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Decals vs Labels vs Stickers

So you’re curious as to what a decal is. Well, it’s pretty simple, but can get a little confusing. 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. So, in that case, if you want to have a sticker of your pet to stick on your refrigerator, well, we can actually do that too! If you need a decal of your pet, that’s going to be awful tricky and extremely expensive.

Well, that was short and sweet, but it’s down to the point. I hope you learned something! :D

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