Why Should I Use Screen Print Stickers?

Screen Printing stickers are one of the oldest, but the best methods of manufacturing stickers. Screen Print Stickers provide brands and companies so many more options for creating compelling designs. Further, screen printed product lasts longer outdoors and produces a much more vibrant image than digital or flexo counterparts.

Screen Printing Provides a Vibrant and Eye-Catching Look

The primary goal of your sticker is to get your brand noticed, which leads to future product purchases for your company. A decal printed with screen printing manufacturing provides a rich vibrant color that makes your brand stand out from competitors. The vibrant look of screen printing is due to several factors.

UV Cured Screen Print Inks Provide a natural Gloss

With UV cured inks, the stickers are dry to the touch the minute the ink comes in contact with the UV light. Because the manufacturing process is so quick, the ink is dry almost instantaneously after printing.

Gloss Levels Can Be Easily Adjusted with Screen Printing

Screen printing ink is by nature glossy. This look provides a rich vibrant spot color to your brand’s logo. For some companies though, a matte look might be preferred. With screen printing, there are endless options to mix glossy and matte finishes on the same sticker, which creates visual appeal.

Online sticker printers simply can’t provide this type of specialty finish.

Screen Printed Inks are Durable to Abrasion and Every Day Outdoor Use

Because screen print inks are printed using a very thick ink deposit, the inks are incredibly durable. As a result, expensive laminates are not needed to protect the print. Everyday usage on your car or gear will not affect the durability of the sticker.

Screen Printing is like Sun Screen For Your Stickers

Screen printing inks are made of highly durable and long-lasting pigments. The same pigments used in automotive-grade paints are used to print your stickers! Because the ink deposit is so thick, your stickers will be protected from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Your stickers will last for years to come and will look just as good as the day they were printed. Why would a company or brand invest marketing budgets towards a product that will fade in 0-12 months?

Screen Printing Spot Colors Gives Brand Standards a Perfect Match

The ability to match brand standard colors is critical in today’s world. Because screen printing inks are mixed in-house, the ability to hit brand colors is easily accomplished.

Spot Colors vs. 4cp

Other methods of printing, such as digital printing, are reliant on 4cp (sometimes called CMYK) printing. While 4cp printing is necessary for certain images, a well-executed spot color design provides an unachievable look using 4cp printing. Because most effective stickers are designed using spot colors, screen printing is the ideal print method.

If you want to find out more, check out this great article about the difference between 4cp and spot color images.

Screen Printing Opens Up the Possibility of Using Specialty Inks and Finishes

Digital printing has very limited specialty effect capabilities. On the contrary, screen printing has an endless number of specialty effects and finishes that can be applied to your print. The current most popular special ink effect is to mix a black matte ink with a shiny silver film to create a high contrasting image.

Some of the other options we offer are transparent and neon inks, sparkle and glitter coatings, and a host of other off the wall items.

Pricing for High Quantity Runs

Why You Should Use a Back Slit on Your Stickers

Back Slit stickers are sometimes referred to as crack and peel stickers. This finishing technique is a very common way to cut the backing of the sticker so it can be easily used by consumers. You should expect your sticker manufacturer to provide you with a back slit sticker.

crack and peel sticker
A back slit on your sticker helps your customers easily use the product.

What Does Back Slit Decal Mean?

A sticker is made up of 3 layers. The top layer is the sticker material and this is made from vinyl or polyester. The middle layer is the adhesive, and the bottom layer is a paper backing. The paper backing helps to protect the adhesive from dust and other particles so that it sticks well to the intended surface at the time of application.

With a back slit decal, the paper backing liner has been cut so that the sticker material and adhesive can quickly and easily be used. The term crack and peel sticker came from the literal use of cracking the sticker open and peeling off the liner.

Back Slit Stickers Have Been Around For Decades

Back slit stickers are not a new invention or method of creating great decals. This type of finishing technique has been around for many years. Sticker equipment makers have even created machines specifically geared towards slitting the back of a decal liner. Back slit stickers are a very common sticker manufacturing expectation.

Why Did Non-Back Slit Stickers Become Common?

With the rise of online digital sticker printers in the last 10 years, non-back slit stickers have entered the market at an alarming rate. Consumers will look at the stickers with confusion. Is this a sticker or a piece of thick paper? Should I use a piece of tape to stick it to my laptop?

Online sticker printers specialize in very low quantity work. As a result, their goal is to put as little time and energy into your project as possible. Online printers won’t guarantee accurate brand colors, and back slit stickers are way outside of their capabilities. If your decal manufacturer can’t provide you with a back slit sticker, you need to find a more qualified printing partner.

How Do You Make a Back Slit Label?

There are several different ways of cutting the liner to create a crack and peel backing. One of the most common is using a steel rule die to actually cut the paper. Another common way is using blades on a piece of machinery to slit the label’s liner.

One of the most critical elements of a back slit label is getting the proper depth so that you cut the paper but not the adhesive or label material. With the materials being so thin, this is very challenging!

Can You Specify The Location of The Split Back?

Yes, you can choose a very specific place for your back slit. There are several reasons why this would be very important. If your sticker is long and narrow (think: classic 3″ x 9″ bumper sticker), you would not want the slit to go horizontal to the sticker. For that style decal, we recommend a vertical slit placed towards the left or right side of the decal. This helps the end-user (your customer) easily apply the sticker!