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How to make holographic stickers at home without tech!

Updated: Feb 9, 2023

So you want that super cool holographic effect. But you don't have a printer... 😣

Don't despair! I'm going to show you how you can get a pro looking sticker without the tech. It's really simple and easy.

Here's what you will need:

So, this holographic sticker, has a special coating that allows the ink to sink into the surface so that it won't budge once dry. This is how a the ink will be absorbed. Pigment ink will not work well, it will resist this coating and sit on top of the surface. So stick to alcohol markers and dye ink pens. Perhaps experiment with liquid ink and brushes. If you do, please share your results!

Once you decide on the image you want to draw, it may help to do a quick sketch beforehand on plain paper, if you're not feeling confident to jump straight in.

Once you are happy with the drawing, copy it over, you could use a reverse tracing method, or copy from eye. Either way, you will want to do a light sketch onto the holographic label, a simple line drawing in pencil first. Your pencil lines will leave an indentation if you press too hard. Then once you're ready, go over the lines with a permanent marker, black works best visually. But of course you can experiment with different coloured permanent markers to create a full artwork piece.

It takes about 30 seconds for it to properly dry, so please wait for a few moments before handling the sticker to cut it out.

Now, cutting the sticker will need a smooth technique.

The film will benefit from starting your cut right at the deep end of the scissor.

Cut with long smooth rounded cuts with an even distance from your drawing.

Turn your paper, not the scissors.

This technique will give you the best finish!

Congratulations you've made your first sticker!! Keep going, it gets easier the more you make 😁

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