Peel & Reveal Tabs – Full Press Sheet

Peel & Reveal Tabs

Perforated Peel & Reveal tabs are a great solution for promotional purposes or product coupon codes. They also have many names: tear-off tabs, pull to win, break-open tickets, tear-strip tabs, pull-tabs, breakaways, etc. We call them Peel & Reveal tabs because the end user “peels” the perforated tab on the carrier and reveals the information, prize or advertising underneath.

Peel & Reveal Tabs

Perforated Peel & Reveal tabs are very similar to scratch-off cards, but there’s no scratching or mess. We can die cut almost any size or shape of pull-tabs and die cut 2, 3, 4 or even 5 pull tabs.

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The image above shows how the Pull-tabs are formed. The full press sheets are die creased and die cut, then cut to individual 4pg pieces. The 4pg pieces are glued everywhere except the “peel off” tab and then folded inline.

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Our Peel & Reveal cards are fully custom when it comes to the size, number of openings and shape. This project has the pull tab shaped like a piece of popcorn to coordinate with the piece’s movie theme.

We are your “go to” company for innovative, custom jobs that are done completely in-house! Please give us a call for any jobs that require die cutting, folding and gluing.

3 Wheel Chart Retail Display

3 Wheel Chart Retail Display

3 Wheel Chart Retail Display

This point-of-purchase piece is one of the most unusual pieces I’ve ever seen because it has not just one or two, but three separate Wheel Charts!

3 Wheel Chart Retail Display

3 Wheel Chart Retail Display

Wheel Charts, also called Information Wheels or Spinner Charts, are an interactive and user-friendly information tool. The simple design includes a rotating outer wheel with a window cutout that is attached to the carrier by a metal eyelet.

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Spinner Charts are effective information and marketing tools. End users can quickly calculate answers to formulas or view educational or promotional information.

All the Wheel Charts we produce are custom made to your exact requirements. If your customer needs something innovative and functional, give us a call!

Printed Rubber Band Book Binding

Printed Rubber Band Book Binding

Printed Rubber Band Book Binding

This clever book binding technique uses rubber bands, instead of glue or thread! We can source rubber bands in a wide range of widths and colours. Rubber bands can also be printed!

Printed Rubber Band Book Binding

The image above shows how the pages are notched near the spine. Elastic band book binding allows the end user to easily insert or remove the pages, which are held together with a customized elastic band! This informal binding style is ideal to create customized marketing kits for individual customers.

Printed Rubber Band Book Binding

Printed Rubber Band Book Binding

In the design process, it’s important to note that the stock used must be thick enough to resist bending under the pressure of the rubber band. The cover and pages need to be etched around the spine to keep the rubber band in place. This etched section should remain graphics free. We can die crease each book page next to the spine to make opening the pages easier.

The book shown above has a 4-page cover and only shows the elastic on the back.

Is your client looking for an ultra unique, yet simple, book binding technique? Give us a call about Rubberband Book Binding!

 

Custom Shaped Sticky Pads

Custom Shaped Sticky Pads

Custom Shaped Sticky Pads

This week’s email features custom shaped sticky pads with dyed glue spines and colour edges.

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The cheese wedge shaped pad (shown above) has a red glue spine, which we dyed using a non-toxic dye. We cut this pad on a regular cutting machine and then used a non-toxic dye to dye the glue red.

Custom Shaped Sticky Pads

Custom Shaped Sticky Pads

The gold bar pad (shown above) has a cover and was precisely trimmed and then foil gilded on three sides. We can foil gild almost any colour that can be conventionally foil stamped!

We produce Custom Shaped Sticky Pads with value added features like:

  • Extra large pads up to 8.5” x 14”
  • Completely custom shapes
  • Foil gilded edges
  • Stained edges
  • 4pg covers
  • Pads with fold out panels

We supply printers across North American with custom sticky notes and adhesive pad solutions. Does your client want sticky pads in a specific shape, color, or style? Please give us a call, we can help!

Eco-Friendly Custom Box Inserts

Eco-Friendly Custom Box Inserts

Box Inserts

Does your client want a stellar product presentation (with the added bonus of protection for fragile items) in their custom box? Custom Box Inserts are a crucial component to custom packaging design because they display, organize and protect the box contents.

Box Inserts

The image above shows how the paperboard box liner can be lifted out to reveal the lower tray.

The image above shows how all the pieces can be disassembled for easy recycling.

The most common type of tray insert is polyurethane foam, which is costly and not at all recyclable. While we can source custom foam inserts, I recommend paperboard and corrugated board tray inserts.

The image above shows commonly used foam inserts.

The Top 4 benefits of die cut paperboard or corrugated board inserts are:

  1. Paper board and Corrugated board liners are unbelievably cheaper than foam liners!
  2. Paperboard and Corrugated Board take just days to arrive, whereas foam orders take weeks.
  3. Paperboard can be printed to colour match and bring branding to the interior of the box. Foam inserts come in a small range of colours.
  4. Paperboard and Corrugated Board is vastly more environmentally friendly. Liners made with these materials are completely recyclable!

Does your client want an eco-friendly alternative to foam box inserts? Give us a call!

Die Cut Book Sleeve

Die Cut Book Sleeve

Die Cut Book Sleeve

The printer client chose our company for this book and sleeve job because we could produce all the components in house.

This project included five components:

  • Perfect binding the book
  • Die cutting the sleeve
  • Box gluing the sleeve
  • Book insertion
  • Single shrink wrapping

Die Cut Book Sleeve

At Specialties, we love jobs that have multiple operations – it’s our sweet spot! There is increasing demand from printers and designers for multi-component projects. Our team seamlessly manages all phases of projects, from mockups to the final delivered piece.

In addition to rigid boxes, we offer value added services like:

  • Laser cut and die cut components
  • Custom stamped or etched metal components
  • Decorative trimmings
  • Magnetic and other box closures
  • Foil stamping
  • Debossing & embossing

Specialties Graphic Finishers crafts premium rigid boxes and excels in taking on projects with many operations, all of which require careful planning. Is your client asking for a job with printing and many other components? Give us a call!

 

 

Cross Rigid Setup Box

Cross Rigid Setup Box

Cross Rigid Setup Box

Cross Rigid Setup Box

As a premier full service bindery, we produce custom Rigid Boxes. Customers want innovation in binding and finishing and we deliver award winning products. This week, I’m featuring a Cross Base and Lid Box (also known as a Clamshell Rigid Box).

Cross Rigid Setup Box

We produced this clamshell box, which has a base, a lid and an interior box tray (shown above). This project took a lot of planning, designing and prototypes to determine the best materials to use, including the proper stays for the box corners. The customer supplied sheet wrap was a much smaller size than we would normally require, but our team figured out the best way to make it work!  Everyone who sees this product is impressed by the design and quality. It’s functional and beautiful.

Cross Rigid Setup Box

Specialties Graphic Finishers does rigid box manufacturing, including die cutting, tray making, box making, decorating and final packing. If your customer is sending a rigid box job your way, give us a call!

No Spine Smyth Binding

No Spine Smyth Binding

No Spine Smyth Binding

This Smyth-sewn book has no outside cover or spine! Notice how the printed signatures were planned so they would align to spell the company’s name.

No Spine Smyth Binding

The majority of books in the past were Smyth sewn, but less costly methods of binding have become dominant. Only the finest books now are Smyth sewn. Customers want a book’s binding method and cover to be unique and communicate a message.

No Spine Smyth Binding

No Spine Smyth Binding

So many variations can be added to books to get the most “wow” out of your project. We first introduced the exposed Smyth-sewn book about a decade ago, and we keep adding more customizable options! Soft covers? Exposed spine with a hard cover? No cover and no spine? Give us a call!

 

 

No Eyelet Spinners

No Eyelet Spinners

I admit I was really impressed when I came across the idea of making a spinner without any metal eyelets. I wasn’t surprised, though, when our team figured out how to do large volumes of spinners without eyelets!  The process requires die cutting and very sophisticated construction on our box gluing machines. The resulting Eyelet-free Spinner is functional and easily recycled!

As material costs continue to rise and supply chains face delays, reducing the number of parts going into a piece is very beneficial. There are some major advantages eyelet-free spinners offer:

  1. Because metal and paper aren’t combined, the spinner is easily recyclable.
  2. Using just glue and paper is much cheaper than adding metal eyelets.
  3. Eyelet-free Spinners (unlike Eyelet Spinners) can be produced in a single pass on high speed machines!

The per-unit cost of Eyelet Spinners is unbelievably higher than the per-unit cost of a large run of Eyelet-free Spinners.

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If your customer needs 50,000+ Spinners and you want the cheapest price in a short period of time, give us a call! We can offer more environmentally friendly options than traditional Eyelet Spinners.

If you would like to learn more about Eyelet-free Spinners please contact us!

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Braille and QR Codes – Make Your Product Accessible

The focus this week is on making packaging, pharmaceutical inserts and marketing materials more accessible. Improving accessibility does not mean increased costs! In fact, adding Braille for people who are visually impaired, can be done inline without additional machine passes or increased cost.

Braille is easily incorporated into diecut packaging and folded inserts. For die cut packaging, Braille can be added when cartons are being die creased. For folded inserts, Braille cells are easily applied inline using an embossing wheel attached to the folding machine.

If your customer is looking to make their folding, die cutting or packaging job more accessible to a wider audience, we have some ideas!

Braille

Braille

At Specialties Graphics Finishers, based in the GTA, we strive to provide our clients with the best design and packaging solutions for their product. Whenever we work with a client, we take into consideration the audience for their product and how it will be used. Specialties Graphics Finishers have been operating in Toronto since 1939 and with our decades of experience we are the preeminent graphics finishing house in Canada and service clients across North America.

The advantage of working with Specialties Graphics Finishers is that we can take on the most complex projects as we have the most up to date equipment and are leaders in the newest technology. In the past decade we have been pleased to see more focus put on accessible design and packaging. While accessible packaging is important for everyone it is estimated that nearly 1 billion people in the world currently have some sort of impairment with their vision. Vision loss can affect people of all ages and deeply impact how they interact and function in the world. Something that can greatly help people with vision loss is accessible design and packaging solutions.

There are several ways at Specialties Graphics Finishers we can help clients design and produce accessible packaging. Some of this can be in the graphic design elements we choose to include, whether it be a larger font or high-contrasting colors both of these design decisions can greatly increase the visibility of important information on a package. Another intriguing way we make product packaging accessible is by include braille.

Braille was developed in the early 1800’s by Louis Braille, a French student who had lost his sight as a result of a childhood accident. Braille had received his education at France’s Royal Institute for Blind Youth and while still a student he started to develop a tactile system which would allow blind people to read through feeling a series of raised dots on paper indicating letters.

At Specialties Graphics Finishers we have worked with numerous clients to include braille on everything from pharmaceutical inserts to marketing materials. Braille can be incorporated without any additional machine passes which means there are often times no additional cost to including braille on your packaging. We are able to include braille to the cardboard of a carton and even inserts into packages.

Another way we help our clients create inclusive packaging is by encouraging them to develop and include a QR Code into their packaging – combining this with braille provides incredible assistance for people with low vision. It is estimated that packaging that includes QR Codes and other design elements that share additional product information will grown into a billion-dollar business in the next two to three years. Consumers, more than ever before, are looking to buy and align with brands that are inclusive and accommodating to people with disabilities. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Amazon have already started using QR codes and have seen a huge increase in sales. QR Codes not only help those with visual impairment but also for any customer wishing to learn more about your product and brand.

Incorporating inclusive thinking into the design of your product and its packaging has never been more important. A few years ago, Accenture surveyed millennials and found 51% of people in this demographic would choose a brand that included inclusive and accessible design into their packaging over brands that did not. Companies that incorporate braille and QR codes, among other accessible design features, will reach a broader audience and stand out against competitors.

If you wish to explore the accessible design options for your product and its packaging, we encourage you to call Specialties Graphics Finishers today. With decades of experience, we can help design and position your product so that it has the highest level of design finish while being accessible. Our design team has helped several companies to design and produce accessible packaging including braille and QR Codes. We can advise you on commercial, pharmaceutical, promotional or any other sort of packaging you are wishing to develop. In today’s consumer landscape all brands should keep an eye to being as inclusive and as accessible as possible. Call Specialties Graphics Finishers today so we can help you get started on exciting and accessible new designs for your product!