27/27=Some Thoughts on Materials=
There are many brands of sticker paper and not all of them are created equal. If you buy the wrong kind, expect your ink to smear. You want something strong, vinyl-like, weather resistant, with high absorbency. After experimenting with some cheap sticker paper in some cheap printers, I feel that most of the sticker paper I tried doesn't work as desired.
While there are plenty of brands out there that make comparable products, I can verify that MECOLOUR's sticker paper makes a good base for our purposes. Of all the brands I've tried so far, they seem like the best balance between price and quality. I don't have any particular love or loyalty for their brand, so I'm open to alternatives if any fren has a recommendation. So far, other brands I've tried have either required 5+ layers of fixative to protect the ink from touch-smearing, looked too cheap, and/or have fallen apart right away when exposed to water. MECOLOUR makes paper that seems to take the ink better, regardless of my printer's settings. If your printer has a glossy/photo paper setting, you can probably make better usage of just about any glossy sticker paper, but if you're using a printer without explicit support for glossy/photo paper, expect many brands of glossy paper to have issues with ink absorbency. With MECOLOUR, setting the print quality to “high” on an absolute junkheap of a printer (that allegedly didn't support glossy, photo, or sticker paper) was enough to get professional-ish looking results. Their paper is only slightly more water resistant from what I can tell, but fixative does help. If someone knows a cheaper equivalent, I'm looking to keep production costs low, so please let me know.
If MECOLOUR isn't to your liking, make sure whatever you pick is rated as having high absorbency. That really does seem to be the key. Without that, black ink seems to have trouble taking to the pages (again, this testing was done on cheap inkjet printers–I can't speak to laser printers yet, but I figured many frens have cheap inkjets). Weather and UV resistance are a plus.
Regardless of the quality of your paper, I recommend spraying your stickers with a clear fixative after printing. This will make them sturdier. Fixatives come in many varieties. Look for clear, glossy finish fixative, with wPost too long. Click here to view the full text.