not move your image or outlines. Keep them in the same spot the entire time you are working through the process of creating the offset.
Click on your detached image —–> Right click —–>Ungroup.
Click on the Olivia image (which is now detached from the cutline) —–> Copy —–> Delete Olivia image. Now you are left with the cutline/outline of Olivia.
Click on the cutline/outline —–>Offset —–>Set offset distance to 0.07″. Now you have two cutlines/outlines of the image.
Click on the original cutline and delete it. Right click inside the remaining cutline and choose “Paste in front”. Your Olivia should now have a cutline that is offset from the image. Looks like this:
Select the image and the cutline —–> Right Click —–> Group. Now your layers are grouped together and you can move it freely around your page.
Just one more thing to do before you can move your image to a sticker sheet. Click on the image —–> Go to scale options —–> Check Keep Aspect Ratio —–> Change height to 1.5″.
Place your image inside one of your sticker sheets like so. Now repeat the whole process until your sticker sheets are full.
Printing and Cutting
Once you have finished arranging your stickers on the two sheets, you are ready to print and cut. For this project, it will be a three step process.
1. Start by printing your stickers on the White Sticker paper.
2. Turn off the cut lines for the sticker sheets. Click on a rectangle —–> Line options —–> No cut. Do this to both rectangles. Now you can send your file to the Silhouette for cutting. Use the setting for the Silhouette White Sticker paper as this will kiss cut the stickers (keeps the backing in tact). Leave your work on the mat and reload into the cutter.
3. Turn off the cut lines for the sticker images and turn the rectangle cut lines back to cut. Send to Silhouette for cutting. Use the settings for patterned paper. This will give you a clean cut around the sticker sheets.
Whew! Are you still with me? If it seems like a lot of steps it is! You could skip offsetting the stickers if you prefer to cut along the edge of the image. I just like the offset “sticker look” (something I learned from Jin at Under a Cherry Tree).
Although it is a bit work, there is something satisfying about making your own stickers. I had a lot of fun making these sticker sheets for my kids and I have plans to make more.
Until next time…happy crafting!
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