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BAMF Stickercals, also called Tumbler Decals, Tumbler Decals, are pre-designed stickers/decals that are clear with an opaque white layer of ink below the design. These stickercals are easy to use as well as allow you to add beautiful designs to your tumbler or epoxy/crystalac creations without having to deal with waterslides, printable vinyl, etc.
*Some product photos are mockups. Cut lines and print colors may vary slightly from your screen to the actual print. Every effort has been made to accurately represent what you will be receiving*
At this time, Stickercals are offered in one general size. I am working on picturing sizes to better understand but typically the largest side of the design ranges between 3” and 4”. Mini decals will have measurements and original versions typically already have the measurement in the description.
BAMF Stickercals are not clear cast decals. Clear cast decals are completely clear and printed with a different type of machine with an ink that, at times, is not as durable. Clear cast decals are transparent and do not provide the opacity that BAMF Stickercals provide. While Clear cast decals are wonderful, they are not as universal as BAMF Stickercals since they do not have that base white ink layer to allow full color opacity of the design.
BAMF Stickercals can be applied to any color cup/base. The reason for the white layer of ink under the design is to allow you to apply the stickercal to any color base, white to black. Keep in mind, putting a black decal overtop of a black base will not work. The white ink layer preserves opacity. The clear white outline may show on non-glitter or dark colored bases, not always, but there is a chance. It will be faint and not extremely noticeable.
BAMF Stickercals require minimal to no prep to use. Before applying the stickercals to your surface, you need to ensure it is a clean, smooth and unsanded surface. If you sand prior to applying, there is a chance you will see the sanding marks even if you apply epoxy of the stickercal. Otherwise, you do not need to seal it, print it, use water to apply, have long wait times before epoxy, etc. You can apply crystalac or epoxy immediately after application.
Applying BAMF Stickercals to your tumbler/surface is easy! Again, make sure that you have a clean smooth surface before applying the stickercal, otherwise it is as easy as applying a sticker. Stickercals can be difficult to maneuver, so ensure that where you want to stick it is where it is going because pulling it up and reapplying it can be difficult. I recommend watching Jessica Flynn’s YouTube review here, as she shows you how to apply the stickercals to ensure they are even and placed accurately. You can apply stickercals with or without transfer paper, but it truly is not needed. Using your finger or a squeege, make sure all of the air bubbles are out and the decal is completely stuck to the tumbler, rubbing from the center of the decal out. Ensure there are no fold or crinkles as this may show after epoxy.
The clear outline of the decal may show depending on the style and color of the cup being placed on, but is typically blended in with the cup after a layer of epoxy is applied on top. At times, after epoxy, the clear outline may still faintly be visible, and again, this will depend on the design/color of the cup. Typically on lighter color and glitter tumblers the outline is rarely noticeable, but may show faintly on dark solids color tumblers.
BAMF Stickercals support small business designers. One of my favorite aspects, is that the designs used for these stickercals are from other small businesses. I purchase commercial licenses (if required) to be able to use the digital designs as stickercals. In all of my listings, I do my best to include the designer name, even though many do not require credit. While some may consider this as providing “business secrets” because in turn others could take the designs and sell the same/similar products, I see it as opening my customers up to talented and wonderful people whom love to create. Many digital designs are used with the intention of screen print transfers, sublimation transfers, or even on waterslides or printable vinyl, but I was so inspired by so many digital designs, that I wanted to make them easier to use on other products, like tumblers.
BAMF Stickercals have an original version and an updated 2.0 version, what’s the difference? In the listing and/or product title you will see 2.0 or original. The original stickercal was outsourced to a larger company. Because BAMF Custom Creation is in the process of printing and cutting in house, we decided to start providing products that will represent what they will be once in-house printing begins. Original Stickercals have a thin clear vinyl layer over the top which allows for it to be protected against anything and can even be used for outdoor use. This can also include isopropyl alcohol, goof off, acetone, water, etc. Originals are a bit more thick then the 2.0 version, which can cause for a possible extra layer of epoxy to ensure smoothness. These are contour cut all the way through. The 2.0 version is thinner and does not have the layer of clear vinyl over top. The design is still made with a durable ink that can withstand chemicals and liquids for short periods of times. These decals can withstand a small amount of solvent contact, but it not recommended to soak or submerge these stickercals in any type of liquid or solvent. Both versions are created with high quality materials and can be used with both EPOXY and CRYSTALAC products. You do not need transfer paper to apply either version, but that is up to you.
Below are some videos and tutorials by myself and others using BAMF Products: