We’re taking stickers to the next level in today’s video tutorial! I’ll show you how to make custom DIY domed stickers with the Silhouette Doming Starter Kit, which includes everything you’ll need to make domed stickers like the little lemon above. Doming involves using a two part epoxy resin to add a clear, dimensional area to the stickers, and the final look is really special … and super cool, too.
To learn how to make the sticker sheets that I use to make the domed stickers, check out my tutorial on How to Make Kiss Cut Sticker Sheets in Silhouette Studio.
This was actually my third time making domed stickers with the kit, and during my first two “test” runs (in other words, I really messed things up), I learned some tips that I hope will help you get great results on your first try.
Tips for getting the best domed sticker results:
- The clear sticker paper and doming laminate sheets are not interchangeable, which I thought might be the case at first. The sticker sheets are much thicker, and when added over the white sticker paper (you only need the doming sheets if you’re using the white sticker paper) the two layers are tough to cut cleanly through with a Silhouette machine. Also, the clear sticker paper creates a sort of textured look over the white sticker paper. It’s not necessarily bad, but I prefer the much smoother look of the doming laminate sheets.
- If you need to set the filled epoxy syringe down at any point while you’re working, be sure to keep the syringe tip elevated or resin will start to run out of the syringe onto your work surface. I set the syringe down on top of one of the bottles of epoxy with the tip up, and this prevents any resin from leaking out of the syringe.
- Part A of the epoxy resin (the base) is much thicker than Part B, so be sure to actively push down on the syringe plunger while you’re adding the epoxy to the stickers. Otherwise, what runs out will be mostly Part B of the epoxy since it has a much thinner consistency than Part A and the epoxy won’t cure or set up.
- A heat tool can be used to pop any bubbles in the epoxy, but it can also blow some epoxy off the edges of the stickers, so be careful to add epoxy further from the edges on stickers if you’re planning on using a heat tool. If any epoxy runs off the edges of the stickers, it will soak into the sticker sheet backer paper and look somewhat like a grease stain. It doesn’t affect the stickers, but it doesn’t look great.
- The instructions in the Doming Starter Kit say to allow the epoxy to cure for 12 hours, but I’ve found that it can take up to 24 hours for it to fully cure sometimes. So, the curing time seems like it may be dependent on things like the temperature and humidity in the environment where the stickers are curing.
- To store the epoxy syringe when you’re finished with your stickers, hold it (plunger side down), pull the plunger out a bit to get some air space between the epoxy and the tip end of the syringe, remove the syringe tip (use a paper towel to wipe off any epoxy resin that bubbles out of the tip), and place the pink cap back onto the tip and twist to lock it closed. I’ve been storing the epoxy syringe plunger side down like this, and there’s no sign of crystallization after about a week (at the time that I made this video).
Check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial on making your own diy domed stickers with the Silhouette Doming Starter Kit:
Supplies Used in This Project
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– Fun in the Sun Elements / Stickers
– Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool
– Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition
– Silhouette Doming Starter Kit
– Silhouette Scraper Tool (an old credit card/gift card will work, too)
– Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer (optional)
– paper towels
Also mentioned in the video :
– Silhouette Doming Laminate Sheets