Printing Lingo: What is a Kiss Cut Label?

Self-adhesive postage stamps are a common example of the Kiss Cutting method. The perimeter of each stamp is cut cleanly for easy removal, but the liner sheet remains uncut.

Kiss cutting stands out as one of the most widely used techniques for creating pressure-sensitive labels.

Throughout the kiss-cutting process, a sharp metal die expertly cuts around the perimeter of each label, but the cut does not fully penetrate the backing material (liner).

The die achieves a clean and precise cut through the peel-off section of the label, while gently "kissing" the liner sheet. This ingenious feature enables individual or multiple labels to stay intact on the liner sheet or roll until the end user decides to peel them off. Besides the convenience it offers, the kiss-cut method provides an impressive array of possibilities, allowing labels to be manufactured in nearly any shape or configuration desired.

If you have an upcoming project that requires kiss-cut labels, give Formax Printing Solutions a call at 866-367-6221, or send us a quick email. We can produce high-quality labels in virtually any shape, configuration, or color you may need. We look forward to assisting with your next label project!

Take care! Rick

About the Author

Rick Stallings is the owner of Formax Printing Solutions in St. Louis, MO. Formax provides a complete array of offset and digital printing services. Specialty areas include book printing, full-color printing, laminated printing, map printing and mailing services. If you ever have a printing question or project you would like to discuss, Rick is always happy to help. He can be reached at 866-367-6221 or by submitting our easy quote request form. Rick and the Formax team have been providing worry-free printing and related services since 1985.

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