Getting into Sticker Details

 

Stickers Matte Gold with Blue and Pink

Left to right: Uncoated Square Round Corner, Coated with Matte Gold Foiling, and Coated Rectangle Round Corner

Some time ago MorningPrint did an introductory article called Stickers which described each sticker we offer. It is a good introductory piece to all our sticker collection. If you have not read it, we recommend doing so before proceeding with this article.

Stickers Thank You

Left to right: Clear Circular with Glossy Gold Foiling, Uncoated Circular, Uncoated

 

What are the actual differences between Uncoated and Coated Stickers? What is the coating? Is there a shine?
-Both Uncoated and Coated stickers are made with the same kind of smooth paper. The only real difference between both of them is that one is coated, while the other is not. But this coating does lead to differing characteristics for each sticker, even though they are made with the same kind of paper.

-An Uncoated Sticker has no coating. It is a true matte sticker, without any shine or reflective qualities. Without any coating, there is also no protection against moisture, the weather or tearing. The original color of this sticker is a crisp, bright white, which makes any color pop. This sticker also has the ability to have very saturated colors.

-A Coated Sticker is the made of the same type of paper as the uncoated sticker, except it also has a laminate coating. This laminate coating has a high shine while making the sticker tear resistant. The coating also gives it some protection against moisture and the weather. While it has the same bright white of the original paper, the coating will make any printed ink more saturated.

Stickers Cluster

Clockwise: Uncoated Square Round Corner, Uncoated, Coated with Matte Gold Foiling, Coated with Green Foiling

How large can the stickers be?
MorningPrint offers standard sizing from 2.36 x 1.96 inches to 3.54 x 5.90 inches. However if any of your designs are outside these standard sizing, then we can print those as well.

Stickers Pink Cluster

Clockwise: Coated with Matte Gold Foiling, Coated with Glossy Gold Foiling, Clear Circular, and Uncoated Circular

Is Foiling possible on stickers? 
Yes, Foiling is possible on most of our stickers. We are also able to do Oversized Foiling on our stickers. The sticker options which do not allow Foiling are Metal, Hologram and Vintage Kraft Stickers.
Not all of our Foiling colors are available to do on Stickers. The following Foiling colors are able to be added to our stickers:
Glossy Gold, Matte Gold, Glossy Silver, Matte Silver, Blue, Red, Green, Black, and Hologram
– Watch a video of Matte Gold Foil on a Coated Sticker
– Watch a video of Glossy Gold Foiling on a Clear Circular Sticker
– Watch a video of Glossy Silver Foiling on a Clear Sticker

Stickers Vintage Kraft

Left to right: Clear with Glossy Silver Foiling, Uncoated Circular, Coated and Vintage Kraft

Eco-friendly Stickers
MorningPrint offers a selection of environmentally friendly stickers. They each have their own characteristics.
Vintage Kraft Stickers is made with recycled paper, making it completely eco-friendly. By being made of recycled paper, Vintage Kraft Stickers have a natural light brown color.

Durable Stickers are made of Yupo, a synthetic paper, which makes it water proof and tear proof. Durable stickers are more of a creamy white coloring, and completely matte. To view the effects of water on a Durable Sticker, click here.

Stickers Blue and White

Left to right: Uncoated with Matte Gold Foiling, and Coated

Clear Stickers are completely clear, like our PET plastic business cards. Our stickers are made of pp material, which is an environmentally friendly plastic. These stickers are highly reflective. These stickers can also be placed facing a car window, but your design will need to be inverse.

Silver PET is made of a PET material, which is an environmentally friendly plastic. The Silver PET has a light gray coloring with a slight reflective quality.

-Gold PET is also made of a PET material, an environmentally friendly plastic. It is only
available with our custom shape sticker.

Stickers Red and Black Foiling

Left to right: Uncoated with Red Foiling and Uncoated Circular with Black Foiling

One of our most frequent inquiries is what kind of sticker has the best tolerance to the weather?
The answer really depends on what you want the sticker to be used for and what kind of resistance you are looking for

If your priority is the paper part of the sticker itself, you should consider our Durable Sticker. Since it is made of Yupo Paper, it is both tear proof and water proof. That means the ink will not run if it gets affected by water, ensuring a perfect design.
For example, if you want it to go onto products which will be around humidity and water, like a shampoo bottle, we recommend our Durable Sticker.
Here is a video of a durable sticker being placed under water.

If the sticker is meant to be a label on a package, then we recommend Strong Adhesive Sticker. It is extra strength glue. Keep in mind the actual paper of the sticker will be our Uncoated stock.

If you want to use the sticker as a sign and just want the most use, then a good combination is Strong Adhesive Sticker and add the Coated Sticker glossy coating: The strongest glue with some protection against the elements.

What You Need to Know Stickers Gold Sticker

What is the Latest News on Stickers?
MorningPrint now offers Gold Stickers. However, it is only available with our Shaped Stickers. It will be one of the products listed that you can choose from. It is a PET sticker, meaning that it is also environmentally friendly.

Premium Papers

A common misunderstanding for Premium Paper is that each option under this category is a thick business card. While we do offer a range of thicknesses for this category, they are labelled as premium because they are imported from Europe. MorningPrint imports these papers from a company named Gmund am Tegernsee located in Gmund, Germany. Each of the papers from Gmund have their own unique appearances and characteristics.

Premium Papers Heavy Nouveau

Heavy Nouveau with Raised Ink

For most papers, there is a thick and thin version available. Every time we refer to a paper with the adjective ‘heavy’, it refers to the fact that that specific paper is a thicker option.
For example:
Linen and Heavy Linen
Silky Matte and Heavy Silky Matte
Aquarelle and Heavy Aquarelle

Premium Papers Sumo Nouveau

Sumo Nouveau with Laser Cutting

Nouveau and Heavy Nouveau and Sumo Nouveau- The paper family with the most thicknesses to choose from. Nouveau is the thinnest paper and is the only paper to be able to do Braille. Heavy Nouveau is slightly thicker than the standard business card. Sumo Nouveau is the thickest paper we offer in the company.

Premium Papers Heavy Linen

Heavy Linen with Raised Ink

Premium Papers also offer a choice of the type of texture you wish your business card to have. The entire Nouveau family, are true matte papers with a creamy white coloring and the paper’s natural roughness. Linen and Heavy Linen is a combination of gridlock texture and the brightest shade of white. Scotland is one of the thinner texture paper options, with a sharp deep texture and a bright white.

Premium Papers Scotland

Scotland with Raised Ink

Aquarelle and its partner, Heavy Aquarelle are a creamy white with soft, watercolor texture. Finally, in contrast to all the other textured papers, Silky Matte and Heavy Silky Matte are a bright white with all it’s texture smoothed out. If you run your fingers along this paper, it has a silky completely smooth feel.

Premium Papers Aquarelle

Aquarelle with Bronze Foiling

Within our Premium Paper selection are also environmentally friendly options such as Aquarelle, Heavy Aquarelle, Vintage Kraft and Yupo. Vintage Kraft is made of recycled paper and is the color of cardboard. As it is made of recycled paper, it has a little bit a of hairy feel to it. Yupo is a synthetic paper and does not have a paper feel to it at all. It is cool to the touch and a bright white.

Premium Papers Vintage Kraft

Vintage Kraft with Glossy Silver Foiling

Yupo also happens to be the most durable premium paper we offer. As a synthetic paper, it is both water proof and tear proof.

Premium Papers Heavy Silky Matte

Silky Matte with Raised Ink

With such a wide variety of Premium Papers, just about every finishing option is available to these papers such as:
Nouveau can do Braille
Laser Cutting
Foil Accent
Raised Ink
Press Embossing
Round Corners and Punches
Spot Color

 

Eco-friendly Business Cards and Stickers

Eco-friendly Business Cards and Stickers All

MorningPrint has several environmentally friendly options to choose from in both our paper and plastic selections. Ranging in color, texture and material, they each have their own characteristics.

1. Vintage Kraft

Eco-friendly Business Cards and Stickers Vintage Kraft

Vintage Kraft

Vintage Kraft is made of recycled paper pulp creating eco-friendly paper for business cards. Since it is made of recycled pulp, at times it is possible to feel a hairy texture on this paper. It also has a rich brown color, similar to the color of cardboard. Due to its dark coloring, black prints the best of all the other color choices.

Eco-friendly Business Cards and Stickers Vintage Kraft Stickers

Vintage Kraft Stickers

We have also turned Vintage Kraft into a sticker, becoming one of the two eco-friendly sticker options from MorningPrint. It is also possible to choose this paper for both our post card sizes, 4×6 and 5×7.
An excellent finishing option choice for this business card is Foiling.
View Vintage Kraft with Glossy Gold Foiling

2. Aquarelle/Heavy Aquarelle

Eco-friendly Business Cards and Stickers Aquarelle

Aquarelle with Raised Ink

A matte, creamy white textured paper Aquarelle and it’s thicker partner Heavy Aquarelle are another option for eco-friendly business cards. Both have received a certificate with a five star rating from the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) saying these papers meet their standards for forest management. As a watercolor paper, both absorb color well and reflect watercolor designs the best.
Aquarelle is available in our postcard sizes 4×6 and 5×7.
Our favorite finishing option to pair with this paper is Raised Ink.

3. Yupo

Eco-friendly Business Cards and Stickers Yupo

Yupo

Yupo is a creamy white synthetic paper, which makes it an eco-friendly business card. Ironically, it does not have natural paper feel as it is cool to the touch and quite smooth.
At 9pt it is also our thinnest paper selection for environmentally friendly business cards. However, it is also our most durable because it is both waterproof and tear proof.
This paper was also made into a sticker, called Durable Sticker, for our strongest sticker and second eco-friendly sticker option.
View Yupo Sticker’s waterproof characteristics
View Yupo’s waterproof characteristics

4. Plastics

Eco-friendly Business Cards and Stickers Clear Plastic

Clear+White Plastic

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of our plastic business cards are made of PET plastic. PET plastic is recognized as a safe, non-toxic,  lightweight and flexible material that is 100% recyclable. This material is very thin, around the thinness of a water bottle.
We have a variety of options to choose from such as Clear, White, Silver and Hologram plastic business cards.
View Hologram Plastic Business Cards

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What You Need to Know: Frosty Plastic

Frosty Plastic is our plastic with the fastest production timeline. It only takes two business days for stamping the foiling on and an additional two business days for delivery.

Frosty Plastic is environmentally friendly
Like the majority of our plastic products, Frosty Plastic is made of PET material. PET plastic is an environmentally friendly material. It is the same material that water bottles are made from. Some of it’s characteristics include being quite thin, light weight, and flexible.

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Frosty means it is not crystal clear
The part of the name ‘Frosty’ has been confusing to some clients. Some believe there is a possibility it has a tint of white ink, which is not true (or possible). In fact, Frosty Plastic is a clear plastic business card. However, rather than being crystal clear, like looking through a window, it is blurry. As a transparent card, Frosty Plastic can only accommodate single sided designs.
Click here to view the blurry transparent quality of our Frosty Plastic


Only one Foiling color is possible in Frosty Plastic (that means no ink printing)

Another point of confusion for those interested in these cards is that Frosty Plastic can only print one color of foiling. That means your whole design will be done in the foiling you pick. As such, ink printing, gradients and shading are not possible in this product.

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Foiling Colors Available

Glossy Gold
Matte Gold
Glossy Silver
Matte Silver
Hologram
Bronze
Blue
Green
Pink
Black
Red

Wide Foiling Areas are Prone to Fading Away
Wide or large foiling designs are at a high risk of oxidation. Oxidation means that the foiling is peeling off the plastic stock. The peeling will reveal the transparent plastic stock underneath. It will look worn out as if the cards are old and worn from use.
If you must have a wide foiling area, our printing team will need to review your file and discuss the risk with you before printing.

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Thinner and Smaller Design Elements are Welcomed
Normally, we try to warn clients that by using thin and small design elements and fonts their information could be difficult to see and read, especially on our Clear Plastic (No White Ink). However, our foiling is stamped on, and the colors of the foiling can not be altered. Therefore we can guarantee legibility for smaller and thinner design elements, even against the transparent background of the Frosty Plastic.

Tips to Keep in Mind When Designing a Business Card

Creating the right business card for your business is not a simple task. It is not just about creating a unique design, it has to be the right design which not only represents your business, but will also serve it’s purpose of carrying information. Here are some tips from MorningPrint of what to keep in mind when designing your business card.

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Make Your Information the Star
Keep your information the focal point of your design by incorporating large fonts. Make sure the coloring is not too subtle, so that it stands out from the background. We also recommend using simple, crisp fonts over fancy or complicated ones. By keeping the text information the focal point of your card, you are ensuring that your information is successfully passed on through your business card. If you must use a smaller or thinner font, then we strongly recommend using stamped Foiling on your text to ensure legibility.

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Research before you buy
Each printing company has their own requirements for submitting files for printing. However, most printing companies use CMYK ink. Therefore, your design should be set to CMYK color settings.
You should also keep in mind that commercial printers require a good quality printing file. That means the resolution of your design should be set to at least 300 dpi. A low quality printing file leads to bad prints jobs, like blurriness.

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Try incorporating your branding into your card
Integrating your company’s brand into your business card is an easy way to promote your company’s message. You can do this by using the company colors or by using a certain font of your text. If you have the space, you can also incorporate small design elements that will accentuate your information. For example, the above card is for a beauty salon and they incorporate lips into their business card.

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Have a reason to use special effects
Every so often we get a client who wants to use Foiling, Spot UV, and Embossing all on one side of their design. It seems to be a common misconception that the more special effects used makes your card more special. The opposite is actually true. Too many special effects can be distracting from the information of your business card.

Follow the example for the business card above, which is for a graphic designer. He has Black Paper, which only allows foiling for his information. Since his text is foiled, he used a smaller font. And he kept the main focus on his laser cut logo. It is simple and natural.

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Rely on the material itself
If you stay patient and use your time researching the different products that we offer, you will able to pick up on which type of paper or plastic is best suited to your design.
For example the above card uses Heavy Nouveau paper with Bronze Foiling, Blind Press Embossing and a Hole Punch. But when you look at the card, you are still able to see the elegant, creamy white characteristics of the paper.

Stickers

There are many uses for customized stickers, ranging from labels, letter seals, promotions, and even weddings. Foiling is possible for all our stickers except metal stickers. MorningPrint offers a wide variety of sticker stocks and it is important to learn about each one to know which one is right for you.

A full list of all our stocks can be found on our website under the section ‘Premium Stickers’.

Coated Sticker & Uncoated Stickers

Uncoated Stickers
Uncoated Sticker– There is no coating on this sticker and there is no shine to it. When you rub your fingers against the sticker, you will feel some resistance.

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Coated Sticker– This particular stock has a laminated coating that gives a high shine. Due to the protective coating, is tear resistant.

Durable & Strong Adhesive
Durable Sticker: It is made of Yupo paper (Read our blog about Yupo paper here). As such, it is the most durable of any sticker, being both tear proof and waterproof. If you need a sticker that can withstand strong elements, this is the sticker you need.

Strong Adhesive Sticker: A common misconception is that the strong adhesive sticker is the same as the durable sticker. This is not the case. Strong Adhesive means it has the strongest glue of any of our stickers, but the actual paper is same as our uncoated stock. This particular sticker will be best suited for packaging and labeling.

Silver PET & Hologram

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Silver PET Sticker: Good for indoor/outdoor. It has some resilience against water and tearing. If you want this type of plastic card, keep in mind that there is no white ink available on this type of sticker. Whatever you design with the color white will be left unprinted, revealing the silver PET. This particular sticker has high gloss and the color will reflect to the original silver background.

Hologram Sticker
Hologram Sticker: One of our top design experts strongly advise that when it comes to colors, not much is possible. While we strongly recommend to only use black ink on these hologram stickers, we also print one additional color. Due to the narrow color ability we offer, no full image can be printed on this sticker.

Clear & Vintage Kraft

Clear Stickers
Clear Sticker: Like our clear plastic cards, our clear sticker is completely transparent. It also includes a waterproof matte coating. It is fairly strong, and will not tear. An important note to keep in mind during your design process, is that there is no white ink. Therefore, any white areas in your design will be the original clear sticker stock. If you intend to use the sticker on a surface where the adhering side (glue) will be viewed, then reverse your design so all text and design appear backwards from the front.

Vintage Kraft Sticker
Vintage Kraft Sticker: Fairly versatile stock option for your designs. It can carry different types of looks on it. Can carry organic, homemade, antiqued, and even trendy look to it. Please avoid yellow, brown, and pastel tones to prevent your design from looking faded or washed out. There is also no white ink, so any white areas will reveal the original stock underneath.

Shape Stickers

For those who want their stickers in a specific or custom shape, this is the option that you would need. You can pick the type of sticker, which we explained above, that you would want to use with your shape. The available shapes we have are: Square Round Cornered, Rectangle Round Cornered, Circular, Semi-Circle, Oval and Heart. For those who prefer a different shape, you can submit a design to see if it is possible to do a custom shape sticker.

Custom Shape Sticker: MorningPrint is able to cut most custom designs and is only available on Uncoated, Durable, Silver PET and Clear sticker stocks. Our custom shape stickers are digitally printed, meaning we can print the custom shapes in small quantities.

Metal Stickers (Silver & Gold)
We offer printing drawings on metal sheets. The designs best suited for this type of sticker are graphic work or a black and white image. No color images are possible on these types of stickers. These sheets have a strong adhesion and will not easily come off. Detailed, intricate work is best suited for these types of metal stickers. It is excellent for patterns. We do not recommend metal stickers for rough surfaces, fabrics or any areas that may bend, or hold. It is also not advisable to reuse.

 

 

Introducing Yupo: Durable and Waterproof

Yupo is one of our least known products, here at MorningPrint. We believe most people do not think of this paper stock because they are unsure of what it is. Hopefully, after reading this brief article, you will feel better acquainted with this type of paper.

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To start, Yupo is not regular paper, it is actually a synthetic paper. Synthetic paper is made of 100% recycled paper, making Yupo as environmentally friendly as Vintage Kraft. At 9pt, it is also our thinnest stock. For reference purposes, it could be described as slightly thicker than  a sheet of college ruled notebook paper.

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Despite it’s thinness (which to some may be a pro and not a con), it is our most durable paper. Yupo is waterproof, tear-prof and can be wiped clean. In addition to durability, Yupo also boasts a fresh, modern appearance. It is smooth, cool to the touch and has a bright white stock.
Watch our water experiment here: Yupo: Waterproof Paper