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How to make a Bumper/Window Sticker for your car

Posted on 17th May 2016

You can make many things with a simple font or two. One of the things I love to make are bumper or window stickers. If you have an electronic die cutting machine, a few awesome fonts and some vinyl you can make them whenever you would like.

Today I am going to share with you how to use a couple of fonts from fontbundles.net including one of the awesome FREE fonts available!

Dont Worry, Be Happy

You will need the following-
Electronic Die Cutting Machine (I'm using a silhouette cameo)
Lonely Font
Free font - Hot Deals
Vinyl- (I'm using Avery 500)
Transfer Tape
Scraper
Glass cleaner and paper towel

1- In your software write the message you would like your bumper sticker to say. I am using "Don't worry Be Happy". Because I would like it to be in two different fonts, write the words for each font in a separate line.

Write message in silhouette studio
2- Highlight the first two words and choose the lonely font, I like to use several fonts when making a bumper sticker as it gives it character and showcases the words I would like to stand out.

Highlight the first two words
3- Highlight the second line and select the other font called Hot Deals.

Make the second line the font called Hot Deals
4- The first words in the lonely font need some flourishes, so select the lonely font then open the Character Maps program (Font Book on a mac.)

Open Character Map
5- Select the lonely font in the drop down box, then in group by select - unicode subrange. Once the next pop up box appears, select - private use characters.

This will access the font glyphs. Select the glyph you would like, in this case the letter "y" and double click to pop them in the select box. 

Select the character Y in Character Map
6- next click copy and then you can paste it into your software.

Repeat the step above for the letter T

Silhouette Studio
8- Group the words together and adjust the size to what you would like for your car.

Resize to fit your car
9- Select the cut option and choose vinyl. I am using Avery 500 vinyl and I find that the below settings work well. If you cannot get Avery Vinyl Oracal works well as does the silhouette brand vinyl.

Vinyl Oracal


10- Cut the vinyl.

Cutting the Vinyl
11- Once cut, leave on the carrier sheet to weed the vinyl (remove the unwanted vinyl)

Cutting Board
12- This is what it will look like once weeded.

This is what it should look like
13-  Place the transfer paper over the vinyl. With a scraper rub down to ensure it sticks well.

Use the scraper so it sticks well
14- Take both vinyl and transfer paper off the carrier sheet. Turn the other way round and slowly remove the back of the vinyl, leaving the vinyl quote on the transfer sheet.

Remove the vinyl + transfer paper

The nearly completed bumper sticker
15- Clean the surface you would like to place your sticker with glass cleaner. I am using the back window of a car.

Car back window
16- Lightly place the transfer tape with the vinyl on it onto the window. Reposition it if you need to.

Place the vinyl onto the window
17- Once in the right place, rub on firmly with your hand and then the plastic scraper. Ensure you do not get any air bubbles and focus on the vinyl itself so it is stuck on the window well.

Firmly place it down
18- Once it is rubbed on. from one corner carefully remove the transfer tape. if for any reason the vinyl starts to lift off the window, carefully place it back with the transfer tape and rub again. Then re lift the transfer tape off.

Carefully remove the transfer tape

Remove the transfer tape

Remove it fully
19- Once it is on your window, rub gently with your hand over it to check to see all vinyl is stuck well.

Final bumper sticker
Bumper stickers/window stickers are great fun and as they are simple to make.You can change them quite regularly, even seasonally.

Don't forget that you don't have to make them small either, you can make them to promote your business or brand on your car or window too! The options are limitless!!!! And all with just a few fonts!!!!

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