I love this method of sticker creation - it's low budget, it doesn't require a lot of technical skills or special materials and your designs are only limited by your imagination!
Paper: the thicker the better - something like cardstock
Mark making materials: Ink Pads,Handmade stamps,markers & pens
cutting tools: scissors, x-acto knife
clear adhesive such as vinyl book cover or packing tape
1. mix your adhesive
- 1 package of unflavored gelatin
- 1 teaspoon of light corn syrup
- 4 tablespoons of boiling water
This adhesive will be re-useable* so I suggest you store it in a small mason jar. Use a brush to apply it to the back of your paper before cutting it up into shapes or, if preferred, after you've made your image on the paper and cut the shape. As the mixture cools, it will become gelatinous. To re-heat, pop in microwave for 10-13 seconds - it doesn't take long at all - beware if you leave it too long it will bubble over!
*warning: being that it's made out of organic material, the adhesive will mould. remember to use it within a couple days. Try refrigerating it to last a little longer!
2. make your images
Whether it be paint, ink, drawing - make your awesome image on a piece of thick paper (cardstock works well). Alternatively, you can use a fun printed paper and cut fun shapes.
In order to preserve those beautiful images you can stick packing tape/clear book cover paper onto your image. make sure to stick it on really well and trim to the edges of your sticker for best results.
3. apply the adhesive
Brush on the adhesive while it's warm and liquid in a thin layer. Make sure to get all the edges so it will stick well. Once it's dry you can decide if you need a second layer.
If you notice curling of the paper don't worry as it often flattens out again as it dries. If it remains quite curly try thicker paper next time.
When you're ready to stick them - wet the back thoroughly with a damp cloth, press it down and rub. As it dries it should stick on pretty solid!
I hope you enjoy this safe and easy homemade sticker method!