I’m not always spontaneous, but when I am, I do things like move to the other side of the country. Abruptly buying sticker paper may not be quite on that level, but I have tried out several products that I am happy to discuss.
My foray into sticker-making included buying this introductory matte sticker paper. With illustration, I find printing on matte is a lot easier than glossy – the colors are more predictable. (Strangely it’s the opposite with photography, so maybe I’m delusional. Or maybe it’s my printer.) This paper is easy to work with but does have the Avery logo stamped on the back, so it’s not a good choice if you’re selling your stickers. And the matte finish on its own is of course not a good idea for any stickers that are going to be out in the elements. Perfect for planners, though!
Price: $9.50/20 sheets
Best use: personal, planner stickers
Next I found Online Labels. They’re good for buying in bulk but the prices aren’t too bad even if you’re just buying 20 or so sheets. At first I thought the paper was too thin but it’s still good quality. It comes in letter-sized sheets with no branding on the back, so you won’t have the problem you had with the Avery paper. I would definitely suggest exploring the website – there are SO many options! I also tried the weatherproof paper, and it unfortunately still faded over time. However, I’ve wondered if it’s related to my printer ink, which is a combination of pigment-based and dye-based ink, more than the paper quality, since the paper gets great reviews. Still, I would add a protective coating on your stickers rather than leaving it up to the paper.
Finish: Gloss, but they have everything
Price: $17.49/20 sheets
Best use: labels for your products, small stickers
I was STOKED when I found this paper, since it’s actually vinyl. It’s a little thicker than the Online Labels paper, though it’s mostly the backing that makes it feel sturdy. That has also made it easier for me to handle when I cut by hand, though it works on a cutting machine too with higher settings for the thickness. This is what I mainly use to make my stickers. The paper is durable though still needs to be coated. You can buy it on their website for a potentially cheaper price (they have sales and coupons all the time), or you can buy it Amazon if you have Prime and you’re impatient.
Price: $20+/20 sheets
Best use: laptop stickers
I mentioned protective coating a lot in this post. Stay tuned for a post with all of those that I’ve tried!