Label Stocks

  • Benefits Of Vinyl Labels

    Vinyl labels are typically more expensive than permanent paper labels or synthetic labels but they are also stronger and more durable. We generally only recommend vinyl labels where it is absolutely necessary. So, what exactly are vinyl labels? Vinyl is a synthetic rein or plastic coating and vinyl labels are labels made out of this […]

  • Choose The Right Stock For Your Soap Labels

    We’ve been using soap for ages. It comes in cakes of all shapes and sizes but for health and convenience reasons, soap is now also available in liquid form. Those who work in busy environments such as health workers, office workers and any who share soap appreciate being able to dispense soap easily and reduce the spread of germs.

    But whether it is in a cake or liquid form, soap comes in a certain type of container. This will almost certainly get wet. So soap labels, particularly liquid soap in plastic bottles, need the right material and the right ink. Cosmetic labels need to

  • Lamination In Label Printing

    Laminated labels are labels that come with a protective layer of clear film. This is also known as an over-laminate. The most common finish is a gloss finish. This can really make the labels stand out and appear very shiny. Matt finishes and textured finishes are alternative types of laminate. Lamination is an inexpensive method of adding more protection to the labels but there is the added benefit of altering the look of the labels.

    If the label is rather dull since it has been printed on matt label stock, then gloss lamination can make the label appear shiny and improve its visual appeal.

    Alternatively, lamination can lessen the impact of a label printed on a gloss label stock. For example, a barcoded label printed on gloss label stock can actually be easier to scan if a matt laminate is added over it.

    The most common reason to laminate your labels is to provide extra protection. An extra layer of film over the printed label will protect the ink and hence, increase its durability. If the label is going to be handled regularly, then the extra

  • Sticker Labels

    Sticker labels or self adhesive labels as they are also known feature everywhere in today’s modern society. However, it was only 50 years ago, when self adhesive labels were very rare. As with postage stamps, many sticker labels had to have water added to them before they would stick to their surface. My father used to import account collection stickers from England and they needed water to be applied before they could be added to collection letters or statements.

    Today, sticker labels are everywhere and they have many applications. These self adhesive labels are used for stamps, mailing labels, address labels, packaging labels and product labels such as bottle labels, wine labels, skincare labels and candle labels. There are also warning labels, window labels, bumper stickers and even labels on buses. Yes, buses and other public forms of transport display advertising for all to see. It looks like they are painted on. Sometimes they are painted but advertising is usually for a short period of time, so labels are used because

  • Stock Used for Product Labels

    Many labels are required for short term use or for indoor use where durability and exposure to liquids or extreme temperatures is not an issue. However, several product labels are exposed to cold temperatures, heat, ice or moisture so they must be manufactured from materials that can withstand these unusual conditions. Regular gloss or matt label stock will not be sufficient.

    There are a number of options available. A common label stock that we use is WLK202. It is available in both matt and gloss finish. It is a label stock that is recommended for the wine industry but it can be used on product labels with similar requirements to wine labels. The WLK202 is ideal when you need good water resistance but it is lower in cost than

  • Stock Used for Simple Printed Labels

    You generally have two choices when printing on paper. Besides from the thickness of the paper, you can basically choose matt or gloss paper. Occasionally, printing is done on coloured paper but your local printer will not hold a lot of different paper stock except for the variations in thickness.

    The opposite is true for printed labels. There are simply many variations when it comes to the type of stock used. Bumper stickers, packaging labels, product labels for frozen goods, labels on windows and the simple labels on envelopes or paper all use different substrates or paper.

    If a label is required for indoor use and has no requirement to be protected by liquids or weather, then simple paper labels will suffice. Regular self adhesive label stock is used. Gloss label stock is the most common because it enables the labels to stand out on its shiny surface. The colours can be made even more prominent with

  • Custom Stickers

    Custom Stickers are used for all sorts of reasons. It can be a very simple address label to an intricate label with an unusual size or shape. You can use simple black text or include a photo or other full colour artwork.

    By far the most common enquiry we get for custom labels is for a product label. This could be for wine labels, candle labels, skin care labels, labels for food products and much more. Recently, we received an inquiry for several thousand labels for a cleaning company but in over 20 different kinds and in two sizes.

    Before the recent advent of digital label printing technology, we would have needed to allow for two dies and plates per colour so the preparation costs would have been prohibitive. This