Must-know design tips for glitter stickers and labels

If you're ready to take your designs to the next level, glitter stickers are a must-have! With their vibrant colours and bold fonts, these sparkly beauties will add a unique touch to any project.

But if you want your sticker design to stand out, there are some tips and tricks that can help you get it just right.

From controlling the glitter effect with white layers to the perfect font for metallic stickers, here's everything you need to know about designing unique glitter stickers!

Oh, and if you first want to learn about what exactly glitter stickers are, click here.

Sheet of circle eco-friendly glitter labels with gh logo and one applied to secure wrapping paper

Add a glitter layer to your design

You do not have to add a glitter layer to your design, but it can help you visualise the final look of your stickers or labels much better. And here is how you do it:

  1. Find a glitter background: For a simple visualisation, any glitter pattern will do. But if you want an accurate representation, use a glitter image close to the material your design will be printed on. You can find our glitter pattern in Graphic.

  2. Open Adobe Illustrator with your design and add the glitter image via "Choose file" > "Place" and choose your image.

  3. Embed the glitter image by clicking "Embed" while the image is still selected.

  4. Make a specific area of your design sparkle by cutting the glitter image and pasting it to your dashboard ("Control + X" or "Command + X"). Double-click on the area you want to have a glitter background. Click "Object" > "Compound path" > "Release".

  5. Your glitter background appears. Position it over the area you chose and send it to the back via "Object" > "Arrange" > "Send to Back"

  6. Select the area you want to sparkle. Click "Object" > "Compound Path" > "Make". Now the image is hidden in a clipping mask.

  7. Next, go to "Object" > "Clipping Mask" > "Make" and your glitter background is locked into your design!

Use white layers to control the glitter effect

White layers are design tools used to represent white ink.

White ink is very effective in controlling the effects of glitter stickers. It allows you to adjust the intensity of the sparkle and ensures that your design doesn't become too overwhelming.

When we print white ink on your design, we dilute the glitter effect. You can use that to create opaque, vibrant colours.

When applied correctly, white layers can make a subtle difference between having an impressive and eye-catching design or one that looks over the top.

Opt for solid colours and a bold font 

When working with a busy pattern like glitter, it's essential to choose colours and fonts that stand out. Bright, bold colours and strong fonts will help your design pop against the background of the glitter materials.

Not only will this make your design more eye-catching, but it also helps ensure that your message is visible even when surrounded by all the sparkles. So if you want to create a truly unique design on glitter materials, opt for solid colours and a bold font!

Rectangular glitter sticker with ATV logo applied to a silver laptop

Or let us do the work!

If all this sounds like too much work for you, our team is here to help. Once you order glitter stickers and submit your design, we will:

  • Include white layers based on your instructions. You do not have to be overly specific, simply let us know which parts of your design you'd like to have the glitter effect on.

  • Create a custom cutline depending on the product you chose.

  • Send you a design proof that has our glitter pattern added in the areas you specified

Try out some samples 

Custom sticker samples are a great way to test glitter designs without committing to an entire order. Samples allow you to experiment with different colours, fonts, and other design elements without being stuck with the results if you're unsatisfied.

With custom glitter samples, you can also assess the quality of the materials used, such as the glitter effect and the adhesive backing of the sticker.

So if you're unsure how your glitter design will turn out, samples are a great way to get an idea before ordering an entire batch!

Want to know even more about glitter stickers? Then our list of the best ways to use glitter stickers is perfect for you.

If you have any questions, reach out to our experts and get a personalised response within 24 hours.