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Kiss-cut stickers to nail your small-size branding needs. Nonlinear die-cut stickers, UV printed, waterproof and scratch-resistant. Ideal for premium product branding

custom shape cut vinyl stickers digitally printed and cut on the edges with one of the labels being raised by a hand

High Quality, Waterproof, Kiss Cut Stickers in Any Shape You Want

Kiss-cut Stickers for Loud and Impressive Pocket-sized Branding

  • Print and cut stickers in just about any shape you can imagine
  • Ideal for branding, vehicle decals & premium labelling purposes
  • Weather-proof and scratch-proof UV print
  • Shipping available worldwide
  • Prices starting at ₹90 per sq. ft. sheet of Stickers

High Quality, Waterproof, Kiss Cut Stickers in Any Shape You Want

custom shape cut vinyl stickers digitally printed and cut on the edges with one of the labels being raised by a hand

Kiss-cut Stickers for Loud and Impressive Pocket-sized Branding

  • Print and cut stickers in just about any shape you can imagine
  • Ideal for branding, vehicle decals & premium labelling purposes
  • Weather-proof and scratch-proof UV print
  • Shipping available worldwide
  • Prices starting at ₹ 90/- per sq. ft. sheet of Stickers

Print and Cut Stickers and Decals - Detailed description

Showcasing your brand and making its presence felt is a tedious and challenging task today. The markets have never been more saturated with branded and unbranded products all selling the same thing. In all this clutter, it’s important for your brand and product to stand out and grab eye-balls. 

In the sea of generic rectangular communications (posters, fliers, brochures), one way to stand out and instantly grab eye-balls is to communicate through non-linear shapes.

Sometimes, this requires not big billboards, but rather small marketing collaterals that stand out. Something as simple yet effective as a shape-cut sticker, also referred to by other names such as custom die-cut sticker, kiss-cut sticker, or print and cut sticker.

kiss cut stickers of three bees printed on vinyl media and plotter cut on their outline
die cut stickers using an inkjet printer and plotter help create a beautiful logo decal for floral creations company
Shape cut stickers of butterflies make for beautiful print and cut decals
kiss cut stickers of cartoon images on a decal sheet with a thumb raising one of the labels

What Are Print and Cut / Kiss-Cut Stickers?

For the longest time, stickers have been linear in shape. People get multiple stickers printed on a sheet. The individual stickers are then cut into boring squares and rectangles. Nonlinear shapes for stickers (for example in the shape of a cartoon) can be achieved by using die-cut sticker printing. But a die-cutting job has two prerequisites –

  • You need to get a metal die manufactured first. Dies are metal blades in the shape of our final sticker boundary. These blades are punched on printed sticker sheets to cut out non-linear shapes. But this is expensive and time consuming.
  • Secondly, die cutting a job makes sense only if you are going to process vast quantities of stickers all having the same size and shape.
    Let us assume that we spend ₹ 1500 in getting a single die manufactured in the shape of a Mickey Mouse. If we then cut only 10 stickers, we are loaded with ₹ 150 as our capital cost per sticker. Moreover, this die can’t be reused to cut a Donald Duck shape sticker, making its use very limited.

One can also use scissors to manually cut stickers in different shapes. But the hassle of printing a complex design and then manually cutting the edges cut has been a deterrent for many. After all, it’s a tedious job to trace the edges and then cut them to absolute perfection. Not to mention, the issue of messing up an edge and ruining the entire sticker.

Enter Print and Cut Stickers. These nonlinear labels, also commonly referred to as kiss-cut stickers are cut on a plotter integrated directly into the printing machine. Here is what happens:

  • Our Mimaki UV printer prints the job out on vinyl
  • The plotter blade then runs over the predefined edges to give you stickers in any shape you design.

There is no wait time. You need not comision a separate metal die to do the cutting. And in just one job, you can cut as many different shapes as you desire. The plotter cuts the top layer of the vinyl, leaving the bottom release liner in place. One can also say that the cutting blade kind of kisses the surface of the vinyl sheet. And that is why print and cut stickers are also referred to as kiss cut stickers in western countries. All you got to no do is peel off the adhesive back and then apply the sticker where you like.

png file artwork for different print and cut stickers for the Trip-N-Me biking club with the die cut shapes outlined in pink

How Are Custom Die-Cut Stickers Made?

The technique that makes these custom die-cut stickers possible is called contour cutting.

Imagine a rectangular passport size photograph with your face on it. Along with the actual face, it also has some background. Now, if the background is removed, what remains is an image cut in the shape or outline of your face. Voila!

We achieve contour cutting using line cutters/blades that are a part of our printing machines like the Mimaki UCJV and Roland VS 640. These plotter blades can cut along the edges or contours of any artwork. All this happens automatically, while the design is being printed onto the vinyl. The entire process can be broken down into X steps:

  • The machine first prints out the image/design. 
  • It then waits for a couple of minutes for the inks to dry. 
  • The printer runs a cutting blade over the defined outline and your non-linear shape cut stickers are ready. 

It makes sense to have a little white edge or space between the image and the outline which is going to be cut. This highlights the imagery within and also increases the life of the sticker significantly. The final result is a beautiful sticker or decal cut in any shape we desire.

In the print industry, these decals are referred to as ‘half-cut stickers’. The half-cut refers to the fact that the top portion of the sticker gets cut in the shape you want, while the lower release paper remains intact. This makes peeling the label extremely easy.

example of a logo sticker showing how kiss cut stickers first get printed with a contour or outline defined around the artwork edge and the plotter blade then half-cuts along this edge

Benefits of Kiss-cut Stickers

  • Customization That Gets You Noticed: Customization is the talk of the town. To ditch the regular and old shapes and go for a nonlinear shape and design is a great boon. Where the old and regular looking stickers don’t succeed in grabbing eyeballs, these stickers allow you to go with any shapes you want. And this aspect is further supported by…
  • Weather-proof: All our kiss-cut stickers are printed onto vinyl, a material that’s to a large extent impervious to the weather elements. Come dust, water, sunlight or what, these stickers hold their fort rather ably and continue to look stellar.
  • Scratch and scuff-resistant: We’re one of the few providers of UV-printed stickers. UV-inks are extremely hardy and resistant to wear and tear due to scratches or scuffs. Read more about it here.
  • Ease of Use: What makes customization even sweeter is how easy it is to use these stickers. Regular shape stickers have been traditionally easy to use. However, the challenges of nonlinear designs get addressed as well. All you have to do is peel off the adhesive back and apply the sticker where you want to.
  • Serves as a Great Product Branding Tool: The above four points make the shape-cut sticker an impressive branding collateral. If a small size factor solution is what you’re looking for, our shape-cut decals do a great job. You can stick them onto vehicles, boards, laptops, mobile phones, and covers, or other places of interest and will tell your story for a long long time.
custom die cut stickers are better at getting attention than a rectangular label as shown by this example of two product packaging boxes one having a shape cut sticker and another having a plain square shaped stickers

Applications of Custom Cut Vinyl Stickers

  • Labeling: Ditch the boring old labels for your products. Especially for FMCG products, labels make a lot of difference in whether the item goes from shelf to hand to cart, or just gets set aside. These stickers can help you make existing labels better and more noticeable. Have a discount or extra quantity you want to flaunt? Stick one of these!
  • Product branding: Decals can be used as a branding solution for products. Make your product look more desirable with a custom shaped branding. What gets noticed more, sells.
  • Company logo highlighting: Looking to give away your company’s logo or a quirky design as stickers? Sounds like a plan! Custom decals can be printed as your logo or a design with a clever tagline. This also has a great retention value in the customers’ mind.

    Have a punchline you want people to remember? This is your chance!
  • Parking stickers: If your residential/commercial space requires custom parking stickers that mark vehicles impressively, this is the real deal. With weather-proofing and custom designs, these stickers will make security team’s and residents’/members’ lives easier.

Types of Print and Cut Stickers (Media/Material options)

Shape-cut stickers, are available on different media to achieve different kinds of results and end applications.The media options are:

  • Opaque White Vinyl die-cut stickers – This is the basic option available. Quite the vanilla choice and works well in most scenarios and use-cases. Most commonly preferred media.
  • Transparent Vinyl stickers – As the name suggests, these stickers get printed on a transparent film. Obviously they are used widely on glass surfaces. But another benefit of transparent stickers is that only the print matter is immediately noticeable. The surface of the product beneath shows through the non-image area.
  • Reflective Vinyl shape cut stickers  – This option works well when you want your stickers to shine brightly in low-light conditions. The material used here is a light reflecting radium film. This film is widely used in signboards on highways, making them light up at night when our car lights fall on them. These stickers are ideal for when you want to be noticed in low-light conditions, such as on your vehicle, helmet, et cetera.

Variants to Die-cut Stickers

While shape-cut stickers are themselves great options for branding, they can be turned into some even more impressive variants:

  • Embossed/Raised effect/3D Stickers: We at Orchid Digitals provide you stickers options where part of the design can be raised away from the surface. This raised 3D effect gives a premium and tactile feeling, boosting the value and look and feel of the item it goes on.
  • Dome Stickers: Impressive 3D sticker options that look a class apart. Dome stickers have a clear tapering top achieved using a polyurethane solution. They look great, they feel great, and take the visual appeal game of sticker up a notch.
blue circular domed stickers having a raised effect make for premium quality logo stickers
3D raised effect embossed sticker of the red bull logo on a yellow background

File Format Required for a Print and Cut Sticker

You can use any type of .jpg or image file for making shape cut vinyl stickers. But the outline has to be separately defined as a vector. This can be done in a design software like Corel Draw. Click here to learn how to define edges / contours in Corel Draw.

Once the file is ready, it is fired on the plotter. The machine first prints out the image. It then waits for a couple of minutes for the inks to dry. Finally the printer runs a cutting blade over the defined outline and your non-linear shape cut stickers are ready. It makes sense to have a little white edge or space between the image and the outline which is going to be cut. This highlights the matter within and also increases the life of the sticker significantly. The result is a beautiful sticker or decal cut in any shape we desire.

How Much Do Print and Cut Stickers Cost?

Vinyl stickers are charged per square foot. So you need to reverse calculate the cost per piece, based on the number of stickers fitting in one square foot.

For example, the per sq. ft. of print and cut stickers on white vinyl is Rs.90/-. Let us assume that you have a 2 inch X 2-inch sticker. 36 stickers of this dimension will fit in a square foot. So the cost per piece is 90 / 36. This works out to approximately rupees 2.90 per piece.

Custom die-cut stickers are available in 3 different media options:

Variants and sizes White opaque vinyl stickers Transparent vinyl stickers Reflective vinyl stickers Raised effect / embossed stickers

Rate (per Sq. ft.)

₹ 90*
₹ 90*
₹ 110*
₹ 150*
Cost per sticker (assuming a 2 inch x 2 inch sticker design)
₹ 2.9
₹ 2.9
₹ 3.6
₹ 5.0

* Please Note: 18% GST on the above rates

per piece cost of shape cut stickers

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