Cut out the laminated stickers from the sheet of vinyl. Use a ruler and a craft knife to make precise straight cuts. If your sticker designs are rounded, use scissors to cut them out, or give them a square background.
Once all your stickers are cut out, discard any leftover paper scraps.
Insert a single sheet of sticker paper into the printer. If your printer has a separate single-page feeder, use that, otherwise place one sheet in its regular paper feed. Because it’s thicker than regular paper, sticker paper may get stuck in the printer if you try to feed more than one sheet at a time.
Open a new 8 x 11 inch (20.3 x 27.9 cm) document in your image editing software. If the software you’re using doesn’t let you specify the size when you open a new document, edit the size after you open the document.
Look for the size button in your software’s menu bar.
Peel back the rest of the over-laminate backing slowly. Press the laminate onto the vinyl paper as you go. Keep going until you’ve peeled off all the backing and the whole sheet of vinyl is laminated.
 To prevent air bubbles, use the edge of a ruler to press the laminate onto the vinyl paper.
Print a test page using a plain piece of paper to ensure your printer gives you the quality you want. Sticker paper costs about 50 cents a sheet, so it’s a good idea to use inexpensive plain paper until you are certain your design comes out like you want it to. If you’re not certain which side is up and which is down, make a mark on one side of the paper before inserting it into the printer. When it comes out, look at the mark and you’ll know which way to put the sticker paper in.
Get some quality sticker paper, also called self-adhesive laminating sheets, that are compatible with printing. You can find this paper online or at most office supply stores. These are letter-sized sheets, usually sold in packs of 50.
Cricut is a good vinyl design program, but you have to buy a large machine. It also isn’t only for vinyl, it’s for many other things, too!
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Paste the design you created in the new document. If you want to make multiple stickers of the same design, paste the design multiple times and arrange the copies in rows. Make sure none of the copies are in the margins of the template or they won’t print onto the paper.
Look at other vinyl sticker designs for inspiration. Do an online search for “vinyl stickers” or “vinyl sticker designs.” Pay attention to what you like and don’t like about the different designs you see.
Try to find stickers that are similar to the ones you want to make. For example, if you want to make vinyl stickers to put on your laptop case, look for stickers other people have made to put on their computers.
This will give you an idea of what size and color your design should be.
Peel off the backing on your stickers to use them. The vinyl backing will be on the opposite side of the over-laminate, on the back of the sticker design. Grab a corner of the vinyl backing with two fingers and peel it back until it’s completely off the sticker.
Place your sticker on a dry, flat surface.
Remove the printed page from the printer without touching any ink on its surface. Set it on a flat surface to dry. Unlike printing text documents, the heavy concentration of ink used in graphics can take several minutes to dry.
A Computer or Tablet. Anything with a large enough screen and the correct software will do, but note that it must be able to print.
Print your design from the editing software onto a sheet of vinyl paper. Make sure the computer you’re using is set to print to the ink jet printer. Locate the print button in the image editing software and click on it.
Wait for the printer to print your stickers and then grab them from the printer.
Apply an over-laminate sheet over your stickers. Peel back the backing at the top of the over-laminate sheet and line the top edge of the laminate up with the top edge of the vinyl paper. Use your fingers to press the laminate onto the vinyl paper so it sticks.
 You can find over-laminate online or at your local office supplies store.
Sketch out your design on paper. Don’t worry about drawing all the details. You just want to get a basic idea of how your design will look before you attempt to make it on the computer. Make sure your design is small enough to fit on an 8 x 11 inch (20.
3 x 27.9 cm) piece of paper. If you’re just starting out making vinyl stickers, keep your design simple. If you’re having trouble coming up with a design, use graphics or images from online instead.
Cut the stickers out using a paper cutter if you have access to one; otherwise, use a pair of sharp scissors. When you’re ready to attach a sticker to something, peel the backing from the corner just as you would with a store-bought sticker.
Examine the colors used in your sticker design. Heavy use of colors can take a toll on an inkjet printer’s ink supply. If your design is mostly blue, for example, the blue ink may run out if you are printing dozens of stickers.
Design your sticker on whichever app you are most familiar with. You can use a photo editing app like Photoshop or GIMP, a word processor like Microsoft Word, or any other software that lets you write text and add images, like Microsoft PowerPoint. Use a standard letter-sized document size. If you want to make several stickers, maximize your use of paper by arranging them on a single page, while ensuring there is enough space between each sticker to cut each one out.
An Image Editing Software (Krita is very good for professional art, but Paint or Gimp might come preinstalled on your computer)
Printing your own stickers at home not only saves you the cost of buying stickers, it gives you the ability to customize your own designs while printing out exactly how many you need. A bit of planning and preparation is essential so you don’t waste ink or paper. If you plan to print several hundred stickers on an inkjet printer, check your printer’s documentation to see how many cartridges it will take, since the cost of ink may make this more expensive than buying stickers online instead of a savings. Looking at the photo printing specs will give you an idea of how many stickers your cartridges will be able to print.
Create your design on the computer using image editing software. If you don’t have Photoshop or Illustrator, use a free image editing software like GIMP. Recreate your sketched design using your software’s drawing and editing tools, or scan and upload your sketch and work from that.
If you’re making a colored design, use bold, vibrant colors that will show up well when printed. Make sure the resolution of your design is at least 300 pixels per 1 inch (2.5 cm).
Load an inkjet printer with 8 x 11 inch (20.3 x 27.9 cm) vinyl printer paper. Load the paper into the printer’s paper tray so the print side (non-adhesive side) will be the side that the printer prints onto.
If you’re not sure whether to put the paper face up or face down in the tray, run a test sheet through the printer to check. You can find vinyl printer paper online or at your local office supplies store.
Use clear vinyl printer paper if you want the background of your stickers to be transparent.
Use a pointed tool to scrape of the unwanted areas of sticker, then save or discard before applying the transfer film or paper.
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You can easily print your own vinyl stickers at home using a few simple tools. Once you’ve designed your stickers on the computer using an image editing software, print them onto vinyl printer paper. Laminate your stickers to protect them from water and UV rays from the sun. When you’re finished, just peel off the backing on your stickers and they’ll be ready to use!
A Pencil or Pen (Note — You won’t be able to change your draft if you use a pen, so choose wisely)
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Click the print preview button to see how your stickers will print. If any of the copies of your design are cut off in the margin, move them in further away from the edge of the template. Make sure none of the copies are overlapping.
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