Heatproof Labels

  • Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15: How Fire Prevention Stickers Can Help

    Fire remains a deadly and devastating threat facing homes and businesses around the world, but there are plenty of actions people can take to ensure their dwellings and places of business are as well protected as possible. Fire Prevention Week is all about reminding the public about the various ways to guard against the risk of fire. You can take this opportunity to print general awareness stickers, and use it as a reminder to print up fire prevention stickers that will protect your own loved ones or pets in the event of a fire.

    Awareness Increases

    If you serve on a community organization that wants to promote Fire Prevention Week, fire prevention stickers are a great way to get people thinking about the issue. Handing these out is a great way for local agencies to interact with the public. If the stickers are attractive and well-made, they could go on recipients' cars and spread their messages far and wide.

    Businesses can also get in on this type of promotion. Fire prevention is always relevant, so any company eager to be viewed as a responsible part of its community can spread these important messages between October 9 and 15. If you sell products that could contribute to fire safety, or should be kept isolated so they don't become a hazard, attaching fire prevention labels to those items is another good way to ensure people and their property aren't harmed.

    Warnings on Windows

    While you're no doubt careful about preventing a fire from breaking out in your home, there's no way to be 100 percent sure one won't occur. For this reason, it's a good idea to consider putting warning stickers on your windows or doors. Unobtrusive decals can tell first responders if the home contains young children or animals, so they'll know who and what to look for in the case of a fire. Firefighters can better protect lives when they go in knowing more details about the situation.

    Still Time to Order

    While Fire Prevention Week is right around the corner, it's not too late to get your stickers, labels and decals for the event. Lightning Labels, true to its name, is a high-speed printing partner that can turn your order around in days, instead of weeks or months. Using an all-digital process, Lightning Labels combines affordable prices for sticker batches of any size with speed and great materials. No matter what kind of approach you're taking to safety labels, fire prevention stickers or alert decals, Lightning Labels can help you reach your goal.

  • Leverage Weather-Resistant Labels this Season

    WeatherResistantSpring is Here, Summer is Nigh

    With the spring and summer come far more outdoor activities, and your products will need to stand up to the harsh conditions of the seasons. Regardless of whether you manufacture products that are very obviously used for outdoor activities, or others that often make their way out of the home, you can leverage weatherproof labels to contend against heat, humidity and rain through the end of summer.

    Weather-resistant labels will protect all the hard work that went into creating, manufacturing, packaging and marketing your products, but you do not have to strictly choose between function and fashion when making these.

    Durable Labels with Panache

    Custom weather-resistant labels are a great way to have your cake and eat it too when it comes to summertime product packaging. By using durable materials for the labels themselves, and a customization service, you can make these marketing materials just as aesthetically pleasing as they are tough in wet and humid conditions.

    Considering the fact that you will likely be targeting the labels for a specific time of the year - the warmer seasons - you might want to incorporate themes that are especially relevant during these months. This could include spring and summer color themes, designs based on the great outdoors or something similar. Remember, though, that many of your competitors are likely launching similar campaigns to position their products properly this spring and summer.

    The only way to truly differentiate your brand from others on the shelves is to go the extra mile in customization and personalization efforts. Sometimes the safest bet will be to lean heavily on the unique images and mission of the brand, then build the design off of these matters in a way that connects with life in the summertime.

    Use the Right Service Provider

    Because the spring is kicking into high gear across much of the United States and the weather is bound to get balmy before long, you will want to begin work on these projects as soon as possible to hit the ground running. Consider leveraging the services of Lightning Labels, which is an industry leader in speed and accuracy of printing custom stickers, labels and other product marketing and packaging materials.

  • Kick off Autumn Craft Fair Season with Custom Labels

    Kick off Autumn Craft Fair Season with Custom LabelsGet Ready for Fall Craft Fairs with Customized Labels

    There's a lot to love about fall. Pumpkin-flavored everything, leaves changing color before falling off trees, the heat of the summer slowly giving way to the crisp air and slight chill that constitute what the kids call "hoodie weather" and, of course, craft fairs. Kick off autumn craft fair season in style with customized labels to help make your handmade wares pop. At even the smallest of local craft fairs, competition can get fierce, with artwork, jewelry and assorted tools and trinkets everywhere you look. Give yourself every advantage in terms of standing out from the crowd by making sure your stickers and labels are eye-catching and unique - just like your products.

    What Goes Into Designing the Perfect Craft Fair Labels?

    Handmade products are much different from the mass-produced items that line the shelves of retail and grocery stores, but craft fair labels have a lot in common with the packaging deployed by big-box brands. For instance, edible items need nutrition panels, bath and body products should come with ingredient lists and directions for use and, as any good small-business owner knows, the company logo should be front and center. In addition to the contents of craft product labels, sellers should also pay attention to the labels themselves: What material should they be made from? Could they benefit from a particular finish or laminate? What size and shape best fits the product? Do several different designs need to be ordered, or will one suffice? In short, although preparing labels may not seem like a major part of getting ready for a craft fair, there are a lot of important questions to be answered - and these could affect key aspects like sales numbers and the reputation of the business.

    Why Choose Lightning Labels for Craft Fair Products?

    Lightning Labels understands that when it comes to labels for craft fair products, the smallest decisions can have the biggest impact. Craft fair attendees are big on customization and personalization, so the labels and stickers on wares should reflect this. Lightning Labels offers an impressive array of materials, finishes and laminates, ranging from our durable BOPP labels to our eco-friendly Kraft and EarthFirst PLA labels, and even the paper-free BioStone. Shore up products' ability to weather the elements with our UV outdoor gloss, and select heatproof and waterproof options for candles and bath and body products, respectively. Whatever your craft fair labeling needs, Lightning Labels is here for you.

  • Announcing Our 4th Annual Lightning Labels Photo Contest Winners!

    Don't Forget Back-to-School Labels This Shopping Season Facebook Voters Crown Label Contest's Top 5

    Back in May, we announced the kickoff of our fourth annual label contest and invited our customers to show off the product labels and stickers they printed with Lightning Labels. Once the submission period closed, fans of Lightning Labels on Facebook were encouraged to vote for their favorite product photos. With each entry more compelling than the last, there was some stiff competition, but voters were ultimately able to whittle down the options to five winners.

    Scentsational Soaps Claims Grand Prize in Image Contest

    Scentsational Soaps of California came out on top in our image contest and took home the grand prize - a Canon EOS Rebel camera. When she founded Scentsational Soaps back in 2007, Toushonta Hogan's wares were limited to glycerin soaps. Eight years later, she has transitioned into an expansive range of offerings that includes cold-pressed soaps, bath salts, body butter, sugar scrubs, candles, body mist and body souffle. Each product comes with a vivid label that describes the item not just with words, but also pictures. For instance, Scentsational Soaps' Caribbean soy candle label features palm trees backlit by a beautiful sunset, printed in vivid color by Lightning Labels.

    Candle-Makers Seize Second, Third Places in Lightning Labels Photo Contest

    Milwaukee Candle and Apothecary of Wisconsin, which won second place in the Lightning Labels Photo Contest, was awarded a 40-inch high-definition flat-screen TV. Meanwhile, third-place winner Art Scents of Hawaii got a Kindle Fire HDX. Like Scentsational Soaps, Milwaukee Candle's wares are more expansive than its name would suggest. In addition to candles, the company sells lip balm, aftershave, soap and more, all elegantly packaged by labels featuring refined designs. Art Scents is another business that sells candles, but with a twist: Every candle features art prints by business owner Chris Neil Conner. What's more, the containers are meant to last much longer than the candles themselves. Durability is a must in terms of this company's packaging, which makes Art Scents the perfect candidate for Lightning Labels' heat-resistant candle labels.

    Southern Girl Soapery and Sweet Tea Junkie Earn Lightning Labels Credit

    To round out the top five, Southern Girl Soapery of Arkansas and Sweet Tea Junkie of Florida received $500 and $300 in Lightning Labels credit. Southern Girl Soapery's handmade bath and body wares run the gamut from shaving products and bar soaps to body scrubs and creams, each infused with a little slice of the South. The rich colors and elegant fonts featured on Southern Girl Soapery's labels are a perfect extension of the company's brand. Sweet tea is another staple of the South, and Sweet Tea Junkie celebrates this delicious beverage by selling "tea shirts" and a range of premium, handcrafted blends. The teas' black labels combined with Sweet Tea Junkie's off-white logo and lime green text strike a balance between being refined and eye-catching. Interested in entering next year's photo contest and potentially nabbing one of these great prizes for yourself? Watch this space for details!

  • Sun-Proof Your Summer Products with Heat- and Waterproof Labels

    Heat and Waterproof LabelsSun-Proofing Labels Helps Products Hold Up in Summer

    After what proved to be a long, dreary winter in many parts of the country, people are welcoming the soaring temperatures and the reappearance of that giant celestial orb in the sky - that is, except for manufacturers who failed to acknowledge that they needed to engage in sun-proofing their product labels for the summer. When temperatures are high, certain products tend to fly off the shelves, including sunscreen to keep the sun's damaging rays at bay, lip balm to moisten lips on hot days and lotion to stave off dry, cracked skin and soothe sunburn. Given that many individuals will take these items outside with them - sometimes for hours while swimming, sunbathing and enjoying cookouts and other outdoor events - it's imperative that the labels affixed to these products can hold up if exposed to water or sunlight. After all, what use is a bottle of sunscreen if you can't read the SPF number on the packaging, or if the label is too faded for you to make out the instructions about how often to reapply?

    Don't Forget to Heat-Proof Labels

    Sometimes, manufacturers fall into the trap of declaring their wares ready for summer after simply ensuring the packaging won't get bleached by the sun - in fact, they need to heat-proof labels as well. Lightning Labels creates custom stickers for candles, so we know just what to do to make sure the labels on your summer products can take the heat. After all, stickers that crack and peel when exposed to high temperatures won't exactly give consumers a good impression of your products - especially if you're selling something that promises to protect them against the sun.

    Use Waterproof Labels to Combat Pool and Ocean Splashes

    It happens to everyone - dropping something in the bathtub, getting splashed by an unexpected cannonball into a nearby pool or even being caught off guard by a wave at the ocean. Products with waterproof labels aren't affected by these events, as consumers can simply wipe off any errant droplets and go on with their days. However, individuals who use items with sub-par packaging may not be as lucky. Before they know it, the pristine stickers on their sunscreen bottles or lip balm labels are marred by water spots or, even worse, entirely reduced to a soggy, pulpy mess. Manufacturers can avoid this unpleasant fate by turning to Lightning Labels for vibrant, high-quality labels that do more than just look the part - they can truly stand up to whatever summer throws at them.

  • Make Sure Your Candle Labels Hold Up to Heat

    candle-labels."Acknowledging the Importance of Heatproof Labels

    When it comes to packaging, some types of items come with pretty standard requirements - most food products, for example - whereas others have more specific needs, such as waterproof or heatproof labels. For instance, bath and body product labels need to be able to withstand contact with water and oils, while the stickers on candles must hold up to heat and be flame-resistant. As well as fulfilling practical concerns, custom labels and stickers need to be vibrant and high-quality in order to catch the attention of consumers.

    Strike a Balance with Custom Candle Labels

    As far as custom candle labels are concerned, enterprises that focus solely on the aesthetic aspect or safety considerations will likely miss the mark. The key is to find a balance between making labels attractive and functional. After all, a beautifully designed candle sticker that isn't wax- or heat-resistant could crash and burn - literally. By the same token, a fire-resistant label that lacks the "wow" factor required to pique shoppers' interest is unlikely to help a company become competitive within the candle marketplace, so the product's sales might go down in flames.

    Lightning Labels Understands Candle Labels' Unique Requirements

    Lightning Labels routinely provides candle labels for customers, so we can help you create the perfect design for your product while simultaneously ensuring the labels are safe, flame-resistant and able to withstand extreme heat. Our offerings are full-color and high-quality, which you can see for yourself by requesting some product samples before placing your order. Don't choose between design and safety - get both when you let Lightning Labels handle your candle stickers and labels.

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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.