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  • 2017 Begins with New FDA Labeling Requirements

    Keep an Eye on New FDA Labeling Requirements

    When you produce food or beverages, there's never a good time to tune out or stop paying attention to labeling laws and regulations. Regulators make sure to give you time to adjust your labels and comply with the rules, but you should still be as prompt as possible at identifying and responding to relevant moves by the major bodies in charge of packaging.

    The early days of 2017 have borne out the need for vigilance, with the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration already rolling out some announcements regarding upcoming adjustments to the laws. When you have a good grasp of the legal situation and an agile labeling partner on your side, it's possible to stay up on these requirements, and even to get ahead of them and give your customers a smooth transition from one type of labeling to the new standards.

    Comment Period Extended

    Do you have any valuable input on what should be considered "healthy"? If so, you have a few months left to tell the FDA. According to Food Safety News, the public comment deadline for what the word "healthy" is allowed to mean on food packages is now March 26, 2017. This is a revision from the previous date of January 26, and if you have anything to submit, this extension gives you time. Comments can be made either publicly or directly to the FDA in confidence.

    According to the news source, industry groups asked for the extension. The Grocery Manufacturers of America wanted more time for comments due to the fact that the end of the year tends to be busy for retailers and customers alike, leaving less time for affected parties to register their opinions about the "healthy" label.

    As for groups that have already made comments, Food Safety News specified that the United Egg Producers stepped up in favor of adding eggs to the definition of "healthy." Current restrictions involving saturated fat and cholesterol are the sticking point, but the industry body cited eggs' place in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans model diets as proof that eggs can be a healthy food and deserve the use of the related language.

    The very fact that the word "healthy" is back up for debate is due to an actual issue encountered by the FDA in 2015, according to the source. The inciting incident was a legal showdown between KIND, makers of fruit and grain bars, and the government body. The FDA told KIND that four of its "healthy"-labeled products did not comply with the present definition of that word, while KIND claimed that the science behind that label has since been superseded. Now, it's time for the public to have its say before the new law comes into effect.

    Are your products currently eligible to be called "healthy?" Might they be under a revised version of the labeling law? If you have any stake in this ongoing process, it's likely worth watching what happens next regarding the legal wrangling.

    Final Guidance Documents

    The first days of 2017 have been a busy time for FDA announcements, as Natural Products Insider recently noted the existence of two new draft guidance documents, both of which are entering their own comment periods. Now, you have 60 days from their publication on January 5 to register your opinion. The first draft concerns many important elements of the new labels - rounding of figures, the compliance date, how to label added sugars and even the thickness and spacing of lines in graphics are all discussed in the document. The second release consists of examples to help manufacturers develop serving sizes.

    With the new Nutrition Facts label representing a significant updating of a packaging element that has been stagnant for a long time, it is likely worthwhile to study these new documents and potentially register comments. No matter what kind of food or beverage you produce, the way you note the values of different ingredients, nutrients and serving recommendations could have an effect on consumer perception.

    When will you finally have to implement the coming changes and shift over to the new label format? This is one of the questions tackled in the latest round of guidance, as Natural Product Insider highlighted. Items that receive their labels before July 26, 2018 are the last batch that do not need the new-style Nutrition Facts panel. This date is one year later - July 26, 2019 if you sell less than $10 million of food each year.

    Time to Partner Up

    With regulations changing and new rules always being mooted, it's clear that you'll need a labeling partner on your side in the years ahead. This is where Lightning Labels can help, offering custom product labels for food and beverage manufacturers that look great and keep products in compliance with all relevant laws. Due to Lightning Labels' all-digital processes, you don't have to order huge amounts of labels at once. This means that when rules change, you don't end up with wasted labels fitting the old regulations.

  • Stay Ahead of the Vape/E-cig FDA Guidelines with Lightning Labels

    Regulations Keep Shifting

    When a product's packaging requirements are codified by law, it's not that challenging to get into compliance - but when those rules keep changing, that can cause problems. It can be tricky to efficiently and affordably package an item when it's subject to shifting requirements: Print too many labels in the old style and they go to waste. Work with a slow printing partner and you'll have to suffer long wait times when you change designs to comply with the latest rules and regulations.

    E-cigarettes and other vaping products are great examples of items with changing labeling rules. If you work in this industry, you've doubtless already encountered warnings about the FDA's impending label changes. It's time to get ready for the next generation of vape labels. This is also a great opportunity to sign up with a responsive partner such as Lightning Labels to ensure you'll be ready for any further labeling law changes.

    Upcoming Legal Changes

    To recap the FDA's recent announcements, the department plans to begin treating vape and e-cig products as tobacco, exerting far more control over these categories than it previously did. This means that, as of 2018, such items will have to contain the same nicotine warnings as traditional cigarettes, provided they contain nicotine. If your products don't have nicotine in them, you'll have to submit a self-certification statement to that effect, along with data to prove it. Even then, there is a "made from tobacco" alert that you'll have to add to your packages.

    The 2018 deadline is fast approaching, and means you'll have to carefully regulate your supply of labels. Staying in compliance means never using a label type once it's been phased out, but ending up with unused e-cig labels is a problem as well. This is why it's important to work with a label provider capable of small, efficient print runs. When you don't have to order too many packages of any one design, you'll be able to change with the times, even if you only produce a limited amount of your product each year.

    E-cig labels will present a challenge for years to come, as they are a perfect storm of labeling requirements - FDA regulated and relatively untested. While the next announced changes come into effect as 2018 begins, there's no telling what may happen after that. Picking a labeling partner that can help with this next change, and sticking together, could prepare you to face whatever requirements follow and stay unfailingly in compliance.

    A Third Party That Can Help

    What makes Lightning Labels such an ideal team member to help with your custom vape labels? The all-digital printing process is the key factor. When you order from Lightning Labels, you can buy in small quantities affordably, and receive your batch of labels in days, rather than weeks or months. Working with such an agile partner will help you deal with regulatory changes, or even make shifts for the sole purpose of improving your products' image and branding. In a fast-moving industry, you need quick, efficient allies.

  • High Quality Custom Labels for Cannabis Products - The Importance of Branding

    A New Market Appears

    Some thought they'd never see it in their lifetimes, others said it was only a matter of time, and now it's come to pass. Cannabis products are becoming legal for recreational use and sale in more states, and it's time to step into this new market. It's rare to have a previously unavailable type of product appear on the market, but that's what legal cannabis represents. It's important not to lose sight of the importance of branding and creating a memorable image. Long-term success could be in the cards for companies that are quick off the blocks and stand out in the early stages of legalization.

    An Urgent Need for Branding

    Just about every consumer product has a few iconic brands, ones whose names and imagery are indelibly associated with that type of item. Legal recreational cannabis is just in its beginning stages, so companies have a chance to step up and become those leading providers. This all depends on picking the right moment, and being ready with a strong image right as the market heats up. Organizations ready out of the gate with custom cannabis labels that make a strong, positive impression may prove victorious in establishing their place in the market.

    Competition comes along with new opportunities, and early entrants into a market can expect to have company very soon. Launching with an established and professional-looking brand is one way to stake out a unique and attractive place within the multitude of brands sure to spring onto the scene. Cannabis product labels should be created to target buyers' preferences and interests, the same as with any more established category of merchandise. Getting this kind of look right means performing market research and working with a labeling partner that can deliver high-quality imagery, sharp text and more hallmarks of great packaging.

    The fact that the legal situation around cannabis products is still evolving means companies have to be agile about how and where they enter the market. The current inconsistent state of regulation around the country has led to an uneven distribution of sales channels. Companies in Colorado have already had a chance to tout their wares. Groups hoping to operate in places such as Massachusetts or California are likely still in the planning stages. When organizations call on fast-moving labeling partners to produce their new cannabis labels and related branded materials, however, they gain a path through this fractured environment.

    Lightning Labels Can Help

    Working with Lightning Labels means gaining access to a high-speed all-digital printing process. Lightning Labels operates from domestic facilities rather than outsourcing, adding another layer of speed and affordability. Therefore, in industries that are evolving quickly, such as cannabis products, labels can reflect the latest developments within a matter of days, not weeks or months. The all-digital process also means clients can order smaller batches of labels without paying unreasonably elevated rates, so if a producer is starting small or anticipating changes in the state of the market, that company doesn't have to buy more labels than it can use.

  • Case Study: Truly You Skincare

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    Founded by 13-year-old Nicole Ayoub in February 2016, Truly You Skincare faces the challenge inherent with most new product companies: Produce a high-quality product with professional- grade packaging on a do-it-yourself budget.

    Nicole, with the support of her mom Michele who provides oversight and guidance, formulated and manufactured the skincare products themselves, but found the labels lacking. “At first, the labels weren’t oil-resistant and waterproof. They were falling off and looked bad, which made us look bad to buyers and retailers,” says Nicole. The company needed to engage a custom label printer partner that would deliver consistently professional results, while keeping costs low and staying nimble to fast-changing circumstances.

    SOLUTION

    Lightning Labels Customer Service Representative Bianca found a way to keep costs low, provide labels Truly You Skincare could be proud of, and ensure fast turnaround to meet “just in time” deadlines. This helps keep their expenditures closely tied to immediate fulfillment requirements. In addition to printing small label quantities very quickly, Bianca had to ensure keeping delivery charges under control.

    “Bianca’s been terrific,” says Nicole. “We were going to take advantage of a 20% off coupon at the time of Hurricane Matthew. Storm disruption made us miss the deadline. She honored it post-hurricane. That extra 20 percent makes a difference. I feel like everyone is part of the business. Everyone is helping us succeed.”

    Nicole emphasizes, “If you want to create a big-name brand with low-quality label printing, it won’t work. We found out the hard way that the eye won’t be drawn to the product if it has a bland label, or one that doesn’t weather the elements well. We were afraid of hiring a professional label company, but ended up surprised and pleased. We have a great looking product that’s an easier sell for retailers. And we have another set of eyes for quality control — Bianca watches everything like a hawk.”

    OUTCOMES

    Cost-savings over do-it-yourself: When all is said and done, Truly You Skincare has been able to get professional wraparound and top labels for the same price as one label printed on their own. Notes Nicole, “We wasted so many labels before. Every time we printed, there was no consistency. This is much better quality…and much better consistency—so it’s a win-win.”

    Labels as they’re needed—no more, no less: “With Lightning Labels, we don’t have to order a thousand labels to get reasonable pricing. They have enabled us to have a profit margin even ordering 100-200 labels at a time,” says Nicole.

    Blueprint for growth: Truly You is expanding its retail and direct sales channels, as well as its product line. Nicole is wasting no time building the company. “We’re getting a lot of personal sales. We’re working on getting more retailers. And we’ll expand the product line as soon as we get the current line rolling along and as inspirations occur,” notes Nicole. “Being outdoors this past summer helped us conceive a lotion stick and bug repellent in one, featuring natural essential oils.” The company currently offers lavender, citrus lemon and grapefruit body scrubs, “Body Meringue” emollient cream, and a Lavender Lotion Stick.

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    About Truly You Skincare

    Truly You is a natural and organic skin care company based in New Canaan, CT featuring 100% organic natural ingredients. Truly You does not use parabens, phthalates, or petrochemicals. Nicole Ayoub’s ongoing struggle with eczema prevented her from using most conventional skin products. Developing products that she, and everyone else, could use became the rallying cry that led to founding Truly You Skincare. Core ingredients in the company’s three flagship products—body scrubs, body meringue, and lotion stick—are:

    • Unrefined Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: provides deep and long lasting moisture, contains essential fatty acids and proteins, promotes healthy skin cell growth and is full of antioxidants to protect skin.

    • Shea Butter: provides lasting moisture for dry or damaged skin, stimulates collagen production, improves skin elasticity and promotes skin regeneration.

    • Organic Beeswax: seals in moisture for long lasting nourishment and acts as a protective barrier on the skin’s surface.

    • Organic essential oils: lavender, citrus lemon, grapefruit and peppermint.

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    About Lightning Labels

    Lightning Labels uses state-of-the-art printing technology to provide affordable, full-color custom labels and custom stickers of all shapes and sizes. From small orders for individuals to the bulk needs of big businesses, Lightning Labels is equipped to handle and fulfill custom label and sticker projects of all types. Best of all, like the name implies, Lightning Labels provides a quick turnaround for every customer ’s labeling needs. Whether it’s wine labels, food labels, bath and body labels, promotional labels—or any kind of colorful label/sticker that needs to be custom printed—Lightning Labels can get the job done. Lightning Labels strongly supports the use of environmentally-friendly printing materials and technologies.

  • January is National Hobby Month - Label Your Craft Products

    Show Off Your Work This January

    January is National Hobby Month, meaning it's time to salute handmade items and crafts of all kinds. When your hobby becomes a small business, you need great-looking branding to show your pride in your crafting abilities. Whether you make candles, soap, craft beer, preserves, jelly, jam or any other kind of item, custom labels can catch eyes and draw attention.

    You've put in time honing your craft and keeping your project alive over the years. Now it's time to ensure your handiwork earns recognition, whether you sell your products in major stores, at markets and fairs, or just to friends and family. It's never too early or too late to give a fresh, attractive brand identity to your crafts.

    From a Hobby to a Career

    Today, customers crave a handmade touch in their items - the authenticity and care that you put into your crafts may help them take off. Labeling requirements and strategies will vary based on the products in question, but there's no doubt that an attractive branding strategy can help you stand out. The following list is a far-from-exhaustive look at some crafting types that can turn into fruitful careers.

    • Candles: Creating candles is an especially appealing hobby in the winter months, when a candle can provide a sense of light, warmth and wellbeing in the midst of ice and snow. Using custom candle labels, you can play up the comfy nature of your products - while also giving vital safety info to show your customers you're looking out for them. You can even vary your strategy into something less snow-bound to keep going strong into spring.
    • Soap: The variety of textures, scents and colors you can base soaps around is near-limitless. As a hobbyist or small-business owner, you have freedom to produce small batches of soaps with fascinating attributes that will win customers over. Use your custom soap labels to describe exactly what goes into each bar and impress upon your buyers that they're getting an experience they won't be able to replicate working with huge brands.
    • Craft beer: Beer is perhaps the symbol of the craft goods craze of recent years. A taste for unique flavors in small batches has turned huge swaths of the population into beer connoisseurs. Global brands are turning to local breweries for inspiration instead of vice versa. If you're a small-batch beer producer, make sure your custom craft beer labels show off your regional and independent bona fides. Let people know that you're not a pretender - you're a real local brewer.

    Crafts Deserve Great Labels

    Whether you're looking for custom beer labels to draw in curious buyers or searching for a high-impact way to market your candles, Lightning Labels can help. Small producers just starting out don't have to worry about making minimum order cutoffs - because Lightning Labels is an all-digital printer, small batches of labels are affordable. January is getting underway, but it's not too late to act within the month: By using digital processes and working from domestic facilities instead of outsourcing, Lightning Labels is able to turn orders around in days, not weeks or months.

  • Start planning for Valentine's Day with Custom Valentine’s Day Labels

    Custom Valentine's Day Labels Enliven Perfume, Candles and More

    If you produce items that would make a great gift or romantic scene-setter for couples on Valentine's Day, you shouldn't leave it up to chance that people will associate your brand with the holiday. Instead, why not invest in custom Valentine's Day stickers or labels that will make the connection clear? The next few months will see a wave of shoppers taking to stores, faced with the pressure of putting together memorable presents and dates for their significant others. You can give these consumers an easy choice with your labeling strategy.

    Love is in the Air

    You can redefine your products to make them a hit for Valentine's Day. Labels and stickers make all the difference, guiding consumers in the right direction. Branding that mentions Valentine's Day directly could one-up other brands that don't invest in specialized packaging. This may prove especially relevant if you hurry - in February, people will be looking for last-minute presents. In January, you could act as an early reminder and help shoppers get ahead of the game. Imagine how grateful these buyers will be when February rolls around and they already have great presents put aside.

    Perfume is one of the most natural gifts associated with Valentine's Day Custom labels for perfume can increase your brand's appeal. Perfume is a simple but elegant and romantic choice, provided it's packaged in a compelling and attractive way. Custom perfume bottle labels that look great and catch the eye can help you win hearts this Valentine's Day. You can even mention the holiday on a custom sticker that the buyer then peels off along with the price tag before handing the bottle over. The sticker is aimed at the customer and encourages a purchase. The label looks elegant and classy and ensures the gift is appreciated.

    You can also apply holiday branding to items that create a romantic atmosphere. Try applying custom Valentine's Day stickers to your candle products, explaining what a great ambience they create at date-night dinners. This is a canny branding strategy for candle manufacturers, as shoppers may be getting sick of products branded with winter imagery after the holiday season and the beginning of the new year. Glistening snow fields that once seemed so charming now remind them that February and March are on their way. Why not swap out snowflakes and reindeer for a romantic image set? This could keep at least some of your offerings highly relevant for a few months following the holidays.

    Order Now and Get Started

    Your Valentine's Day marketing strategy can begin at any time between now and the holiday. Earlier is likely better, as you don't want to appeal only to last-minute shoppers. It's not too late to get started on a January-focused roll-out for custom labels and stickers, as you have the option of working with Lightning Labels. Lightning Labels ships orders from domestic facilities rather than outsourcing production, and it employs all-digital printing processes that allow customers to get what they're looking for in days, not weeks or months. It's time to start marketing to the lovebirds of the world.

  • What does your business need to be successful in 2017?

    Time to Reflect and Move Forward

    Your company is likely winding down operations for 2016, and plans for 2017 are probably at least being pondered, if not solidified. This means it's a great time to add new tactics that will make the coming year especially fruitful for your business. There are so many approaches to try that it can be intimidating to think about, but launching a new product is perhaps the most reliable way to strike a positive new tone. Releasing an updated or all-new offering promises attention and gives you a chance to get ahead of the competition - just make sure the promotional materials surrounding your innovation are up to the task.

    Drawing the Eye

    A new product should be decked out in appropriate packaging, to let audiences know just what it is, why it's important and that they haven't seen it before. Custom labels that fit in with the strategy your brand has used thus far, but take that imagery in a new direction, can help a newly released item fulfill the dual role of exciting new feature and part of an established grouping. You can even employ custom stickers on your other products so shoppers know about the new launch even when they're buying their old favorites.

    A new product unveiling may also serve as a great chance to refresh the look of your whole line. A bold new color scheme or design aesthetic could elevate your brand relative to competitors or catapult the products into a new market. If you think your offerings should be marketed as luxury items, or should tap into the unfolding craze for handmade, craft items, the new year could be a good time to shift branding accordingly. You can execute such a line-wide change whether you have a new product to promote or not, as such a dramatic shift makes old items look new again.

    Promotion All Over Town

    You don't have to limit your branding and promotional muscle to your packages. A wave of bumper stickers or window decals for your customers can spread your message far and wide. Make these stickers attractive enough and shoppers will have no problems attaching them to their cars, computers and other flat-surfaced objects. If you have a new item in the works for 2017, make sure it's properly represented on these stickers. To get true value for your money, all your stickers should be tough enough to survive for months or years, so your message won't fade from view.

    Time to Order

    The brief respite at the end of the year is a great time to order the labels and stickers that will make your new campaigns pop visually. Lightning Labels stands ready to fulfill your requests in days, rather than weeks or months, no matter how many or few items you order. By working with Lightning Labels, you gain a partner equipped with digital technology that can realize high-quality designs on a variety of tough and versatile materials. With such an ally in your corner, your 2017 branding efforts will begin on a great note.

  • Custom Stickers and Decals for Spring Sports

    Think About Spring

    Stickers and decals can be huge sources of promotion for a sports team. If you work with a school or local team in one of the spring sports - baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse or any other - now is a great time to think about how you're going to keep team spirit high this season. With custom decals and stickers, you can give fans an outlet to pledge their allegiance, and a way to reach out to others. This is a way to make sure your distinctive team colors and logo are seen throughout the community, whether you sell the stickers or give them out for free as a promotional item.

    Decals and Stickers Make a Splash

    A removable window decal is one of the best types of sticker you can choose when you're thinking of ways to promote a team. The fact that these stickers peel off the window with no damage done or lingering residue means people will fearlessly stick them to windows at home, work or on the go. When it's time for the spring season, fans can switch out winter sports logos for custom sports decals full of springtime imagery. Since these decals are such an easy sell, you can print them fearlessly, knowing you'll likely find a willing audience happy to stick them up.

    When it comes to promoting a school sports team, there are many venues to give out custom stickers. Hand them to students or parents at the beginning of the season, pass them out at games, give them as a bonus to anyone who donates to a team fundraiser - the uses are numerous, and can help you get the word out about the team. People with a connection to the team will want to show that allegiance, and you give them a great medium for that pride with your stickers and decals.

    You'll know you've succeeded in your promotional mission when you see your custom sports stickers around town, on business windows, car bumpers, laptops - any flat surface will do! Stickers are such a compelling promotional item because they beg to be shown off and displayed. When team supporters put up a sticker in a visible place, it reminds others in the community that the season is going on. Such a promotional push is an auspicious start for the new year, so it's time to prepare now, even with snow on the ground in many corners of the country.

    Get Ready for Spring

    Printing stickers for the upcoming season early isn't a necessity due to slow printing - in actuality, Lightning Labels turns orders around in days, rather than weeks or months. Rather, you should start planning and ordering now to ensure you have your strategy lined up from before the first game of the new year gets underway. It's time to work with a trusted third party to ensure your team's logo and color scheme translate seamlessly to a high-quality and tough batch of stickers or window decals. With sticker planning out of the way, you can get started on game planning!

  • New Year, New Look for Your Custom Vape Labels

    Ride The Wave of Vaping's Popularity

    Every new trend reaches a moment of truth when it either expands into the mainstream or fades away. The vaping and e-cigarette market is taking the former path, meaning it's time to stake your place among this competitive and vibrant space. If your vape labels have gone some time without a visual overhaul, the new year may be your big chance to make a change and improve their presentation. You can make 2017 the year your products sprint ahead of the competition, powered by an exciting new look.

    Catch Consumers' Eyes

    Vaping is still in its relative youth. Customers may not yet have favorite brands of the related products - and this is a great opportunity for you to make a splash. E-juice labels that combine vibrant imagery with memorable logos and all the relevant information will leap off store shelves, convincing customers to give your brand a try and hopefully converting loyal brand advocates. In such a new, developing space, you're likely to encounter an arms race of brands unveiling bold and colorful designs. You'll need to have high-quality custom vape labels to stand out against this competition.

    An unprofessional or poorly printed label may put your company at a disadvantage - wants to take a chance on a brand that looks amateurish. You need to show how serious you are about the quality of your vaping products through your packaging strategy. As vaping takes off in popularity, a hierarchy of brands will emerge, and you should do your best to ensure you have a place within the top rank.

    To establish a distinctive and appealing branding strategy, pick an aesthetic and stick to it. This means choosing a material carefully. Do you want a shiny, futuristic look? Then try out a Chrome BOPP material that's both strong and eye-catching in its silvery sheen. Or maybe you want your customers to know your brand is responsible and eco-friendly? That calls for 100-percent recycled materials. The main connection between these two design extremes is that they're both available from Lightning Labels, a potential partner in your move up the ranks of the vaping market.

    Time to Order New Labels

    There are changes afoot in the e-juice label space. New regulations calling for notifications on packaging are moving toward implementation, and the competition is heating up. Only by refreshing your labeling strategy frequently and intelligently can you keep up with the many evolutions underway in the industry. This is why Lightning Labels makes a great ally: With its all-digital processes and domestic manufacturing facilities, Lightning Labels can react quickly and power your new strategies as they debut, no matter how quickly you want to pivot.

    Are you a small boutique brand or a rising superpower in the vaping field? It doesn't matter - Lightning Labels can provide order sizes that suit either pole of the market, or any scale in between. An all-digital process means small orders are available at reasonable rates, as there's no need to work with expensive photogravure plates. No matter how many or few labels you need, you can launch your new strategy quickly.

  • Go Team Go! Show Your Team Spirit with Custom Spirit Sheets

    Promoting Your Season

    It's time for another exciting season for your sports team. Whether you're involved with a school team or a local pro or amateur side, you're likely looking for ways to get fans on board and keep them engaged for the whole campaign. This is a job for stickers. Hand out the right mix of promotional stickers and you'll give your fans a reminder that you're out there putting it on the line, and they should be watching and cheering. But how can you work out the materials, shapes and quantities of stickers that will appeal to the audience? Lightning Labels has done some of the work for you by introducing Spirit Sheets.

    Exciting Features

    What makes custom Spirit Sheets better than an average mixture of stickers? Every element of the product has been tuned to help you reach out to fans and followers. That means you can place an order and immediately have a great promotional tool that people will keep through the whole season.

    Great mix of shapes: Spirit Sheets come with a few big stickers, perfect for a print-out of your roster or schedule to stick on the fridge or the back of a laptop. These will stay with fans for months, and they'll always remember to support the team. These large options are accompanied by smaller stickers, perfect for your logo or a design incorporating your sport's equipment of choice - a baseball, soccer ball, hockey puck, basketball - the options are endless.

    Special offering for football: But what if you're promoting a football team? Those round stickers seem less useful for this popular sport. That's why Lightning Labels offers a die configuration with small stickers shaped like footballs, helmets and cheer megaphones. Football program administrators can order Spirit Sheets that look tailor-made for their team imagery.

    Repositionable adhesive: When you want your fans to stick up your logo in their homes, give them an item that's easy and convenient to use. Your team Spirit Sheets will come backed with repositionable instead of permanent adhesive, meaning recipients won't think twice about sticking one of your big stickers to a stainless steel appliance or a laptop, even if it only applies to the current season.

    • Quantity of choice: If the team you love represents a small school or plays in a rural location, you may feel it would be overkill to order hundreds of Spirit Sheets. Lightning Labels still has you covered. As an all-digital printer, its services are available even in small quantities. The minimum order size for Spirit Sheets is a mere 50.

    A Bold Look for Your Team

    It's time to step up and promote your next season. Whether you're in the market for school Spirit Sheets or looking to promote a local franchise, there's likely a season just around the corner. It's time to place an order with Lightning Labels and be the first competitor in your division to reach out through the flexible and bold medium of custom stickers. These are little reminders that will stick with fans for months and carry team spirit far and wide.

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Material Descriptions

Materials

BIOSTONE

One of our eco-friendly options that is actually made of stone—no trees are used. This material should not laminated.

CAST GLOSS

This is another material specially designed for the wine industry. It is paper-based with a high-gloss white finish. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CHROME (SILVER) BOPP

This material has the same water and oil-resistant properties as our White BOPP and Clear BOPP, but has the "mirror-like" look of shiny chrome.

CLASSIC CREST

Best suited for wine labels, this is a white paper stock with a dull matte finish. It is not suitable for lamination and is therefore not waterproof. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CLEAR BOPP

This is the clear version of the Polypropylene (BOPP) material. It has the same waterproof qualities as the White BOPP. It provides more of a "no label" look and is also suitable for window stickers (where reverse printing of the image allows the label to be applied to the inside of a glass window and be viewed from the outside).

ESTATE #9

This is a great option for wine labels, gourmet foods or applications where a textured finish is desired. Being a paper stock, it's not as water-resistant or durable as BOPP, but its light cream color and textured feel add a touch of the "unusual" to the right product. It features a special adhesive (removable in 100+ degree hot water) and a stronger liner particularly suited to machine application. Not suitable for lamination.

GOLD POLYESTER (METALIZED)

This material will make your labels shine! Suitable for most labeling applications, it has a strong adhesive backing and must be laminated. Choose glossy laminate to make your label designs pop, or matte for a unique, elegant look.

KRAFT (RECYCLED)

This is a recycled 100% post consumer waste material. It is a 55# paper material that is a wonderful option if an “earthy” appearance is desired. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water. It is not suitable for lamination; therefore, it is not water or oil resistant.

REMOVABLE WHITE BOPP

This material is the same as our standard BOPP, but has a special, "less aggressive" adhesive designed to allow the label to be removed or re-positioned after application. Depending on the surface it will be applied to, customer testing is strongly recommended. We can provide samples for this purpose.

SATIN CLOTH

Quite the unique material! Yes, it is woven satin acetate cloth. Think wine or spirit labels! This material will make your product packaging POP. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

SQUEEZABLE

A white, 3mil film that is better suited for squeezable applications. This material has proven to work well in a variety of applications, so you can be confident it will perform well for you.

VELLUM (RECYCLED)

A great “green” choice, this 60# vellum is 100% recycled with 100% post consumer waste material. Cannot be laminated. Is neither water nor oil-resistant. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

WHITE BOPP

This is our most commonly used material and is suitable for most applications. It's a polypropylene material with a permanent adhesive. It is impervious to water and oils, and is particularly suitable for bath and body products, as well as food containers.

WHITE EARTHFIRST PLA

A more environmentally friendly alternative to White BOPP. The PLA stands for Polylactic Acid (a biopolymer made from corn rather than petrochemicals). Similar look and feel to BOPP and suitable for most applications, but should not be used directly on candle containers.

WHITE FLEXIBLE VINYL

This is our most substantial material. The vinyl is thicker than BOPP, and is most suitable for outdoor applications where greater strength and durability are needed, or where lengthy exposure to the elements is an issue.

WINDOW DECAL (CLEAR/ULTRA-REMOVABLE)

We offer this window decal option as an alternative to static cling. The face stock is clear with excellent clarity. The adhesive is an ultra-removable featuring excellent weatherability and UV resistance. It removes cleanly from a wide variety of substrates without staining or ghosting. Why worry about static clings staying on when you can have removable adhesive there to hold it in place?

CAST GLOSS

This is another material specially designed for the wine industry. It is paper-based with a high-gloss white finish. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CHROME (SILVER) BOPP

This material has the same water and oil-resistant properties as our White BOPP and Clear BOPP, but has the "mirror-like" look of shiny chrome.

CLASSIC CREST

Best suited for wine labels, this is a white paper stock with a dull matte finish. It is not suitable for lamination and is therefore not waterproof. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CLEAR BOPP

This is the clear version of the Polypropylene (BOPP) material. It has the same waterproof qualities as the White BOPP. It provides more of a "no label" look and is also suitable for window stickers (where reverse printing of the image allows the label to be applied to the inside of a glass window and be viewed from the outside).

ESTATE #9

This is a great option for wine labels, gourmet foods or applications where a textured finish is desired. Being a paper stock, it's not as water-resistant or durable as BOPP, but its light cream color and textured feel add a touch of the "unusual" to the right product. It features a special adhesive (removable in 100+ degree hot water) and a stronger liner particularly suited to machine application. Not suitable for lamination.

GOLD POLYESTER (METALIZED)

This material will make your labels shine! Suitable for most labeling applications, it has a strong adhesive backing and must be laminated. Choose glossy laminate to make your label designs pop, or matte for a unique, elegant look.

KRAFT (RECYCLED)

This is a recycled 100% post consumer waste material. It is a 55# paper material that is a wonderful option if an “earthy” appearance is desired. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water. It is not suitable for lamination; therefore, it is not water or oil resistant.

REMOVABLE WHITE BOPP

This material is the same as our standard BOPP, but has a special, "less aggressive" adhesive designed to allow the label to be removed or re-positioned after application. Depending on the surface it will be applied to, customer testing is strongly recommended. We can provide samples for this purpose.

SATIN CLOTH

Quite the unique material! Yes, it is woven satin acetate cloth. Think wine or spirit labels! This material will make your product packaging POP. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

SQUEEZABLE

A white, 3mil film that is better suited for squeezable applications. This material has proven to work well in a variety of applications, so you can be confident it will perform well for you.

VELLUM (RECYCLED)

A great “green” choice, this 60# vellum is 100% recycled with 100% post consumer waste material. Cannot be laminated. Is neither water nor oil-resistant. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

WHITE BOPP

This is our most commonly used material and is suitable for most applications. It's a polypropylene material with a permanent adhesive. It is impervious to water and oils, and is particularly suitable for bath and body products, as well as food containers.

WHITE EARTHFIRST PLA

A more environmentally friendly alternative to White BOPP. The PLA stands for Polylactic Acid (a biopolymer made from corn rather than petrochemicals). Similar look and feel to BOPP and suitable for most applications, but should not be used directly on candle containers.

WHITE FLEXIBLE VINYL

This is our most substantial material. The vinyl is thicker than BOPP, and is most suitable for outdoor applications where greater strength and durability are needed, or where lengthy exposure to the elements is an issue.

WINDOW DECAL (CLEAR/ULTRA-REMOVABLE)

We offer this window decal option as an alternative to static cling. The face stock is clear with excellent clarity. The adhesive is an ultra-removable featuring excellent weatherability and UV resistance. It removes cleanly from a wide variety of substrates without staining or ghosting. Why worry about static clings staying on when you can have removable adhesive there to hold it in place?

Artwork Specifications

Laminates

High Gloss

High gloss is our most popular laminate. It is the least expensive option and provides protection for the label and a high gloss shiny finish.

Matte

The Matte Laminate provides your label with a dull, non-glossy finish. Some customers consider this achieves a more "natural" look.

Thermal Transfer

This is a gloss laminate that is designed to work with most over-printing thermal transfer printers. We do recommend you get samples first to test through your own printer before placing an order with this laminate.

UV Outdoor Gloss

As the name implies this is best used for labels that will be used outdoors. It has a high gloss finish with excellent UV resistance. It is best paired with our vinyl material for the most durable outdoor label.