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Die Cut Stickers: What They Are and Which You Need

If you are looking for custom stickers or labels, you will have to decide on which cut you’d like. Die-cutting is the process of cutting your printed stickers into the desired shape. Many printing companies only offer standard cut shapes, like rectangles or circles. However teetransfers.com offers custom stickers in any shape, whether it be the standard rectangle or circle, or custom die-cut around the edge of your design. Here is our crash course on which cuts you will need for your specific application and how to find them on our website.

1) Standard Shaped Stickers and Labels- These are rectangles, squares, ovals or circles. Many print companies will offer a selection of template sizes that you must choose from. However teetransfers.com allows you the freedom and flexibility to create these shapes in any dimensions you wish. These are perfect for such applications as address labels, jar labels, bottle labels, organization labels, name labels and more. They will also work well for round or rectangular business logos.

To create round or rectangular labels, click “create now” on our homepage, then upload your artwork. Once your artwork is in Sticker Editor Mode, you can choose the shape of your sticker from the “Change Sticker Shape: button on the right. You will see in the options Rectangle/Square and Round/Circle as well as heart shaped, scallop shaped, and starburst shaped.

2) Custom Die Cut Stickers and Labels- This is when the die cut contours to the shape of your artwork. Some print companies offer this as a cut option, however they typically charge for the die cast which can add up to hundreds of dollars to your order. teetransfers.com does not charge for custom die-cutting. This cut option is best for stickers and labels that are being used to brand a product, are being distributed as promotional or swag material, or stickers and labels that need be designs and cut to fit a specific space.

To create custom die cut stickers, simply click “create now” on our website, upload your image, and then choose Image Die-Cut as the cutting option. This will form a die cut that follows the shape of your artwork in Sticker Editor Mode. 

The above cutting options are also available for teetransfers.com’s other products as well, including magnets, wall decals and iron-ons. Start creating your custom labels and stickers in whatever shapes and sizes you want. If you have very specific cut requirements, or are looking for something a bit different for a unique application, then the teetransfers.com Crew will be happy to assist.

How to Apply Transfers to a Model

Do your transfers always stick to your model in the wrong places? It can be really annoying, so here is the proper way to apply them.

1. Cut your transfer off the sheet. Leave enough space around it, but not so much that you chop off parts of other transfers.

2. Dip the transfer in water. Keep it in there for a while, until the transfer is completely wet, but not peeling off its backing.

3. Lift the transfer out. Use tweezers to do it, and be careful.

4. Slide the transfer off. Position it next to where you want it, and then use a paintbrush to slide it off. This is where most people make the mistake.

5. Pat down the transfer. To do this, you should use some absorbent paper, that doesn’t rip too easily.

Tips

  • Be very careful – otherwise you may spoil the transfer, and it may curl up, which is near impossible to fix.
  • Make sure you use the instruments mentioned, or at least similar ones.

Warnings

  • Be careful with the tweezers.

Things You’ll Need

  • A model

  • Transfers

  • Scissors

  • Tweezers

  • Paintbrush

  • Absorbent paper

How to Apply a Wallsticker

While applying a wall sticker isn’t exactly rocket science, it is probably not going to work out very well if there’s no thought applied to it, before it goes to the wall. Here is a step-by-step instruction list on how to go about it, every step of it broken down to a dummy level, complete with the do’s and don’ts.

1. Prepare your wall. First up, you need to make sure your wall’s ready for that wall sticker. Applying a wall sticker onto a freshly painted wall is a big NO. Make sure the wall sticker goes onto a wall with the paint coating over it in fairly cured and strong form.

  • One other thing is that getting a wall sticker onto a coarse textured wall surface is going to be tricky. The vinyl of the wall sticker wouldn’t properly adhere to the wall surface. A proper bonding is always obtained on a smooth surface.
  • Now that those are considered, and you’ve finalized on your wall and you’re bent on the transformation, keep in mind that a dust covered wall isn’t one of those things you’d want when you get a wall sticker on. The dust reduces the sticker adhesion.

2. Wipe the wall with a damp sponge or cloth evenly, and then remove any traces of moisture with a dry cloth afterwards. Now your wall’s all ready to get that sticker slapped on.

3. Get the layout sorted. The next thing to do now after your wall has been sorted out for the sticker is to get your stickers arranged, and to figure which goes where, especially if the wall sticker you’ve chosen is a jigsaw of stickers.

  • Just lay it on the ground and do a rough layout quickly, and then afterwards, while you’ve got it all figured out, get a roll of tape and stick the top parts of the stickers onto the wall and in position with the tape.
  • Make sure the stickers aren’t cluttered, and if you’re confused still, make demarcations with a charcoal piece or a paper to sort it out. You’re getting somewhere now.

4. Apply the sticker. Before we get down and sticky with things, keep in mind there are three things on the wall sticker cutting you’ve received- the die cut vinyl which is your actual wall sticker, the wax paper which is the thick layer behind the vinyl and the application tape, which is used to place the vinyl in position before adhesion onto the wall, which is the top layer of the cutting you’ve received. #*Making sure the sticker is in tune to the demarcation lines, remove the wax paper backing and pulling the sticker towards you and making sure it is sufficiently taut, bring the bottom towards the wall and firmly press it onto the wall. Now, use a slightly blunt edged object such as a credit card to squeegee out all the air bubbles stuck between the wall and the application tape.

  • Make sure you go over and over again as you smoothen out the application tape with the squeegee, removing as much air bubbles as you can. Now you’re all ready for the last move.

5. Remove the masking. Now, this here is a little tricky. Pry out one corner of the application masking from the wall and slowly tug along the topside, along an edge, till you’ve got one edge of it freed from the wall.

  • Now, tug the application masking downwards, at about 180 degrees to the wall surface, firmly. No hurry now, no evil genius is going to end the world in a minute with some evil contraption, so take all the time you want to get the masking off.

6. Make sure that the vinyl bits of your wall sticker visible now have stuck firmly to the wall. If you see any bits of the vinyl sticking to the applicator as you tug it down, don’t cuss at the sticker, instead just trace the application masking back to how it was and then using the squeegee, smoothen it out and then tug again, it should be in place now. Keep pulling till you’ve completely freed the application masking from the vinyl.

Tips

  • Here’s an idea of how a neatly finished wall sticker looks like:

Things You’ll Need

  • Squeegee, such as a credit card, flat edged comb,etc

  • Dry cloth

How to Print T-Shirts & Print the Letters the Right Way

Anyone can design and print her own custom T-shirt at home with just a few simple materials. Use the following design tips to make sure your letters come out the right way, or no one will be able to read your message.

Things You’ll Need
  • Design software (for photos or greeting cards)

  • Iron

  • Old pillowcase

Buy iron-on transfer paper, making sure it is compatible with your printer. The most commonly available transfer paper is made for ink jet printers–it will say on the front of the package what printer it works with.

Transfer papers are also made specifically for light or dark shirts.

Select a plain T-shirt for your project. Again, make sure your shirt color is compatible with the type of transfer paper you have.

Create your T-shirt design on your computer using your design software. Make sure your design fits the size of the transfer paper–normally 8.5 inches by 11 inches.NFL logo iron on transfers

Mirror image your design. It’s important to remember that you will be placing the transfer paper face down on the T-shirt when you iron it on. If you do not mirror image the design, your lettering will be backwards and unreadable. Depending on what computer software you are using the command could be Mirror Image, Flip Horizontal or Reverse.

Test print your design on normal paper. To make sure the letters will come out the right way, hold the paper up to a light and with the printed side facing the light. You should be able to read your design from the back of the paper. Or hold the paper up to a mirror–if you can read it in a mirror, it will work.

Print your design on the transfer paper, following any special directions from the manufacturer. Load the transfer paper correctly so the image is printed on the transfer side. Set your printer for high quality. heat transfer for t shirts

Look for the following setting on your printer: Canon, use T-shirt transfers; Epson, use high-quality glossy paper or special coated paper; Hewlett-Packard, use high-quality glossy paper; and Lexmark, use T-shirt transfers.

Pre-heat your iron at the hottest cotton setting. Do not use steam. Allow to heat for 8 minutes for best results.

Prep your work surface. Do not work on an ironing board or metal table. Place the pillowcase on your work surface for protection. Smooth out any wrinkles.

Place the T-shirt on the pillowcase. Smooth out wrinkles. Place the transfer paper image side down on the shirt. Firmly iron for 1 minute while constantly moving the iron. Iron all parts of the transfer sheet. Make sure you get the edges.

Allow the transfer to completely cool before peeling off the T-shirt.