Using labels is not only an important branding activity but also helps your business stand out. Besides that comes also the practicality of using labels and stickers – which is identifying and keeping things in order. But not all labels are created the same. The different types of labels vary based on their use case – and besides the regular paper type stickers, there are some more unique and exclusive types out there that showcase both your strong branding and serve as a great utility.
That being said, as a source of inspiration let’s look at 3 unique types of stickers and labels and where they are used the most.
1. Domed resin labels
Simply said, domed labels consist of a plastic material which is additionally coated with polyurethane in a way that creates a 3D effect. The liquid polyurethane is spread out by a machine in a special way on top of the dry plastic sticker. The rest is left to “natural forces” like surface tension which spreads the liquid on top of the bubble by itself. The process from start to finish takes XX minutes, and the polyurethane curing process itself takes 24 hours. Now, teh great thing about these badges and labels is that they not only look great.
All in all, “domed labels” sounds fancy – and they are certainly more exclusive (that is, they are not as popular and widespread in everyday use as regular labels), but rest assured you’ve definitely seen them before. Let’s look at where custom domed labeling is mostly used and what purpose its solves.
Domed Labels Use Case:
The first and most obvious use case is the automotive industry. Because cars have to not only look great but also come with expectations of durability, automotive manufacturers opt out for two popular types of car brand badges. One is the obvious cast metal which is then adhered to the front and back. The other very common type of car branding is achieved through domed stickers. In fact, domed badges often appear more often on a car than cast badges. For example, they are featured both on the front and back sides under the hood and trunk respectively, but also in the center caps of the wheels (where they hide the center vehicle wheel bolt) and sometimes even on top of the tyre wheel valve caps and in the center of the steering wheel as a branding strategy.
2. Foil Paper Stickers
Foil paper stickers come with a very exclusive and shiny look which fits very well for almost all industries and business. These labels and stickers are produced using a hot foil stamping printing technique. Surely, it comes down to how you present your brand, but in any case you can be sure that this thick type of reflective sticker will stand out compared to regular paper or plastic labels. Unlike domed stickers, foil paper stickers come with a name that is more or less self explanatory. The process of creating foil paper stickers involves just about two key elements – the special foil and the ink used to attach to the foil. Some variants exist for DIY use where you can print yourself directly on a specially made inkjet foil paper. Besides that, one of the key requirements for foil paper stickers and labels is heat. Therefore, you’d also need a machine to actually adhere the ink and foil paper together. While these are stickers technically anyone can print with the right technology, the final quality is usually a lot lower than what you can achieve by using a professional printing company.
Foil Paper Stickers Use Case:
For the most part, foil paper stickers are used decoratively. Sometimes, however, they have a more utility-based special use where certain information has to be pointed out. The problem here is of course that while technically coated in foil, the basis for these stickers is still made of paper – which essentially makes them unusable in harsh environments where resistance is needed.
3. Aluminium Stickers
Again, as the name suggests, aluminium stickers are stickers made from thin solid aluminium sheets. While they are flexible – they are only so to the point of being easy to attach – and it’s generally not recommended to bend them – unless they are pre-made with the intention of being bent. That’s because aluminium is a very soft metal and after it is cast in (or fit to) a specific shape, changing AND preserving its shape has to be done professionally. Additionally, after the signage face is printed, distortions can appear if the material is bent.
Now, compared to teh previous two types of stickers, in terms of utility and resistance, aluminum falls somewhere in the middle. The thing is, each of these stickers has its own special use case – and therefore it’s technically not optimal to compare them since they are not interchangeable. Where aluminum stickers really shine (pun intended), is usually in custom signage found around company buildings.
Aluminum Labels Use Case:
Building off of the last point, one special use for aluminum stickers is alarm and security companies. The goal for them is the durability and resistance of the sticker, the availability of the materials, the quick turnaround time and the price.
That’s it for now folks. These were 3 types of stickers and labels and their specific uses. Have you found a favorite one yet? Tell us!
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