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Find A Fitting Finish With Label Planet’s Guide To Matt Labels And Gloss Labels

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Self adhesive labels come in many different finishes; in this post, we’ll take a look at the two most popular options – matt labels and gloss labels.

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Matt Labels And Gloss Labels – First Things First: Just What Is A “Finish”?

“Finish” refers to the surface properties of materials as determined by their appearance and texture. This may include the level of gloss and the smoothness of their surface. The finish of self adhesive labels tends to refer to the level of gloss.

A gloss finish is extremely efficient at reflecting light; it reflects light in a concentrated pattern over a smaller area, which results in a bright and shiny appearance. Matt surfaces diffuse (scatter) light causing it to spread out over a wide area, creating a flat and dull appearance.

Other finishes (such as semi-gloss, silk, and satin) are less efficient at reflecting light than a full gloss finish but more efficient than a matt finish.

Matt Labels And Gloss Labels – What Are The Benefits & Drawbacks Of Each Finish?

As with any property of materials, there are advantages and disadvantages to each type of finish. Some are practical considerations that will determine which finish is more suitable for your application. Others are more of a subjective factor, related to the look of your self adhesive labels.

Gloss Labels

This decorative finish is often popular because it offers more subtle decoration compared to, say, coloured labels. The bright and shiny surface creates an attractive and professional finish, which can draw attention to important information. Gloss labels have special coatings, which add extra beneficial properties. For example, coatings tend to create a smoother finish and can offer protective properties, resulting in tougher and more durable sticky labels. They may also offer limited protection from environmental elements such as moisture. While paper labels can never be fully waterproof, our gloss and semi-gloss paper labels are “splashproof” and can be wiped clean and dry if lightly splashed with water.

Matt Labels

Matt labels may not be as decorative as gloss labels but this can be a benefit. Their subtle flat finish allows additional print to be added onto matt surfaces without drawing attention to the fact that this has been done. Some matt labels (especially matt transparent labels) become almost invisible after application, making it seem as though your additional print is actually part of the labelled item. Matt labels tend to be uncoated (with a rougher surface), although additional coatings can improve the finish. They can also be made with waterproof materials to create waterproof matt labels suitable for outdoor (or indoor) use. A less reflective surface can also be beneficial when the print must be easy to read – by humans or by machines. Gloss labels may be harder to read when light sources reflect off the surface. Matt labels are a better option for barcode labels and QR code labels. While some readers do not rely on detecting fluctuating levels of reflected light, traditional optical scanners do. The reflective surface of gloss labels may prevent barcodes and QR codes scanning correctly. The (usually) rougher surface of matt labels is often more receptive to handwritten or drawn designs along with craft materials, such as foils and stamps.

So Which Finish Should I Choose?

Ultimately, the choice between matt labels and gloss labels is up to you. Generally, it depends on the appearance you want for your self adhesive labels (and your labelled items). If you don’t have any practical considerations to bear in mind (which might rule out one or other of the finishes), it really does just depend on the finish that you prefer.

Order Matt Labels AND Gloss Labels From Label Planet

Visit our List Of All Materials page to view all of our materials; the description includes the finish of each product. Our product pages also list the finish of each product.

As well as gloss and matt finishes, we also supply semi-gloss labels, our gold labels and silver labels have a satin finish, and our Kraft labels have a ribbed matt finish, which adds a subtle touch of pattern and texture.

We offer a free Sample Request service so you can take a look at our materials and decide which finish fits your labelling project best. Label templates are available to download from our Label Templates Home Page and our Help Section includes a variety of guides and tips on designing and printing self adhesive labels.

Use Gloss Labels To Add Some Shimmer And Shine

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Gloss labels are a great way to add a decorative touch of shimmer and shine to any labelling application. Find out how gloss labels can add a touch of glitz and glamour.

What Are Gloss Labels?

The term “gloss labels” applies to sticky labels with a gloss finish. The term is usually refers to a “full” gloss finish, although it may also include a range of “partial” gloss finishes, including semi-gloss and silk/satin finishes.

What Is A Gloss Finish?

Finish refers to the surface properties of a paper or film as determined by its appearance and texture. A gloss finish refers to a surface that has a bright and shiny finish. Gloss surfaces are bright and shiny because they are very efficient at reflecting light. The level of gloss, therefore, depends on how efficiently the surface reflects light (i.e. whether the light is reflected in a concentrated pattern or if it is diffused/scattered). A “full gloss” finish is very bright and shiny because it reflects light very efficiently. A “semi-gloss” finish is less bright and shiny because it is less efficient at reflecting light and more likely to diffuse (scatter) light.

What Are The Benefits Of Gloss Labels?

The primary benefit of gloss labels is their decorative appearance. Gloss labels are often chosen for marketing and promotional purposes because they add a subtle touch of decoration while also creating a professional and high quality finish. Usually they are chosen because they provide a subtle contrast to standard matt labels – providing a decorative finish without resorting to the use of coloured labels or elements of pattern and texture.

The shimmer and shine of gloss labels can also be beneficial because it tends to draw the eye more than the dull, flat finish of a matt label. This can be used to draw attention to a particular item or to the specific information carried on the gloss label.

Gloss labels are usually made by adding a special coating to a face material (such as paper or polyester). In addition to creating a gloss finish, these coatings also tend to have additional benefits. For example, they often create a protective layer, making your sticky labels tougher and more durable. In some cases, particularly with paper labels, they can provide (limited) protection against exposure to water. Our two splashproof paper labels are not fully waterproof because they are paper labels. However, their coatings provide some protection, which means they can be wiped clean and dry if lightly splashed with water. Another benefit is that coatings can help to improve the receptivity of your sticky labels, improving the quality of print you can achieve. This is especially important if you are trying to reproduce high resolution artwork on your sticky labels.

What Gloss Labels Are Available From Label Planet?

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We supply seven ranges of gloss labels. Six have “full” gloss finishes, while one offers a “semi-gloss” finish.

Three of these ranges are gloss paper labels: GW, GWPQ, and SG.

GW: Gloss paper labels suitable for use with laser printers or for handwriting. They are one of two splashproof products.

GWPQ: Gloss paper labels for use with inkjet or laser printers or for handwriting. Ideal for creating high resolution print.

SG: Semi-gloss labels suitable for use with laser printers or for handwriting. They are the second splashproof product.

The remaining four ranges are gloss polyester labels: GCP, GTP, GTR, and GWP.

GCP: Gloss transparent labels suitable for use with inkjet printers. They can also be used to make transparent white boards.

GTP: Gloss transparent labels suitable for use with laser printers. This product range has a permanent adhesive (see GTR).

GTR: Gloss transparent labels suitable for use with laser printers. This product range has a removable adhesive (see GTP).

GWP: Gloss white labels suitable for use with laser printers. Ideal for creating decorative and professional sticky labels that are also waterproof – suitable for indoor and outdoor applications that may involve exposure to water.

Order Your Own Gloss Labels Today

We’ve created a List Of Gloss Labels page, which you can visit to find out more about gloss labels in general, to find out more about each range of gloss labels, or to place an order for your own gloss labels today.

This page includes a brief description of each product range, including the material, finish, adhesive, and printer compatibility. Click on View Products for more information or to view the sizes available (and to order). Our most popular sizes are available to order in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock. Other sizes are available as made to order items in bulk boxes of 500 sheets.

Perfect Your Party Invitations With Pitch Perfect Address Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Make Sure Your Invitations Get To Where They Need To Go With Address Labels That Rise To The Occasion

Whether you’re sending out invitations to friends and family to celebrate a big day or inviting customers and clients to a big event, it’s important to make sure that your invitations look the part – right down to the address labels you stick onto your envelopes.

There are thousands of different design and material choices to make when you choose your invitations. So you might not think about your address labels until it’s a bit too late.

If you’ve chosen a specific colour scheme or material for your invitations and your envelopes, you really won’t want to plaster a plain white label over the top – you’ll want address labels that fit your theme. This is where Label Planet comes in.

Address Labels To Add A Burst Of Colour, Some Shimmer & Shine, Or Text That Is Crisp & Clear

While you COULD use any self adhesive labels, some options are better suited to this particular purpose. Whether you need wedding labels, birthday labels, party labels, or event labels, there are plenty of ways to make sure that your address labels play their part in your big event.

Coloured Address Labels

The easiest way to create decorative address labels is to use coloured labels. We supply a range of colourful options including SEVEN pastel shades, FIVE fluorescent colours, TWO brilliant metallics, and ONE patterned Kraft paper. The pastel coloured labels and our Kraft labels can be printed with an inkjet printer or a laser printer (or handwritten!), while our fluorescent labels, gold labels, and silver labels can only be printed with a laser printer (or handwritten!).

Gloss Labels

Another way to add a decorative finish is to introduce a touch of shimmer and shine with gloss labels. Gloss labels are extremely effective at reflecting light, which gives them a bright and shiny finish. We supply two full gloss labels (one for laser printers only and one for inkjet printers and laser printers) as well as semi-gloss labels (for a more subtle shine).

High Resolution Matt Labels

Our premium quality paper labels have a high quality finish and are an excellent choice if you want to include high resolution artwork on your address labels (for example, if you want to include digital photographs in your design). These paper labels can be printed with laser printers or inkjet printers (or handwritten). They have a special coating that helps to produce perfectly crisp and clear designs.

Address Labels To Suit Any Colour Scheme

If you’ve got a very specific colour scheme, you might be struggling to find self adhesive labels to match. While you CAN have bespoke coloured labels made for you, this tends to be quite a costly option. Instead, we recommend avoid the problem altogether by using transparent address labels. Transparent labels allow your carefully chosen colours to show through. So you can address your invitations without covering up your design in the process.

At Label Planet, we supply three ranges of transparent address labels. If you are using an inkjet printer, you will need to choose our gloss clear labels, which are transparent labels with a bright and shiny finish. If you have a laser printer, you can choose transparent labels with a gloss finish OR a matt finish.

Superbly Swift Despatch & Delivery To Suit Any Schedule

Another problem that some people encounter when sourcing address labels for special events is time. Big events need a lot of organisation and it’s all too easy to forget about self adhesive labels. At Label Planet, however, we have a huge range of address labels available for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets – and options to upgrade to next day delivery.

Order Address Labels From Label Planet Today

We’ve created a specific section for all of our address labels to make it really quick and simple to see all of the options available and to pick the perfect self adhesive labels for your party invitations!

Celebrate The Arrival Of Spring With Suitably Seasonal Sticky Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

We’re Celebrating Spring With Sticky Labels That Are Perfect For The Season Of Spring!

Yesterday saw the occurrence of this year’s Spring Equinox; marking one of the two moments each year when the sun is directly above the equator (meaning night and day are – roughly – equal in length). The Spring Equinox has traditionally been used as a marker of the beginning of Spring – although the weather doesn’t always agree!

With this in mind, we thought we’d put together our top three sticky labels that are well-suited to the seasonal changes that happen with the arrival of Spring.

Add A Bloom Of Colour With Coloured Labels / Fluorescent Labels / Metallic Paper Labels / Kraft Labels

To brighten up any labelling project, choose one of our coloured labels to add a bloom (or burst) of colour. We have a variety of colourful options to choose from including:

Pastel Coloured Labels – suitable for use with inkjet and laser printers or for handwriting, these coloured labels are perfect for adding a subtle bloom of colour to any project and you can choose between seven different shades!

Fluorescent Labels – suitable for laser printers or for handwriting, these paper labels are brilliant if you prefer an eye-catching burst of colour to blow away the cobwebs of winter – choose between five neon colours to bright up your day!

Gold Labels / Silver Labels – suitable for laser printers or for handwriting, metallic paper labels offer a luxurious touch of shimmer and shine if you’re looking to step into spring with a hint of glamour.

Brown Kraft Labels – suitable for laser printers and inkjet printers or for handwriting, our Kraft labels have a ribbed finish, which adds a subtle touch of pattern and texture – ideal for any projects that need to have a natural, homemade feel.

Introduce A Subtle Shimmer Of Sunlight With Gloss Labels / Semi-Gloss Labels

If you simply can’t wait for summer, why not add a bit more brightness to your world with our gloss labels and semi-gloss labels. Made with high quality coatings, these sticky labels have a gloss (or semi-gloss) finish, which means that they reflect light REALLY efficiently, creating a bright and shiny appearance.

We supply a range of self adhesive labels with a gloss finish, including gloss paper labels, gloss waterproof labels, gloss transparent labels, and our semi-gloss paper labels – which offer a subtle alternative to a full gloss finish.

Avoid The Problems Of Spring Showers With Waterproof Labels / Splashproof Labels

Obviously, Spring has a tendency to bring with it a seasonal shower or two (or three or four or more), which means that you might be in need of sticky labels that can put up with the Great British Weather.

This is where our waterproof labels / splashproof labels come in; our waterproof labels are made with materials that can survive exposure to or even total submersion in water – especially our three “marine labels”, which are made with a special adhesive specifically designed for use in marine environments. Waterproof labels can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications where there’s a chance of a spring shower!

For a more budget friendly option, you could also try one of our splashproof options; these are paper labels with an additional coating that provides a thin layer of protection against minor exposure to water – meaning you can wipe your sticky labels clean and dry if they are lightly splashed with water. As paper labels, however, they are NOT a fully waterproof solution and will be damaged by prolonged or major exposure to water.

To produce fully waterproof labels OR splashproof labels, you will need to print your sticky labels using a laser printer; laser printers use a dry printing process to bond toner onto a surface (producing waterproof print), while inkjet printers tend to use water-based inks that will run or smudge if they get wet.

Order Sticky Labels From Label Planet This Spring

You can order online at any time by visiting www.labelplanet.co.uk; alternatively, you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team to place an order over the phone (call 01270 668076, 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

To view all of the materials and adhesives available from Label Planet, take a look at our List Of All Materials page, or head on over to our Help Pages to find Guides To Designing & Printing Self Adhesive Labels, Troubleshooting Tips, and our Label Templates section – where you can find and download label templates for all of our label sizes.

Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Mementoes With Photo Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Create Your Own Self-Adhesive Photos That You Can Turn Into Gifts & Decorations Or Simply Stick Up On Your Wall!

Valentine’s Day is a brilliant opportunity to take some extra special photos and, with the help of some sticky labels from Label Planet, you can turn your photos into gifts, decorations, or mementoes in an instant – simply by printing them onto A4 labels using a standard desktop printer.

Our GWPQ paper labels are made with a special gloss coating, which is PERFECT for printing high resolution images (including photographs), and a high quality permanent adhesive, which means you can stick your adhesive photos onto a whole range of surfaces to create personalised gifts and decorations – or to create your own homemade photo album.

The coating is a special finishing layer designed to improve a few key properties of the paper used to make our GWPQ paper labels; these include the brightness and whiteness of the surface (so you can print your photos onto a clean background that is a bright white in colour) as well as its ink receptivity and smoothness (so your printing inks or toners can be applied onto the surface really efficiently to produce sharp, crisp print). In other words, the coating is specifically designed to help make sure that your print comes out at the highest possible quality – even when printing high resolution digital photographs that contain a lot of detail – so your photographs look picture perfect every time.

The Perfect Printer Labels For Printing Digital Photographs

These gloss labels can be printed using an inkjet printer or a laser printer; to make sure that you get the best possible print quality, we recommend going through your printer’s settings to select a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” print setting and to select the highest possible print resolution – this will cause your printer to slow down (and laser printers will apply more heat) allowing it to reproduce all of the details in your photographs as accurately as possible. As these gloss labels are also thicker than standard paper (due to that special coating), you should also make sure you use your printer’s media bypass tray (if it has one) to ensure that your photos all print out in the perfect position!

Photo Labels That Will Last & Last…

Our photo quality gloss labels are made with a high quality permanent adhesive, which has extremely good tack (adhesion) – allowing you to apply your photo labels to a variety of materials and surface types while creating an adhesive bond that will remain firmly in place in a wide range of temperatures (including colder temperatures that often cause standard permanent adhesives to fail).

Photo labels are a brilliant way to create homemade mementoes and they’re a quick and simple way to personalise all kinds of items with photos – such as address labels for wedding invitations or birthday cards and gift tags for party favours or thank you notes.

Ordering Photo Labels From Label Planet

Our GWPQ paper labels range contains 57 label sizes with 15 stocked sizes (available in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch) and a further 42 made to order sizes.

You can find out more about these gloss white labels or place an order for your very own photo labels today by visiting our Photo Gloss Labels page – or by getting in touch with our Customer Service Team. Visit our Template Home page to download label templates for your gloss labels in a Word or PDF format.

If a gloss finish isn’t what you need, you might find that our Premium Quality Matt Labels (MPQ) are the perfect alternative.

Get Crafty This Christmas With Christmas Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

From dazzling address labels to seasonal product labels, sticky labels are a REALLY easy way to add a festive finish (and that all important personal touch) to anything that you’re making and/or sending to someone this Christmas. Plus with label templates and A4 labels from Label Planet, you can create your own seasonal set of Christmas labels that even Father Christmas and his elves would be proud of!

Whether you’re looking for printer labels that can be printed with your laser printer or inkjet printer OR blank labels that you can decorate with a handwritten message or hand drawn design, we’ve got plenty of label sizes and materials to help you find the perfect self adhesive labels for any Christmas project.

Picking the Perfect Christmas Label For Your Project

If you want a particular label material or label size, use our “List Of Label Materials” and “Search By Width”/“Search By Height” pages to find the perfect adhesive labels for your project.

Alternatively, use our Label Finder to narrow down your options; simply select a few things that you want your blank labels to be and the Finder will show you all of the options that match your requirements.

All of our A4 labels are grouped into product ranges; each range has its own range page, which gives more information about that particular range and lists the label sizes available for that particular material and/or adhesive.

The Self Adhesive Labels On Everyone’s Christmas List

While you can take your pick from our full range of self adhesive labels, there are few firm old favourites that are just perfect for the Christmas season:

Coloured Labels: a quick and simple way to add decorative Christmas labels to any item; choose between our seven shades of Pastel Labels (for a subtle bloom of Christmas colour) or our five shades of Fluorescent Labels (for a burst of festive fun).

Brown Kraft Labels: our Kraft paper labels have a ribbed finish that adds a subtle touch of pattern and texture; these brown labels are the perfect finishing touch for any items that need a homemade touch.

Gold Labels & Silver Labels: for a luxurious and festive feel, these blank labels provide a stylish and decorative background for your season’s greetings.

Transparent Labels: perfect if you need to add product labels onto pre-printed packaging, address labels onto specially designed envelopes, or gift tags onto wrapping paper; transparent labels allow you to add a festive finish to items WITHOUT covering up the seasonal designs already printed on those items.

Gloss Labels: add a seasonal shimmer to items with gloss labels; choose between gloss laser labels / photo quality gloss laser and inkjet labels (for shiny labels that are both merry and bright) and semi-gloss labels (for a more subtle shine).  

Premium Quality Paper Labels: these white labels are made with a specially coated paper that is ideal for printing high resolution artwork on blank sticky labels.

Despatch Information For (Pre) Christmas Delivery Of Your Festive Labels

If you intend to stick your self adhesive labels onto items that you need to deliver to someone else BEFORE Christmas, you’ll need to order as early as possible to leave enough time for your blank labels to be delivered to you, for you to design and print a label template onto your printer labels, for you to apply your sticky labels onto your items, and to despatch your labelled items so that they arrive before the big day.

Orders of 200+ sheets are sent via next working day carrier service (where stock is available; delivery to Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands is via 2 day carrier service). Smaller orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard. First class items are NOT guaranteed to arrive the next day and so we strongly recommend upgrading your order (online or by phone) to a next day delivery service.

If you need to order 500 sheets or more, we recommend contacting our Customer Service Team to check stock availability; paper labels are generally kept in stock at our warehouse for same day despatch, while other items are made to order and have a lead time of at least 5 working days for despatch.

Summer Is Here But Never Fear We’ve Got Labels For All Your Gear!

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Today saw the arrival of the summer solstice, which means that today is officially the longest day of the year with a whopping 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight available for whatever plans you’ve got to hand.

Obviously, here at Label Planet, we think it’d be really amazing if you used some of your extra daylight to buy some summer labels for whatever projects you’re working on – but don’t worry, we’ve made it quick and simple to order labels from us, so you’ll be done in a jiffy with plenty of time to fit as much into your day as possible.

At Label Planet, we have over 100 label sizes available in over 30 material options and we aim to stock as many of the most popular combinations as possible so your labels can be despatched same day. Our website features all-inclusive prices so you simply pay the price you see – you can also opt to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery option if you need to receive your labels in plenty of time for looming deadline.

Our website provides information about all of the label materials and label adhesives that we supply, contains free Word templates and PDF templates for you to download and use to print your labels, and plenty of help and advice to guide you through the process of designing and printing your own labels.

Suitably Summery Labels From Label Planet

Coloured Labels: we supply self-adhesive labels in FIFTEEN different colours so we’re sure to have an option that will add a touch of summer fun to your project, from pastels that add a subtle bloom of colour to fluorescents that add a vibrant burst of colour, along with luxurious gold labels and silver labels, and a crafty brown ribbed Kraft paper that has a subtle touch of pattern and texture.

Gloss Labels: gloss labels are a brilliant way to add a subtle summery shimmer to your labelled items and we have both a full gloss and a semi-gloss finish available – you can also choose between gloss paper labels and gloss polyester labels (which are ideal if you want waterproof labels that can survive the occasional summer shower).

Transparent Labels: transparent labels are a wonderfully decorative way to label any item or even to make your own window stickers and you can choose between a gloss finish or a matt finish to make sure your labels stand out or blend in, depending on the effect you want to create.

Waterproof Labels: perfectly suited to the summer months, we supply a range of waterproof labels, which can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications that may involve exposure to water. We particularly recommend our Marine Labels (MWP, MWPE, and MWPO), which are all made with super tough synthetic materials and a marine adhesive, which means they’ll survive in all kinds of conditions – perfect for the ever-changeable British summer.

Freezer Labels: if you’re looking to perfect some homemade delicacies or you’re a supplier of delicious summer delights, our freezer labels are designed specifically for use on items that need to be stored in deep freeze conditions.

Water Wash Off: another recommended product for customers making food and drink products over the summer months; these labels can be used to safely and securely label containers that hold food stuffs and ingredients BUT can also be removed simply by washing the containers so that you can clean and re-label them time and time again.

Visit our full List Of Label Materials to find out more or to buy any of the label materials available from Label Planet OR visit our full List of Label Adhesives for more information about the adhesives used to make our self-adhesive labels.

You’ll find plenty of tips and advice on our Help Pages and you can head on over the our Template Home Page to download a template and get printing!

Remember, you can also Request A Sample of any of our label materials and adhesives to make sure that the labels you buy from us won’t give you the summertime blues!

Make Your Mail Magnificent With Address Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

While address labels might not be something that you spend a lot of time thinking about (or indeed spend any time thinking about!), they’re a really brilliant way to personalise your mail in a few simple steps.

Whether you’re a professional looking to smarten up your business mail, a company wanting to brand your envelopes and/or packages, or an individual who wants to make their post that extra bit special, designing and printing your own address labels is a really easy way to make your mail stand out.

HOW CAN I PERSONALISE MY ADDRESS LABELS?
You can personalise address labels in all kinds of ways, including:

  • Fonts – simply taking some time to choose the right font can be a really easy way to improve the look of your address labels. If you’re creating labels for a special event you could match the colour and style to the theme of the event, or you could replicate your company’s brand colours for a subtle way to boost brand awareness for your business or organisation.
  • Images – for an eye-catching and unique finishing touch on any postal item, you could add a photograph, company logo, picture, or even a design of your own creation.
  • Colour – adding colour to your address labels is the perfect way to brighten up any envelope or parcel and you can use colour to tailor your labels to a particular event, promote brand awareness by using company colours, or just throw in every colour of the rainbow for a bit of fun!
  • Materials – you can also enhance the appearance of your envelopes or parcels simply by choosing a different kind of label material. For example, we supply pastel coloured labels (for a subtle bloom of colour), fluorescent coloured labels (for an eye-catching burst of colour), Kraft paper labels (for a natural, home-made feel), gloss address labels (for a decorative shine), and transparent labels (for envelopes or parcels that already have a decorative finish of their own).

HOW DO I CREATE ADDRESS LABELS?
While you CAN simply type your addresses into a template (or perhaps copy and paste them from an existing list), it’s always worth considering using a Mail Merge tool, like the one available in Word, especially if you need to print a LOT of labels.

Mail merge tools are designed to create multiple documents or items based on a single template document and a data source – for example, a Word template and an Excel spreadsheet. Most mail merge tools include an option to create address labels in this way (although the tool can also be utilised to create other sorts of labels, such as product labels).

You add your design to the template and insert placeholders for the information that will be drawn from your data source (for address labels, this would be the name of the recipient and their address); your software will then merge your template and your data source to create a set of labels containing one personalised label for every recipient in your data source.

We recommend using the Mail Merge Wizard in Word – while you can complete the various steps in a mail merge yourself, we find that it is always easier to use the Wizard, which will guide you through the process step by step.

To start the Mail Merge Wizard:

  • Click on Mailings > Start Mail Merge > Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard (Word 2007 onwards + Word For Mac 2016)

WHY SHOULD I BUY ADDRESS LABELS FROM LABEL PLANET?
At Label Planet, we have a huge range of address labels available for same day despatch from stock. Our labels are available in packs of 25 sheets (or boxes of 500 sheets) and our website features straightforward all-inclusive pricing so you simply select the address labels you want and pay the price you see. We also offer next day delivery options if you want to make sure that your labels arrive in plenty of time – especially if you’ve got a big deadline to meet.

We also supply free label templates for all of our label sizes (in Word and PDF formats) and provide compatible Avery codes where applicable (so you can use built in Avery templates if you need to do so). You can also visit our Help Section for tips and advice on designing and printing your own labels and our Customer Service Team is on hand Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) to provide one-to-one advice if you need us!

Visit our Address Labels page to take a look at the different material options we recommend for address labels or to buy your own address labels today!

The Language Of Labels – A Quickfire Guide To Our Label Categories

Monday, January 30th, 2017

At Label Planet, we often group our labels into categories based on specific qualities and many of our product ranges take their names from the qualities that those labels possess. If you’re new to the world of labels, however, it can be a bit confusing if you aren’t sure what some (or all) of these terms mean – or at least what they mean in the specific world of labels and labelling. This short guide should help to make it clear what we mean when we use the following terms to describe our labels:

Permanent:
We use the word permanent to refer to labels that are made with a permanent adhesive; permanent adhesives are designed to create a strong bond between a label and an object that is difficult to break. It does NOT mean that these labels are impossible to remove; if someone is determined enough to remove a permanent label they will be able to do so (albeit with a serious amount of intent and effort and the likely result that both the label itself and the labelled item will be damaged in the process).

High Tack:
This refers to labels that are made with extremely strong, permanent adhesives; “tack” refers to the property of materials that allows them to adhere to a surface immediately upon contact – in other words, it describes how “sticky” a material is in a fluid or semi-fluid state. High tack labels, therefore, are highly sticky labels!

Removable:
We use the term removable to refer to labels that are made with a removable adhesive; removable adhesives are designed to create a bond between a label and an object so that the label can be removed cleanly and easily (without doing any damage or leaving behind any adhesive residue) when it is no longer needed. For this reason, removable labels may also be called “Temporary Labels”.

Finish:
This term refers to the qualities and properties of a material’s surface, including its appearance and texture. We supply three types of finish:

  • Gloss: gloss surfaces are generally very smooth and are highly efficient at reflecting light, which produces a decorative bright and shiny appearance.
  • Matt: matt surfaces are very poor at reflecting light, which creates a dull and non-shiny appearance.
  • Semi-Gloss: as a compromise between gloss and matt, semi-gloss surfaces do reflect light (but less efficiently than full gloss surfaces), which creates a more subtle shine.

Opaque:
Opaque materials do not transmit light; light cannot travel through these materials, which means that opaque materials cannot be seen through. Opaque materials are used to create “Blockout” labels that will prevent any existing print or design work from showing through a label, even if it is applied to a highly decorative surface. They are ideal for covering up existing print, recycling packaging, covering up errors, or simply to create a completely blank background onto which a new design or print can be added.

Transparent:
Transparent materials are extremely efficient at transmitting light; light travels through these materials, which means that you can see through transparent materials. Our transparent labels are not 100% transparent because they use an adhesive, which means that they may trap small air bubbles or particles of dust during application. Please note that we also use the term “clear” to refer to transparent materials.
If a material only transmits some light, then it will not be completely transparent – these labels are usually known as Transluscent or Frosted labels.

Waterproof:
Waterproof materials can survive exposure to or immersion in water – which means our waterproof labels are the best option to choose if you need labels for an application that may involve water, for example outdoor labels or labels for use on items that will be stored and used in kitchens or bathrooms.

Splashproof:
This is a term that we use to describe our GW (gloss laser labels) and SG (semi-gloss laser labels); both of these products are paper labels, which means that they are not waterproof BUT the coatings applied to these labels to give them their gloss and semi-gloss finishes do provide limited protection if the labels are lightly splashed with water or get slightly dirty (hence splashproof). These labels provide a compromise between using standard paper labels (with no protection against water damage) and our synthetic labels (which are completely waterproof) – especially if you need to work within a limited budget.

Compatible:
Essentially, when we describe one of our labels as being “compatible” with a label product from a different company, we mean that the label size and layout (but not the materials used to make the labels) are the same for our labels as they are for the other product. For example, many of our label products are described as “Avery Compatible” and we provide “Compatible Avery Template Codes” for customers to use when printing their labels. All this means is that the label size and layout of our labels is the same as those of Avery labels and you can therefore use the same template to print both our labels and Avery labels.

Special Use:
Also known as “Media Labels”, these labels are a group of products that were each originally created to suit a specific purpose but can also be used for a wider range of label applications. They tend to be sizes that were designed for use on storage devices and folders, such as CDs and DVDs, box files and lever arch files, or videos and data cartridges.

Plastic:
Plastic is a general term that can be used to describe any synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers. We have three plastic materials; polyester, polyethylene, and vinyl (our Tamper Evident Vinyl). When we use the term “Plastic labels”, we are referring to our polyester and polyethylene (and vinyl) labels.

Tamper Evident:
A type of security label; security labels are labels with special features that are designed to improve the security of the items they are used to label. Tamper evident labels have features that allow them to provide visual evidence that someone has tampered with an item. We have TWO tamper evident labels; our Silver Void Labels leave the message “VOID” behind when they are removed from an item, while our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels will disintegrate into tiny pieces if someone attempts to remove them.

You can find even more label terms (along with their definitions) in our online Glossary. If you have any questions or queries about what a particular term means or if you need any assistance choosing the right label for your specific label application, you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team by phone or email to find out more.

‘Tis The Season For Christmas Parties & That Means Christmas Name Badges & Table Place Cards!

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Whether you simply want to add a temporary touch of Christmas magic to badges already worn by your employees or you’re in charge of planning a Christmas event and need name badges and/or table place cards for everyone, we’ve got the perfect labels for you!

You might be looking for a professional finish to suit a Christmas networking event or an exhibition. Alternatively, you might be planning a massive Christmas party and need suitably seasonal badges and place cards to get everyone organised!

If you are selecting labels to be used as name badges for people to wear (i.e. that will be stuck directly onto people’s clothing), you need to bear in mind that adhesives don’t tend to work as effectively on fabrics as they do on other surfaces. So, while you might be tempted to go for a removable adhesive (because you obviously want the labels to come off without damaging people’s clothing once the event is over), you may actually find that this type of adhesive isn’t strong enough to keep the labels on during your event. Most people use one of our standard permanent adhesives for this particular purpose to ensure that the labels will remain in place for the event but then peel off easily when they are no longer needed.

All of our labels can be printed with standard desktop printers BUT you can also write on our products – so you can print a Christmas design onto your labels along with a blank space for guests to write in their own name.

We’ve put together a shortlist of our most popular labels used for making name badges and place cards, to give you a bit of inspiration and/or a starting point for your own event:

Matt White Paper Labels
Our most basic (and budget friendly) option on the list, these labels are a good choice if you want a simple, clean background for your badges or place cards. You can add just the name of each guest or you can overprint the plain white background with the full colour Christmas design of your choosing.

Premium Quality Paper Labels
For a slightly more professional and decorative finish, these labels are made with a high quality paper with a special coating that produces a smooth finish and excellent print resolution – ideal for a professional look or for printing high quality images/designs (for example, if you wish to include photographs as part of your design).

Coloured Labels / Fluorescent Labels
If you’re after something that’s a bit more FUN or suits the colouring of your Christmas theme, why not try our seven pastel colours (for a subtle touch of colour) or our five fluorescents (for a not-so-subtle burst of colour).

Gold Labels / Silver Labels
Highly popular for the Christmas season, these two labels are perfect additions for any seasonal project. The labels have a semi-gloss textured finish that gives them a subtle shine that is both luxurious and a perfect fit for glittering Christmas events.

Gloss Paper Labels
If you’re after a touch of seasonal shimmer, using one of our paper labels with a gloss finish is a brilliant way to create decorative and/or professional labels with that special finishing touch. You can choose between gloss labels for laser printers, photo gloss labels for laser printers and inkjet printers (perfect if you want to include high resolution images or photographs in your design), or semi-gloss labels for laser printers (for a more subtle finish).

Kraft Labels
Perfect for use on your table place cards, these labels are made with brown Kraft paper with a ribbed finish, which creates a wonderfully natural appearance with just a touch of pattern and texture. Ideal if you want to create labels that have that warm homemade finish to create a personal welcome for each and every guest at your event.

Visit our website to take a look at the product ranges mentioned above and to buy labels to create your own Christmas name badges and/or table place cards. Alternatively, visit our list of ALL LABEL MATERIALS for even more inspiration this Christmas!