How to Print Stickers for Labels | Tips for Printing Stickers

How to Print Stickers for Labels | Tips for Printing Stickers

How to Print Stickers for Labels
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Whether you want to print a sticker you made or someone else made, these tips will help you learn how to print stickers. It’s a pretty easy process. You’ll need a couple of supplies first.

In order to print a sticker, you’ll need a printer. Inkjet printers work fine for printing stickers. You don’t have to have a special or fancy printer.

Below I’ll suggest a couple of printers for printing stickers however, the printer you have at home most likely will work just fine.

The other thing you’ll need is sticker paper. In this post, I’m going to discuss a few types of sticker paper, and show you some of my favorites to use.

The Best Printer for Printing Stickers

If you’re printing at home on a budget, the Epson XP-7100 is the one I recommend. It’s fairly cheap to buy however, the cost to print per page is a little high. It has a lot of great features, and the prints are of nice quality.

This printer, the Epson ET-2750 is excellent at printing stickers, it costs a little more but has the cheapest printing costs. This is a printer I recommend for someone who uses their printer a lot. It has a continuous ink supply, which really lends to a more affordable way of printing.

The last printer, Epson Stylus Photo R2000 is something I would suggest for professionals. This printer can print on a whole bunch of different mediums, including CDs and DVDs. It has a ton of features that are perfect for a professional graphic artist.

Sticker Paper

The sticker paper you choose is important. When I made my Vanilla Extract Labels and my Mocha Syrup labels, I used these kraft sticker paper for them.

How to Print Stickers

I used this paper because I really wanted that old label feel. This paper from Avery worked perfectly for the project I used it for. Picture below with labels on bottles for example.

How to Print Stickers

Another option of sticker paper is vinyl. Vinyl is great to use when you believe that the label may be used outside, or possibly get wet. You can choose from glossy or matte vinyl sticker paper.

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I used vinyl in my DIY Garden Maker Printables because when I first tried using regular paper the ink ended up bleeding when it got wet. These garden markers are outside, and well they tend to get wet. It made more sense to use a waterproof paper.

How to Print Stickers | Printer Settings

Selecting a Paper Type

Most printers allow you to select a paper type. When printing stickers on paper, you want to make sure you have the correct type of medium selected.

For paper stickers, I use the normal setting or default setting.

For vinyl stickers, I use the glossy or matte photo paper setting.

How to print stickers

Landscape and Portrait

You might need to adjust the settings on your printer to print in either landscape or portrait.

How to Print Stickers

Preview and Fit Stickers to Page

Use the preview settings while printing can help make sure that your stickers are going to fit on the page. You can adjust the fit setting if it looks off in the preview.

Most of the time, you won’t need to adjust these settings.

Most printers have a “scale to fit” setting and “fit to page” setting, and then you might also have the option to scale in percentages.

How to Print Stickers

Print a Test Page of Stickers First

Before printing on the more expensive sticker paper, I suggest that you print on a regular piece of paper first.

This can help you gage color, size, fonts and more.

Print Stickers on Sticker Paper

Once you get a test page to come out perfect, then you can go ahead and print on your sticker paper.

Depending on your printer, you may only want to load one sticker paper at a time. Sticker paper is a little bit thicker and sometimes tends to get stuck. The best way to avoid this is to load one paper at a time.

Allow Stickers to Dry Before Cutting

Drying should only take a few minutes. You want to make sure before you cut the stickers that they’re dry. Touch them softly, and see if they’re still tacky.

Once the stickers are dry you can cut them, and peel off the backing and place them where you want them.

Also, check out printing troubleshooting tips.

Check out these free printable pantry labels.

I’d love To Know what you think!… Leave me a comment!

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Whether you want to print a sticker you made or someone else made, these tips will help you learn how to print stickers. It's a pretty easy process.

9 thoughts on “How to Print Stickers for Labels | Tips for Printing Stickers”

  1. I’m planning on using it for a school project, but is it possible to do different designs for every square or only one design per page? Thank you.

  2. Samantha Soundara

    Hi!!! I use epson 2750 and I’m using glossy sticker paper. What setting do I use on the printer and what do I select in the system menu? I’ve been using glossy and paper sometimes jams or it leaks at the beginning of the print and I don’t know why.

    1. Sorry to hear you are having issues.

      The first thing I would try is changing to a different brand of paper, did you buy Epson brand paper?. However, there are some other tricks you should make sure to follow.

      1. Load each paper one at a time.
      2. Leave the paper on the tray for a few minutes to dry without touching it…
      3. Make sure the settings are on quick or high. For stickers you want these settings to be on Quality not quick or quiet…
      4. If none of that helps you might try to clean & align the print head, and clean the paper path and sensors.

      I hope this helps!

    2. Hi, I have been experiencing the same issues. Trying to print on a transparent vinyl sticker sheet. Did you find a solution to it? I have already tried all the tips given by Kristi. Thanks

      1. I don’t use transparent paper. I use white or kraft brown sticker paper. Not sure if that’s helpful or not. I don’t think I’ve used transparent sticker paper, but maybe I’m sure there is someone who has, and has tips. There are so many variables, is the paper too thick, is it the wrong kind somehow, is it the ink, does the tray on the printer need to be adjusted for the thickness.

        I would try a different paper, but make sure it’s compatible with the ink and printer that I’m using if it were me and I exhausted all other tips!

        I hope you figure it out. Sorry I can’t really help!

  3. I love that you talked about previewing and fitting stickers on the page to make sure that you have the correct sizing. My husband and I are looking for a personalized die cut sticker that we can use to customize our house. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us best.

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