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    Tech Talk – Glossary of Terms

    Sticky Label Printing

    Base Stocks

    Depending on the application labels can be produced using a combination of base stock, adhesive and finish to achieve the result you want.

    • Paper – The most cost effective and also recyclable
    • Polypropylene – Hard wearing and highly durable
    • Clear – Used to create a “labeless” look
    • Blockout – Used to cover or block out incorrect or foreign language labels
    • Silver Metalised – Attractive and eye-catching
    • Direct Thermal – Ideal for shipping, food or healthcare product labels
    • Sheeted – For over printing (eg. address labels)


    • Permanent – Made to stay on
    • Removable – Peel off as required


    • Gloss
    • Matt
    • Spot Varnish – For highlights that stand out
    • Foil – To bring detail to life or add a touch of class
    • Screen – Raised printing (suitable for Braille)
    • Embossed – To give your labels real punch
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