Nine Acrylic Sticker Ideas You Can Make With Adhesive-Backed Plastic

Acrylic Stickers NZ 1

Acrylic Stickers NZ 1

Get Inspired With This Latest Addition To The NZ Catalog

With metallic colors and contrasting engraving, adhesive-backed plastic is a great choice for making designs that pop. This latest addition to the NZ materials catalog is comprised of acrylic modified with styrene for strength. It has a thin layer of brushed gold on the top, black in the middle and an adhesive on the back. The result is an acrylic sticker that’s tailor made for laser cutting products to sell or for use when building your brand.

What You Can Make With Adhesive-Backed Plastic

We wanted to see if this material could be used for creating designs that stick. (Ok, bad pun. Sorry.) So we put our design skills to the test and created nine sample products—some as stickers in their own right and others combined with additional laser cut materials—to learn exactly how adhesive-backed plastic reacted with the laser. Check ’em out:

Let’s start with the basics: A simple sticker. What makes this a winner is not only the laser engraving, which adds depth and texture, but also the scalloped edges. That’s totally custom—and not something you’ll find with a stock item in a catalog.

Acrylic Stickers NZ 2 - Winner

What’s great about these acrylic stickers is that they not only work on flat facades such as plaques but also on round surfaces such a trophy bases. So whether you’re crowning the winner of a 5k or celebrating the achievements of valued employee, give awards that are truly customized and beautifully presented.

Acrylic Stickers NZ 3 - Trophy

Along those same lines, you can get even more creative when making medals. Adhering this gold-on-black acrylic sticker to a clear acrylic base at an angle provides quite the visual interest that can’t be achieved with a single material alone.

Acrylic Stickers NZ 4 - Medal

While some stickers may be created for decorative purposes, these electronics enclosures stickers are quite functional in nature. This kind of labeling enhances the user experience by clearly marking inputs and output. Plus, it makes a big difference to the finish of electronics project boxes if you’re making a product to sell.

Acrylic Stickers NZ 5 - Electronics Enclosures Label

Name badges are essential for any event. Because of the number of attendees and logistical needs for being able to print badges on site, most conventions opt for paper badges slipped into plastic sleeves. While practical, it’s not really enough for VIP guests. Instead, pair gold-on-black acrylic stickers with clear acrylic (or other materials based on your budget and aesthetic preferences) and create an event badge that’s not only functional but also serves as a nice takeaway gift post-show.

Acrylic Stickers NZ 6 - Event Name Badge

If you’ve wanted the ability to laser cut double-sided signage, there’s now a legit hack—and these stickers are the hero. First, engrave “Closed” on the gold-on-black acrylic sticker. Next, engrave “Open” on clear acrylic. Stick the two together…and…boom! A double-sided sign. (The black you see is the back of the sticker.) Clever!

Acrylic Stickers NZ 7 - Double Sided Sign

Bouncing back to basics, what’s more foundational than restroom signs. Since the acrylic sticker is heat-, solvent- and abrasion-resistant, it’s durable enough to withstand bathroom cleanings.

Acrylic Stickers NZ 8 - Restroom Sign

Even though these acrylic stickers are durable enough for restrooms, they’re also elegant enough for boardrooms.

Acrylic Stickers NZ 9 - Meeting Room Sign

Here’s an interesting jewelry idea: Add custom monogrammed gold-on-black acrylic stickers to clear acrylic for personalized earrings to sell on Etsy. While the stickers have high durability, you may want to finish off with a resin or lacquer (depending on your base material) to ensure permanence for daily wear.

Acrylic Stickers NZ 10 - Monogramed Earrings

Now Available: Gold-On-Black Acrylic Stickers

These flexible, self-adhesive stickers are a laser-engraving breakthrough. At only 0.1mm thick, this adhesive-backed plastic adheres securely to a wide range of materials, easily accommodates curved surfaces and takes laser engraving into whole new realms. Since it’s heat, solvent and abrasion resistant, this adhesive-backed plastic is extremely durable and can be used for both interior and exterior applications—everything from industrial nameplates and signage to awards, promotional products and even jewelry.

Maker Tips: Adhesive-backed plastic is modified with styrene to improve impact-resistance and flexibility. However, this also lowers the melting point of the material and the cut edge is not as cleanly vaporized as with standard acrylic. Caution is advised for very detailed, intricate cutouts as well as for large areas of engraving as the build-up of heat can cause the sheet to deform.

To learn more about gold-on-black acrylic stickers, get all the details here and pick up a sample here.

Acrylic Stickers NZ 11 - Adhesive Backed Plastic Sheet

What Will You Laser Cut With Adhesive-Backed Plastic?

What do you think for this new material? Any of the ideas above stick out in your mind? Hopefully you’re ready to jump into Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape and turn your inspiration into to tangible ideas. Whatever your laser cutter project ideas, give us a shout in the comment box and let us know what you can’t wait to make. We’d love to hear all about it!

 

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Very nice to know that you have new types of material. The only question is – why I cannot zoom in to see more details? I need to see it in higher resolution to make my mind up.

    Shannon Birt

    Hi Max, thanks for getting in touch about our new sticker material! We’ve sent through some higher resolution images to you email address. Hope that helps. Cheers, Shannon

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