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    Participate in the 5th Annual Lightning Labels Photo Contest!

    Lightning Labels Celebrates its Customers

    Lightning Labels is celebrating its 14th anniversary this year, and has launched its 5th annual Photo Contest to bring the beautiful work of its loyal clientele to light. Participants should know that the submissions period began on May 18, and will run through July 1, and that the contest is open to all legal U.S. residents 18 years of age or older who have been Lightning Labels customers within the two years leading up to the submission deadline.

    Winners and runners up from last year received a range of great prizes for their outstanding work on custom labels, stickers and photos, and the rewards for doing so this year are even greater.

    Grand Prizes

    This year's grand prizes, which are rewarded to the top five participants following the vote on social media, include the following:

    Grand prize: GoPro Hero4

    Second prize: 40'' Flat-Screen Television

    Third Prize: Apple iPad Air

    Fourth and Fifth Prizes: Lightning Labels credits toward future purchases

    If you would like to take a look at last year's top five performers in the label contest, check out this rundown on our website. Entrants can enter the contest through the Lightning Labels Facebook page, and are urged to use photos of products that are currently in use.

    What it Takes to Win

    The Lightning Labels contest is certainly a competitive one, as hundreds of participants have gotten involved over the years. Even if an entry in the label contest is not a winner, it is a great opportunity to showcase your finest custom labeling and photo projects, all while getting to peek inside the unique marketing tactics of other contestants.

    Custom labels need to be a bit more unique and artistic to catch the eyes of consumers these days, and only the most vibrant and creative ones will tend to stand out from the crowd on shelves or other places of sale. Lightning Labels has watched its customers create incredible marketing collateral for 14 years running, and takes the anniversary as an opportunity to give them a platform to strut their stuff.

    The winners of this year's event will have a lot to brag about, as we expect a multitude of exciting and top-of-the-line entrants into the photo contest. Again, we thank you for your many years of patronage, and good luck on your custom label contest project!

  • 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!

  • Classy Labels Win Big - Lightning Labels 2nd Annual Photo Contest

    Classy Labels on Show after Facebook Photo Contest

    classy labels from Lightning Labels Classy labels took home top prizes in Lightning Labels' Facebook Photo Contest.
    Even if you missed voting in the Lightning Labels' second annual Facebook Photo Contest, you can still see the classy labels that amassed the most likes and won prizes like a MacBook Air, iPad Mini and a Kindle PaperWhite. After tallying the thousands of Facebook votes, we're showcasing the winning printed labels and stickers on the Lightning Labels Facebook page for our more than 37,000 fans and followers to see.

    Clear Adhesive Labels Were Clear Contest Winners

    clear adhesive labels from Lightning Labels Nail polish-maker Starrily took home the Grand Prize for its clear adhesive labels.
    The grand prize and ultimate bragging rights went to nail polish-maker Starrily, which featured clear adhesive labels that allow the company's colorful polishes to be seen directly through the labels. Not only does this show that labels can truly complement the product inside a package or bottle, but it also proves that labels don't have to take any attention away from the actual product itself. Clear adhesive labels are just the labels for the job.

    Purchase Labels Like Ones That Grabbed Voters' Attention

    Starrily wasn't the only business that ordered and printed award-winning labels from Lightning Labels, and you can get plenty of inspiration before you purchase labels for your own products. First place winner Vapor Girl, Inc. designed and printed rectangular labels that looked just as sweet as the sugar cookie electronic cigarette e-liquid they promoted; second place winner Van Dorn Gourmets utilized both rectangular and round labels on small silver tins of gourmet seasoning, which stood out from the crowd; and third place winner Patrick and Jane, LLC created one-of-a-kind branded lip gloss labels for their delicious assorted flavors of lip scrub. Feeling inspired to bring your product label designs to life? Purchase labels from Lightning Labels today, and your designs could be just the ticket to not only attract consumers, but win awards, too.

  • Lightning Labels Announces Annual Photo Contest for Custom Labels and Stickers

    Lightning Labels Customers Invited to Submit Photos of Their Best Custom Labels and Stickers

    Annual Photo Contest - Lightning Labels

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    Lightning Labels, a custom label and sticker printing leader, is announcing the kickoff of its annual Custom Labels and Stickers Photo Contest. Starting Wednesday, May 15, current and past Lightning Labels customers have until June 30 to submit photos and show off their custom product labels for a chance to win prizes, brand recognition and bragging rights. Winners will be chosen through fan votes collected on Facebook in a public voting period to follow the photo submission period. "After great success with Lightning Labels Photo Contests in the past, we're so excited to kick off the challenge again this year," said AnneMarie Campbell, Business Development Manager at Lightning Labels. "Now that more consumers and businesses have profiles and a presence on social media, the Facebook voting is not only fun, but a great promotional aspect to our clients' current branding strategies." Whether manufacturers create custom wine labels for award-winning Pinot Gris, food label stickers for mouthwatering corn salsa, relaxing-looking labels for bath and body care, or hot sauce labels that are just as spicy as the product inside, Lightning Labels encourages them to take photos of their custom product labels and enter for a chance to win!

    Entering Photo Contest with Printed Labels and Stickers Will Attract Likes, Attention

    The beauty of social media platforms like Facebook is that they connect manufacturers and clients who may not have been introduced otherwise. Because voting for the contest is entirely on the Lightning Labels Facebook page, current and past customers can display their custom products with printed labels and stickers for everyone to see. Once the photo submissions are posted, entries are easy to share.

    Submit Photos of Product Stickers to Win Fabulous Prizes

    A likely result of the product and brand makeover afforded by updated product stickers is increased awareness and sales, but entering the Lightning Labels 2013 Photo Contest can result in great prizes that can make manufacturers' lives and businesses more productive and enjoyable. The grand prize is a sleek Apple MacBook Air laptop, which will lend itself well to business activity. The first- and second-place winners will receive an iPad Mini and a Kindle Paperwhite, respectively, which are perfect for on-the-go web browsing and connectivity that fits right in users' hands. Third-, fourth- and fifth-place winners will all be awarded hundreds of dollars in Lightning Labels credit that can be used for future projects, which may end up winning next year's Lightning Labels Photo Contest! Abbreviated Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 18 or older who are customers of Lightning Labels.  Void where prohibited.  Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.  Contest entry ends at 11:59:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2013. Sponsored by Lightning Labels, LLC, 2369 S Trenton Way, Unit C, Denver, CO, 80231, USA. About Lightning Labels: Lightning Labels uses state-of-the-art digital printing technology to provide affordable, full-color custom labels and custom stickers of all shapes and sizes, and now offers a full line of custom packaging products. From small orders for individuals, to the bulk needs of big businesses, Lightning Labels is equipped to handle and fulfill sticker, label and product packaging projects of all types. Best of all, like the name implies, Lightning Labels provides a quick turnaround to every customers' labeling and product packaging needs. Uses for Lightning Labels custom product labels and custom stickers include food packaging and organic food labels, wine and beverage labels, bath and body labels, and nutraceutical products, such as vitamins, essentials oils, and herbal remedies, as well as event stickers, adhesive window stickers and more. Lightning Labels strongly supports the development of environmentally friendly printing materials and carries EarthFirst PLA, a new kind of green label material made from corn instead of petroleum. While operating as a high-tech printer, Lighting Labels prides itself on its personalized customer service. Lightning Labels provides one stop shopping for all of your label and product packaging needs. For more information and to place orders online, visit LightningLabels.com. For the latest in packaging news and labeling promotional offers, find Lightning Labels on Facebook, Twitter (@LightningLabels), Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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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.