Oval Stickers are stickers made from a variety materials or adhesives and are cut out in cookie-cutter style by using a steel die that press cuts sheet blanks. Oval Stickers have many design, production and bottom-line advantages. There is a type of die cutting that is ideally suited to the production of stickers, decals or labels. It is called kiss die cutting. This process can precisely cut sheet blanks in thin layers. Since most stickers have an adhesive backing, the kiss die cutting process can cut the top layer of a sticker without cutting through the bottom adhesive backing.
Designing a sticker with visual appeal that is inexpensive to produce requires a basic knowledge of different printing process methodologies. One of these methodologies is die cutting. Oval Stickers are stickers made from a variety materials or adhesives and are cut out in cookie-cutter style by using a steel die that press cuts sheet blanks. The dies allow for a great variety in design. They can be the shapes of animals, birds, homes or trees. In other words, the shapes of Oval Stickers are limited only by a designer’s imagination.
Oval sticker printing has many design, production and bottom-line advantages. The obvious advantage is variety in shape and size. But it is the production advantages that make die cutting of stickers a superior choice over other types of cutting. These production advantages translate in to cost savings and bottom-line economic benefits. These include:
Chop cutting is most suited for straight cuts. This process can be automated. However, if chop cutting were used in sticker production, the sticker design would be limited to rectangular shapes—a distinct creative disadvantage. Guillotine cutting is similar to chop cutting with one important difference: large quantities of sheets can be cut simultaneously. A stack of 5,000 sheets can easily be act in one operation. But this process also is limited to straight cuts of rectangular-shaped material. The die cutting process offers a clear advantage over other cutting process types because it can cut uniquely shaped objects.
Oval Stickers are made by pressing a die into a sheet blank. The die is made of steel strips with sharp edges and can be formed in most any type of shape or pattern. The steel strips are bound to a wooden base. To produce a die cut sticker, sheet blanks are placed on the press and the die is placed over the blank. The press forces the cutting edge into the sheet and the sharp edges of the die cut the material. After the press has cycled and the operator removes the cut or waste material, the result is the sticker.
There is a type of die cutting that is ideally suited to the production of stickers printing services, decals or labels. It is called kiss die cutting. This process can precisely cut sheet blanks in thin layers. Since most stickers have an adhesive backing, the kiss die cutting process can cut the top layer of a sticker without cutting through the bottom adhesive backing.
The die cutting of stickers, decals and labels offer numerous advantages. But there are several limitations that a sticker designer should keep in mind if she plans to produce the stickers through the die cutting process. The foremost limitation is the complexity of the sticker design. A highly intricate design may require more than one run of the press; multiple press runs can weaken the sheet blanks and damage the final product. In addition, complex sticker designs increase waste material and thereby increase the cost of production. Finally, the thickness of material can be a limitation in the die cutting process. Heavy materials are more difficult to press cut than thinner ones. While there are limitations to the die cutting of stickers, decals or labels, the advantages in terms of creativity outweigh any limitations.