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What is the difference between stickers,labels & decals?

What is the difference between stickers,labels & decals?
Well...I'm glad you asked we get that question a lot. Well, it’s pretty simple, but can get a little confusing at times. We’re all familiar with the three types of stickies: Decals, Labels and Stickers. We’re pretty comfortable knowing what a label is, but there’s no real difference between a decal and a sticker, right? Wrong. Actually, those terms shouldn’t really be interchangeable. Pulling straight out of the dictionary:
sticker n. an adhesive label or notice, generally printed or illustrated.
label n. a small piece of paper, fabric, plastic, or similar material attached to an object and giving information about it.
decal n. a design prepared on special paper for transfer onto another surface such as glass,porcelain, or metal.

So, looking at the definitions, a label technically is a sticker–just a more specific type of sticker. A decal, in our case, is a cut-out sticker, not printed. Now, you may have heard the term “Die-Cut Decals”. Die-cutting is a whole other beast we’ll get into somewhere else, but more often than not a die-cut decal is a printed sticker which has been die-cut.
While this might not be the most accurate as it could be, it’s safe to figure that a decal is cut while a sticker is printed.
Well, that was short and sweet, but it’s down to the point. I hope you learned something!


6 Comments to What is the difference between stickers,labels & decals?:

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labels and stickers on Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:43 AM
Thanks for sharing this, I can differentiate now the stickers, labels and decals. I really thought it was just all the same.
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Kelly Jonesi on Thursday, June 20, 2013 8:50 AM
Your very welcome this is why we post in our blogs. Please come and see us again!


labels and stickers on Thursday, June 20, 2013 7:09 PM
No worries Kelly, I'll be still visiting your blogs. Keep sharing informative posts. :)
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flame cutter on Friday, June 28, 2013 6:07 AM
A decal, in our case, is a cut-out sticker, not printed. Now, you may have heard the term “Die-Cut Decals”. Die-cutting is a whole other beast we’ll get into somewhere else, but more often than not a die-cut decal is a printed sticker which has been die-cut.While this might not be the most accurate as it could be, it’s safe to figure that a decal is cut while a sticker is printed.


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