How to Make Stickers With a Printer [ULTIMATE Guide!]

Written by: Dalia Abdalla



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How to Make Stickers With a Printer

If you're anything like me, you love adding a personal touch to your belongings with unique stickers. I've been making my own stickers for a while now, and I'm excited to share my knowledge with you. Creating your own stickers is not only fun but also a fantastic way to showcase your creativity. In this blog post I will show you how to make stickers with a printer. I'll walk you through the simple steps of making your own stickers with a printer. So, let's dive in and get ready to turn your imaginative ideas into awesome stickers you can proudly show off to your friends! 

Let's go over the materials you will need:

1. A Printer

Our Top Pick for Ink Jet Printer

I really like using the HP Envy Photo 78-55 printer for my sticker projects. It's awesome because it can create stickers that look super colorful and clear, which makes them really attractive.  With its ability to print on both sides of the sticker paper and its high-quality results, this printer has become my go-to choice for sticker-making fun!

Connectivity Technology: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB

Printing Technology: Inkjet

Special Feature: Wireless

Printing Resolution: Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi

Print Speed:

  • Black (ISO): Up to 15 ppm
  • Color (ISO): Up to 10 ppm 

  1. Great Quality: This printer can make stickers that look really nice. It can print in really high quality, which means the stickers come out looking colorful and clear.

  2. Easy to Use: It's easy for me to use. I can just put the special sticker paper in the printer, and it knows what to do. I don't need to be a computer expert to make stickers.

  3. Fast: It prints stickers pretty quickly. So, I don't have to wait too long to get my stickers once I click the print button.

Our Top Pick for Laser Printer

I love using the HP LaserJet Pro 4001dn printer for making stickers because it's really good at the job. This printer is super fast, so it can print stickers really quickly, and they always look great. The best thing is that it can handle a lot of sticker paper at once, so I can make a bunch of stickers without any problems.

  • Maximum Black and White Print Resolution: 4800 x 600 Dots Per Inch
  • Max Print Speed Monochrome: Up to 42 pages per minute single-sided
  • Duplex Printing: Automatic (supports double-sided printing)
  • Maximum Input Sheet Capacity: 350 sheets

  1. Printing Speed: This printer is really fast at printing stickers. It can make a lot, up to 42, in just one minute!

  2. Clear and Detailed: The stickers it prints look really clear and sharp. All the colors and little details on them look just the way I want.

  3. Easy to Use: Using this printer is easy. I just put the sticker paper in, press a few buttons, and it starts printing. It's not complicated, which is important for me.

  4. No Mess: When the stickers come out, they don't get smudged or messy. They look clean and neat, which is important for making stickers that look good.


Ink Jet vs Laser, Which Is Better?

You might be wondering, "What's the difference between inkjet and laser printers, and which one is better for making stickers?" Well, I'm here to help you understand these two types of printers.

Inkjet printers work by spraying tiny drops of ink onto paper. They're great for printing colorful and detailed designs, so they're good for artistic stickers. Laser printers use a special powder and heat to print, and they're really fast and precise for text and graphics, which is good for text-based stickers.

So, which one should you choose for making stickers? It depends on what kind of stickers you want to make. If you want colorful and detailed ones, go for an inkjet printer. If you want sharp and clear text stickers, a laser printer is better. Your choice depends on your sticker design and what you plan to create. Let's look at both types of printers to help you decide which one is best for your sticker-making!

Pros vs Cons

Inkjet Printers:


  1. High-Quality Color: Inkjet printers produce vibrant and high-resolution color prints, making them perfect for colorful and detailed sticker designs.

  2. Affordable: Inkjet printers are often more affordable upfront compared to laser printers, making them accessible for many hobbyists.

  3. Versatility: They can handle various types of sticker paper, including glossy and matte finishes, as well as various sizes.

  4. Good for Photos: If you want to include photos in your stickers, inkjet printers are an excellent choice due to their ability to reproduce images with precision.


  1. Slower Printing Speed: Inkjet printers are generally slower than laser printers, which might be a drawback if you need to print a large number of stickers.

  2. Ink Smudging: The ink used in inkjet printers can smudge when it gets wet, so the stickers may not be waterproof.

  3. Ink Costs: Replacing ink cartridges can be costly over time, especially if you print a lot of stickers.

Laser Printers:


  1. Speed: Laser printers are faster and more efficient when it comes to printing, making them ideal for high-volume sticker production.

  2. Crisp Text: They excel at producing sharp and precise text, making them great for text-based stickers or simple designs.

  3. Durability: Laser-printed stickers are less likely to smudge when exposed to moisture compared to inkjet-printed stickers.

  4. Lower Long-Term Costs: While the initial cost may be higher, laser printers often have lower per-page printing costs, especially for black-and-white printing.


  1. Limited Color: Laser printers are not as proficient at reproducing vibrant colors and detailed graphics as inkjet printers.

  2. Cost: They are generally more expensive upfront compared to inkjet printers, which might be a barrier for some users.

  3. Less Versatile Paper Handling: Laser printers may not handle a wide variety of sticker paper types, limiting your options.

  4. Complex Maintenance: Laser printers can be more complicated to maintain and repair.

"What should I be looking for when it comes to wanting to buy a printer?"

  • Choosing a Printer: First, decide if you want an inkjet printer for colorful stickers or a laser printer for fast text-based stickers.

  • Quality Matters: Look for a printer that can make sharp and detailed stickers. A resolution of at least 1200 dots per inch (dpi) is good.

  • Paper Choice: Check if the printer can use the kind of sticker paper you want, like glossy or matte.

  • Size Consideration: Think about the sticker sizes you want to make and make sure the printer can handle them.

  • How to Connect: Decide how you'll connect the printer to your computer, like with a USB cable or wireless options.

  • Cost of Supplies: Find out how much replacement ink or toner cartridges will cost. This can affect your long-term expenses.

  • Brand and Model: Look at different printer brands and models. Read reviews from other sticker-makers to find a good one.

  • Stay on Budget: Stick to the amount of money you want to spend. Printers come in different price ranges, so find one that works for you without spending too much.

2. Sticker Paper

Glossy Vinyl Sticker Paper:


Unlike matte paper, it's super shiny, which can make my stickers really pop with vibrant colors. When you look at glossy stickers, they have this glossy, polished look that can be quite eye-catching. Plus, they're usually a bit more water-resistant, so if your stickers get a little wet, they'll hold up better. If you want stickers that are all about that glossy, vibrant look and can handle a bit of moisture, go for glossy paper!

  1. Paper Finish: Glossy 
  2. Sheet Size: 8.5 x 11 inches 
  3. Sheet Count: 34 
  4. Water-Resistant: Yes 
  • Appearance: Glossy vinyl has a shiny, reflective surface that makes colors pop and images look vibrant.
  • Best Use: Use glossy vinyl when you want your stickers to have a glossy, polished finish. It's great for colorful, eye-catching designs, photos, or stickers intended for indoor use. However, it may not be as durable in outdoor settings.

Matte Vinyl Sticker Paper:


Matte paper is super cool for making stickers. It doesn't smudge easily, so my stickers stay looking awesome for a long time. Here's another neat thing: you can write on matte paper stickers with regular pens or markers, and the ink won't smudge. So, if you want stickers that are clear, don't shine too much, and last a good while, matte paper is the way to go!

  1. Color: White
  2. Paper Finish: Matte
  3. Sheet Size: 8.5X11 Inches
  4. Sheet Count: 100
  • Appearance: Matte vinyl has a non-reflective, smooth surface, which gives stickers a more subtle, sophisticated look.
  • Best Use: Choose matte vinyl when you want a more understated or elegant appearance for your stickers. It's ideal for text-based designs, labels, or stickers meant for products or packaging.

Sticker paper is like the secret sauce for making awesome stickers! It's super important because it's specially designed for printing stickers. You can't just use regular paper because sticker paper has some special features.

First, it has a sticky side that holds onto the ink from your printer. Regular paper won't do that, and your design might smudge or come off.

Second, sticker paper is usually a bit thicker and more durable than regular paper. This is crucial because your stickers need to be tough enough to handle sticking to things without tearing or getting damaged easily.

So, in a nutshell, sticker paper is like the magic ingredient that makes sure your stickers look great and stay put wherever you want to stick them. It's something you can't live without when you're in the sticker-making game!

3. Design software

 can you print stickers on a normal printer

Choosing the right design software for making stickers is an important step, but it doesn't have to be tricky. Here's how I decided which one to use:

First, I thought about what I wanted my stickers to look like. Did I want colorful drawings or lots of pictures? If I wanted detailed and colorful stickers, I used computer programs like Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. They're like digital art studios that helped me make cool sticker designs.

But when I wanted simple designs or a quick start, I used Canva. It's easy and has templates to make sticker-making easy.

There's also Inkscape and GIMP, which are like free superheroes for sticker design. They're good for making cool stickers, especially if you're on a tight budget.

If I liked drawing or had an iPad, I used Procreate. It's like a digital sketchbook and great for making artsy stickers with my drawings.

So, the best design software for me depended on my style, what I felt comfortable using, and my budget. I tried a few, and I found the one that made my sticker-making dreams come true!

  • Adobe Illustrator: Illustrator is a vector-based design software known for its precision and versatility. It's great for creating intricate and detailed sticker designs.

  • Adobe Photoshop: Photoshop is a raster-based software ideal for working with photos and digital artwork. It's suitable for designing stickers with photo elements or complex graphics.

  • Procreate: Procreate is a popular digital painting app for iPad users. It's excellent for creating hand-drawn or illustrative sticker designs.

  • Canva: Canva is a user-friendly online design tool with pre-made templates. It's a great option for beginners and those who want to create stickers quickly and easily.

  • Cricut Design Space: If you're using a Cricut cutting machine, Cricut Design Space is a web-based software designed for creating designs specifically for cutting projects, including stickers.

Don't know where to start? No worries, these videos really helped me with everything I needed to know:

4. Cutting Machine

You see, the Cricut Explore 3 Machine is like a sticker-making wizard! It's super user-friendly, which means it's easy to learn and use. That's awesome, especially if you're just getting started. But what really makes it shine is its cutting power. This machine can precisely cut out your sticker designs with incredible accuracy. It's like having a steady hand but even steadier! The Cricut Explore 3 can handle a wide range of materials, including vinyl, so you're not limited to just stickers. You can get creative and make all sorts of cool crafts. Oh, and did I mention it's compatible with Cricut Design Space? 

  1. Item Dimensions (LxWxH): 25.5 x 13.9 x 11.6 inches
  2. Operation Mode: Automatic
  3. Max Material Width: 13 inches (33 cm)
  4. Max Material Length: 12 feet (3.6 meters)
  5. Compatible Materials: Supports over 100 materials including cardstock, vinyl decal, iron-on, glitter paper, cork, bonded fabric, and more.
  • Super Precise Cutting: This machine can cut your sticker designs very accurately, making them look neat and professional. 

  • Wireless Connection: The Cricut Explore 3 can connect to your computer or mobile device using Bluetooth. This makes it easy to design and cut from anywhere in your home. 

  • Fast Cutting: It can cut things quickly, which is great if you have a lot to do and not much time. Works with Smart 

  • Materials: You can use special materials without needing a cutting mat. This saves time and makes things easier.

Now I have everything, what are the actual steps I need to take?

  1. Create Your Stickers:

    • Use your computer and design software to make or bring in your sticker designs.
    • Make sure they're the right size and look good.
  2. Set Up the Printer:

    • Put the sticker paper into the printer.
    • Change the printer settings to the best quality and pick the right paper type (like "Photo" or "Glossy" paper).
  3. Try a Test Print:

    • Print a test on regular paper first to check how it looks.
    • Fix anything in your designs if needed.
  4. Print Your Stickers:

    • Put the sticker paper in the printer the right way.
    • Print your sticker designs.
    • Let them dry for a few minutes.
  5. Cut Out Your Stickers:

    • Use scissors or a cutting machine (if you have one) to carefully cut each sticker along the edges.
  6. Stick Your Stickers:

    • Take off the backing on the sticky side of your stickers.
    • Stick them on the things you want, making sure they go on smoothly.
  7. Protect Your Stickers (Optional):

    • If you want, you can put a clear adhesive cover on your stickers to keep them safe for longer.

What does a printer need to print stickers?

To print stickers, a printer needs compatible sticker paper or vinyl sheets, ink or toner (depending on the type of printer), and a digital design created using graphic design software.

How does a label printer print without ink?

Many label printers use a thermal printing method. Instead of ink, they use heat to create an image on special thermal label paper. The heat activates chemicals on the paper, causing it to change color and form the printed image.

Do you need special ink to print vinyl stickers?

Yes, printing vinyl stickers often requires special ink, such as eco-solvent or UV-curable ink. These inks are designed to adhere to vinyl material and withstand outdoor conditions.

What kind of ink do you use to print stickers?

The type of ink you use depends on the printer and sticker material. Common options include dye-based ink, pigment-based ink, eco-solvent ink, or UV-curable ink. It's essential to use ink compatible with your printer and sticker paper.

Can a regular printer print on label paper?

Yes, many regular inkjet and laser printers can print on label paper. However, it's essential to ensure that the label paper is compatible with your printer model.

Do you need a certain printer to print labels?

You don't necessarily need a specific printer for labels. Many standard inkjet and laser printers can handle label printing as long as the label paper is compatible with your printer and you set the correct paper settings in your print settings.

Can you print labels without a printer?

Yes, you can have labels professionally printed at a print shop or use label printing services online if you don't have a printer. Many companies offer custom label printing services.

How to get a free label printer?

It's relatively rare to find completely free label printers, as they are specialized devices. However, some companies or promotions may offer label printers as part of a package deal or promotion. Keep an eye out for special offers from manufacturers or office supply stores that may include a label printer as a bonus with the purchase of other products.

Modern Pink Paper Author - Dalia Abdalla

Dalia Abdalla

Owner & Head Designer, Modern Pink Paper

Dalia is the creative force behind Modern Pink Paper. With a keen eye for detail and a love for all things stationery, she embarked on this journey to provide personalized stationery solutions. When she's not crafting beautiful paper creations, Dalia is sharing her insights and inspirations on this blog, ensuring that her readers always have a touch of beauty and creativity in their lives.