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Best Sticker Paper for Cricut Cutting Machines

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Stickers are fantastic. They allow you to express your individuality by bringing art, color, and enjoyment into your everyday settings, be it on a laptop case, vehicle bumper or in a planner. But what if you're a craft enthusiast utilizing Cricut cutting devices for sticker creation? Are all kinds of sticker papers compatible with Cricut machines? Cricut sticker paper is a type of adhesive paper that lets you print your designs and then cut them into shapes and sizes of your liking.

There are several types of sticker paper available for Cricut machines, including matte, glossy, vinyl, and clear options. Your choice of paper will depend on your preferences and the type of design you want to create. But with so many brands in the market, it can be daunting to find the best sticker paper for Cricut. We've browsed through the ocean of options and handpicked various sticker papers to bring you the best.

First up, we have JOYEZA Premium Printable Vinyl Sticker Paper, a high-quality vinyl sticker paper with a matte finish that holds ink well and dries faster. These papers are also compatible with both inkjet and laser printers. Avery Printable Sticker Paper, a glossy clear sticker paper with excellent adhesive quality, closely follows it. It is also safe for kid's use as it is acid and lignin-free, but it is thinner and may not be suitable for business projects.

WeLiu Printable Sticker Paper ranks third just because it's not as waterproof as other vinyl sticker papers. Otherwise, it is a durable, clear sticker paper that creates professional-looking crafts.

Best Sticker Papers for Cricut

1. JOYEZA Premium Printable Vinyl Sticker Paper 

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There's no better way to start your sticker paper journey for your Cricut machine than with JOYEZA Premium Printable Vinyl Sticker Paper. After trying so many different brands looking for high-quality craft paper for our Cricut, we bumped into these premium sticker papers from JOYEZA, and with over 15,000 reviewers, it is difficult to ignore these high-quality printable vinyl sheets.

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This matte sticker paper not only holds ink well and dries well, but it's also tear and water-resistant. They are also remarkably long-lasting thanks to their easy-to-peel, adhesive backing. Moreover, this printable vinyl sticker paper is compatible with both inkjet and laser printers and can be easily cut by hand or using a die-cutter machine like Cricut.

We used this matte sticker paper for several projects, including photo stickers, file folder labels, and product labels for both indoor and outdoor usage. However, we noticed that the stickers used for outdoor purposes, such as car decals, changed color after some time. So, for improved durability and waterproofness, we sealed our projects with cold laminate.

Finally, this brand offers a super value pack of 25 sheets, with each sticker sheet measuring a standard 8.5" x 11". The company also offers a lifetime guarantee if you run into any issues.

Pros:

  • Compatible with inkjet and laser printers
  • High-quality
  • Water and tear-resistant

Cons:

  • Prone to sun bleaching

2. Avery Printable Sticker Paper

Avery Printable Sticker Paper, Glossy Clear, 8.5" x...
  • Let your next homemade project pop with glossy clear project...
  • Create unique label stickers in custom shapes and sizes; the 8.5"...
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  • Acid-free and lignin-free sticky paper is safe to use with...
  • Add your own logo or text to create your own custom stickers or...

The Avery Printable Sticker Paper is your go-to option if you want to start a home-based sticker business. These durable 8.5" x 11" Cricut printable sticker paper sheets allow you to design your own stickers of any shapes and sizes per your requirements.

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One pack contains seven glossy clear sheets of paper with excellent adhesive quality, enabling you to easily stick them on any smooth surface, such as metal, glass, plastic, or paper. We used these sticker sheets for planner stickers, Christmas crafts, wedding favors, scrapbooking, and DIY gifts. Moreover, the brand offers customizable templates for every order.

This glossy sticker paper sheet works well with both inkjet and laser printers to give you clear text and cool graphics, and apart from Cricut, you can also use Silhouette to extract your designs.

We also bought these sticky papers for our kids' craft projects because they are very safe to use as they contain no acid or lignin. However, these sticker papers are thinner and may not be suitable for business projects.

Pros:

  • Durable paper quality
  • Permanent adhesive for numerous surfaces
  • Safe for kids
  • Compatible with Cricut and Silhouette die-cutting machines

Cons:

  • Non-waterproof
  • The sticker papers are thinner

3. WeLiu Printable Sticker Paper

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WeLiu Printable Sticker Paper for Your Inkjet Printer -...
  • Package:20 pack frosty clear 8.5"x 11" sheets,Suitable for inkjet...
  • Quick drying:Ink seeps deeply into sticker paper within five...
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  • INKJET & LASER PRINTER COMPATIBLE: These labels are designed to...

For candles, jars, food containers, and other vessels that would benefit from a durable, clear sticker, opt for this WeLiu Printable Sticker Paper. Not only is it glossy and much clearer than many competing brands, but it is also waterproof and tear-resistant, making it our best clear sticker paper.

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Each package contains 20 frosty clear sheets that hold ink well and dry quickly, preventing smudges and ensuring your projects look professional and clean. We use these glossy-clear printable vinyl papers on an inkjet printer, but you can also use them on laser printers. They are easy to cut and print, resulting in high-quality prints.

We are pleasantly surprised by the user-friendliness of these papers. The adhesive backing peels off smoothly, making the application a quick and hassle-free process. Whether you are a new or seasoned crafter, the WeLiu sticker paper helps you create professional-looking stickers with vibrant colors and sharp details. Also, the stickers are highly adhesive, and they've held up pretty well on our juice bottles and candle jars.

Pros:

  • Higher clarity, making it excellent for transparent sticker applications.
  • Easy to peel
  • It can withstand light moisture.
  • Adheres well to various surfaces

Cons:

  • It's not as waterproof as some vinyl-based products.
  • Requires an additional layer of protection for outdoor projects

4. UOKHO Printable Holographic Sticker Paper

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  • Compatible Wth Most Printer: The printing paper of vinyl stickers...

If you are looking for sticker papers to make homemade stickers with cool, eye-catching flair, UOKHO Printable Holographic Sticker Paper is worth the binge. This self-adhesive vinyl has a premium glossy, rainbow finish that is fast-drying, fade-resistant, tear-resistant, and waterproof.

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This clear vinyl sticker paper is easy to use thanks to its easy-to-peel backing, smooth cutting and printing, high adhesion, and fast-drying nature. They can also adhere to almost all smooth surfaces and won't fall off easily.

Moreover, you can choose from the brand's different holographic patterns, such as transparent, diamonds, stars, dots, or a combination. These sticker papers are compatible with both laser and inkjet printers, and they're great for scrapbooks, photos, and posters.

Furthermore, this thick, shimmery paper is a bit temperamental with cutting machines, and to get high-quality results, we used white paper as the detection border so the Cricut could read the registration mark. You can also re-draw the border with a matte marker or turn off the light. When using the inkjet printer, we noticed that the pigment ink smudged the printer, so it is recommended to use the dye ink.

However, we noticed that it was not a fully waterproof sticker paper because rain left our car stickers blotched, destroying the holographic essence. We recommend using a transparent overlay if you intend to use them on surfaces that easily get wet.

Pros:

  • Thick and durable
  • Fade and tear-resistant
  • Easy to use and fast-drying

Cons:

  • Not fully waterproof

5. Cricut Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock

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Cricut Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock - 10 Sheets - 13in...
  • 10 sheets (5 colors, 2 each) 13 in x 13 in (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm) in...
  • Skip the glue for hassle-free paper projects
  • Works without a cutting mat – just load & go!
  • Smooth, medium weight (210 gsm / 78 lb)
  • For Cricut Explore 3 & Cricut Maker 3

As people who love adding personal touches to their belongings, we were excited to try out the Cricut Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock. This, so far, is the only sticker paper in our list that we didn't use alongside a printer. Each package contains ten sheets in 5 different colors, including mint, powder blue, petal, lilac, and Butter. These sheets work without a cutting mat and are compatible with Cricut Explore 3 and Cricut Maker 3.

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In addition to the pastel set, these cardstock sticker papers come in more saturated colors, such as black, white, and bright bow. You can use them to craft colorful and unique shapes for school projects, scrapbooking, or labels. It also has a strong adhesive that won't fall off easily. So, if you wish to skip the messy glue for hassle-free sticker paper projects, Cricut Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock is your best bet.

However, these easy-to-use peel-and-stick cardstock aren't waterproof, and you should avoid on surfaces that are prone to getting wet. You should also be gentle while working with them as they may rip easily.

Pros:

  • Doesn't use a printer
  • Highly compatible with Cricut machines
  • Easy to use and saves time
  • Comes in various colors

Cons:

  • Not waterproof
  • Not tear-resistant

What to Look for When Choosing a Sticker Paper for Cricut Machines

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1. Type of Paper

There are various types of sticker paper. Consider the things you plan to make with your Cricut to find the perfect sticker paper for you. For instance, opt for materials such as printable vinyl or polycarbonate if you want your stickers to be water-resistant. Paper stickers are suitable for stickers intended for agendas, planners, and scrapbooking, and if you desire a special translucent effect or transparent stickers, choose transparent sticker paper.

For extremely durable stickers that are UV rays and water-resistant, you may want to choose robust materials such as laminated sticker paper or permanent vinyl.

2. Finish

Sticker paper's finish is another factor to consider if you plan on printing stickers using a Cricut machine. Sticker papers come in two main finishes, including glossy and matte. Glossy papers come in very vibrant colors and have a shiny finish, exhibiting a professional look. But they can be too flashy in some cases.

On the other hand, matte stickers have a more elegant look and the appearance of typing paper. However, their colors may appear less shiny or more muted due to the finish. If you want to create plain stickers, choose matte sheets. Otherwise, glossy papers are worth it for shiny stickers that attract everyone's eyes. 

Moreover, glossy paper stickers are relatively expensive compared to matte papers. While glossy papers are more water-resistant, it can also be more difficult for the Cricut machine to detect the image's boundaries because light can reflect off of the paper, confusing the Cricut's sensors.

3. Resistance

Another important factor you should consider is the sticker paper's resistance. A water-resistant sticker paper may be costly but is worth investing in. These papers have a waterproof coating, keeping water splashes at bay and protecting your sticker from getting wet. You should also ensure your sticker paper is tear-resistant to last long and not rip off easily.

Thicker sticker papers are more resistant, but they can be inflexible and more challenging to print. If you aren't concerned about resistance, consider using cold laminating sheets or a laminator to add a protective layer to your stickers.

4. Size and Quantity

Sticker papers are packed in different quantities for different prices, but some packages may offer fewer quantities for the same prices. The sticker paper size is also essential because printers support different paper formats. The wrong paper size could interfere with the cutting and printing process.

5. Printer Compatibility

Sticker paper's compatibility with your printer is a very important factor to consider. Some papers are specially made for inkjet or laser printers. This should be clearly indicated on the seller's page and on the product label so you can know which sticker paper best suits your printer. It is also important to note that while most papers may be compatible with inkjet printers, that's not the case with laser printers

Furthermore, some sticker papers, such as transparent or glossy finish sticker paper, don't work well with some printers like Eco Tank or Epson Workforce since these printers use a printing mechanism that doesn't seal the ink with heat, making the ink to dry slowly on transparent or glossy papers making them smudge easily.

You should also consider the sticker paper's measurements because every paper size won't work well in all printers for Cricut.

6. Price

Price is another crucial factor to consider. Purchasing a high-quality, expensive sticker isn't a problem if you plan to make stickers for personal use. However, it's ideal to look for the best price for the best value sticker papers if you plan to make stickers for your business.

While many brands are offering cheap sticker papers, some brands may not produce high-quality papers. Therefore, opting for a quality brand, even if it is slightly pricier, would be ideal.

Conclusion on the Best Sticker Paper for Cricut

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In conclusion, there are tons of products in the world of sticker papers for Cricut. Whether you seek to make waterproof stickers, eye-catching glossy stickers, or elegant matte stickers, there's a sticker paper compatible with your Cricut machine.

We've explored the durability, printer compatibility, waterproofness, and finish of various sticker papers in selecting the best sticker paper for Cricut. However, the best choice is the one that complements your style and lets you express your creativity. 

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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