window stickers

  • Show Your Spring Sports Spirit with Team Stickers

    Team StickersTrumpet Team Pride with Youth Sports Stickers

    For kids who are participating in spring sports this year (that is, assuming the snow finally melts in certain regions of the country), showing off their baseball, soccer and lacrosse team spirit with youth sports stickers is almost as important to them as actually being on the team in the first place. Not only do they tend to emblazon their lockers, folders, cork boards and pretty much as many belongings as they can with the proud declaration that they're part of the team, they'll likely do their best to persuade Mom, Dad, and even aunts, uncles and cousins to display the stickers on each and every car they own.

    What Makes Team Decals So Important?

    Most kids - and adults, too - are eager to feel part of something bigger than themselves, and team decals are the perfect way to trumpet this sense of belonging to the world without having to say a single word. Joining spring sports teams is a great way to meet like-minded people, make new friends and get some exercise - all while developing a tight-knit, deeply exclusive community in the process. Spring sports teams come with so many positive associations, and given this, it makes sense that team members and their parents would be eager to flaunt their involvement all season long. What's more, for parents who are watching their recreational activities budgets, team decals are a lot cheaper than matching T-shirts - and much less likely to fall victim to pasta sauce or chocolate stains.

    Making Custom Decals User-Friendly is Key

    Chances are that parents have had a bad experience or two related to scraping outdated decals off the surfaces upon which they were so triumphantly stuck just a few short months earlier. Luckily, Lightning Labels offers alternative materials with less aggressive adhesive. Our removable BOPP material and our ultra-removable window decal offer a superior alternative to the traditional static cling, so team decals will stay firmly attached to whatever smooth, non-porous surface they're applied to for as long as you wish, and not a second longer. Once they're removed, you'll never know they were there, as they don't ghost, stain or leave an unsightly residue. After all, five years from now, you're unlikely to get excited by the sight of the remnants of your kid's sports team decal from spring 2015 on the rear window of your car. Now, however, you're all about showing team spirit, and custom decals from Lightning Labels can help you do just that.

  • Car Window Decals Help Promote Your Company on the Go

    Our custom window stickers and labels will always stay in place and come off cleanly.Custom Car Stickers: Subtle, Yet Effective

    Hiring people to become walking billboards can be a great way to improve your brand's visibility, but what if it doesn't quite fit with your company's style or simply exceeds your budget? Custom car stickers are a more subtle - yet just as effective - approach to on-the-go marketing. No matter whether vehicles are on the move, parked somewhere public while their owners are out and about or sitting back home in motorists' driveways, the decals affixed to them promote your enterprise in a highly visible way. What's more, this type of promotion has the potential to reach a lot of people but comes at a fraction of the cost of other methods of doing so, such as paying for a billboard or chartering a blimp.

    Why Use Custom Decals?

    Custom decals for vehicles are a great marketing tool because it's hard for other people NOT to look at them. Think about it: If you're driving behind a car that's sporting a promotional sticker on its back window, you'll probably give the decal at least a cursory glance. Moreover, if you're stuck in traffic or waiting for a light to change, chances are you'll probably take the time to study the sticker in greater detail. Let's face it, it's probably a lot more interesting than the mundane trees, road signs and other vehicles that surround you.

    Get Superior Window Stickers from Lightning Labels

    Window stickers of all kinds can look great for a little while after you affix them to your car, but sub-standard types may quickly begin to peel off - and, even worse, they sometimes leave behind a sticky residue that's unsightly and hard to get rid of. Annoying blemishes and low quality are hardly things you want your company to be associated with, which is where Lightning Labels comes in. Our custom window stickers and labels may feel the same as the familiar, traditional static cling variety, but they will always stay in place and come off cleanly when you remove them thanks to their ultra-removable adhesive. Moreover, it's possible to reposition them or add them to an entirely new vehicle without trouble, provided you apply them to a smooth, non-porous surface. Remember, these decals are for windows, so they should not be applied to the body of the vehicle.

  • Custom Bumper Stickers to Boost Your Next School Fundraiser

    Bumper StickersCustom Stickers Can Bolster School Fundraising Efforts

    When trying to raise funds for school-related activities, there is nothing better than custom stickers. Bumper stickers have nearly universal appeal across all ages and target audiences. High schoolers and college students may purchase bumper stickers to put on their own vehicles, while parents are just as likely to purchase these fundraising pieces as a means of showing pride for the schools their kids attend. For schools themselves, fundraising is an effective strategy to garner the necessary resources to execute class projects, after school clubs and groups, on-site construction and other initiatives. Bumper stickers are great for these projects because they are not substantial investments - when talking about cost per dollar, schools could potentially be spending as little as 20 cents per dollar earned with bumper stickers.

    Car Stickers Exhibit School Spirit

    You have probably seen numerous school car stickers over the course of your life, whether your passing a vehicle on the highway or walking by one in the parking lot. For parents, they might boast about their child's academic success ("proud parent of an honor roll student"). For students, these bumper stickers might feature mascots and school fight slogans or mottos. At the end of the day, these stickers are designed to play off school spirit. The great thing about car stickers, and what truly makes them universal, is that they do not even have to be attached to cars. While that is the intended use of many of these stickers, they can be placed anywhere the owner wants. That could be in a person's car, but it could just as easily be on top of a laptop, binders and notebooks, coolers, sports equipment or anywhere else. This not only allows people to display their school spirit, but also customize their property in a unique fashion. If people do want to place bumper stickers on cars, they no longer need to worry about the damage they may do to their cars either. Modern adhesives make stickers easy to peel off, so people can remove their stickers whenever they want without ruining the paint job. Perhaps they want the bumper sticker for the new year, or to celebrate the change of sports season. Maybe they are even switching schools. Regardless, they do not have to worry about their bumper stickers being permanently attached to their vehicles.

    School Stickers as a Part of Fundraising Activities

    School stickers play an important role in broader fundraising activities, but they should not be the only thing brands use. Conventional stickers, magnets with sports schedules and specially labeled school products can also be sold as a part of broader fundraising initiatives. Schools should work with custom printing companies to discover their options.

  • Window Decals Promote Your Business on the Go

    Window DecalsWindow Stickers Give Businesses Another Avenue to Promote their Products and Services

    Window stickers are nothing new. Since people have had cars, many motorists have used window stickers to promote their values and send messages to others on the road. This can serve as some great promotion for businesses along the way, helping these firms gain some additional exposure by piggybacking off of the support of some of their most loyal fans, who love their brands enough to put window stickers on vehicles. And, truth be told, window stickers may wind up being tremendously powerful as promotional assets. According to Texas A&M's 2013 mobility study, cited by The Atlantic, the average person winds up spending as many as 38 hours per year stuck in traffic. That number is even greater in big metropolitan areas, with the average commuter in Los Angeles spending 61 hours jammed up in traffic. With nothing else to do, their eyes may wander to other cars. A window decal may catch their attention, helping to promote brands, products and services they had never heard of prior. While people are spending less time stuck in their cars - the average person spent 43 hours a year in traffic in 2005 - the fact of the matter is that people are on the road much more. Whether a car is stuck in traffic, in a public parking lot or simply in the driveway, the stickers attached to that vehicle are providing free promotion to anyone who sees it.

    Custom Window Stickers Can Be Used Curbside as Well

    Of course, custom window stickers are not limited to cars either. They can be used just as easily to promote a business on the curbside. A giant window sticker, placed on storefront windows, are equally as effective at garnering the interest of prospective customers as they pass by the location. These stickers can be printed in any size and could even be downsized to make smaller decals for car windows, which could be affixed to company-owned cars or given to customers for promotional purposes. In that regard, a vibrant, colorful sticker that is professionally designed can play a pivotal role in catching the eye of customers. Since many customers will see these window stickers before even stepping foot in the store, brands must think critically of what they are trying to say with their stickers. After all, this will be the first impression many prospects have of them.

    Custom Glass Labels for Any Purpose

    Custom glass labels can be used for a variety of reasons, ranging from promotion to simple identification. In the past, many companies may have been skeptical of using window stickers because of their relative permanence - businesses were worried that peeling a sticker from glass would leave unsightly residue. Fortunately, by working with the right custom label and sticker printer, brands can capitalize on new advances in adhesives that will not leave a mark on their cars or store glass.

  • Show School Spirit With a Window Sticker

    Window StickersWindow Stickers Let Students and Parents Show off School Spirit

    School is now in session, meaning students such as kindergartners and college seniors are hitting the books. With everyone just returning to school, that likely means school spirit is at its highest, and window stickers may be the perfect solution to help people celebrate. Window stickers can be affixed to car or dorm windows and allow people to show their school pride, whether they are supporting a sports team, an extracurricular club or simply the institution itself. These stickers can be sold at school stores or fundraising events, and can be a great way to get some extra funding for clubs and teams. Modern sticker technology has evolved to the point where they can be placed on windows with a special adhesive that allows people to remove them as they please without leaving any residue. This is perfect for students who want to change team logos as new seasons start or if they transfer schools or graduate. It allows them to show their school pride, without fear of damaging their property.

    Car Decals Offer Another Way to Promote School Spirit

    If window stickers are not what students want, car decals may fit the bill. Car decals can be sold to students much like team or university logos and also typically feature adhesives that can do not leave any residue behind when removed. Of course, the most famous car decal is the one seen on parents' cars, boasting about how their kids are enrolled in honors programs or attend a specific high-profile school. These decals can be sold in between semesters when grades are given out or could even be given to honors students as a promotional piece designed to increase exposure for the educational institution.

    School Window Stickers and Car Decals for Any Situation

    Whether sports teams want school window stickers to hype the upcoming season or universities want car decals for parking permits, there are several ways in which they can be used. The start of the school year is the perfect time to start planning these initiatives for the rest of the year, so institution leaders should start thinking about their window sticker and car decal projects now.

  • Show off Your School Spirit with a Customized Window Sticker

    Customized Window StickerWindow Stickers in the Wild

    Whether walking through a crowded parking lot or stuck in traffic, nearly everyone has seen a window sticker from a school before. Maybe the sticker was bragging about how the driver's child was an honor roll student at a specific school or perhaps it just featured the logo of a particular university. Either way, window stickers let students and parents show the world where they or their child studies. Bumper and window stickers have been around for ages, with some of the first uses stemming back to the World War II era. Over the years, many people have realized that attaching bumper stickers to the body of their cars may actually damage the paint job, particularly if some stickers are crudely designed and don't feature the appropriate adhesive. This has led to the rise of window stickers, which can still be used to advertise the driver's beliefs and passions without damaging his or her car.

    Custom Window Stickers for Parents and Students

    School window stickers are incredibly common because people tend to take a great deal of pride in where they (or their children) attend school, particularly if it's a big-name university or school. Window stickers enable them to share their passion with the world, regardless of whether they're driving around town or simply parked in their own driveway. For schools, window stickers offer another means of generating revenue. Budgets are tight for many educational institutions but stickers don't have to be a huge investment and can carry a significant profit margin. Window stickers are commonly sold at retail stores for between $5 and $10, illustrating the potential gains for schools. On the other hand, schools could even choose to give window stickers away for some additional promotion by parents and students.

    Creating School Car Window Stickers

    Educational institutions looking to sell school car window stickers will need to create an attractive design first. A well-crafted logo and catchy concept will go a long way in getting people to not only purchase these stickers but also promote them in the windows of their cars. School window stickers should be designed with the target audience in mind. Is this person a parent or student? Should the sticker be humorous or serious? Is the window sticker promoting the school itself, or a particular club or athletic organization? There are numerous factors to consider in the design process. Regardless of how they are designed and utilized, window stickers can be an extremely effective way to let students and parents show off their school pride.

  • 3 Ways to Make Promotional Custom Window Stickers Pop

    Spruce Up Summer and Fall Marketing with Custom Window Stickers

    custom window stickers for promotions Storefront windows are a great place to put static cling decals and custom window stickers.
    Boosting your outdoor marketing tactics with custom window stickers is one of the best ways to take advantage of warm weather this summer and into the fall. During the warmer months, people are out and about frequently, whether they're shopping, taking walks, heading out for an outdoor activity or going on long drives. With clear weather on your side, there's no reason not to reap the benefits of summer and fall with window stickers that catch consumers' eyes. Whether you're trying to spread the word about your brand or get more shoppers into your stores, custom window decals for cars and stickers for building windows are sure to get a business or organization more attention.

    Custom Static Cling Decals: the Right Choice for Marketing Needs

    Before we jump into the tips and tricks for designing custom static cling decals that command attention, let's consider the benefits of using choosing stickers that are both attractive and long-lasting. Lightning Labels' window decal offerings include stickers that look and feel like traditional static clings but instead feature a removable adhesive that makes reusing stickers a cinch. In addition to being easy to take off surfaces, these labels actually stay in place once you've removed and reapplied them. Lightning Labels' custom static cling decals also don't leave behind that icky residue you'll get with other window stickers.

    3 Ways to Make Promotional Custom Window Decals Stand Out

    When it comes to designing custom window decals, the possibilities are endless. Here are three ways you can create decals that attract customers and promote your brand: 1. Add Some Color to Your Custom Stickers: Digital label-making provided by Lightning Labels gives users a seemingly infinite supply of colors to choose from. While you'll likely want hues or tones that stand out, you may want to choose a design that reflects your brand, incorporates any color coding you use for sales or celebrates an upcoming holiday. Another way to use colors effectively is to embrace the theme of your store's neighborhood or city. For example, if your business is located on or near a college campus, you can use the school's colors in window decals to attract students and other residents. 2. Choose Window Decal Text Wisely: The right wording, font type and text size are extremely important when designing a custom sticker. First, consider who will see the sticker and when and where they'll see it. If the decal is being placed on vehicles, it's a good idea to choose shorter phrasing and place the words in a font that is large and legible from far distances. No matter where your stickers are going, you may want to consider using active, punchy language that gets your point across in as few words as possible. 3. Get Creative with Images: Thanks to digital printing, it's easy to place a brand logo, illustration or even a photo on stickers and decals. Just as with choosing the right text, it's important to select an image that is distinguishable from far distances and can be understood with just a quick glance. For more design tips, download our free white paper, "6 Easy-to-Follow Tips to Make a Statement with Colorful Custom Labels and Stickers," accessible from Lightning Labels Facebook page.  These expert printing tips can be applied to custom window stickers and decals to enhance marketing and branding.

  • Facebook Promotes New "Text to Like" Campaign with Window Decals

    Facebook Text to Like Decal The widely used social media networking site Facebook is using adhesive window decals to promote its new "text to like" campaign.

    Social media news blog Mashable confirmed yesterday that select local businesses have already started receiving the stickers in their mailboxes. Each window sticker features a large "like" icon, the Facebook logo and icon, the online address of the business's Facebook page, and instructions for letting other Facebook users know that you "like" the business via text messaging.

    It turns out that the "text to like" feature is available not only to these targeted businesses that have received decals in the mail, but to anyone with a custom URL on Facebook. I tested this myself by sending a text to 32665, Facebook's mobile messaging number, with the words "like LightningLabels" and received a confirmation message almost immediately that it had worked.

    So if you have a Facebook page for your business with a custom URL, you don't have to wait and see if Facebook sends you a free window decal for your storefront in order to promote your business using this new feature. You can have your own custom window decals printed up with instructions on how your customers can show their support for you by sending a simple text message. And you might also want to consider having them made up not only for your own storefront, but for your customers as well. As my friend Jen put it, everyone likes to get a free toy in the mail. Her business received its "text to like" decal from Facebook yesterday. She was pretty excited about the surprise.

    Facebook is not the first Internet company to encourage local businesses to promote their online presence with window stickers. In December, the search engine giant Google sent more than 100,000 window decals to the most popular listings in its Local Business Center database that featured QR codes.  Companies stuck these postcard-sized sticker to their front windows. Anyone walking past one of these businesses could then scan their smart phones over the Google's QR  sticker to instantly pull up information on their mobile browser about the business such as reviews, photos, and coupons.

    Editor's Note: Facebook has strict terms regarding the terminology, logos and icons that may used to promote Facebook pages. It is recommended that you read these terms of use thoroughly before designing your own promotional label or sticker. Lightning Labels LLC is not responsible for anyone who violates these terms.

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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.