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 Post subject: Neat Way of Making Custom Sticker Logos
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 1:16 am 
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Hello people, it's been quite a while since I last visited here (not saying that I visit here that often in the past anyways <_<). I have been inactive in Speedsolving for quite some time too; I just felt like returning to these puzzle forums as the end of my summer break approaches....

Anyways, getting back on topic, I thought that it would make a nice introduction for me to post something useful first.

This is a fairly simple yet effective method that I came up with quite some time ago to make your own custom sticker logos with common materials.
I'm not sure if anyone else have had the same idea before, but as far as I have searched there doesn't seem to be any sign of it.

So here it is:

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。Paper (scrap paper works too, because only one side of the paper is needed)
。A laser-printer (Photocopier are fine too for greyscale images; it works as long as they uses toner)
。Some tape (Clear tape is preferred, though I used Scotch tape as a demonstration because that's the only one I could find)




Step 1:resize your image to fit the designated stickers
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Step 2: print out the logo
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Step 3: cut out the logo
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Step 4: put a layer of clear tape over the logo
IMPORTANT – make sure it covers sufficient area so you could cover the whole sticker.
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Step 5: rinse the tape with water and gently rub the paper off.
The paper should come right off and leave the toner behind. No need to worry about the toner rubbing off, the bond of the adhesive is quite strong, it will stay on as long as you don't scoop it off purposfully. Make sure the surface is free of any traces of fiber or debris.

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Step 6: leave the tape aside to dry completely
IMPORTANT – let it dry naturally, NO DOT try to wipe the water off, as it'll gather debris if you do, which greatly reduces the durability of the adhesive.

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Step 7: position the logo onto the designated sticker
Just make sure the image is exactly where you want it to be.

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Step 8: CAREFULLY press the logo onto the sticker to rid the layers of air bubbles.
This should be pretty easy if you have re-stickered a cube before.
But for those of you who have no experiance with such thing, simply lay the tape down and SLOWLY push the air out, starting from the center, and proceed outward, make sure no air bubbles are created on the way. Don't worry if you still got some air bubbles trapped inside, they’ll go away eventually with time, so it's not the end of the world.



Step 9: crop the excess tape outside the sticker
Just slowly cut away with the outline of the sticker.

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And you’re done!

Enjoy your brand-new Cubeseat stickers!



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err, maybe not entirely new, but it works xD

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap way of making decent-quality custom sticker logo
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:40 am 
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That's really cool, I may have to try this :)

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap way of making decent-quality custom sticker logo
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:50 am 
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Are You sure you invented this method?
this has been on a german forum since thursday.


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap way of making decent-quality custom sticker logo
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:23 pm 
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I can't be sure if I was the first to come up with it, it is very probable that someone else have had the same idea before. But as far a I have searched, I could not find anything similar to it..

This tutorial was originally posted on speedsolving.com by me a couple months ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap way of making decent-quality custom sticker logo
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:45 pm 
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I don’t think it matters who made it first. The important thing is how completely awesome this looks!
Good job.


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap way of making decent-quality custom sticker logo
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:28 pm 
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I have an inkjet printer so I tried a different method. I cut a piece of scotch tape about the size of the center piece. I printed the logo I wanted, and quickly applied the scotch tape over it. after waiting ten seconds I remove the tape from the paper and applied it to the center piece. the logo is a bit splotchy but it stayed with the scotch tape.

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap way of making decent-quality custom sticker logo
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:11 pm 
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This is not at all a new method. I used this for my first puzzle (half truncated cube) ~5 years ago and I would be very surprised if I was the first person to sticker with this method. I used lamination paper though.

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap way of making decent-quality custom sticker logo
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Steryne wrote:
This is not at all a new method. I used this for my first puzzle (half truncated cube) ~5 years ago and I would be very surprised if I was the first person to sticker with this method. I used lamination paper though.



Yes, I know that people may have already done this before; I'm just saying that nobody has ever posted it in the puzzle community, so I thought I'd take the chance to share with those who don't know how to make them.

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap way of making decent-quality custom sticker logo
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:18 am 
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I could've sworn I posted about trying toner transfer. Still going to try that and see how it works out.

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 Post subject: Re: Neat Way of Making Custom Sticker Logos
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:35 pm 
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I like your strategy, but a much easier way to make stickers is simply to buy a few Avery Shipping Labels, measure & crop whatever logos you'd like, peel them off and there you go!
http://www.amazon.com/Avery-Shipping-La ... B00004Z5SB
Love this product.

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 Post subject: Re: Neat Way of Making Custom Sticker Logos
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:36 pm 
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Phoenix wrote:
I like your strategy, but a much easier way to make stickers is simply to buy a few Avery Shipping Labels, measure & crop whatever logos you'd like, peel them off and there you go!
http://www.amazon.com/Avery-Shipping-La ... B00004Z5SB
Love this product.

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Yes, but the method the I posted here uses extremely cheap and readily available materials,

it's for those who does not want to spend extra money or the hassle to buy those kind of stuff.

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