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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 is one of the most popular methods for creating pressure-sensitive labels.

During the kiss-cutting process, the perimeter of each label is cut by a sharp metal die…but the cut does not penetrate the label's backing material (liner).

Even though the die makes a clean cut all the way through the peel-off portion of the label, it merely "kisses" the liner sheet. This allows single or multiple labels to remain on a liner sheet or roll until the end user is ready to remove them. In addition to convenience, the kiss-cut method offers tremendous variety as it can produce labels in virtually any shape or configuration.

If you have an upcoming project that requires kiss-cut labels, give Formax Printing Solutions a call at 314-434-5500 or 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! Keith

About the Author

Keith Beaty 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, plus mailing services. If you ever have a printing question or project you would like to discuss, Keith is always happy to help. He can be reached at 866-367-6221. Keith and Formax have been providing worry-free printing and related services since 1985.

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