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Here's a shot of my Agricola resources, all stickered and touched up:



I printed them on a color printer using full-sheet label paper. Then I punched them out with my wife's 0.500" circle punch.

It can be tricky to get the backer off. I used a small pocket knife, inserting the tip on edge between the label and backer.

After applying the labels, next comes the touch-up step. This is important because the cutting and applying the stickers will tend to leave a white frayed edge around the sticker. Doesn't look so good when you put them on the discs. Looks like they are all beat up!

So I took a soft tip marker that matched the paint on the wood, and traced carefully around the perimeter of the sticker to cover all the white rough edges. (you can skip this step on the reeds).

The touch-up step makes them go from looking "okay" to "sweet!!".

Have fun, and happy stickering.
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I removed the sticker backs by gently scribing a small line on the back of each stiker with a razor-blade. Don't scribe a line right across the middle of the circle* - do it very close to an edge - as close as you can get and still scribe a line. Then, use your finger nail to scrape off the small bit of backing that you scribed (right along the edge). Now you have a place to grap the sticker and separate it from the backing. Removing the backing is the most difficult step. Be sure and make more stickers than you will need - it will take practice to get this right.

If you do it this way, the edges are clean and there is no need for ink touch-up.

* if you scribe across the middle, then it is likely that a crease will show through when you place the sticker on the wooden disk. Also, it is actually more difficult to remove half of the backing that it is to scrape off a small piece at the edge.



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I tried scribing that small cut like you described. After ruining 4 of them, I decided that inking the edges was a LOT easier. Plus, no matter how carefully you remove the backer, the punching alone might have already damaged the edges.

Maybe it depends on how much caffeine you have in your system. :-)
 
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It's funny the detail you can see on a high res images...

One piece of wood was touched up with the clay colored marker
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I see in the pdf file for the stickers that there are two versions. One has a circle to indicate where to punch. The other has no circle on each token. Which is everyone using? It seems that the one without the circle would be better, so the circle won't show if the cut is not perfect.
 
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It's funny the detail you can see on a high res images...

One piece of wood was touched up with the clay colored marker


Never!! Our Quality Control process is six sigma!!

Oh, ok, you win. You're right. That was a trial piece that probably never got re-marked after I settled on a color. Good spotting!!

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I see in the pdf file for the stickers that there are two versions. One has a circle to indicate where to punch. The other has no circle on each token. Which is everyone using? It seems that the one without the circle would be better, so the circle won't show if the cut is not perfect.


Use the second page. The one with no circle guide.
 
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Wow, sloppy work. You didn't touch up the white reeds.

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Plus, no matter how carefully you remove the backer, the punching alone might have already damaged the edges.

That depends on your punch.

Can someone suggest a source for a punch? I saw a 1" circle punch at the craft store for $10. They didn't have a smaller circle.
 
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I have gone every where and can't find a .5" punch.
 
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Did you spray clear coat on the finished product? What are the pros and cons of this?
 
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durak60 wrote:
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I have gone every where and can't find a .5" punch.


Tim, you should try Scrap Scribble & Stick, or Pages In Time. Any scrapbook store should have these. That's where ours came from. Not sure if Michael's would have it or not.


Michaels and JoAnn don't have 1/2" punches. I tried those places first. The best they had was 5/8" which is too big. The discs are slightly smaller then that.
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Did you spray clear coat on the finished product? What are the pros and cons of this?


Debated this. Didn't do it. I supposed I still could, but I've played over 15 games with the stickers on, and they are not showing even the slightest amount of wear, so I think I'm okay for now.
 
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Pages in Time was not open today. I have been to 1 other creative memory type store, 2 Micheals, 2 Hobby Lobby's, 2 Meijer's, 2 WalMarts, a Target, a Office Depot, and an OfficeMax. Nobody had a punch smaller than 3/4". I couldn't even find one online.

I'll go to pages in time again tommorrow, it's on my way home.
 
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There is a whole long thread where we discuss the 1/2" punches, exactly what to get and where to get it.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/2568474#2568474


Also, to stick them on, peal off the backing and then stick it back on before you punch. It makes it much easier to remove.
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Solamar wrote:
Also, to stick them on, peal off the backing and then stick it back on before you punch. It makes it much easier to remove.


I highly recommend this. It makes removing them so much easier.

Also be sure to have tin foil and wax paper handy to keep the punch sharp and well lubricated. It gets dull pretty fast.
 
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ScottE wrote:
durak60 wrote:
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I have gone every where and can't find a .5" punch.


Tim, you should try Scrap Scribble & Stick, or Pages In Time. Any scrapbook store should have these. That's where ours came from. Not sure if Michael's would have it or not.


Michaels and JoAnn don't have 1/2" punches. I tried those places first. The best they had was 5/8" which is too big. The discs are slightly smaller then that.


I agree, after having also scoured my local Michaels store. However, the 5/8" circle punch they do sell for ~$3 is excellent for punching out those semi-circles when making the tuck boxes.

 
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ScottE wrote:
durak60 wrote:
eightbit wrote:
I have gone every where and can't find a .5" punch.


Tim, you should try Scrap Scribble & Stick, or Pages In Time. Any scrapbook store should have these. That's where ours came from. Not sure if Michael's would have it or not.


Michaels and JoAnn don't have 1/2" punches. I tried those places first. The best they had was 5/8" which is too big. The discs are slightly smaller then that.


Hmmm. I got my 1/2" punch at Michaels. Several months ago, but it was Michaels.
 
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Went to pages in time in Jenison today. They didn't have it. The staff wasn't interested in helping me find it even if they did and they weren't interested in selling me anything. Very disappointing...

 
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jimmcmahon wrote:
ScottE wrote:
durak60 wrote:
eightbit wrote:
I have gone every where and can't find a .5" punch.


Tim, you should try Scrap Scribble & Stick, or Pages In Time. Any scrapbook store should have these. That's where ours came from. Not sure if Michael's would have it or not.


Michaels and JoAnn don't have 1/2" punches. I tried those places first. The best they had was 5/8" which is too big. The discs are slightly smaller then that.


Hmmm. I got my 1/2" punch at Michaels. Several months ago, but it was Michaels.


After alot of research when I was originally buying mine I found out the Marvy Uchida brand used to make a 1/2" punch. But discountiued it and now has just the 5/8". So you got lucky that store still had stock of the old one.

EK Success still makes a 1/2" punch but they call it "Large Circle" and no where on the package does it actually say 1/2"! It's called a Paper Shaper and you can find them on eBay (which is where I bought mine).

I'm still shocked how much trouble I had getting something so simple.
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durak60 wrote:
Here's a shot of my Agricola resources, all stickered and touched up:



I printed them on a color printer using full-sheet label paper. Then I punched them out with my wife's 0.500" circle punch.

It can be tricky to get the backer off. I used a small pocket knife, inserting the tip on edge between the label and backer.

After applying the labels, next comes the touch-up step. This is important because the cutting and applying the stickers will tend to leave a white frayed edge around the sticker. Doesn't look so good when you put them on the discs. Looks like they are all beat up!

So I took a soft tip marker that matched the paint on the wood, and traced carefully around the perimeter of the sticker to cover all the white rough edges. (you can skip this step on the reeds).

The touch-up step makes them go from looking "okay" to "sweet!!".

Have fun, and happy stickering.


A Vandemonium never forgets I remembered you had asked about removing the sticker. I just got done with my 18AL Kit and found a technique that seemed to work well. I found a 1/2" punch as well and then to get the backs off, I recalled that in many of the data centers I have worked in the label machines often have a little "zippy do" I don't know what you call it that you use to get the backs off the labels. I applied this technique at home by using a simple paper clip. I took the sticker, sticker side away from me and then slid the sticker between the rails of the clip and then quickly feathered it by moving the clip along the picture printed side away from me. It is more or less the same idea as "zipping" Christmas ribbon to get the fancy curl. I found that after one or two zips the backing would just about curl itself right off, or with just a bit of coaxing from my finger tip.
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