Learn how to make stickers using your Silhouette Cameo! It’s easy to make DIY planner stickers or any other kind of custom stickers, and I will walk you through each step. This post contains affiliate links, which allow me to earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.
We are only a few days into 2018, but I have already spent a lot of time planning and dreaming and hoping for the coming year. I’m guessing you are probably doing some of that too, am I right? I mean, tis the season! 😉 In my opinion, cute stickers, motivational quotes, and fun calendaring designs always make that planning and goal setting more fun, and that’s what this month’s Fresh Cut SVG Bundle is all about.
The bundle contains over 40 SVG elements plus 14 bonus files, so you will have loads of material to make your resolution-making extra cute! Today, I’m going to share how to take some of the elements I created for the bundle and turn them into custom planner stickers using your Silhouette. You can use this same technique with any SVG files, and it’s so easy, you are going to want to make your own stickers all the time!
DIY Custom Sticker Supplies:
- Printable Sticker Paper (I like the Silhouette brand, but any printable sticker paper will work. PSST!! Through 1/22/18 you can get 30% off all specialty media including sticker paper with the code PERSIA! Just click HERE, and enter code PERSIA at checkout.) OR Printable Adhesive Vinyl for more permanent decals (see my post on working with printable vinyl HERE)
- Silhouette Cameo
- Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software (You have to upgrade to the Designer Edition or higher to open SVG files.)
- SVG Cut Files – I used designs from our January Fresh Cut SVG Bundle
How to Make Stickers with Your Silhouette
I made a detailed video of the whole process of making stickers from SVG files using the Silhouette Studio software. You can watch the video below, or, if you would prefer to read, I will go over some of the main tips below.
How to Make Stickers Tip #1 – Adjust Colors or Add Gradients
One of the best parts of working with SVG files is that it is super easy to change the colors of your designs and customize your stickers to your heart’s content. To change the color of a design, simply click on the object to select it and then click on the palette icon to open the Fill menu. You can choose one of the preset colors, or click on “Advanced Options” to get even more color options.
You can also easily add gradient fills to your designs. Simply click on the gradient box at the top of the Fill menu and then select the gradient you like. You can change the colors of your gradient under Advance Options.
How to Make Stickers Tip #2 – Make Stickers for Lists and Menus By Adding Patterns
You can make your to do lists extra cute by writing them on pretty patterned stickers. You can create your own stickers in custom sizes to fit your planner easily. Start by using the shape tool to draw a rectangle the size that you want your sticker to be. Then you can fill that rectangle with a pattern by clicking on the polka dotted icon at the top of the Fill menu. You can select one of the patterns that come with the Silhouette Studio software or upload your own custom patterns. This month’s Fresh Cut bundle includes 3 bonus pattern files, that are designed to match my other designs in the bundle. They are super easy to upload into the Silhouette software.
To add new patterns to the Silhouette software, simply open the Library, and then drag the file pattern onto the Patterns folder. That’s it!
Then, go back to the Design window, select your rectangle, and then click on the pattern you uploaded to fill the rectangle with that pattern. You can adjust the scale of the pattern and rotate it to get the look you want.
To make the sticker easier to write on, create another smaller rectangle and place it on top of your patterned rectangle. Fill this second rectangle with solid white and then adjust the transparency to create a space for writing notes and making lists.
How to Make Stickers Tip #3 – Adjust Cut Settings
After you have your stickers colored and designed just how you like them, click on the Send tab to make sure everything is ready to cut. Under the Action tab, you need to make sure that only the outside cut lines are set to cut. Set all the lettering and inside designs to “No Cut” to avoid holes in the middle of your stickers.
Finally, select “Sticker Paper, White” from the material menu, load your printed sticker paper into your machine, and cut!
And, that’s it! All that’s left to do is peel, stick, and plan!
If you are ready to make your own planner stickers (and loads of other inspirational crafts and projects), be sure to go snag the January Fresh Cut SVG Bundle.
I hope this little tutorial was helpful for you! Have you tried making your own stickers with your Silhouette yet?
Until next time, Happy Making!
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