There are so many different stickers on the market and different ways of making stickers. It can get confusing as to what you need.
There are literally thousands of different materials you can choose from, and then how do you want your sticker printed? Are you going digital, or maybe you want a run of 1 million stickers, so you are looking at screen printing or gravure.
And we haven’t even got onto any finishing options. Do you want your sticker laminated? Do you want foil to make your design pop? How do you want your sticker cut?
There are so many options, getting it perfect can seem like a minefield.
But we are here to help!
We want to show you the most popular types of stickers along with how they’re typically used. We hope this will help you to choose a suitable sticker for your application saving you both time and money in the process. Let’s get started.
Die-cut white vinyl stickers
By far, the most commonly used and diverse sticker has got to be a die-cut sticker printed on white vinyl.
The white vinyl material is great for thousands of different applications. It’s water-resistant, so you can use it for waterproof stickers. It can also withstand scratching, and has a laminate to avoid any fading in sunlight.
Die-cutting a sticker simply means it’s cut in a custom shape around your artwork through the vinyl and backing paper layers.
Here are some examples:
If you’re looking for stickers to sell to your customers or to hand out at different events, or even if you only need a few to apply to your packaging or products, then these will almost certainly work for you.
Special effect, holographic stickers
Choosing special colored materials is where it starts to get fun.
There are so many to choose from. Here’s a superb example of a holographic sticker, one of the most popular effects.
The best thing about the special effect stickers is that they share many properties with the white vinyl mentioned above.
A plastic overlaminate makes them resistant to scratches, water, and fading in sunlight. Because special effect materials are also made from plastic, they are super durable.
Environmentally friendly stickers
The difference with the stickers is that they get printed on materials that you can throw in the compost, and they will degrade within a matter of months.
This makes his eco-stickers sustainable and a brilliant alternative for brands conscious of their impact on this planet.
There are different colors and effects you can get that are environmentally friendly. You can get white and clear bioplastics that look and behave like a regular plastic sticker but are compostable.
You can also get paper equivalents from sustainable sources or byproducts such as sugarcane fiber.
The image below shows an example of an environmentally friendly sticker; looks great, eh!
We’ve covered three broad categories of popular sticker types. And we hope these help you decide which is best for your application.
We tried to cover sticker types that are generally used and aren’t super specialist, so they’re almost guaranteed to work for your application.
You can also personalize all of these stickers here using Sticker it’s online designer.
In some cases, you may need to choose a stronger adhesive for the back of your sticker. If you’re trying to stick to a low-energy plastic or another hard-to-stick-to surface.
Thank you for reading, and if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.