Material Education 101: Stickers

Custom stickers made easy
Author Amanda Schumacher

Amanda Schumacher

March 10, 2023 3 min read

Hurray! Your design is ready to become a sticker. You head to the MakeStickers' website, excited to put in your order. You know the size, shape, and quantity you need. But what about the material? You might ask yourself:

  • "Will this sticker fade in the sun?"
  • "What material is waterproof?"
  • "Is there a material I can write on?"

Tired of being caught off guard and overthinking which sticker material is best? We get it! With so many options out there, it can be overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be.

Welcome to Materials Education 101: Stickers, a course on–you guessed it–the types of materials we carry for stickers, their individual features, and which ones are best for your unique needs.

Sticker vs. Label

Before we jump into the different materials we carry for stickers, we want to make sure we're all on the same page as far as what is a label and what is a sticker.


Stickers are individually cut and are ideal for handing out at events, markets, or trade shows. Many sticker materials also feature a protective UV-resistant laminate, which helps protect the design's ink from fading in the years to come. 


Labels are not individually cut, and instead are placed on a roll, making labels great for machine application. They can also be a more affordable option if you are ordering in large quantities. However, most label materials are not built to withstand the great outdoors, which is why we strongly encourage most labels for indoor use only. If you want to know more about labels and the individual characteristics of each material, check out Material Education 101: Labels instead.

Now that you know how we determine the difference between labels and stickers, let's dive in and talk about the four sticker material types we carry: glossy, matte, clear, and holographic.


Glossy Stickers

Glossy stickers are what most people picture when they think of stickers. Glossy stickers are printed on white material, and are waterproof, dishwasher safe, and resistant to scratches and fading, thanks to a UV-resistant laminate (which will keep your stickers vivid for longer). Glossy stickers are the best option if you need a material that can withstand the elements wherever it's placed, such as car bumpers, hard hats, or helmets.

  • Custom Glossy Stickers

    Glossy Stickers customized for just about anything.

  • Bumper Stickers

    Classic bumper stickers for when you want to express yourself as plainly as possible.

  • Hard Hat Stickers

    Set your crew apart with custom, printed in the USA, hard hat stickers.


Matte Stickers

Matte stickers are waterproof and dishwasher safe, thanks to a scratch-resistant laminate. However, the laminate is not UV-resistant. We recommend matte stickers for indoor use only. There are a few more noticeable differences between matte and glossy stickers, both in appearance and function. Glossy stickers feature a signature shine, whereas matte stickers feature a flat texture. Matte stickers are also one of the few materials you can write on! Thanks to their write-able surface, you can add a level of personalization to your sticker design.

  • Custom Matte Stickers

    Our Matte Finish protects from water while keeping your design vibrant with a classic feel.

  • Thank You Stickers

    Custom Thank You stickers on a roll. Add your personalized message and logo in just a few clicks.

  • Face Stickers

    Stick your face, her face, their face on anything!


Clear Stickers

Waterproof, dishwasher-safe, scratch-resistant, and protected from the sun's rays (thanks to a UV-resistant laminate), clear stickers are very similar to glossy stickers. But unlike glossy, which is an opaque material, clear stickers offer an element of transparency. We also use white ink (placed strategically behind your design) on clear stickers, to give them a vivid appearance. Thanks to their see-through nature, clear stickers are ideal for glass surfaces and windows – but they can help your artwork or logo pop no matter where you place them!

  • Custom Clear Stickers

    Transparent stickers great for logos and decals.

  • Logo Stickers

    Stand out and get your brand noticed with custom size and shape logo stickers.

  • Water Bottle Stickers

    Take hydration to the next level with customized water bottle stickers.


Holographic Stickers

If you want a sticker with a bit more pizazz and personality, we strongly recommend opting for holographic material! Reflective, rainbow holographic material can add a fun little extra something to your stickers' designs, illustrations, and logos–but without sacrificing quality. Holographic stickers, like glossy and clear, are also waterproof, dishwasher-safe, resistant to scratches, and feature a protective laminate against UV rays. 

  • Custom Holographic Stickers

    Stickers with a metallic shine that will always catch attention.

  • Laptop Stickers

    Show off your authentic self with personalized laptop stickers.

  • Water Bottle Stickers

    Take hydration to the next level with customized water bottle stickers.

Congratulations! You've successfully completed Materials Education 101: Stickers! You are now ready to order your stickers with confidence, knowing exactly what material is best for your needs. 

Want to see these materials in action before putting in your order? We can help with that–order a sample pack of our materials to help you decide!

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