Printing stickers at home is definitely not rocket science and you can do it easily if you know the basics and have a few tools in hand. In Fact, you can go as far as printing custom stickers with your inkjet printer at home and even start a business of your own.
So before you print a sticker on a home printer, you need to keep a few things in mind like the judicious use of ink and sticker paper. Sticker printing is definitely not time-consuming or expensive if you get the basics right. Proper planning like the correct use of ink, printable papers and cartridges can avoid wastage and print stickers within your budget.
List of items for printing your own stickers
Purchasing good quality sticker paper or vinyl is the key to making attractive stickers. You can use paper labels that can be letter sized sheets that come in bunches of 50 or you can use pre-cut sticker papers available online.
Vinyl papers can be laminated for extra protection and longevity. There are many types of Sticker papers that you can choose from including matt finish,glossy finish or transparent paper.
The software app that you use for designing stickers depends on how far you want to go with your creativity. For designing simple stickers, download the free software tool GIMP. However, if you want to design custom-made stickers, you need to install Photoshop or illustrator.
You can also get readymade sticker templates from online manufacturers. Print several stickers on a single paper by keeping enough space between each design.
Check your inkjet printer’s ink supply before you start designing your stickers. If you are printing colourful stickers in huge numbers, make sure that your ink does not run out before you complete printing. Fill your ink cartridges beforehand to prevent sudden interruptions in printing.
Before you take the actual plunge, do a test print to check the quality of the image. You can do this on a simple A4 size sheet to avoid wasting sticker sheets. A test print will also give you an idea of the alignment of the design on the actual sticker. By performing a test print, you can select the exact settings that are necessary for printing custom stickers.
Load the paper feeder of your printer with sticker papers by inserting the correct side and make sure there are no bends or wriggles. If you have a single page tray, do not try to insert multiple pages at a time.
This can cause jamming of the printer. After printing, keep the sheet for some time to dry on a flat surface before trimming the edges. Heavily colored pages take more time to dry than normally printed papers.
To cut the stickers you will need a pair of sharp scissors or a paper cutter. Cutting out the stickers requires precision and patience. Make sure that you cut the edges first before cutting the small parts of the sticker evenly. Now peel off the backing of the sticker and press it on the desired surface.