Bumper stickers are a great way to make a statement without actually saying anything. Slap them on the car bumper, ride around town, and you are likely to get some nods of agreement from other drivers or some unkind words, depending on what what you put on your bumper sticker! Bumper stickers have become a way to personalize things like notebooks, folders, luggage, and computers. By designing and creating your own, you can say exactly what you want.
You will need
• 3×10-inch design template (made with design software or hand-drawn)
• Vinyl-coated sticker paper or bumper sticker blanks
• Contact paper (optional)
• Clear shelf liner or liquid laminate like ClearJet
• Copy paper
• Computer and printer (optional)
Step 1: Use the computer or hand-draw a design for the bumper sticker that fits the template. Some paper templates created for computer printers come with software for designing and printing.
Step 2: If the stickers will be printed on a computer printer, preview the print job. Ensure that the design aligns correctly with the boundaries of the sticker. Do a test print on regular paper.
Step 3: Print or draw the design onto the vinyl-coated sticker paper or bumper sticker blanks. Bumper sticker paper is sold at office supply and printer stores. Specialty printing and sign stores sell bumper sticker blanks. If you are unable to find the appropriate paper or blanks, make the stickers on regular paper and weatherproof it and seal it to the car bumper using contact paper.
Step 4: Weatherproof the sticker with clear shelf liner or liquid laminate. Bumper sticker paper is often already weatherproofed but adding this extra coating prolongs the lifespan of the sticker. Weatherproofing is very important when water-soluble ink is used. If shelf liner is being used, apply it carefully to avoid creating air bubbles. Press the liner down firmly on the surface of the sticker to ensure full contact is made.