How to Make a Sticker Mockup in Procreate

Creating Sticker Mockups

If you haven’t used your Cricut to create stickers – what are you waiting for?! Making stickers with your craft machine is easy to do and can be a great way to add bonus goodies to your packaged orders in the form of freebies. Plus when used WITH packaging, they add a personal touch instantly to all handmade items. I mean, let’s be honest – we all had an obsession with stickers when we were younger.

 

No matter if you are buying the designs from some amazing sticker creators like shown below OR you can creating your own in programs like Procreate, there are a few ways to show your sticker designs off without having to break out the Cricut – mockups! Mockups are a zero-waste solution to testing products before you spend the time, money, and resources creating them.

 

Now while you can purchase mockups to use right away in photoshop with smart objects (I’ll have some links to my favorite sets), you can create mocksup using tools you may already have on hand, especially if you create your own stickers. Grab your iPad besties, because I am going to show you a quick way that you can create a simple mockup in Procreate that will display your design in a fun way.

 

I want to preface this with saying that I sell on Etsy, so this tutorial will be based using Esty recommended size requirements which you can find here. They are 2,000 px for the SHORTEST side with a resolution of 72 pixels per inch and a ratio of 4:3. So what does that mean? Well to sum it up, Etsy wants horizontal photos uploaded to their site with a size of 2666 × 2000 at a minimum. They automatically crop your image, so you want your focal point in the center. * I think that 2,666 is a weird number and if you do to, feel free to use 3000 × 2250.  If you want to check out where I came up with these numbers, be sure to visit the 4:3 calculator.

 

*When you upload the image, you can edit the listing photo to show where you want, but I have returned to my shop plenty of times to find out that they restored it to the default. It’s better to set your image up correctly before you move forward to save yourself fixing issues in the future.  

Disclaimer this post contains affiliate links, any purchase that you make by clicking on one of these links will not cost you anything more, but I will get a small commission on the sale.  

 

Now that THAT side track is done, let’s get back to making a mockup in procreate!

Making A Sticker Mockup in Procreate

Open up the app Procreate. Procreate wonderful drawing app that countless designers use. When paired with the Apple Pencil, it’s a heaven sent! If you already own this then you know what I am talking about. 

 

Set up your document sizing using the ratio we talked about earlier (4:3). For this tutorial, I will be using the 3,000 px by 2250 px. and a DPI of 300. Etsy only requires a 75 DPI, however, startig with 300 will allow you to use this photo in other places, giving you the BEST quality that you could want. 

 

Insert your photo by tapping the wrench icon in the top left and clicking “insert photo”. Select your sticker photo and the program will automatically place it on the screen.

Since most sticker outlines will be white to help your Cricut machine understand where to cut, you will want to change the background of the document so that you can see what we are looking at. You can do that by tapping the stacked boxed in the top right corner of the screen, tapping on the background color layer, and selecting a darker color.

Now that we can see the background, duplicate your sticker layer a one time and hide the orignal  as this will be your focal point. To duplicate, you can hit the double squares (layers panel) in the top right and swipe swipe left. Resize the duplicate layer by tapping the arrow icon and using the bounding box to drag it down to a smaller size. Duplicate this layer a few times so we can start to fill the background up with sticker designs. Start rearraging the stickers in the background to overlap each other (think of this as a “I just dumped ALL of my stickers on the table photo). 

You end up with something like this. To be honest, after I fill up about a quarter of the screen, I merge all of the layers and duplicate that a few times to completely fill out screen. After the dark is covered, I go back and add a few extras to break up some odd repeating patterns until I get the results that I want. 

Now that the base layer is done, let’s blur this layer so that our hidden sticker layer will be the MAIN focal point. To do this, you will want to tap the magic wand icon in the top left of te screen and select “Gaussian Blur” and then layer. Slide your finger across the screen to achieve the desired look. Now unhide your orginal sticker and BOOM! You are left with something like this. 

 

To make sure customers understand what they are getting, you can add sizes with simple text at the bottom or add arrows to show wdith by height.

 

If you are intersted in seeing a way to show scale in mockups, check out the next blog post <coming soon!>

Sticker Mockups

There are several shops that already offer mocks that you can use that showcase your stickers “in the wild”. Be it hand simply holding the stickers, stickers on a laptop, or stickers on packages (similar to what is shown below). You have a wide variety of options for creating and selling your handmade stickers. 

If you are interested in any of the mockups to the right, check the links out below

  1. Hand Mockup
  2. Planner Mockup
  3. Laptop Mockup
  4. Candy Jar

Some Fave Packing Stickers:

You can find great packing sticker designs like this from Nicole Andrew and many other designs. To see a few of my favorite design bundles, check out the links below:

 

  1. Ultimate Sticker Collection (shown to the right)

  2.  Best Selling Stickers  (used in this tutorial)

  3. Small Business Sticker Bundle 

6 of my absolute FAVORITE Mockup Designers

It’s no question that I absolutely ADORE mockups. I love that you can use them to promote your products without having to sink a lot of money, time, and resources into a possible product flop. They can be used time and time again with a number of designs and depending on who you shop from, you end up with a picture-perfect product EVERY TIME.

With so many mockup creators, who can you trust for a quality product? Well, I am about to share with you, my TOP 6 mockup designers. Now I wouldn’t share something unless I 100% believed in the product or have used it before. These designers are my go-to favorites so get your pen and paper out and take notes besties.

Disclaimer! The links below will navigate you away from the site. Nothing wrong with that, just letting you know!

Southern Market Designs

First up – Southern Market Designs. Her rustic chic designs melt my heart and I can’t help but throw my wallet at her often. She tends to run sales so if you are interested in grabbing some at a killer price be sure to find her on FB. You won’t regret it. To browse her collection of files right now – check out this link here.

Southern Mockup Designer

Sabine B Photography

Another favorite mockup designer is Sabine Photography. She has an amazing eye for capturing products. With her wide range of style and products, she needs to be apart of your mockup collection today. To browse her shop right now – check out this link here.

Sabine B photography Mockup

Mod Mockups

This shop recently popped up in my design feed and when I tell you I am grateful – I MEAN GRATEFUL! They specialize in clothing so if you need some gorgeous mockups for your clothing shop, wait no longer – check out this link here.

Sabine B photography Mockup

Mockups For Crafters

I have to show some love for my Canadian bestie Mockups for Crafters. Her style and mockups are as fun and unique as she is. She is always trying new things to make her designs stand out and collecting amazing props. You can visit her shop by checking out this link here.

Mae Middleton

Mae Middleton brings fresh and bright mockups to the table and if you shop her bundles – OMG – you will score many amazing products. Be sure to check her out by clicking this link here. She recently dropped a HUGE Christmas bundle and I am biting at the bit waiting to download it.

Fleudusoleil Designz

Wrapping this list up, we have Fleudusoleil Designz. Getting started with shirts was a big deal for me. I didn’t have a lot of money for a billion color shirts and I desperately needed quality shirt mockups. I found this shop on Etsy and I have been back countless times. The quality, lighting, props – so perfect! You can see what I mean by looking at them here.

How do I use them?

Oooh! You are in luck. I just so happen to have a youtube video that you can peep to see how to use these mockup designers images to create quality proofs of what you can do without sinking money into the stock.

What about some freebies?

I understand that not everyone has a ton of money to spend right away, trust me I was right there with you! For that reason, I have compiled a list of freebies from other mockup designers that you can download right now and you can see them by visiting this blog and this one (coming soon!). The site adds freebies often, so be on the lookout!