8/01/2011

How To: Make Retro Stickers with Packing Tape

I love experimenting with materials and finding solutions for items I've collected at flea markets and thrift shops. I had a bunch of images cut out from vintage magazines and being an Etsy seller I had quite a bit of clear packing tape for mailing orders. With these two materials, I experimented with making some unique DIY stickers. They are easy to make and add a layer of richness that you can't get by cutting and pasting the magazine paper alone.


You'll need:
Clear Packing Tape
Clippings from retro magazines (small enough to fit within the tape!)
Scissors
Bone folder
Sponge (with soft & scrubby sides)
Water


Step 1: Cut off a piece of tape and lay your image face down to the sticky side of the tape.


Step 2: Use a bone folder or other hard, smooth object to press the image onto the tape.


Step 3: Wet your sponge and dab it over the pack of the magazine paper until it is saturated.

Step 4: Use the scrubby side of the sponge to take off the extra layers of paper.


Step 5: Let the piece of tape dry. It will regain its stickiness.


Step 6: Cut out your sticker from the excess tape and stick it somewhere!


Now you've got a great one of a kind sticker. Want a whole bunch? You can scan your retro images and print multiples on a laser printer. Inkjet will not work. I have only used magazines from the 60's and 70's. It would be worth the experiment to see if newer ink and printing processes from current magazines work as well.

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