diy stickers

inverted hello

20 sheets of address labels was a recent find at my local second-hand store. Originally I was going to make my own address labels, but then it dawned on me that I could make some stickers.

Rather than make them using a jpeg and my printer, I decided to paint them using acrylics and my handmade stamps and stencils. Below is a quick tutorial of how I did this.

applying a thin layer of gesso

Here is what I used to make these stickers:

  • a sheet of self-sticking, clear labels
  • gesso
  • acrylic paints
  • stencils
  • stamping inks
  • linocut stamps

So let's begin!

First, I applied a thin layer of gesso.
To keep it spreading thinly, I added a bit of water as I brushed on the gesso.

stenciled circles and blotting with tissue paper

Next, I stenciled shapes onto the gesso using yellow acrylics. To aid in drying, I took off the excess paint with a sheet of tissue paper.

side note: Using tissue paper as a blotter will leave the tissue paper with varied colors and patterns which can be used later in collages.

sheet of finished label stickers

Next, I used various stamps with acrylics and stamping inks. Can you read what it says? I have several failed stamps where I forgot to carve the mirror image of the word. I have saved them to use as embellishments.

postcard with sticker and artistamp

Since some of the stamping inks I used were not waterproof, I sprayed the sheet of labels with a fixative. Now they are ready for my mail art. Since the labels are clear, anything under the label will still show through, so I can use them in journal pages as well.

Here's to another creative week!

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  1. Cool! Unfortunately clear labels aren't available here in the Philippines! :^(( patsy

  2. Very nice thanks for showing your creative process!

  3. Awesome project. Thanks for showing your whole process. These look great. I'd love to receive mail with an added bonus like this.


  4. what an excellent idea thanks for sharing and they look great

  5. What a wonderful idea! It looks like so much fun to do!

  6. Juana, you're so brilliant. I really like this and enjoyed your mini tutorial on how to do so. Well done and thank you for sharing with us. :)

  7. Bonjour,

    Merci pour le partage...
    Très joli travail.

    ❀ Gros bisous ❀

  8. Patsy, if you don't have labels, you could do the same with any address label. You could also use plain paper like I did with the "turtle stamp" in the last photo.

  9. Thank you everyone for your lovely visits and comments.


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