Testing Out Sticker Designs

I set a goal for myself shortly after investing in the Cricut machine to create a new sticker design and get it listed on Etsy every day. It’s taken me a while to really get into the habit of doing this. I miss a day here and there, but I’m pretty happy to report that it’s been working 😁!

Finding and or creating a new sticker design every day got to be pretty time consuming 😬, so I decided to devote one day a week to just sticker related stuffs. I can actually get a couple weeks’ worth of designs prepped and cut if I select or create the right graphics to work with.

There’s an awesome graphic subscription service I use called Design Bundles (not an affiliate link at this time). With a monthly price tag, I can download so many graphics per month. Usually, I need to tweak them a bit before or after I test them out as many are made for t-shirts or sublimation projects😟. So, finding designs that I like, turning them into something I can use and testing them is probably the most time-consuming process in the sticker making workflow.

This week I didn’t create any original designs but I did tweak quite a good amount and only ended up with 1 design that didn’t cut properly the first time at 4 inches. It was a dragon that’s super cute so bummed out about it 😭.

What does the rest of the sticker making workflow look like after cutting? I got pictures to share (I know you wanted to know right? πŸ˜‚)!

This week’s stickers fall under Mythical, So Crafty and Gamers Unite (cheesy store theme categories to spice my shop up a bit πŸ€ͺ). I always use cheap vinyl to test cuts and save my special expensive af Cricut vinyl for when I make a sale.

Why am I “weeding” vinyl and not the garden? For one, it’s still winter (ignore the calendar) in Minnesota. Brrr. Secondly, I don’t know why it’s called that but it’s the process of removing the unwanted vinyl bits from your desired design. This can be super relaxing and or satisfying – depending on how well the graphic cuts.

So, there you have it – a behind the scenes look at how I spent my Sunday and now you maybe know a bit more about the process of vinyl sticker making 😎.

Da’Nela, an American Misfit, [she/her/hers/trying to be humanish, maybe]
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