1. Uses of sheet labels
Sheet labels and stickers are used in all sorts of applications, especially where only small quantities of adhesive labels are required and where industrial labelling requirements, such as those for food products, do not apply. Sheet labels are used in all areas of society: at home, in offices, in industry, and in schools and universities. Sheet labels are even used on art and collectibles, as lifestyle stickers, and as cost-effective advertising for events, political parties, and other promotional uses.
Sheet labels have as many uses as they have places to be used. They are used as address and shipping labels for parcel and postal deliveries, as file labels in the home or government office, as catch-all labels for all sorts of household uses, or as CD or DVD labels.
But what makes sheet labels so popular?
It's simple: sheet labels are easy to transport, easy to print with any inexpensive laser or inkjet printer, and can be easy pulled off manually by users and applied to any surface without having to invest in a label dispenser.
Many sheet labels and stickers are purchased as blanks and will only be printed individually as needed. Stickers are inexpensive to print and sometimes come partially decorated with motifs, or as logo stickers, or with full motifs.
1.1 Free forms
Free-form label sheets allow stickers of any size or shape to be printed on the A4 sheet. The outlines of complicated contours and designs can be cut with precision with a laser punch. Even several completely different labels can be placed on a single DIN A4 sheet. Digital printing technology and modern laser punching make label sheets in free forms affordable even in short runs, now that the need to make a mechanical die has been completely eliminated.
1.2 Special shapes
Label sheets in special shapes have contours that differ from the usual rectangular or square shapes. They can be round or oval, or have the outline of an official seal, a fir tree, or a star, for example. This special shape can then be repeated several times on a sheet as required.
2. Digital or conventional printing
The conventional printing of sheet labels makes sense for very large quantities of labels with motifs that do not change and which do not require different personalisation options.
labelprint24 prints its sheet labels digitally. After printing, a laser punch punches the individual labels from the adhesive backing, giving them their final shape. This form determines how many stickers or labels can fit on a sheet.
Digital printing offers a number of advantages when printing labels/stickers:
It is uncomplicated, quick, and produces excellent printing results.
Good value for the money, especially for small and medium runs of stickers.
The label sheets can be personalised sheet by sheet, label for label with variable data.
Since no die is needed for the laser punch, the costs of conventional stamping are completely eliminated.
After all, not all labels have to be rectangular or square. Our modern laser cutting technology also allows round, oval, or completely free-form shapes to be punched, even on the same label sheet
3. Sheet label materials
3.1 Sheet labels made of label paper
Sheet labels printed on paper have a special surface that supports the adhesion of the toner in laser printers. To guarantee that the A4 sheets remain flat and survive the printing process intact, labelprint24 prints its label sheets on a high-quality kraft liner.
kraft liner is a stable, strong paper with a high percentage of mint paper fibres and only a small proportion of recycled materials. kraft liner is also used as the top layer of corrugated or solid cardboard. DIN A4 labels with kraft liner adhesive backing have a high tensile strength and a good, but also time-limited resistance to moisture and other environmental influences.
3.2 DIN A4 sheet labels and stickers
While most people buy DIN A4 sheet labels out of sheer convenience and their uniform formats, people buy stickers that speak to them at an emotional level. Sticker sheets can be cut to any size desired by the customer. Stickers, tattoos, and jewellery labels often have striking and refined designs. Whether in the nursery, the school yard, or scrapbook, kids especially like stickers and will collect and trade series that have pictures of their idols. But older generations also love collecting stickers and cartoon stickers often find their way into many an adult's scrapbook.
3.3 Sheet labels for laser printers
Sheet labels designed specifically for laser printers and copiers feature a paper surface with a special line to guarantee a perfect print by optimally anchoring the toner. The flatness is not affected by the laser printing, but can be by water-based paints, such as those used in inkjet printing.
4. Processing and finishing
Labels on DIN A4 sheets can be processed using the same processing technologies as roll labels. We can lacquer, lamination, or add foil as you require. Especially stickers and decals which require special attention to the visual design often require extensive finishes. Laminations of the label surface enhance the resistance to moisture and UV.