I’ve had my first Silhouette Cameo 2 machine for over 2 years. I bought it when I thought I was going to start up an Etsy sticker shop. Instead, I had opened up a printable sticker shop, closed it down at the end of 2018, and opened up a 2nd printable sticker shop (Indigo Squad), in February 2019. This month I opened I’m Up Past Midnight Etsy shop, my first real sticker shop. Of course, I launched it without any actual sticker sheets printed.
Luckily(?) I haven’t had any sales yet. Yesterday I pulled out my first Silhouette machine (I have 2) and set up my table. Before, it was like a catch-all. It held folded shower towels, medications, my headphones, 2 smartphones (mine and hubby’s), charging cables attached to holders on the side of the table, paperwork, mail, tablets, office supplies… all kinds of crap. Last night I cleared everything off and replaced them with the cutting machine, a fold out lamp to give the silhouette machine more light, the digital scale to weigh my packaged stickers, a stack of blank sticker sheets, and a spot where I’m going to place my Dymo label printer.
That Dymo printer’s awesome. It prints the mailing labels quickly and doesn’t use up computer paper or standard printer ink. I have lots of rolls of shipping labels to use that I saved from back when I was an FBA Amazon seller. I also have miles and miles of rolls of plastic that I bought at an auction house several years ago for my FBA business. Thankfully, I also saved those rolls and the sealing wand. I’ll be using those to create custom plastic bags to hold and protect the sticker sheets while in transit.
I will be using the same table to seal the bags. Since we live with my in-laws, I’m limited to the space in my bedroom. I have to make it work for now until we can move to our own house.
So anyway, last night I printed out one of my sticker sheets. It was a full size 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of stickers. I don’t plan on selling sticker sheets in that size. It was just test run #1. After messing with the printer settings to get vibrant, saturated colors, I printed the sticker sheet. Currently, I’m using a cheap HP OfficeJet 4652 printer which prints fine. The colors are vibrant as long as I set it to “Best” quality and HP photo paper in the settings. It prints slow as expected when printing in full color. But this will do for now. I don’t have a large operation like PlannerKate or any of the other large sticker shops. Gotta start somewhere.
It had been a couple years since I messed around with the Silhouette machine. I had to refresh my memory by checking out a few blogs and Youtube videos. Let me just say that the first test run was successful… at giving me the right settings for die cut stickers. I don’t want die cut stickers. I need settings for kiss cut stickers.
Just in case you want to know the settings I used to get die cut stickers, the blade was 3, speed was 14, force (thickness) was 4 and the pass was 1. This worked on white matte sticker paper from Online Labels. That is the brand I use to print the stickers on. Good quality and they’re not too expensive. Sticker sheets from Online Labels seem to be a favorite among many sticker shops.
Since the in laws had already gone to bed for the night, I didn’t want to disturb them with my noisy Silhouette machine. So I waited till this morning and did test run #2. This time around, I changed the Silhouette settings to blade 1, speed of 8, force of 1 and pass 1. Much to my pleasant surprise, it worked! At least it worked on the Online Labels white matte sticker sheet. I don’t plan on changing the material any time soon.
Currently, I only have 9 listings up in my shop. I didn’t want to go overboard and list all the ones I have just in case I came across issues like cutting. So the next step is to cut a sheet with actual sticker designs on it. Crossing my fingers!
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