When considering your sticker options, one fundamental choice often arises: do I need a kiss cut or die cut sticker?

The differences are small and whilst similar, they still serve two different purposes. Making an informed decision on the best one is important and will ensure you get the best results.

What is a kiss cut sticker?

Kiss cut stickers are cut through the vinyl layer around the edge of your design without cutting through the backing paper. This leaves an extra backing around your sticker.

They look like this:

3 different kiss cut sticker piles with one applied to an iPhone

What is a die cut sticker?

Die cut stickers are cut around the edge of your design through both the vinyl and backing paper layers. They can be any shape and are the most popular sticker.

They look like this:

Die cut holographic and glitter Tribal Rhino stickers

This GIF helps to explain it too:

Animation showing a kiss cut and a die cut sticker peeling off their backing

Please note that kiss cut or die cut only refer to how a sticker it cut. It doesn’t refer to the material the sticker is printed on.

Here is a helpful video that also explains the difference:https://www.youtube.com/embed/EFf6zYSHhDM?feature=oembed

Kiss vs Die cut stickers

Here are some of the advantages of each sticker so you can easily compare them to see which is best for you.

Kiss cut advantages

Die cut advantages

Some examples for you

Here are some examples of kiss cut and die-cut stickers. They should help you to decide which option is best for you.

Fluorescent yellow & black die-cut sticker on a laptop