Labels (Cut to Finish Size) FAQ

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What does “Cut to Finish Size” mean?

Cut to Finish Size means that the labels will be provided cut down to the size that was ordered. If, for example, the size ordered is 2”x35”, the labels will be exactly 2”x3.5”. They will not be on a Roll or have a certain number on a Sheet. If Avery-style label sheets are needed, these can be requested through a custom quote.

Are custom shapes available?

Yes, custom shapes can be ordered. As the shapes would be cut out with a die (think cookie-cutter style), it is possible that there is a die on hand in the desired shape or very similar. Therefore, it is best to reach out for a custom quote, and include the shape (often called a “Die Line”) so that the die inventory can be checked.

What does Crack and Peel mean?

Crack and Peel refers to the liner on the back of the label stock and means that it will have slits or scores that allow the liner to “Crack” into sections so that a small portion can be peeled off. This is very useful when hand applying labels, as it is much easier to position with the liner on. Once the label is in the proper location and stuck in place with the small exposed section of adhesive, the rest of the liner can be removed and the label smoothed onto the surface, which helps prevent crooked labels or wrinkles.

Can Labels (Cut to Finish Size) be used with a labelling machine?

Cut-Sheet labels are not compatible with labelling machines. They are intended for hand application for test runs, if the container is not compatible with labelling machines, or if the labels will be handed out as promo items. Please visit the Roll Label page if a labelling machine will be used to apply the labels.

Which Label stock is best to write on?

The best option to choose for labels that need to be written on would be the 60lb Uncoated Label. This material can be written on with pens, pencils, markers, and speciality writing devices without the risk of the ink smudging.

60lb Gloss and the Vinyl options can be written on, however only with a Sharpie-style marker and certain pens. If the ink is too watery it will need to dry before being handled or else it could smudge or smear. Gloss or silk lamination is also compatible with markers and certain pens, but again the ink might need to dry. As UV coating is oil-based, it will not work with any type of writing implement and should be avoided if the labels need to be written on.

Which label stock is best for oil-based products?

If the product is oil or water-based, or will be used in a damp environment (like in the shower or bathroom), the best material to choose would be one of the vinyl options or the clear gloss label. These are all made of plastic and will not break down or rub off if in contact with moisture or be affected by oily products the way that the paper label stocks could. For additional strength and protection, Lamination or a UV coating can be added after printing to seal the surface.

What is the difference between Lamination and UV coating?

Lamination is a thin plastic film that is bonded to the surface of the label. It is readily available in Gloss and Silk, but other options can be had via custom estimates. Because it is an actual film that is applied to the label, it adds strength, thickness, and protection to the surface. UV coating (sometimes called Liquid Lamination) is an oil-based liquid that coats the entire surface of the sheet and is cured by UV lights. This coating is only available in Gloss and Matte and is slightly less expensive than the Lamination. UV coating protects the surface from moisture, wear, and fading, but does not add the same structure as Lamination.

Are there any special file requirements for printing on the Clear Label Stock?

Printing on Clear material works best with Black ink or very dark colours. Light colours are usually achieved by simply putting less ink onto white paper, but as the material is clear, the lighter ink coverage just doesn’t show up. Similarly, pictures or gradient effects don’t have the same impact on clear as they do on opaque stocks, and should be avoided. Therefore it is best to stick with solid vector shapes and thicker fonts in black or dark colours.

The only way to use light colours on the clear stock would be to first print a background of opaque white ink, then print on top of this solid area. This, and printing with only white ink, is only available through a custom quote request and has a minimum order of 1000. This is because white ink required a more labour intensive process than printing in black or dark colours, or printing on a white material.

Are your labels safe to use on photographic prints? And are they acid-free?

Yes, they are safe to use on photographic prints and are acid-free.