Easy Sticker Techniques

Liven up scrapbook pages with our inventive ideas for stickers.

Stitch on Stickers

Design by Jennifer Perks

You can add a little extra something to stickers by stitching directly over them, either by hand or using a machine. Mat a sticker with cardstock; then embellish around the edge with zigzag stitching. Or add stitching to a self-adhesive piece of chipboard, like the waves on this page.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (purple, pink), Stampin' Up! (aqua, kraft). Patterned paper, chipboard accents: Little Yellow Bicycle. Stickers: American Crafts ("shells"), Little Yellow Bicycle ("seashells," "she," "official shell collector"), My Mind's Eye (border). Tag: Hero Arts. Baker's twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Gems: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Pen: American Crafts. Punches: EK Success (circle), Stampin' Up! (photo corner). Adhesive: Tombow (dry), EK Success (foam).

Make New Accents

Design by Lisa Storms

Get creative with letter stickers to create accents for your scrapbook pages. On this layout, letters become loopy flowers. Vary the look by using "C" stickers as petals. Overlap and adhere the two ends of the letter. Mix "o" stickers with zeros for a fresh take on flower petals.

Editor's Tip: The possibilities are many. Use capital Bs as butterfly wings and mirror images of capital Ds to create a ladybug's body.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (music), Autumn Leaves (white floral), BoBunny Press (cream dot), My Mind's Eye (scalloped floral). Font: Adorable off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (title), Cloud 9 Design (green, orange, pink letters), Heidi Grace Designs (teal letters).

Cut Them Up

Design by Polly Maly

Give letter stickers a new look by cutting them in two. A variety of scissors, both straight- and decorative-edge, gives different looks.

Editor's Tip: Make the cut in the thickest part of the sticker to make lining up the pieces easy.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Piggy Tales (orange), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Patterned paper: KI Memories. Stickers: American Crafts ("artwork"), KI Memories ("by Allison"). Brads: American Crafts. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.

Get an Epoxy Look

Design by Janna Wilson

Give flat stickers a glossy, dimensional look by heat-embossing with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. If heat-embossing tools aren't your thing, you can get a similar look with dimensional adhesive such as Mod Podge, Diamond Glaze, or Glossy Accents. Carefully apply the adhesive over the sticker and let dry.

Editor's Tip: To keep the gummy back of your sticker clean, keep it on the backing until you're ready to place it on your layout.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, stamps: Teresa Collins. Stickers, felt accents, button: Little Yellow Bicycle. Rub-ons: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Twine: The Twinery. Thread: Coats & Clark. Ink: Martha Stewart Crafts (colors), VersaMark by Tsukineko. Embossing powder: Stampendous. Adhesive: Glossy Accents by Ranger Industries.

Create a Border

Design by Candi Gershon

Stickers can be combined to make a fun frame for a photo, journaling, or your entire layout. Combine border and accent stickers to create a unique collage. Choose stickers that support your theme. The girls in this layout have a fun, playful look, so the designer chose stickers that matched their lively personalities.

Editor's Tip: To help ground your framed element, overlap stickers onto the item you are framing. You also can add dimension to your frame by mounting a few stickers on foam adhesive.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Imaginisce. Font: Miss Priss off the Internet. Stickers: Me and My Big Ideas (glitter, title, tag), Adornit-Carolee's Creations (all other). Pen: Sharpie. Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts.

Add Details with Glitter

Design by Candi Gershon

Use a glue pen or old paintbrush and liquid glue to outline a sticker, and sprinkle it with glitter. Tap the excess glitter into the jar to reuse later. Candi used this technique to add a glittery rim to the image of a margarita glass.

Group Them

Design by Candi Gershon

Grouping stickers to create a single piece is a great way to put excess stickers to use. Candi layered word stickers on a chipboard circle to create a custom ball accent.

Fill Stencils

Design by Erin Clarkson

Erin backed stencil letters with word-pattern stickers to create this accent. She used a template to cut the letters from cardstock and then inked the edges for more dimension. Rub-on words complete the sentiment.

Add Dimension with Buttons

Design by Candi Gershon

Dress up stickers with small dimensional pieces like buttons and brads. These fabric flowers are boosted by their attention-getting centers. This clever technique is a great way to use up mismatched scrap accents.

Frame a Photo

Design by Erin Clarkson

Horizontal stickers wrap around a photo for a quick frame in Erin's design. She picked word stickers with meaning for the photo and converted her shot to black-and-white so the colors of the stickers didn't clash.

Sand Them

Design by Candi Gershon

Sanding the surface of printed stickers can tie together different images. Candi layered border stickers to create a background pattern and skimmed them with fine-grit sandpaper.

Paint-On Details

Design by Erin Clarkson

Basic definition stickers could use a little pizzazz. Erin dressed up the definition of "sparkle" by running the edges through a small pool of paint. This also helped coordinate the sticker with her collage- background colors.

Use a Mask

Design by Nicole Gartland

A standard Halloween sticker gains spooky dimension with a ghosted ghoul and bat. Nicole masked the sticker with two stickers of the creatures and applied molding paste over the top.

Add Heat-Embossing

Design by Candi Gershon

Heat-emboss a sticker with clear embossing powder to make it look like an epoxy sticker. You can build the layers of powder to make it as thick as you want.

Top with Microbeads

Design by Erin Clarkson

Turn your stickers into art by adding clear microbeads over the top. Erin rubbed her gift-package sticker with glue and then dipped it in a collection of microbeads.

Tip: Let the project fully dry before moving.

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