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Make Your Post Personal & Professional With Address Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Address labels are the perfect way to make your post more presentable. Whether you’re looking to add personality or professionality, we’ve got address labels to make your post look perfect!

Address Labels – A Practical & Pretty Addition To All Your Post

While you can use address labels simply to make your post more decorative or professional in appearance, there’s a lot to be said for the practical benefits of printing address labels.

Printing address labels can save you a lot of time – especially if you’ve got a long mailing list. There are plenty of automated tools to speed up the process even further. For example, mail merges are a brilliant tool, whether you’re a business or organisation getting in touch with customers, clients, or supporters or simply an individual who has a very long Christmas card list.

Printing labels is also a lot less strenuous than handwriting your own address labels and you get a perfectly uniform set of labels – brilliant if your handwriting tends to get a bit wonky.

You may worry that printed address labels aren’t as personal as handwritten ones but there are hundreds of ways to personalise address labels to make sure that they are truly unique. Decorative designs, fonts, and photographs can all be included to make your address labels your own.

Printing address labels allows you to combine the practical and the pretty to ensure that your post gets where it needs to go AND lets people know who it’s from – before they even open it! For example, you could include a personal message (or design) or company/organisation details and branding.

Address Labels – Product Options To Suit Every Purpose

Whether you’re trying to make your post more personal or professional, we’ve got the perfect products for you!

address labels from label planetWhite Address Labels

If you’re looking for something classic, you can’t go wrong with a white paper label. White labels are easy to read and provide the perfect background for colourful designs and/or photographs. There are three options to choose from:

  • White Labels: our standard paper labels are made with matt white paper and are suitable for inkjet and laser printers. Ideal for basic address labels – and perfect if you’re working a tight budget.
  • Gloss White Labels: for a subtle touch of decoration, our gloss labels are an ideal choice. They have a bright and shiny surface, which makes your information/design stand out against matt envelopes and packaging. We have Gloss Labels For Laser Printers, Semi-Gloss Labels For Laser Printers (for a more subtle degree of shine), and Photo-Quality Gloss Labels – ideal if you want to add photographs or high resolution artwork to your address labels.
  • Premium Paper Labels: if you prefer a matt finish, our premium paper labels are perfect. They are made with a specially coated paper, which is ideal for printing high resolution artwork and photographs. These paper labels can be printed with an inkjet or a laser printer.

Coloured Address Labels

For a super quick and effective way to add a touch of decoration to your post, coloured address labels are the ideal solution. They give you an instantly decorative background for your text and designs, although you may need to make sure that you choose suitable colour schemes to make sure your print remains legible against the coloured background. They’re also a brilliant way to reflect your company/organisation brand colours and are especially popular for special events, both personal and professional in nature. Again, there are three options to choose from:

  • Coloured Labels: our pastel coloured labels are available in seven shades; red labels, orange-red labels, yellow labels, green labels, blue labels, pink labels, and cream labels. You can print them using a laser or inkjet printer.
  • Gold Labels & Silver Labels: our metallic coloured labels are a popular choice for festive items, celebrations, and special events – particularly for seasonal items and for weddings. They have a satin metallic finish and can be printed using a laser printer.
  • Kraft Labels: our brown Kraft labels have a ribbed finish for a subtle touch of pattern and texture. Especially popular for homemade and craft items, these address labels offer a natural finish that is perfect for adding a personal touch to your post.

Transparent Address Labels

Transparent labels are a brilliantly versatile way to create address labels. They are ideal if you have decorative envelopes or packaging; firstly, they avoid the problem of trying to colour match patterning (and brand colours) and they allow you to avoid plastering a less decorative address label over your carefully chosen pattern. They can allow you to add your address information on to items seamlessly – so your envelopes / packaging appear pre-printed with the correct details. We offer three options for transparent labels:

  • GCP: GLOSS transparent labels, suitable for use with inkjet printers only.
  • GTP: GLOSS transparent labels, suitable for use with laser printers only.
  • MTP: MATT transparent labels, suitable for use with laser printers only.

Order Address Labels From Label Planet – With Super Fast Despatch & Delivery To Get You Set For Christmas!

Our Address Labels section includes the materials listed above in the FIVE label sizes that are most popularly used as address labels. These are:

  • LP4/99: 4 labels per sheet, 99.1 x 139mm (compatible Avery labels L7169)
  • LP8/99: 8 labels per sheet, 99.1 x 67.7mm (compatible Avery labels L7165)
  • LP14/99: 14 labels per sheet, 99.1 x 38.1mm (compatible Avery labels L7163)
  • LP21/63: 21 labels per sheet, 63.5 x 38.1mm (compatible Avery labels L7160)
  • LP65/38: 65 labels per sheet, 38.1 x 21.2mm (compatible Avery labels L7651)

These are all stocked items, available to purchase in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch.

We despatch orders of fewer than 250 sheets by Royal Mail’s first class service. Around 93% arrives next day with the rest taking a few days extra (up to five working days). If you’ve got a deadline to meet, you can upgrade to Special Delivery, which guarantees delivery by 1pm on the next working day.

Orders of 250+ sheets despatch via next working day carrier. Delivery to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands takes two working days.

Orders of 500+ sheets despatch from our warehouse where stock is available. If stock is unavailable or your items are made to order (i.e. have a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets), despatch will take up to five working days. This leadtime will increase as we get closer to Christmas.

We offer a free sample request service so you can test a couple of options. We also provide free label templates in Word and PDF formats. Download these from our Label Templates section; first select your label shape and then your label size.

Need School Labels For Your End Of Term Celebrations? Get Super Swift Despatch & Delivery From Label Planet!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

With the end of the school year looming, now is the perfect time to order a stock of sticky school labels for all your end of term events. From Sports Day trophies to Certificates of Achievement, sticky labels are a brilliant way to create fun-filled awards to celebrate your pupils’ successes. They’re also a great way to get everything else organised before you depart for the summer holidays.

School Labels For Sport’s Day

If you’re holding a Sport’s Day event this year, you may need to make trophies and awards. We’ve got a range of coloured labels and fluorescent labels that are brilliant ways to create different awards for different placements (first, second, and third) or to create a set of colour coded team badges for all of the participants in each event.

We also supply gold labels and silver labels, which are perfect additions to trophies and certificates. Alternatively, you could use star stickers (in gold, silver, and bronze) to denote a particular level of achievement.

School Labels For Award Ceremonies

You may need certificates for pupils who have excelled or shown great improvement in a subject / activity. You can use our sticky labels to add on the recipient or category of a particular certificate. Our coloured labels, fluorescent labels, and metallic labels are a great way to denote categories or levels of achievement. You may also want to use our star stickers on rewards being handed out or feedback being given in the run up to the end of term / year.

School Labels For Your End Of Year Sort Out

Finally, you might be looking for sticky labels to help you organise your end of year clear out. Get all of your paperwork sorted and filed before heading out on your (well-earned) summer break.

Our coloured labels and fluorescent labels are a really quick and simple way to create a colour coding system for your files and paperwork. Alternatively, you could order paper labels to clearly label all of your files and folders so you know exactly where everything is when you return for the new school year.

If you need temporary labels that you can remove without damaging items when the sticky labels are no longer needed, we recommend our removable labels. Removable labels will stay firmly stuck while you need them before removing cleanly and easily when they are out of date or no longer required.

Super Swift Despatch & Delivery Of School Labels

Here at Label Planet, we make it our mission to make sure that your sticky labels make it to you as swiftly as possible.

Sticky labels available to order in 25 sheet packs will be despatched same day (Monday to Friday, before 4pm). If you are ordering fewer than 200 sheets, your order will be despatched by Royal Mail’s first class service. You can upgrade to a next day delivery option online or by phone. This guarantees delivery by 1pm on the next working day. If you order more than 200 sheets, your order will be despatched via a next working day carrier service.

Coloured labels with a 100 sheet minimum order are generally kept in stock at our warehouse. This means they are usually available for same day despatch from stock (Monday to Friday, before 3pm). These items will be despatched on a next working day carrier.

All sticky labels with a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets are made to order items. These sticky labels take up to five working days for despatch (via a next working day carrier service). Standard paper labels tend to be available much soon (within 1-2 working days).

Order School Labels From Label Planet

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You can order school labels from us online, by phone, or by email/fax. Orders placed online must be paid for at the point of checkout. Alternatively, schools can request a School Invoice, which provides 30 days for payment. Send us an official school purchase order (or a signed order on the school’s letterhead) via email or fax. We’ll process your order and despatch it along with a School Invoice.

If you need any further help or advice, simply get in touch with our Customer Service Team and we’ll be happy to help!

Looking For Luxurious Paper Labels? Our Premium Quality Paper Labels Are Just The Thing!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Matt Paper Labels With An Extra Special Coating For An Extra Special Finish

If you’re looking for paper labels with a more refined finish, you might think that your options are limited to more specialised (and more expensive) materials or finishes that are fussier than you’d like.

Standard paper labels tend to have a dull finish and may not have the professional or decorative feel that you need. With our premium quality paper labels, however, you get the simplicity of matt white paper labels along with the look and feel of more sophisticated materials.

The secret lies with the special coating that is applied to these paper labels during the manufacturing process; this finishing layer is designed specifically to create a high quality finish on printer labels and improves a range of characteristics including brightness, whiteness, colour, opacity, ink receptivity, and surface smoothness.

These properties help to produce premium quality paper labels that have a brilliant white colouring; they also help to ensure that the surface accepts printing inks and toners extremely efficiently, which makes your print sharper, crisper, and clearer.

In fact, these printer labels are a brilliant option if you need to print high quality artwork (e.g. digital photographs or designs) because they allow even the most complicated designs to be replicated in detail – producing high resolution print on each and every label.

Printing Perfection With High Quality Printer Labels

These premium quality paper labels can be printed using a laser printer or an inkjet printer – or, if you’ve got an eye for calligraphy, you can handwrite a message or design. When printing, you should select a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” print setting; this is because these premium quality paper labels are thicker than standard paper and require a more specialised print setting to get the very best print results. If you are printing high resolution artwork, you may also want to check for (and select) any resolution settings offered by your printer that will boost your final print quality.

It is also worth noting that – because of their special coating – these premium quality paper labels are thicker than standard paper labels, which means that (as with all printer labels) you should use your printer’s media bypass tray when printing.

Quality & Longevity Are The Perfect Pairing For Permanent Labels

In addition to having an extra special coating, our MPQ paper labels are also made with a high quality permanent adhesive that produces high quality adhesive bonds with a range of materials and surface types AND sustains those adhesive bonds across a wide range of temperatures – including lower temperatures where standard permanent adhesives may begin to fail. This means that not only will your white labels look the part but they’ll also get the job done and remain firmly fixed in place.

While premium quality paper labels are ideal for a whole range of label applications that require sticky labels to look both decorative and professional, they’re especially popular for people who need high quality marketing and promotional labels, packaging and product labels, CD labels and DVD labels, or address labels for Very Important Post – whether that’s correspondence with customers and clients or invitations to special events such as weddings and christenings.

Label Planet’s Range Of Premium Quality Paper Labels

We supply our MPQ paper labels in a range of 57 label sizes; 14 of these label sizes are available for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets, with the rest available to order in boxes of 500 sheets.

To find out more about these white labels or to place an order today, simply head on over to our Premium Quality Paper Labels range page – or get in touch with our Customer Service Team!

To download a label template for your MPQ paper labels, click on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on the product page of your premium quality paper labels or visit our Label Templates Home Page.

If a matt finish isn’t quite what you’re looking for, you might want to take a look at our Premium Quality Gloss Labels (GWPQ).

The World Of Label Planet Has Expanded Once Again!

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Brand New Label Sizes & Self Adhesive Labels Are Now Available

Over the last few months, we’ve been working hard to expand our range of self adhesive labels to give our customers even more choice when it comes to picking the perfect label.

We’ve introduced brand new label sizes, new size and material combinations, and we’ve added a variety of self adhesive labels to our stocked sizes and materials – meaning we’ve got an even bigger range of laser labels and inkjet labels available for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets.

Without further ado, here is a selection of the latest additions to our range of self-adhesive labels…

Coloured Labels & Kraft Labels

We’ve expanded our range of Kraft Labels to match our Coloured Labels and we’ve added two existing label sizes to the stocked section of both ranges – LP1/210 (1 coloured label per sheet measuring 210mm wide by 297mm wide) and LP36/49 (36 coloured labels per sheet measuring 48.8mm wide by 29.6mm high).

So, if you’re looking for sticky labels that offer a fun and decorative finish to any labelling project, now you’ve got even more choice! The LP1/210 label size is also a brilliant option if you want to create your own label sizes and shapes; simply print your designs onto these A4 labels and then cut out the shapes you need.

Gold Labels & Silver Labels

We’ve also expanded our range of metallic labels to include an amazing 44 label sizes in both gold labels and silver labels. Both ranges also feature 9 of our most popular label sizes as stocked items – including 6 rectangular labels and 3 round labels.

Gold labels and silver labels are a brilliant way to add a touch of luxury to items and are especially popular for use as gift labels, product labels, or address labels for extra special occasions!

Paper Labels

All of our special paper labels now include LP10/99 as a stocked label size; this particular label size features 10 self adhesive labels per sheet – each measuring 99.1mm wide by 57mm wide – and is compatible with a range of Avery labels (including J8173*, L7173*, L7973*, and L7992*).

This label size is really versatile and can be used for all sorts of label applications, including address labels, bottle labels, jar labels, and product labels.

Opaque Labels

We have supplied opaque labels (also known as blockout labels) for a few years but never carried these permanent labels as stocked items – until now! We’ve created a stocked section for this label range, which includes 12 self adhesive label sizes available for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets.

Opaque labels are a quick and easy way to cover up out of date or incorrect information on pre-printed materials (including leaflets and packaging) or to reuse / recycle old packaging by replacing existing print or sticky labels with new designs and/or information.

New Label Sizes

Finally, we’ve also added 10 brand new label sizes to all of our ranges – which means that all 30 of our self adhesive label materials and adhesives are now available in 10 additional label sizes! Our brand new label sizes are:

  • LP2/105: 2 blank labels per sheet, measuring 105mm wide by 297mm high with square cut corners
  • LP4/210: 4 blank labels per sheet, measuring 210mm wide by 74.25mm high with square cut corners
  • LP21/70: 21 blank labels per sheet, measuring 70mm wide by 42.42mm high with square cut corners
  • LP24/72: 24 blank labels per sheet, measuring 72mm wide by 21.15mm high with rounded corners
  • LP27/63: 27 blank labels per sheet, measuring 63.5mm wide by 29.6mm high with rounded corners
  • LP30/70: 30 blank labels per sheet, measuring 70mm wide by 29.7mm high with square cut corners
  • LP189/25: 189 blank labels per sheet, measuring 25.4mm wide by 10mm high with rounded corners
  • LP15/51SQ: 15 square labels per sheet, measuring 51mm by 51mm with rounded corners
  • LP35/37SQ: 35 square labels per sheet, measuring 37mm by 37mm with rounded corners
  • LP70/25SQ: 70 square labels per sheet, measuring 25mm by 25mm with rounded corners

Ordering Self Adhesive Labels From Label Planet

Our website lists our full range of label sizes and material combinations along with current price lists – all of our prices are all-inclusive (including both VAT and standard UK delivery), so you pay what you see (unless you upgrade to a special delivery option).

Stocked items are available in packs of 25 sheets or boxes of 500 sheets. All of our 25 sheet packs are available for same day despatch; orders with a total of fewer than 200 sheets will be sent via Royal Mail’s first class service, while orders of more than 200 sheets will be put on a next working day carrier service.

Non-stocked items have a minimum order quantity of 100 sheets or 500 sheets; standard paper labels will be available for same day despatch from our warehouse, while all other A4 labels take up to five working days for despatch.

You can find label templates for ALL of our label sizes either by visiting our Label Templates Home Page (select your label shape and label size) or by clicking on the purple “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on the product page of the blank labels you have ordered from Label Planet. We also provide plenty of help and advice in our Help Section, which includes links to our Labels Blog, Label Templates Blog, Troubleshooting Guides, and Step By Step Design Guides.

If you have any questions or queries about ordering self adhesive labels from Label Planet, our Customer Service Team is on hand to help; contact us by emailing info@labelplanet.co.uk or calling us on 01270 668076 (our opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

Alternatively, if you’d like to go ahead and place an order, you can give us a call or simply head on over to www.labelplanet.co.uk to get started!

Make A Big Splash With Splashproof Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Today, we’re taking a closer look at our SPLASHPROOF LABELS (Semi-Gloss Labels & Gloss Laser Labels) to find out why they’re the perfect choice when you need self adhesive labels that can put up with a splish (or a splash) of water.

What are SPLASHPROOF labels?

Splashproof labels are paper labels with a special coating that provides light protection against a small splash of water. This means that if these white labels are lightly splashed with water, they can be wiped clean and dry without the labels being damaged.

They are NOT waterproof labels; where waterproof labels can be exposed to and/or submerged in water without being damaged, splashproof labels are still – essentially – paper labels that will be damaged by exposure to/submersion in water.

How does the coating protect splashproof labels from water damage?

A self-adhesive label has two main layers (the face material and the adhesive) that are carried on a backing sheet; many adhesive labels have additional layers (such as a coating) to add particular characteristics to blank labels. For example, coatings are used to create specific finishes (e.g. gloss labels, matt labels, semi-gloss labels, satin labels, silk labels etc) or to add a protective layer over the face material and adhesive. This is how the coating on splashproof labels works; it sits on top of the paper labels so that water (or dust or dirt etc) lands on the coating and NOT on the paper face material. The water can then be wiped away without damaging the paper labels.

The reason that splashproof labels are NOT waterproof labels is that this coating is a very thin layer and does not provide a full seal all the way around the paper label beneath; if a splashproof label is exposed to or submerged in a lot of water, the water will break through the protective coating to the paper face material underneath.

So why would I use splashproof labels instead of waterproof labels?

Generally speaking, the deciding factor between the two is usually budget; waterproof labels are made with synthetic plastics (polyester, polyolefin, polyethylene etc), which makes them more expensive than paper labels.

Most of our customers who choose splashproof labels are printing product labels and either don’t have the budget for waterproof labels or want a budget-friendly alternative that won’t eat into their profit margin. If you know that your products MIGHT be exposed to a light splash of water every now and then, splashproof labels might offer enough basic protection so that you don’t need to pay extra for a completely waterproof label solution.

We are more than happy to send out samples of our splashproof labels so you can test them for yourself.

Why do you only supply splashproof laser labels?

Both our splashproof gloss labels and semi-gloss labels are LASER LABELS (i.e. they must be printed using a laser printer). They are made with materials that are well-suited to the laser printing process (a dry printing process that uses heat and pressure to bond a dry powder called toner onto surfaces), which produces waterproof print. This means both the splashproof labels AND the print that is added to them will survive a splash of water.

While it is possible to make waterproof or splashproof inkjet LABELS, inkjet INKS are NOT waterproof; they are water-based and will run or smudge under even the lightest splash of water.

What sorts of label applications are suitable for splashproof labels?

Splashproof labels are excellent product labels – especially on products that are to be used and/or stored in places where they might get splashed (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms) or on containers that will contain liquids (e.g. food labels, drink labels, bottle labels, jar labels, and cosmetics labels).

In addition to creating a protective layer, the coatings on these paper labels produce an attractive and decorative surface, with the choice of a bright “full gloss” finish (for a dazzling, eye-catching labels) or a more demure “semi-gloss” finish (for a subtle touch of shine).

What splashproof labels are available from Label Planet?

We have TWO types of splashproof labels:

  • GW: gloss paper labels for laser printers; these white labels have a permanent adhesive and are made with paper that has a gloss coating, which gives them a bright and shiny finish.
  • SG: semi-gloss labels for laser printers; these white paper labels have a permanent adhesive and a semi-gloss finish (this falls between the bright shine of a gloss finish and the dull surface of a matt finish).

Visit the range pages for GW and SG to find out more about our superb splashproof labels, to find out what label sizes are available, or to place an order for your very own splashproof labels today!

FAQ – Should I Choose Paper Or Polyester Labels / Coloured Or Transparent Labels / Gloss Or Matt Labels?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

At Label Planet, we like to offer our customers the best possible variety of label options to choose from; in addition to providing as many label sizes as we can, we also like to offer those sizes in a range of materials (where possible), so that customers can find the perfect label for their particular application.

To find the perfect label, there are THREE main choices that you need to make – label size, adhesive, and material.

The first two are usually easier to deal with because they are the most strongly influenced by the practical requirements of your label application; you choose the size that fits and the adhesive that will allow your labels to stay in place (or come away) as needed.

For example, you HAVE to choose a label size that will fit neatly onto your items and that is big enough to hold all of the information or design work that you want to add. You also need to make sure that adhesive you choose is suitable for the surface type you are labelling (e.g. by choosing a stronger adhesive for curved surfaces and unusual materials), suitable for the environmental conditions of your application (e.g. by choosing a deep freeze adhesive for items that will be stored in a freezer), and suitable for the application in hand (e.g. by choosing a removal adhesive if you need temporary labels that won’t do any damage when they are removed).

When it comes to choosing the right material, however, it can be a bit more difficult – while there are some label applications with practical factors that will determine the type of material you can use (e.g. you will HAVE to choose one of our polyester or polyethylene materials if you want waterproof labels), it is much more likely that you will end up choosing the material that best fits your own personal preferences for what you want your labels to look like.

And this is where some of our customers get a bit stuck! So, we’ve put together a quick-fire guide to the different material choices that are available when you order labels from Label Planet to help you find the one for you!

Paper Or Polyester (Or Polyethylene)?
Paper is the most common material used to make labels and is likely to be the sort of label that you are most familiar with. Polyester and polyethylene are synthetic materials with a broader range of properties and characteristics than those offered by paper; the most obvious example is their durability, which allows them to last longer than paper labels and to cope with a much more varied set of conditions and environments than paper labels.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Paper Labels
As a material, paper is much more readily available than polyester and polyethylene, which means that it is much more likely that your chosen paper labels will be available for same day despatch from stock (in either packs of 25 sheets or boxes of 500 sheets). We are also able to offer a larger range of material options (including colours, gloss and matt finishes etc) compared to our range of synthetic labels and they tend to be more flexible when it comes to printer compatibility, with many of our paper labels being suitable for use with laser printers or inkjet printers. Finally, paper labels will always be the cheaper option if you need to work to a strict budget.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Polyester Labels & Polyethylene Labels
As we’ve mentioned, synthetic materials are much more durable than paper labels and have the particular benefit of being waterproof. They can be used in both indoor and outdoor environments, where they may be exposed to or immersed in water and are excellent for use as long lasting or tracking labels, where it is vitally important that the information on a label should remain completely legible and firmly in place for as long as possible, even if the item is moved around or handled a lot.

However, polyester and polyethylene are also more expensive materials than paper and are not available in as wide a range of label sizes as our paper labels; while the most popular sizes are available to order for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets, some sizes are only available as “made to order” items, which have a despatch estimate of up to five working days.

You also need to bear in mind the fact that the majority of our synthetic materials can ONLY be printed with a laser printer; if you need to use an inkjet printer, you will only be able to choose between Gloss Clear Polyester or Matt White Polyethylene.

Colour Or Transparent?
Using a coloured label or a transparent label is an instant way to make your labels (and items) more eye-catching and creative in appearance. Coloured labels give you a burst of colour as the background to your labels, while transparent labels are ideal if you need to add a label to an item made of a transparent material, that have a decorative surface that you don’t want to cover up, or if you want to create a dramatic “floating text” effect.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Coloured Labels
A quick and easy way to add a decorative touch to any item, coloured labels are the easiest way to make your labels stand out; you can use colour to draw attention to important information, match your company branding, or create a more decorative and creative finish to your items that is simply a bit more fun!

You should keep an eye on the printer compatibility of the coloured labels you are interested in; while our pastel coloured labels and brown Kraft labels can be printed with either an inkjet printer or a laser printer, our metallic labels and fluorescent labels can only be printed with a laser printer (although you can, quite happily, handwrite any of our coloured labels!).

Some of our coloured labels are available in packs of 25 sheets (for same day despatch from stock), while others will only be available as “made to order” items – with a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets. You may also need to think carefully if you want to mix and match sizes and colours; we cannot split a pack or box between two or more different sizes and/or colour BUT we may be able to offer you a better price if you get in touch with us and let us know what sizes and colours you need.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Transparent Labels
Transparent labels are a brilliant way to add a decorative finish to any item; they’re a really creative tool, especially if you need to label transparent items (such as glassware), want to create a “floating text” effect, want to avoid covering up existing designs on a surface, or to avoid the problem of colour matching your label to your items. For example, they’re extremely popular for use as address labels on wedding invitations, where the stationery and envelopes used to make these invitations are often highly decorative in nature (with colours chosen to match a specific theme or colour scheme or perhaps with a decorative textured surface for extra decoration) – and the last thing you want to do is to plaster a label all over your carefully chosen invitations.

Again, you may need to consider any budgetary restrictions that you have; all of our transparent labels are made of polyester, which as we have already mentioned is a more expensive material than paper.

Gloss Or Matt?
Gloss labels have a decorative bright and shiny finish, while matt labels have a “dull” non-shiny finish; generally, people choose the finish that best fits with the overall look or appearance that they are trying to create for their items. While you may choose to match your finishes (e.g. a matt label for a matt surface / a gloss label for a gloss surface), you could also use the opposite finish to help your labels stand out (e.g. a matt label on a gloss surface / a gloss label on a matt surface). We also offer a third finish as a compromise between the two in the form of a Semi-Gloss finish.

There aren’t really any major advantages or disadvantages of choosing one finish over the other because this choice is based much more firmly on your own personal preferences. The gloss materials do tend to be slightly more expensive than matt materials (due to the more specialised coatings that are used to create the high shine of a gloss finish). The paper gloss (for laser printers) and semi-gloss materials have an extra benefit because the coatings used to make these particular materials offer some limited protection against water, which means they can be wiped clean and dry if they are lightly splashed with water (which is why we refer to these products as “Splashproof”) – this makes them an ideal compromise if you need waterproof labels but cannot afford the fully waterproof solution offered by using polyester or polyethylene labels.

You can find complete lists of each “type” of material by using our “List Pages”:
All Label Materials / All Coloured Materials / All Transparent Materials / All Gloss Materials
Use the “View Products” links on these pages to find out more about each material, to see what label sizes are available in each material, or to place an order.

Blockout/Opaque Labels – We’ve Got You Covered

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Whether you need to cover up a mistake or replace some old text with something new, opaque or “Blockout” labels are an ideal solution.

Opaque labels are designed specifically to block out anything beneath them, so you can only see the label itself and anything that has been printed on it.

We have a range of opaque labels, which are made of matt white paper with an opaque or “blockout” backing that prevents anything from showing through the paper layer.

We sell this label in a variety of sizes – although we cannot do bespoke sizes – at a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets. You can see the available sizes on our Opaque Label Product Page.

As some customers only need a few labels and find that 500 sheets is just a bit too much, we do have a few alternative suggestions:

1. If you’ve got a steady hand, you could simply try layering our standard labels until any existing print is no longer visible.

2. Try our Gold or Silver labels; the particular finish of these labels creates an opaque or block out effect, so they will do the same job as our Opaque labels – albeit with a slightly more eye catching finish.

3. As a compromise, you could try our Matt White Polyethylene labels; as this is a thicker material than standard paper it is more efficient at covering up existing print than a standard label. However, it isn’t a perfect solution and (depending on how bold the print beneath is) you may find that the print below is still slightly visible.

A Label Never Forgets

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

All labels have a “memory”; meaning that if they are stretched or distorted in any way from their original dimensions, they will try to return to their original shape.

Different materials have different strengths of memory; for example, our polyester labels all have stronger memory strengths than our paper labels.

Label memory can cause problems if you need to apply a label to an uneven surface – particularly cylindrical objects (such as tubes and bottles) or around a tight corner. The label will try to return to a flat state and so fights against the adhesive; if a label’s memory is stronger than the adhesive, the label will begin to return to its original state and its edges will curl up or the whole label will peel off entirely.

So how can you avoid problems with label memory?
1. If you have to label an unusual surface, make sure you choose a label material with a low memory strength, such as paper labels.
2. Alternatively, make sure you choose a label with a high strength adhesive, such as high tack labels.
3. You could even try to combine the two and choose a label such as our polyethylene labels, which are more flexible than our polyester labels (giving them a lower memory strength) and have a high quality marine standard adhesive.
4. You could also try to improve the bond formed by the adhesive on a label. All adhesives have an initial tack and an ultimate adhesion; the initial tack describes how well the adhesive sticks to a surface on initial contact. Once a label has been applied, the adhesive continues to cure and strengthen until it reaches ultimate adhesion (the strongest bond that a particular adhesive can achieve). In order to speed up the curing process you could try applying extra pressure when sticking the label onto an object or make sure that the label is applied and/or stored at a higher temperature. This will allow the adhesive to strengthen faster than usual, meaning it is more likely to have formed a strong bond by the time the memory of the label starts to work against the adhesive.
5. Finally, if you are applying a label to a cylindrical object, you could try choosing a larger size of label that will overlap itself when wrapped around the object. Labels will usually start to curl at the edges and so sticking one edge of a label over another will help to prevent the label peeling off. If there isn’t a large enough label to wrap around a particular object, you can always try using two labels and overlapping them over each other.