When I was growing up, a trip to the drugstore would inevitably end with me asking my parents to buy me a pack of stickers. I loved them. I loved putting them all over the place, and I loved just looking at them in their package. Decades later, and not much has changed. I still love all kinds of stickers, so it was only natural that after I saw a few tutorials on making your own mixed-media style stickers, I had to try my hand at it.
The concept was simple: Take a blank sheet of labels and cover it with paint, stencils, ink, doodles, and whatever else you feel like. Once complete, you have a sheet full of one-of-a-kind stickers that can be used in artwork, gift-wrap, etc.
I love color, so I wanted to start with a colorful background. I used shaving cream to achieve a marbled look. To do this, spray and smooth a layer of shaving cream in a pan. Add drops of acrylic paint to the shaving cream and use a craft stick to swirl the colors around. Press the label sheet facedown into the shaving cream. Lift and scrape off shaving cream with a craft stick. Let dry.
Stamp, stencil, or doodle (or do all three) all over the label sheet. Don’t over-think this part; the goal is just to get designs all over the sheet. I began experimenting with the Collage Cube Stamp by Christine Adolph and the Coffee Splotch Stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop. Any number of stencil designs would work great for this purpose.
Note: At this point, one of my sheets looked really ugly as a whole. I even thought about throwing it away. I reminded myself that the sheet wouldn’t be seen as a single page, but as a bunch of individual stickers. I peeled a single label up and actually loved what was on it. As I kept peeling them off their backing, I was fascinated by how each one was so different.
This was a really quick and satisfying project. It’s the perfect way to use up materials left over from other projects. It could also be a great way to test out new supplies. There are so many ways to vary the look of the stickers, including changing the size of the labels used. Once done, there are endless ways to use your stickers. Place them in an art journal, use them to label file folders, swap them with a friend … the choice is yours!
About the Artist:
Christen Hammons is the director of publishing for Stampington & Company and editor-in-chief of Bella Grace, Field Guide to Everyday Magic, and Somerset Studio.
Interests: art, slow food, writing, books, yarn, authentic living
Follow Christen on Twitter: @christeno | on Instagram: @christenhammons