Drink Water Rat Race 2016

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The Mt. Hood summer tradition is back!

Once again, hydration lifestyle movement Drink Water will gather snowboarding’s elite to find out who’s the fastest and who’s the lastest as they race down Palmer Glacier at High Cascade Snowboard Camp.

DCS is back on board as a sponsor to provide stickers and help Drink Water raise money to benefit Water.org. Last year over $20k was raised for clean water projects and the goal is to blow that out of the water (literally).

Check out the video above and see photos from last year courtesy of Transworld Snow and follow #DrinkWaterRatRace all over social media to see what’s going down this year.

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Pantone Matching Explained

What are Pantone Colors?

The Pantone Matching System is a standardized system of colors used for reproduction. By developing a library for designers and printers worldwide, consistency and matching in printed materials can be achieved. This is especially important in visual branding and multiple runs of similar colors or designs.

How Do they Apply to Stickers?

Both our Screen-Printing and Digital Printing Processes use CMYK inks, which means various combinations of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black are used to create colors. Screen-printing is extremely accurate but Digital Printing can offer noticeable variation in color.

Additionally, when it comes to Digital Artwork what you see on screen isn’t what you always get. Factor in the fact that printing on vinyl offers some slight changes from printing on paper stock and you’ve got some muddy waters to navigate.

What You Can Do

Calibrate Your Monitor: If you don’t want to use Pantone colors, try calibrating your monitor so colors are more accurately presented. While it will never be 100% accurate, a little work can help you achieve a stronger sense of what your stickers will look like.

Use the Right Set: If you are interested in using PMS colors, use a Pantone Solid Coated book to choose colors. This will present options that look similar to colors printed on vinyl.

Simplify Your Palette: Relying mostly on black and white while incorporating a 3rd color can make for a stylish graphic. This also eliminates potential room for error with complex colorways.

Request Production Samples: If you’re an illustrator with a colorful, detailed style ask for samples so you can see what the final form of your sticker will be prior to ordering.

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O’Douds x Compas | A Nature Trail Collaboration

We recently had the opportunity to work with the everyday explorers at Compas on some Digitally Printed labels for their super-secret collab project with O’Douds Apothecary. Now that everything has launched we’re hyped to show off the final product.

Read below for details on the launch.

O’Douds x Compas – A Nature Trail Collaboration

The cedar and white pine pomade is the first product in our nature trail collaboration series. O’douds Apothecary is a young, New York based business dedicated to handmade, natural, high quality products. It was a natural fit for Compas to collaborate with O’Douds as part of The Wild Life collection. We shared in our desire to create the highest quality product inspired by the Catskills Mountain Range.

Our chief goal at Compas is to inspire you to explore and embrace the opportunities the world has for you, turn your dreams into a reality. #Exploremore

Can’t wait to see what else they guys have coming for Summer. Make sure you check out O’Douds and Compas online.

If you’re interested in some custom labels of your own Request A Quote.

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Captain Zeto | Power to the Makers

Guys, it’s time for you to step into the sculpted world of Captain Zeto. For the 2nd installment of our Power to the Makers series, we decided to get to know one of our newest and most talented friends.

DCS: Who is Captain Zeto?

Edgar: Captain Zeto in a few words is a couple, Sandra Mendez and Edgar Hernandez. They are both Sculptors, Graphic Designers, and art lovers.

DCS: Talk about how you were first introduced to sculpting.

Sandra: My father is a great sculptor and I was working with him since I can remember.
Edgar: My father in law is an amazing sculptor, he taught me all about it. And my wife Sandra of course, too.

DCS: What’s the origin of the MOTTO character?

Edgar: Motto is a mystery, who knows what is behind that mask and costume. He is whatever you want, you can use your imagination, could be a little sweet cat, a lost bat or a despicable monster.

Motto is the first Captain Zeto character, and people love it! So thanks to Motto we’re able to keep going with this project, and he’s like our first son.

DCS: Do you think you’ll ever fall out of love with skulls?

Edgar: No! Absolutely no way! But it’s not a rule that all characters have to be skulls. It’s just a coincidence :)

DCS: Where do you draw inspiration from?

Edgar: Our main inspiration is Japan. Toys and cartoon from 60′s to 90′s like Mazinger Z, Ultraman, He-Man, Ninja Turtles, Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, and more. We love Sufubi, old toys, art toys and traditional art.

DCS: What else is on the horizon for Captain Zeto?

Edgar: We have a lot, and I mean a lot, of ideas and characters for the future unfortunately we have just 4 hands. We are looking for some company to work with us to make the vinyl toys to be able to release more characters faster.

Friday, June 10 we’ll have an opening reception at Vision Gallery in Chandler, AZ. We’re showing some of our Traditional art (Sculptures) and one of our toys “The Captain.” We don’t make a lot of shows because we sell almost everything online.

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Thanks, guys!

Visit CaptainZeto.com to see their latest works and newest collections of limited-edition toys and collectibles.

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Die-Cuts and the Importance Of People

So, we definitely understand that the common perception is probably that a button is pressed and fresh stickers come out of a machine.

Luckily, that’s not the case and we do couldn’t be done without an incredible team of humans. While manufacturing stickers certainly relies on machinery and automated equipment, the most critical stages of production are done by hand, courtesy of our incredible crew.

Repetively plucking, masking, trimming, and counting takes a special mindset and impressive focus. We couldn’t be prouder of our team for toiling away every single day for our customers with precision and diligence.

Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (diecutstickers) for a closer look at the awesome folks that do what they do to take us to new levels of sticker-making year after year.

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About Die Cut Stickers

Started in the Spring of 2002, DieCutStickers.com, otherwise known as DCS, has slowly grown into the premier vinyl diecut sticker manufacturer. With over 2,500 clients in 10 countries, we have taken great pride in servicing each and every client as if they were family. No job is too big or too small for us and we have expanded our operations over the years to include full-color diecuts, screen-print stickers, banners and now full or partial vehicle/trailer wraps.

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