There are only three things you need to make a great sticker: paper upon which to print, a good adhesive and a sealant so that the sticker will stay protected. If you have a computer you can design any type of sticker and then print it on professional adhesive-backed paper, or try some alternate suggestions. It is a fun project that takes little time to complete.
Things You'll Need
- Word processing program
- Ink jet or laser color printer
- White printing paper
- Gum Arabic adhesive
- White vinegar
- White glue
- Paper towels
- Disposable foam paintbrush
- Spray bottle
- Clear contact type paper
- Clear or white decal paper
- Clear tape
- Scissors or razor-edge knife
Insert a graphic image from the Web into a word processing document. There are many free or reasonably priced graphics available on the Internet. Once you have chosen and downloaded an image, size it. Make several identical sticker images by copying the graphic and pasting to your page.
Prepare an entire page of graphic sticker designs on your document and print on plain white paper. Lay the printed paper face side down on a flat surface. Make a thin adhesive glue of ½ a portion of white vinegar to ½ a portion of white glue and paint it on the backside of the printed sticker paper with the foam paintbrush. Make the stroke long and continuous so that there isn't an accumulation of glue mixture in any one spot. Cover the paper completely with the adhesive and allow it to dry thoroughly. Apply a second coat if the surface doesn't seem entirely covered. Dry thoroughly.
Flip the sticker paper over and iron it flat. Cover the surface of the paper with several thicknesses of paper towels and push out any wrinkles with a warm, not hot, iron. Cut a sheet of contact-type clear paper and pull the adhesive off. Lay the graphic sticker sheet colored side down on the sticky surface. Work carefully from top to bottom so that the contact-type paper doesn't wrinkle or bubble. It is easier to do this after the back of the stickers have been treated with the glue mixture because the paper has more body.
Use a scissor or razor-edge knife to cut out the stickers. Spray a fine mist of water on the glue side to activate the glue surface. This adhesive sticker will stick to almost any surface and be impervious to fading because the surface is protected.
Try this alternate method. Print a copy of your graphic page or stickers onto regular white typing paper. Preserve the print surface by using a foam paintbrush to paint a thin layer of white glue quickly over the image. Do not run the paintbrush over the image more than once or the ink may smear. Allow it to dry thoroughly before putting a second sealer of glue over the image to preserve it. Use a layer of gum Arabic on the other side of the image to make an adhesive surface. The stickers are now ready to be cut out.
Use regular white or clear decal paper, which is easily found at craft stores, to print out your page of stickers. This type of paper has an adhesive backing already on it, but the surface is not protected. Use wide clear tape over each sticker to insure that the sticker lasts longer. Cut out the stickers and apply.
- Photo Credit stickers image by Unclesam from Fotolia.com
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