by Graphic Ideals | Jan 19, 2015 | Booklets, Books, Brochures, Business Cards, Decals, Die Cuts and Die Cutting, Flyers, Labels, Large-format Printing, Laser Cutting, Router Cutting, Signage, Stationery, Stickers, Trade show printing, Wall graphics | 6 comments
Many everyday printing projects incorporate die-cutting, like:
When using the same artwork, both types of sticker can be cut into any shape and they both look exactly the same when applied to a surface. So, which should you choose?
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What is die-cutting? Custom-cut Shapes in Paper, Card, or Thin Board
Kiss cut stickers are only cut through the vinyl — the paper backing stays intact. You can print on the vinyl around a kiss cut sticker to add extra style to your design.
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But there are many more applications for custom-cut shapes, with only imagination to limit us.
The custom-cut shapes that can be made using die-cutting could be templates for custom-cut boxes, cutouts on a window envelope, or business card slits in a pocket folder — objects that we use in business every day.
Cuts created with a custom-created metal die Uses a high-power laser to make your cuts Cuts are created using an electric router Great for:Larger or multiple print runs Larger, less intricate cut-paper shapes Great for:Low-volume paper-cutting projects Super or fine-detailed paper cutting Great for:Large-format print projects Environmental graphics and signage paper stock paperboard card stock cardboard sticker paper vinyl decals paper stock paperboard card stock cardboard sticker paper vinyl decals UltraBoard (Foam) Styrene Sintra Coroplast MDO Plywood Lexan Plastic
Looking for some sticker-making inspiration? Check out the different ways people use our stickers. You can see thousands more examples of die cut stickers and kiss cut stickers over on our Instagram.
Graphic Ideals provided our Phoenix printing services for a corporate event, printing this custom die-cut invitation and program.
As the name of this alternative paper-cutting process suggests, this paper-cutting technique uses the precision and accuracy of a laser to cut out your design. The detailed cuts made by laser-cutting are finer than the traditional method of die-cutting–allowing us to cut intricate lace patterns, fretwork, text, logos, or other fine graphics into paper, thin paperboard or thin cardboard.
Life-sized cutouts enhance your store window display and seasonal in-store signage helps make an exciting shopping experience for your customers. This method of cutting our large-format print projects, when used in certain ways, can create a 3-D printing effect to quickly transform your store or trade show booth into an experience your visitors won’t soon forget.
Router-Cutting is Great for Giant Cutout Environmental Graphics, like: Custom-cut indoor and outdoor signage Special event signage Directional and informational signs Indoor point-of-purchase signs Retail displays Temporary and promotional signage Trade show booths and signage Call on Graphic Ideals to Cut Any Custom Cutout Print Project That Your Creative Can Mind Cook Up
Are you looking for a professional commercial printer in Phoenix to help you with your custom printing and cutting?
See-through booklet or book covers Window envelopes Custom die-cut boxes Gift tags, hang tags or product tags
What creatively cut printing projects are starting to spark in your mind now? Do you feel that custom die-, laser- or router-cutting would add value to your brand?
Laser cutting is often more affordable than die-cutting for low-volume runs, due to the fact that laser-cuts do not require a custom die to be cut for your print project. Laser cutting also stands out as it is a non-contact method of paper-cutting and scoring, unlike die-cutting, which physically touches your print project when it punches through the paper, creating your cut.
Die-cutting: the cutting by machine of paper or card into shapes with sharp steel knives, such as in the manufacture of cardboard boxes. (Collins English Dictionary)
When should you order die cut or kiss cut stickers? Die cut stickers are more popular because people tend to prefer their presentation.
Setup and take-down is easy since these display panels are created using UltraBoard, a large-format printing material that is tough yet lightweight, so you can choose to reuse and recycle them at the end of your event, trade show, craft fair season or seasonal promotion cycle.
Wedding cards/invites Greeting cards/note cards Commercial art applications Fine art applications Gift tags, hang tags or product tags
What’s the difference between a die cut sticker and a kiss cut sticker? Although they look similar, a die cut sticker has a backing that is cut to the exact shape of the design. A kiss cut sticker typically has a square backing around the design that’s bigger than the sticker.
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The sharp steel knives are often like cookie cutters, shearing through thick stacks of paper with razor-sharp edges to produce perfectly uniformly cut shapes out of paper or other stock. A die-cut is a print finishing technique that’s completed after your print project has finished printing and has dried completely.
Custom cut-paper projects Vinyl cutting for vinyl stickers Paper crafts or scrapbooking Iron-on craft appliques Product packaging
Custom die-cut invitations Scrapbook materials Pocket folders Product packaging
Our Phoenix printing company, Graphic Ideals, offers another print finishing technique for custom-shape paper-cutting called laser-cutting.
Kiss cut stickers are ideal for delicate designs as the backing helps protect your sticker while it’s being transported. Kiss cut stickers also tend to be easier to peel so they’re worth considering if you need to quickly peel lots of stickers. Because you can print on the vinyl around the sticker, they’re great for adding extra design detail or information.
Graphic Ideals used an electric router to cut this large-format printed Robot cutout of UltraBoard using an electric router
For our large-format printing projects, there is another procedure for achieving custom cutout shapes, using an electronic router, known as router-cutting.
Die cut stickers are cut straight through the vinyl and paper backing to fit the exact shape of your design. This makes for a great looking sticker even before it’s applied.
Take the everyday concept of die-cutting to the next level! Technology has expanded so quickly that die-cutting is much more cost effective than it used to be. Many standard dies are available for classic projects, such as door hangers and pocket folders, but custom-cut shapes have never been more popular! There is an initial investment in the cost of manufacturing the die, but once made it can be used repeatedly.
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Graphic Ideals laser-cut lettering into these individual vinyl decals with sticker paper backing.