Note on the materials listed: You can get many, many stickers out of the six foot roll of vinyl. Also, the transfer paper is reusable several times.
I wanted to make a laptop sticker for my new macbook that involved the apple, like this or this classic one . I used as inspiration the classic grinch stealing the star image.
It is a bit different to draw a design for vinyl cutting, since you have to pay close attention to what is positive and what is negative space. This was challenging at first especially inside his face, since you have to draw around his eyes and mouth, rather than drawing the features themselves.
Take a picture of your design trying to get the most even lighting possible. It isn’t super critical, but it will save you some work farther down the line.
The image from your camera has to be thresholded (black/white, no gray) for the Silhouette software to trace it correctly. I use a free online image editor called Pixlr which is pretty close to photoshop, but free. Here are the steps I took to threshold the image:
Silhouette Studio, the software that comes with the Cameo, has a pretty good ‘trace’ function so you don’t have to use a vector program like Inkscape or Illustrator! Here is how to use it:
Hit the Send to Silhouette button (next to the printer icon), edit the settings for your material (vinyl) and adjust the blade to be the right height. Then just mount the vinyl on the sticky pad and send it through!
I use transfer paper to keep a complex sticker design together. It would be very hard to transfer all these little parts onto my laptop without messing it up. Transfer paper is very easy to use, and I was amazed how much it helped when I started using it.
Transfer paper is supposed to be less sticky than the vinyl itself, so that when you apply the vinyl to its final surface, it grabs harder to that than the transfer paper does to the vinyl. It is a clever way to keep designs with lots of little pieces/letters nice and square when you apply the sticker.