1. Order supplier samples
If this is your first venture into producing stickers, or you’re trying out a new finish, it’s worth ordering some sample packs from a few suppliers so that you’re familiar with the quality of their print, how the material feels, and the finishes they have available. This also allows you to really asses what you’re going to get for your money and which is the best deal for your needs. Some great suppliers are:
Sticker Market reached out to me to offer me some free stickers to try their services, and I’m pleased to say that I was really happy with the finished product! They offer a range of finishes and cuts, as well as other brand materials to support your business. Above you can see the design I worked on with them and how good the print quality and finish is!
If you subscribe to their emails, you’ll get notified every time they launch a new deal, which are usually really great value. You can also get a discount by using my referral here.
These guys do great quality stickers with lots of different finishes and cuts/shapes for a good price.
2. Remember how big your stickers will be when printed
It’s easy when you’re creating artwork to spend most of your time zoomed into the artboard while you work on the detail, but you should try to keep scaling back to view the design at full-size. This will ensure that your sticker is appearing as you want it to, and you’re not losing any critical details when it gets printed.
3. Consider bleed from the start
There’s nothing worse than finishing some awesome work and then realising you forgot to add bleed. You then either need to add that in afterwards, which may or may not work out well, or you need to use some of your artwork as bleed, which could mean cutting out important detail. This one’s really easy to forget… guilty, I’ll admit.
4. Use the material finish to enhance your design
In addition, to the cut, there’s lots of different options when it comes to the finish and material that you choose to have your stickers made with. These include but are not limited to:
Use the material that you choose to your advantage by considering your design and what it would benefit from. A pastel and soft illustration may be enhanced with a matte finish to continue the soft appearance. A space-centric design would be well suited to a holographic or glittery finish.
You should also consider the purpose you intend your sticker to be used for. Does it need to be removable? Does it need to withstand the elements? You’ll easily be able to find the perfect material for most uses.
5. Have fun with the medium
It’s easy to agonise over the products that we make with the intention of them being perfect in every detail. However, it’s worth reminding yourself that stickers are cheap to produce as well as to sell. Not every design needs to be a work of art. Your customers are not taking your stickers too seriously, mainly because of the nature of stickers, so you needn’t either! Have fun with the creative process and take pleasure and pride in the finished product.
In the interest of transparency, this blog post was written as part of a partnership with Sticker Market. Everything written within is my true opinion. I received a free print run of 100 stickers from this partnership.