The main difference between die cut and regular stickers is that die cut stickers are cut in the exact shape of your design, whereas regular stickers usually have traditional shapes.
Let's take a closer look at what die cut stickers are, how they differ from other sticker options and when to choose which sticker below.
Remember, in the world of custom stickers, there is no such thing as a regular sticker.
Regular stickers are the stickers you order from marketplaces like Amazon. When you order a custom sticker, you are in full control over every aspect, from a custom design to the material and shape of your stickers.
But die-cut stickers are special. The term die cut refers to how your stickers are cut and their shape. You could also call them custom-cut or custom-shaped stickers becuase they can be cut into any shape you can think of, just take a look at some examples below.
If you want to learn more about die cut stickers, our article what is a die cut sticker is a great starting point.
You might think that die cut stickers are more expensive than regular stickers because of their intricate cut line. That is not the case.
Our prices depend on the type and amount of material used for your stickers, not the time it takes to cut or print them.
The prices of your die cut stickers can vary based on the materials you select. You can find a breakdown of each material option by using the live pricing calculator on the die cut stickers page.
Die cut stickers are incredibly versatile and there are thousands of ways you can make them work for your business.
With their unique shape, they can add interest to your product's packaging, function as custom packaging seals or custom-shaped logo stickers for your brand.
Find out more by reading our post on the top 3 ways to use die cut stickers for your business.
Like we said, there is no such thing as a regular sticker. And aside from die cut stickers, you can get even more custom-shaped stickers!
Just like die cut stickers, kiss cut stickers are cut in the shape of the design.
However, where die cut stickers are cut through the vinyl and paper backing, a kiss cut sticker is only cut through the material layer, leaving the backing material intact.
This might sound a little complicated, but below you can find a few examples that will illustrate the difference. We also have an entire blog post dedicated to the question of what is the difference between die cut and kiss cut stickers right here.
Since the backing paper stays intact when you order a kiss cut sticker, they are easier to peel than die cut stickers. This makes them perfect for branded giveaways. Why not include a custom kiss cut sticker with every order?
The beauty of kiss cut stickers is that you can benefit from all the advantages of a die cut sticker plus a bit of extra material. You can use the excess backing paper to include your business information or even a QR code that directs consumers to your website.
To complete the die cut universe, we have a look at custom die cut labels as well.
When they are applied, die cut stickers and die cut labels look exactly the same - nobody would notice a difference. But when you are ordering your die cuts online, it is a difference worth knowing about.
Die cut stickers are individually cut in the shape of your design. Die cut labels also have a custom shape, but they arrive on a sticker sheet. This is usually an A4 sheet you can peel your individual labels off.
We always recommend getting labels when you are applying hundreds of them on your own or for any time when you do not want to sell or hand out individually cut stickers.
Why? Because sheet labels are an absolute time saver. We find that when you order labels, you can easily peel them and are around 65% faster - ideal when you have to brand hundreds of products at once.
Which one is it going to be? Die cut stickers? Labels? Or a kiss cut? If you need more help deciding you can: