Why You Should Use a Back Slit on Your Stickers

Stickers are a popular way to promote your brand, show your support for a cause, or simply add some personality to your belongings. However, if you’ve ever tried to apply a sticker, you know how frustrating it can be to separate the sticker from the backing paper. This is where a back slit comes in. By adding a simple cut to the backing paper, you can make the sticker application process much easier and more efficient. In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of using a back slit on your stickers, and why it’s a small but important detail that can make a big difference.

What is a back slit on a sticker?

A back slit on a sticker refers to a cut or slit made on the backing paper of the sticker. This is done to make peeling the sticker off the backing paper easier when applying it to a surface.

Typically, when you receive a sheet of stickers, they are printed on backing paper that keeps the stickers in place and protects the adhesive. Without a back slit, it can be difficult to separate the sticker from the backing paper, especially if the sticker is small or intricate.

A back slit allows you to easily remove the sticker from the backing paper by providing a starting point to peel from. The cut is typically made on the backing paper only and does not affect the sticker itself, so the final product still looks the same once applied to a surface.

Overall, a back slit on a sticker can make the application process smoother and more efficient, especially when dealing with smaller or more intricate stickers.

Which Sticker Products Come With Back-Slit Liners?

Why should you care about buying stickers with a back slit?

The presence of a back-slit on stickers is an indication of a quality product. Customers of your brand will be frustrated if they have trouble using their free stickers. It’s an unnecessary inconvenience because buying stickers with a split backing paper is so easy!

The split backing makes it easy to remove the paper liner and use the sticker without damaging the edges. Stickers without a back-slit leave the customer confused and picking at the edges to remove the backing paper.

These stickers are also referred to as crack-and-peel stickers, split-back stickers, or easy-peel stickers. All four names refer to the same method of cutting the paper liner (paper-back part of the sticker) in half so the sticker can be easily used by consumers. All of our stickers come standard with a back-slit.

Back Slit Stickers Have Been Around For Decades

Back slit stickers are not a new invention or method of creating great decals. Sticker manufacturers have used this type of finishing technique for many years. Sticker equipment makers have even created machines specifically geared towards slitting the back of a decal liner. Back slit stickers are a very common sticker manufacturing expectation.

Why Did Non-Back Slit Stickers Become Common?

With the rise of online digital sticker printers in the last 10 years, non-back slit stickers have entered the market at an alarming rate. Consumers will look at the stickers with confusion. Is this a sticker or a piece of thick paper? Should I use a piece of tape to stick it to my laptop?

Online sticker printers specialize in very low-quantity work. As a result, their goal is to put as little time and energy into your project as possible. Online printers won’t guarantee accurate brand colors, and back slit stickers are way outside of their capabilities. If your decal manufacturer can’t provide you with a back slit sticker, you need to find a more qualified printing partner.

How Do You Make a Back Slit Sticker?

There are several different ways of cutting the liner to create a crack and peel backing. One of the most common is using a steel rule die to actually cut the paper. Another common way is using blades on a piece of machinery to slit the label’s liner.

One of the most critical elements of a back slit label is getting the proper depth so that you cut the paper but not the adhesive or label material. With the materials being so thin, this is very challenging!

Can You Specify The Location of The Split Back?

Yes, you can choose a very specific place for your back slit. There are several reasons why this would be very important. If your sticker is long and narrow (think: classic 3″ x 9″ bumper sticker), you would not want the slit to go horizontal to the sticker. For that style decal, we recommend a vertical slit placed towards the left or right side of the decal. This helps the end-user (your customer) easily apply the sticker!