I love stickers. They are such a quick way to decorate something. Recently I discovered the Xyron Create A Sticker, and I knew I would have so much fun with it. I bought the Xyron 250 which makes stickers up to 2.5 inches or 6.4cm wide. I bought it from Queensland based Crafts Online here. It's not a sponsored post. I paid for it.
Basically, you can insert anything (paper, chipboard, fabric) and pass it through the machine by turning the handle and it will come out the other side as a sticker. Shall we give it a go?
Making Paper Stickers
I cut out some gift wrap paper, put it through the machine and voila ...a sticker.
All I have to do is peel the paper away from the backing sheet and stick it on something. This was fun, so Little Miss Stylish and I did some more.
This time we made Christmas stickers from Christmas wrapping paper.
Next I decided to make some fabric stickers. You can just cut the fabric up and put it through the machine, but I am hopeless at cutting circles so I thought I'd try and use a paper punch to cut the fabric. This leads to a funny story, but if you haven't go time then scroll down.
To use a paper punch on fabric, you first need to stiffen the fabric. I remember using Plaid fabric stiffener years ago, so I headed to Spotlight. I asked the lady for fabric stiffener, but she had no idea what I was talking about. She checked with the other staff. No they don't have fabric stiffener you can brush on, only iron on interfacing. I tried to explain to her ... you know, I want to stiffen the fabric so I can use a paper punch like Martha Stewart. I've used it before. Tonia Todman used to use it. Well, she looked at me like a 20-something does as if to say 'Who the hell is Tonia Todman?' Lucky I didn't ask for the prodcut by name, it's called Stiffy, and apparently it's hard to get Stiffy anymore (laughing as I type this). Anyway, I googled it, and you can use a 50/50 mix of PVA glue and water to replace Stiffy so that's what I did.
Paint it all over the fabric, with baking paper underneath, then hang it on the line to dry.
Well I got about 6 circles cut before my paper punch decided it didn't want to cut any more fabric. Maybe I needed Stiffy afterall?
I did manage to cut out lots of the smaller shapes and create stickers out of them.
With the left over fabric, I cut out tags, and because they were stiff I was able to punch a hole in the top.
Making Ribbon Stickers
Finally I wanted to try ribbon stickers. This was easy, I just cut lengths of ribbon and thread them through. I ran through two at a time to save my sticker cartridge.
So what do you think? Honestly, for $30 this machine was a whole heap of fun to use. I can't wait to make some more.