Ordering Stickers and Labels with CatPrint

We find that customers are surprised when they learn that CatPrint prints die cut stickers and labels! So here are some questions you might have if it is going to be your first time ordering stickers/labels.

What is the difference between stickers and labels?

There is no difference! We use these terms interchangeably because people print adhesive items for different reasons.

What is a die cut sticker?

This means that you provide the shape(die line) of the sticker! You can print stickers in just about any shape or size, as long as you provide the die line!

What files does CatPrint need in order to print custom die cut stickers & labels?

CatPrint needs three different files from you. Make sure that each of the three files is in PDF format!

File 1: This should be a PDF file with both your design and the die line. See Figure 1, File 1 for an example of a file with the art and die line together!

File 2: This should be a PDF file with your design only. See Figure 1, File 2 for an example.

Multi-File Design: If you are providing multiple pages because each sticker/label is different then only this second file needs to have multiple designs. See Figure 2 for an illustrative example!

Sticker Files
FIGURE 1 – File 1: Art & Die Line combined | File 2: Artwork Only | File 3: Die Line Only

Multi File sticker
FIGURE 2 – Multi File Sticker

File 3: This should be a PDF file with the die line only. See Figure 1, File 3!

1 8 inch bleed
Figure 3 – 1/8″ Bleed

IMPORTANT: Make sure that your artwork extends 1/8″ beyond the die line! See Figure 3!

How much does it cost to order stickers and labels?

The cost depends on the maximum height and width of your die line. So the larger your sticker, the more it will cost!

What uses are there for stickers and labels?

There are many different uses for stickers and labels. Here just a few tips on what you can use stickers for!

Advertising: You can use stickers for branding, marketing, and promotions! Whether you are a school or business, people love to place stickers all over the place. Stickers generate curiosity and can drive interest towards your brand!

Gift Labels: Save time during gift-giving events by already having pre-printed customized gift labels! This is especially useful for gift giving holidays like Christmas.

Parties: You can use stickers as part of your custom party favors! Stick them onto jars, bottles, water bottles, and other party favors that you plan to give out to keep your party theme going!

Return Address labels: You can print your own return address labels so you would never have to write your return address ever again!

CatPrint Walkthrough: Part 6 – Sticker and Label Processing

If you have yet to be following the CatPrint Walkthrough series, now is your chance to learn about the CatPrint Walkthrough Process!

In the previous Walkthrough portions, we talked about:

  1. How Customer Service works in conducting the first quality check in Customer Service Pre-Press
  2. How Production makes the second quality check and works with Customer Service to make sure that customer comments are noted
  3. How CatPrint makes daily Printing and Color Maintenance to ensure high quality prints
  4. How the Finishing Process works after your prints are printed
  5. How the process changes when you request for envelopes with your order

Now we can move on to the next part of the series where we will talk about how we do one of our very special finishing options: die-cut stickers and label printing!

One of the additional services that CatPrint provides is die-cut sticker printing. The sticker ordering and printing process is slightly different than our normal job process. A sticker/label order must have both an artwork file and a vector cutline that guides our die-cutter.

After the sticker order is placed, we pre-press the order, double check that the cutline and art file are both the same size, and then we test the cutline to make sure it works. After pre-pressing, we download the files to the sticker computer, impose both the art file and die file, and then send the artwork file to our Xerox iGen4 printer for printing!

After the sticker/label job is printed, the uncut sticker sheets are loaded into our die-cutter where the crop marks are read by the computer and then automatically aligned for cutting. From there, the stickers are individually die-cut, reviewed by a production specialist to ensure the stickers were cut evenly, and then placed onto the daily shipping cart to go out and be delivered to you!