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How clear stickers are made

Have you ever wondered what happens between you placing your custom clear stickers order and the four working days it takes us to ship them?

Then this is the article for you. Here, we will share a peek behind the scenes of the clear stickers manufacturing process and cover everything from printing over lamination to cutting and shipping.

So, let us jump right in.

What are clear stickers made of?

As the name suggests, clear stickers are made from a clear sticker paper. This is usually a vinyl material, but we also offer an eco-friendly clear sticker.

Both of the clear materials have a transparent background and are of very high quality, perfect for branding your products or selling clear logo stickers.

However, if you are looking for a more durable option, a clear vinyl sticker is the better choice as they are waterproof and can be used outside. But more on that in a second.

We also carry front adhesive clear stickers. These are transparent stickers that have the sticky side on top of your design. This allows you to stick these stickers to the inside of a window or any glass surface for passers-by to see.

The adhesive used with all of our clear stickers can be stuck to most smooth surfaces and can be peeled off without leaving any residue.

Rectangular clear labels applied to clear soap dispensers next to bars of soap

How do you make clear stickers?

There are four steps that go into manufacturing clear stickers: printing, laminating, cutting and shipping.

Step 1: Printing

As soon as you have approved your digital design proof, your design is sent to print. This means that we will load your selected material and print your custom design.

Most sticker printers use a digital or laser printer to get the most vibrant and brilliant colours.

Remember, when we print colour directly onto the material, it will create a stained-glass effect. If you want to omit that, we print white ink between your chosen colours and the clear material. To learn more about this, read our post "Can you print white on clear stickers?"

Step 2: Add a glossy layer

Once they are printed, we add a protective glossy layer on top of your sticker design.

This is referred to as a laminate. You can imagine it as a clear tape that is applied to protect your clear stickers from scratches, water, oil and fading in the sun.

Lamination is an optional step that you can skip. However, we recommend it if your stickers or products will be exposed to water or used outdoors.

You can also opt for a matte laminate instead of a glossy finish. Be aware that this will interfere with the transparent nature of your stickers. For any questions, please contact us.

Clear die cut sticker applied to a water bottle held under a tap with running water

Step 3: Get cutting

Then it is time to create the custom shape. You can get your clear stickers in any shape you can think of; from our more traditional options like circle or square stickers to die cut or kiss cut stickers.

If you are unsure which shape will be the best for you, look at this article on the difference between kiss cut and die cut stickers to figure out which option works for you.

Remember, when you order clear stickers, each of your stickers will be individually cut. If you are looking for sticker sheets or a clear label, check out our custom clear labels here. Clear labels are the perfect option for product stickers or all forms of labelling.

Step 4: Send them on their way

And then it is time to get packing. Your stickers will first be packed in biodegradable bags, which are then put into a compostable cardboard box that is secured and sent on its way.

We offer worldwide shipping and plenty of express options. You find out more about our shipping times here.

Are you ready to get your own transparent stickers? Simply head over to our clear stickers page and get your order in today.

If you are stuck and cannot think of a design idea, check out our free online design tool Graphic. This is the quick and easy way to design stickers. Browse our pre-designed artworks and choose a template to modify into your own design.

You see, ordering clear stickers is super easy. If you are looking for more information on our clear sticker range, have a look at these articles below.