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What is the Difference Between Kiss Cut and Die Cut Stickers?

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If you’re looking to create stickers for your brand or product packaging, you are probably considering all your options, from material and adhesive to finish and cutting style. We talk you through the difference between kiss cut and die cut stickers so you can choose the perfect option for you.

What are Kiss Cut Stickers?

When you purchase stickers, they are supplied on a paper backing. Kiss cut stickers are cut through the sticker layer only, not through the paper. This means that when you peel off your sticker, you will be left with extra backing around your sticker.

Some people choose to print or continue the design on the additional space surrounding the sticker. You could add your website address or company logo to brand up your stickers before they are removed from the backing.

What are Die Cut Stickers?

Die cut stickers are cut all the way around the edge of your sticker design, cutting through both the sticker and paper backing. This means that die cut stickers look exactly the same when they are on the paper backing as they do when this has been removed.

This is one of the benefits of die cut stickers, making for a great looking sticker even before use.

Kiss Cut vs. Die Cut Stickers

Kiss cut and die cut stickers share many similarities. For example, you can create custom-shaped stickers using both the kiss cut and die cut methods. There are some things you should consider however when choosing between kiss cut and die cut stickers.

Weigh up your options below.

Kiss Cut Sticker Pros

  • Protection for sticker edges due to additional space around the edge of your sticker
  • Easy to remove from backing

Kiss Cut Sticker Cons

  • Sticker supplied multiple-up on a sheet

Die Cut Sticker Pros

  • Ideal for single stickers for the purpose of handing out at events etc.
  • Look like the finished product even before being removed from the paper backing

Die Cut Sticker Cons

  • Can be prone to folding or creasing at the edges
  • Can be fiddly to remove from the paper backing

Here at Handy Labels, we prefer the kiss cut sticker method. Kiss cut stickers are a more durable solution that provide protection to the outer edges of your stickers. This ensures that they will stay looking great until you wish to use them.

Kiss Cut Sticker Examples

Die Cut Sticker Examples

All of our stickers are supplied on A size sheets, from A8 to A3. We can produce larger or smaller sticker sheets if required through our custom sticker offering. Please get in touch for support and advice.