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Frontier Label

Founded in 2004, Frontier Label is a 100% digital printer of self-adhesive labels and stickers. Our pressure sensitive labels are used in hundreds of applications worldwide, and our customers range from entrepreneurs launching their first product to Fortune 100 companies.

Our goal is to produce high-quality custom labels and stickers for every customer. Whether you need 500 or 5,000 labels, our customer service representatives will work with you to find the best solution for your needs. Unique requests are met with enthusiasm, and we strive to make your ordering experience fun and easy. We know your focus is your business - let Frontier Label partner with you for your quick, cost-effective, and high quality custom labels and stickers.

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With our custom digital printing solution, we can help you avoid plate charges, print setup fees, and artwork setup fees. Multiple designs can be printed in a single order if they share the same size, shape, material, and laminate. And if you need assistance with your existing artwork, just let one of our customer service representatives know

We are a fast-growing leader in our industry, and we want to create the highest quality custom labels and stickers for you.


This blog is all about labels and stickers.

Make Your Event Special with Custom Stickers

This is a picture of custom event stickers.

Have you ever been to an event that has great food, pleasant music and nice decor, but lacks people interacting? All the elements are there, but there is no social chemistry because most of the people present are not acquainted yet. There is nothing out of the ordinary to spark conversation or intrigue people.

Don’t let that be your event.

For very little money per person, you can elevate your event with custom stickers to engage people and get the conversation flowing. They can connect people who may not normally run in the same circles.

We have many different sizes and shapes to get a truly unique look and feel for your special event. You can browse through our custom shapes to find just the right sticker to help people and give them a pleasing experience.

Here is a fun heart shape that we used at an event to help connect people who are make hand-crafted goods and love what they do. To help them get acquainted on a slightly deeper level, we asked people to share what they are passionate about in life, not just their name.


This is a picture of heart shaped custom stickers.

These particular stickers were individually cut to make it easier to pass out or leave on tables with pens or markers for people to fill in and decorate.

We think these are really fun and saw a pretty good reaction to them as conversation deepeners.

If you would like to take your event to the next level, consider using a custom sticker to help make the ordinary more fun and inviting.

We would love to help you with any projects or events you may have to elevate the experience by surprising and delighting the participants with some special details like custom event stickers. We can help with designing, checking print readiness and any problems you may encounter in the printing process.

For help, give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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That Iconic (Oval) Bumper Sticker

As summer comes to a close, some of us are squeezing in our last road trips. While flying down the highway—maybe playing the alphabet game—have you noticed just how many black and white ovals are on the back of cars? These bumper stickers seem to be the most common variety, perhaps because they are so versatile. The original black and white stickers were designed in the 1940s by the United Nations and were used to distinguish international traffic in Europe. These days though, you’ll see an oval for everything from beach resorts to breweries. As you can imagine, we’ve printed a lot of these little ovals for customers. Below, I will go over the basics of how to create your own version of this iconic sticker.

Step One: Size
—Visit FrontierLabel.com/pricing for a list of the sticker sizes we have available. Use the drop down menu to sort for just ovals. The size oval you choose will depend on your project. For my bumper sticker, I chose the 3” x 2” oval.

—Bleed and safe zone are important in any label you print with us, but especially when it comes to this design. In order to achieve the exact look of the traditional oval you want a black border evenly spaced around your text. The way to achieve that is by measuring for bleed and safe zones. To find the overall size of your file add 0.125 to each dimension (this added area is called bleed zone)—use these dimensions to create a new document. For my label, this gives me 3.125” x 2.125”
—Now you are ready to find your safe zone. All of your text and borders will need to stay inside this safe zone or else you run the risk of your design being trimmed off when it runs through our cutting machine. To find safe zone, simply subtract 0.125 from your final label size. So for me that means 3 inches minus 0.125 inches, etc. My safe zone dimensions will be 2.875” x 1.875”. 

See my color coded example below:
This is a template for creating an oval label with a border

Step Two: Design
Of course you are welcome to use whatever colors and fonts you like in your design. However, to achieve the classic European look, stick to black and white and choose a sans serif typeface, such as Arial or Helvetica. Create a white background and center your text within the background. The final step is adding the border. Just be sure your oval border is the same size as the safe zone you calculated earlier. If your oval is a different ratio, the border edges of your oval will not be even. See the example below for the difference:
Two different custom labels with borders.

Step Three: Material
If you are truly using this sticker as a bumper sticker, you want a material that will stand up to weather and sun. Our most durable material is vinyl, so choose white vinyl for your oval sticker. It would also be a good idea to choose our UV resistant laminate. This will help your sticker last longer and keep the colors from fading or cracking too quickly.

Here are a few examples of classic oval bumper stickers we printed for our customers just this week. One is for a brewery and the others mark the distances of a bike trek to benefit those with MS.
Three Heads Brewing Decal
This is a stack of custom labels.

Whether your goal is to create a classic bumper sticker or stylish swag for your favorite gear, this little oval is a simple way to make a bold, clean statement about your organization. Feel free to reach out with any questions you have about this project or any others you see on our blog. You’ll find us at FrontierLabel.com or (877) 277-4682. Happy trails!

Continue to Learn to Continue Growth

If you are not learning, you are not growing. At least, not to your potential.

A lot of us here at Frontier Label participate in some form of physical training — whether aerobic, sports or weight lifting. We value being in good health and having fun getting there. We have some weight lifting equipment in the warehouse that folks use on breaks to stimulate blood flow or work on their fitness during breaks.

For a little while about 4 years ago, we would take a company wide 15 minute break to play an aggressive group version of ping pong or race each other pushing a pickup truck behind the building. Over time, employees would get better at the game or stronger for pushing the truck. Our bodies had to learn muscle memory and muscle recruitment for precise shots in ping pong and brute force for rolling the pickup.

Not only did we grow in our physical prowess and dexterity, but we also grew in our sense of community as a company. If we had done only the things that we were used to doing, we would have not reached a higher potential for fun and fitness.

The only folks who didn’t grow are the ones who didn’t care to learn the game or learn the technique for pushing the truck.

The same can be true of your business or craft. If you don’t take the time to challenge yourself, you will stay where you are, maxing out a lower potential. Growth through learning takes time, lots of time, doing things that you may not be able to do yet. But that should not be a hindrance for your growth. Press through the awkward stage of misunderstanding, weakness or pain. It is well worth it.

Imagine that you suddenly have a whole new market for your product. What will you do to make the most of that market? How will you know what that market means or what is possible if you don’t spend the time to learn? If you choose not to learn a new area, you choose not to grow. Growth can only happen in the areas where there is room. The best way to open up room is to learn something new.

We value growth here at Frontier, personal and professional growth alike. We take time during the week to listen to podcasts, read books, workout, discuss problems and try our hand at making blackberry jam.

How are you growing? What are you learning? Give us a call and let us know. Maybe we are learning the same things, too.

As always, we would love to help you with any questions you may have about ordering custom labels or stickers. Give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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Size Matters

This is an image of 3 bottles of automotive additive chemicals with custom labels on them.

No one wants eye strain from trying to read your label.

In order to help your potential customers best interact with your product, you need to consider what it is like to pick up your product and try to read what is on it. This will require you to put yourself in their shoes. You are probably very familiar with what the label says and where graphic elements are located.

We recommend asking someone who is uninvolved with creating the label and design to take a look at a full size version of your custom label, printed. On a screen, the label will be quite different to interact with instead of on a piece of paper. Colors will look different and legibility will be different. If you print out your label or sticker, make sure that you have scaling turned off, or set to 100%. This will produce the most accurate version for checking the text and graphics.

Please keep in mind that your printer will probably not have the same quality as our digital press will. It could be higher resolution or lower resolution based on the exact specifications of your printer. Also, colors will print differently on your home or office printer than on our press, so if exact color matters, make sure to get a printed proof from us.

The first recommendation for finding the perfect size label is to compare it to your finished product, or the surface upon which the custom label will reside. If the label is too big, it will hide your product and possibly not fit at all. If the label is too small, it may be inconvenient if the product is turned at an angle and not visible anymore. Take a piece of paper and cut it to the best size for the container or packaging you are using. Ideally, where would you like it and how large or small should it be? Now that you know that, you can figure out what to put in the design of your label.

Another way to help make your custom label more legible is to choose an appropriate size for your font. Squeezing important text into an area that is too small may result in having to use 5pt font. That is our lower limit, but we don’t recommend it. Text that small is not easy to read for a majority of people. No one should have to bring your product to within 6″ just to read important information. Pick a size font that is easily readable when printed out at arms length, or a similar comfortable distance. Once you have that established, you can better figure out what size label you need.

Our last recommendation to help make your label more legible is to give your text ample space to exist. If you choose a 2″ x 3″ label and try to cram 4″ x 6″ worth of material on there, it will be painful for the customer to decipher. The price of the label will go up, but it may be well worth it if customers can find what they are looking for easily. Try to find a good size based on what it takes to include all of your content on a printed-out version of the label. Once you have fit all of the elements you want to include, try removing one or two and seeing if the label still works to a fresh pair of eyes. Once you have figured size you need, you can check to see if we have it in stock.

If you need help with your custom label design, give us a call at 877-277-4682. We would love to help you create an attractive and effective custom label or sticker. If you want to talk to someone via our chat system, click the link at the bottom of this page!

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Happy Independence Day

We will be closed July 4th

We are excited to celebrate the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence!

There will be much merry making, BBQ eating, pool lounging and firework enjoying. However, there will not be any label making. We, like a lot of people, will be observing the holiday by taking time away from our jobs to fully devote our attention to celebrating.

We would love to help you with any orders and questions on Monday, July 7th. As always, you can place an order through our website regardless of time of day or holiday observance.

To go ahead and place an order, click the link below!

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Discount Code for July 2014

The Summer is heating up, so cool your budget down with a little discount.

We like to help people out with getting outstanding custom labels and stickers for their products and events.

We are offering a $25 discount for new customers to help lower the risk of giving us a try. Here is the discount coupon code for July 2014: 408397.

You can enter that code in the lower right corner of the Billing and Address information page of the checkout process.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 877-277-4682, or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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No-Residue Custom Labels and Stickers

This is a picture of some windows that have been installed and have the brand stickers on them.

Don’t make your customers pull their hair out.

Having to remove a label with a strong adhesive can be a frustrating process if your goal is to have no glue residue on the finished surface.

This makes sense in packaging for clothing, doors, windows or other products where a high shine surface for the end user matters. You could even use this as a custom safety sticker that adheres well, but you can peel it off without sticky residue. Because of the way it adheres, it would make a perfect mileage sticker for oil change companies. You could have your brand printed on the label and write in the mileage and to make sure your customer knows exactly where and when to return for the next change.

You probably don’t want to have a sticky part of a new shirt because you need to wrap it for shipping or to give information about size and fabric color. You probably don’t want workers to regret installing your beautiful glass doors because it takes them 30 minutes to get your label off the surface.

There are tons of tricks for helping get glue residue off of surfaces, like mirrors and windows. You can use peanut butter, some say; however, we would rather eat the peanut butter and just use a better material.

Our white plastic removable material is perfect for applications where you want the label to be gone when the product is in use. The adhesive is much less than our standard materials, and it very similar to a sticky note. It will stay in place as long as you would like (one has been in testing on the CEO’s windshield for a few months now) and still easily be removed with no residue. The stickiness is a good level to keep your custom label in place until it has completed its purpose.

This material has a slight pearlescent sheen to it, so it makes labels look slightly more luxuriant than our standard white plastic material. It is waterproof and works well with label application machines. You can also use this material as a static cling alternative.

We would love to help you with any projects or products that require a removable label. Give us a call at 877-277-4682 with any questions or comments. You can also click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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How Resolution Affects Your Custom Labels

When you are preparing your art files for printing, always err on the side of too much resolution. You can always scale the image back at time of production, but you can’t generate pixels that were never there.

With our digital press, we can print very sharp images at high resolution to make your custom labels or stickers as attractive as possible. Because first impressions matter for packaging and marketing in general, we advise giving your product or event the best first impression possible.

Attractiveness can mean many things to many people, but for us, well thought out design, appealing colors, legible text and crisp detail make up a great recipe for winning labels.

When it comes to legibility and crisp detail there is a vast difference between the looks that different resolutions produce. We created an image for our sample pack that is a fake beverage label. We built in some humor, if you look closely, because we value delighting people. Below are images that were rendered at 150, 300 and 800 dpi (our maximum printable resolution). You can click the images to see how much more detail and crispness is available as the resolution increases.

This is an image of a custom label design for a fake whisky company.
150dpi resolution custom label design
This is an image of a custom label for a fake whisky product.
300dpi resolution custom label design
This is an image of a custom label for a fake whisky product.
800dpi resolution custom label design

As you can see, even from these previews, that higher resolution can make an image more attractive with more legibility and crispness of design elements. You can really get a feel for the leather texture when you

We want all of our customers to put their best foot forward and make great first impressions to their own customers. If you need design help, we have folks on hand that can help you get your label to the proper resolution to take advantage of our press’ capabilities. Give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of the page with any questions or concerns.

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Packaging Strategy

by Cara Harris

Last month I had the opportunity to attend the Dieline Conference and hear from industry professionals on the topics of packaging, branding and design. One such session was given by Min Lew of Base design agency. Lew’s session was titled Packaging is Strategy and she shared examples of packaging and branding work Base has created over recent years. Here I will share with you three takeaways from this session.

DieLine conference with Min Lew
Via: TheDieline.com

1.) Your brand is like you—brands are like a person. Brands have an identity that is permanent, but their personality is constantly growing and evolving. Don’t be afraid to explore your brand’s personality. Just don’t abandon its identity!

Part of this is embracing your local culture. For example, if you make home brewing kits in Brooklyn, you may want to include the words Brooklyn in your packaging or even your logo.
“If you want to go global, you have to link [your brand] to your local identity.” —Min Lew

Brooklyn Brew Shop is a great example of using your local culture as part of your brand:

Photo of the founders of Brooklyn Brew Shop
Via: DarkRye.com

Photo of a beer making kit with custom labeling from Brooklyn Brew Shop
Via: BroolynBrewShop.com

2.) Don’t design your label for others in your industry—design your packaging with your customer in mind. What speaks to your target market? Do that! Even if it is the opposite of what everyone else in your industry is doing.

3.) Your packaging is your brand ambassador. The label and package of your product is the first thing your customers see. It’s at that moment they decide whether to engage or to walk away. Use your package to speak boldly about what you offer and to communicate your mission.

We would love to help you with any packaging projects that you have brewing. Give us a call at 877-2774682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page to ask questions or receive help.


New Website Coming Soon

This is a teaser of what our new home page will look like.

We have been planning and scheming for months to make your experience with our site even better.

The design, feel and resources on the site have been upgraded to make everything more helpful, intuitive and delightful. Our site will show a little more of who we are and what we care about most: people.

There will be new functionality in the account, so that you can more easily find label designs to reorder your custom labels and stickers. A new sample gallery will help display and explain the materials and laminates we offer, as well as show off some of the industries that we help label. We will feature some of our outstanding customers and the products that they have created.

We are really excited to launch the updates to the site, and we would love to hear your feedback once it is live.

Until then, let us know if you need any help with ordering your custom labels and stickers. We would be happy to assist in any way possible.