Printing the Stickers - My Experience So Far

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Printing the Stickers - My Experience So Far

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Of course, the main challenge in creating custom gumball helmets is printing out the stickers to be placed on the empty helmet shells. If one chooses to stick to the traditional methodology, that will mean one kidney-shaped sticker for each side and a stripe (if necessary) down the middle. For most helmet designs, this allows for a pretty accurate representation of the original, but for some (for example the post-1980 Cincinnati Bengals) it can only present a gross approximation.

At first I used Avery label sheets like shown below and printed on them with a color inkjet printer. For the glossy surfaced type that i think should be used, the colors often looked sort of faded or washed out. Adjusting the print quality settings had some positive effects, but some negative ones as well...some colors changed completely.

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Now I have a Brother VC-500W label printer shown below and I feel it is an improvement. The blacks are like a pool of india ink, but reds still look a little faded to me. I'd be interested to hear what other creators use and have found helpful in making the images print well. Then of course matching them to the available helmet colors is another challenge completely...

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