Remember when I made a post about making sticker? I believe it was incomplete, lazy and confusing. So yeah I’m gonna remake that soon, but before moving on to the production, today you will learn the basics of stickers from my experiences!
Knowing the types of mediums you are gonna use for your stickers is an essential step. During my adventures on office depot and ebay I started to experiment with stacks of papers and bundles. I learned that the basic sticker papers are: White Paper, Vinyl Glossy, Clear Vinyl and White Matte Paper.
Each paper has the same function, provide the artwork when printed on them, but not all behave the same way. Some white papers are brighter than others which the bright one will have more efficient quality and colors on your stickers. While a glossy vinyl can proyect crispy details and vibrant colors, it’s reflection, from the source of light, may distract the eye from the actual artwork. Also a white matte can add an extra point by applying a smooth texture to your work!
Having the right information of your printer, the model and it’s cartridges is a must. Each printer support their types of paper and inks, and each paper sheet comes with specifications such as Inkjet or Laser only. Make sure to choose the compatible materials since certain printer models have limits on the thickness and sizes of the paper. Having your cartridges fully stocked is important to avoid errors. Choosing the best quality print mode for better results is essential in the process too!
Some stickers come with coating (spray), some are laminated (self adhesive sheet) and others are simply plain (with the paper finish). Even though some vinyl stickers comes with extra protection, these 2 can help prevent the products from damaging by the environment and passing time. The most common films are Matte, Semi-Gloss and Glossy.
Another laminate, that you could try, which I find very interesting are the holographic films. Some may have their own functions, it depends on what you are looking and the description of the material. For example one laminate film can be waterproof but isn’t specialize in protecting the sticker from UV.
The many functions of the different films:
This is where the good stuff comes, that final touch that makes you say Ah! Well, once you learn what type of laminate film you want, you have to check out the description provided by the seller. The higher the number (Mil) the more sturdy and strong will be your sticker. Once you’ve finished building up your sticker with the laminate film, you can begin to cut it either in shapes, die cut or kiss cut. Good Luck!
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