Sticker Stories from StickerGiantEvery Sticker has a Story

Custom shaped stickers from students at UBC Faculty of Forestry take wings to spread their message

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Students at the UBC Faculty of Forestry designed these custom  glossy die cut stickers to help spread their passion for their program across campus and greater British Columbia. It features wildlife and beautiful landscapes, along with their iconic building. This sticker will travel far and wide. Students and those interested in the program will now have a portable billboard to display their pride.
Forestry is the science, art and practice of understanding, managing and using wisely the natural resources associated with, and derived from forest lands. These resources include timber, water, fish, wildlife, soil, plants, and recreation. Forest lands are instrumental in the beauty and spiritual impact of our landscape. The utilization of all of these resources is part of the cultural heritage of British Columbia, and modern resources management embraces these values. Finding a balance between these multiple uses, while sustaining and conserving forest resources is the basis of this challenging and exciting program of study.

The program has a history dating back over one hundred years, when in 1915 UBC officially started as an institution, with three academic areas: Arts and Science, Applied Science, and Agriculture. In 1918, the first forestry course started, where for four weeks returning war veterans could qualify to work as forest guards. One of the newest developments is their Bachelor of Urban Forestry degree that was established in 2015.

Promoting a college department with custom stickers


It's an exciting time for this institution of higher learning, and custom shaped die cut stickers will last for years to come. With a durable finish and a crack-and-peel backing, these stickers will are easily applied and are long lasting.

Check them out on these social media channels:



Here's a quick video of their die cut stickers getting shrink wrapped and ready for shipping:


Sticker Stories Podcast Episode 7: Brining Cucumbers and talking Matte Labels with Colorado Liquor Pickles

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This week we welcome Jennifer and Jerry from Colorado Liquor Pickles, who mix beer and spirits with pickles. Two of nature’s greatest creations, just add labels. 


You can listen to the interview, and there's more about this episode below.

Top of Mind


Hamish talked all about our Matte Die Cut Stickers, which we've been promoting quite a bit this week on all of our social feeds. This new product offering means you can get custom shaped Die Cut Stickers with a matte finish that's much different than our glossy option. If you are looking for a sample pack to test these out, head to stickergiant.com/samples.

Andrew wanted to make sure that everyone knew about our 24 days of Stickers stream on our Instagram, where we're highlighting fun seasonal stickers that feature a holiday design.

Sticker Story: Colorado Liquor Pickles


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We started with their origin story. They lived in Colorado and left. When they returned from the East Coast, they started visiting breweries and then the lightbulb moment happened: brine the cucumbers in liquor. They started with beer, and it's been a non-stop journey since. They developed relationships local breweries, and then they started working with Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyons. They are juggling this business with other efforts, but they are fully dedicated to this project. In fact, some days, they'll spend 10 hours packing and doing production. Their story is similar to our founder story with John Fischer back in Episode 2, where he talks about starting StickerGiant in his home with his wife. It's great to see these news businesses in a similar stage, as it's exciting to start up something.

Hamish and Jerry geeked out a bit on bikes before we turned to their use of matte and glossy labels, and how they are constantly doing research and development on new recipes. They have chosen to go with Matte Labels for their products, for the way these labels fit with the craft appeal of their product Liquor Pickles. One bit of media they were excited about is their upcoming slot on Booze Traveler on the Travel Channel, which airs in January. They have a big year ahead in 2018, and you know we'll be following their story. Their new website is set to launch soon, and we'll get a link in here when it does.

End of Season One!


We are wrapping up season one, and we'll be back again 12th, January 2018, with a new lineup of content and guests. It will also be National Sticker Day, and we'll have plenty to talk about with Saul the World's Largest Sticker Ball.

We want to wish everyone a happy holiday season and thanks for listening this year. We are so very appreciative of all of the folks who have checked out a Live Friday or listened to an episode of the podcast. It means a lot, and we can't wait to share more Sticker Stories.

The podcast will be available to download in all the usual spots: iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, SoundCloud and Radio Public.

See you in 2018!

Music & Art


Opening music Cha Cappella – Jimmy Fontanez
Closing music My Rollercoaster – Kimya Dawson
Art Alan Peters - Jupiter Visual

Matte stickers help sparks fly during Ignite Boulder 34



One of our top local event sponsorships of the year is happening tonight, and it's yet another sell-out edition. Ignite Boulder is one of the largest Ignite Talks communities in the world, and this 34th version is loaded with fun talks and short films. Oh yeah, and our new matte stickers will be on site at the beautiful Boulder Theater for the organizing team to promote their event.

Sticker design helps a brand stand out


Their matte sticker design has the perfectly cut shape with no backing, a main feature of our die cuts. You can see the Ignite Talks branding (sparks flying from the word Ignite) and location tag for Boulder as the foundation, which is a powerful image. The matte finish helps the sublimated background display the mountains of Colorado and signify this iconic setting.

More about Ignite 34 and thanks to the organizing team


Since this is a long-time sponsorship and members of our team attend the event, we wanted to give a gig shoutout to all of the folks behind the scenes that help coach speakers, prepare the slideshow, promote ticket sales, assist with ushering and much more. Ignite Boulder is 100% volunteer-led and organized by Glider, a local community group. It truly takes a village to pull of these types of events, so thanks to all of those folks. Ignite Boulder gives away any profits they make to 501c3 nonprofits. Let them know if you are up to something amazing and can use their extra funds.

Traditionally, the Winter Ignite is known as Winter Ball or "Nerd Prom," and when folks gather the getups are all over the map, as you'd expect from Boulder, Colorado. There's the ugly holiday sweater, the full ball gown, and of course, the shorts tuxedo. Truly, a range of fashion that are  all perfect for a night of geeky fun.




With Ignite Talks, presenters get 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes. The motto is: enlighten us, but make it quick.

Ignite events are held in cities around the world. Find an Ignite near you, browse Ignite videos or start a new Ignite in your city.
Ignite Talks is a fast-paced geek event started in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Since the first Ignite took place in Seattle around 10 years ago, Ignite has become an international phenomenon, with Ignite events produced in Helsinki, Tunisia, Paris, New York City and over 350 other locations in between.

Ignite’s mission is “Everyone Speaks.” We believe that public speaking builds confidence in individuals and that events like Ignite build community. Our goal is to make it possible for anyone, anywhere, to learn to present their ideas and their stories.

Ignite Boulder Matte Stickers make a spark


Since Ignite Talks are all about sparking conversations, it's only fitting that there's photo and video commemorating our first sparks coming from matte stickers. This happens when the roll passes through our laser die cut machine. As the laser traces the path of the sticker outline, it's zapping all along the edge. It's a really fun process to watch as the stickers all come out at the other end of the machine where they stack up, like you see in the photo above.


Here's the video we shot as this order went through shop.


Take a production tour with our new matte stickers

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We're very excited to announce a new offering: custom matte stickers. This new product in our all-star lineup features a writable surface, a satin-like appearance, durable laminate and free laser die cuts. Yes, lasers.

This new choice of finishing option on our die cut stickers means you can pick between two different styles, matte and glossy. These stickers are great for detailed artwork, or times when you want your custom sticker designs to standout in the crowd. The matte lamination is indoor and outdoor durable, so your brand can travel far and wide for years to come.

Matte stickers versus Glossy stickers


Here's a side by side of our December monthly seasonal sticker sheet in matte (left) and glossy (right) stickers in natural light. You can see the shine of the reds and greens on the glossy and the more muted appearance on the matte sticker. Both are great options, but they have different uses, and certain designs work better on matte than with glossy, namely very detailed artwork and creative presentations. These sticker sheets are fun and utilitarian (they make present labels!), and they offer up a holiday greeting along with a comparison for how these stickers will finish. Read on to see more behind the scenes as matte stickers enter the StickerGiant family.

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Matte stickers on the left and glossy stickers on the right. Both die cuts, but with a different finish.


Behind the scenes on the laser


We sat with Nate, one of our laser operators, as he ran one of the first orders of matte stickers to come through the shop. Here's a few photos of the work in process.

Laser operator Nate checks the settings on the die cutter.



Ignite Boulder matte stickers running through the roller as lamination applies to the substrate.



Laser operator Nate calibrating the laser die machine. You can see a full diagnostic display of the machine from this view.



The interior of the rollers as the lamination applies to the substrate. The light on the interior allows for the operators to view the stickers as they process.



The laser die cutter traces a path then cuts the substrate, while on the left side of the image, a vacuum separates the newly cut stickers from the roll.



As the stickers leave the laser area of the machine, they enter this final section where they all lay out on a conveyor belt that stacks them neatly for counting and prepping for QC and then shipping.



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Just a little view from Nate's perspective as he operates the laser die cutter to close out this look into the world of matte stickers.


Finish your tour with a video to learn even more


Flagstaff Academy Participates in Hour of Code for Computer Science Week with Die Cut Stickers

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Longmont's Flagstaff Academy will be having Hour of Code sessions on Tuesday and Thursday as part of Computer Science Education Week, the global campaign to demystify "code."

On their die cut sticker, the Dragons (that's their mascot) feature the "I participated in..." words above the Hour of Code and Code.org logos with their school colors. It's a great design for those who attend and want to display their new love of, and understanding for, coding and computer science.

For this year's Computer Science Education Week all schools in the St. Vrain Valley area, and over half of the schools in Boulder Valley School District will be participating with their own line up of coding and computer science educational activities. At Longmont's Alpine Elementary School, the week of coding events was kicked into gear with the demonstration of a hovercraft, built by two juniors from Skyline High. The hovercraft was built in a STEM Academy class, and was an exciting way to introduce the magic of computer science to a younger crowd.

We've been supporting these programs for a few years now, and we love that it can show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities, but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. There are a bunch of tutorials and activities on the site for anyone to try, and that's why this program can be so impactful for self-directed learning. Now this grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide, and this year, there are over 130,000 CSEdWeek and Hour of Code events around the world.

Long-time Supporters of Hour of Code


In 2016, we wrote up posts about Computer Science Education CSED week at Galvanize Boulder and Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). We're happy to promote these events locally, and all around the world.

As this video from Code.org says "Computer Science is Changing Everything."

Celebrating die cut stickers and entrepreneurship at Startup Week Camarillo from Techstars

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Startup Camarillo is a starting place for events and opportunities for startups, investors, students, and freelancers in Camarillo and surrounding areas of Ventura County, California. They have a die cut sticker with the Techstars branding and a little local twist in the snow globe. It's the perfect event sticker: simple and iconic. It's the optimal portable billboard for their logo and event platform.

Whether you're a student looking to learn, a founder looking for a team, or a startup looking to share your story, this Startup Week is the perfect starting point.

More About Startup Week


Techstars Startup Week brings entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together over five days to build momentum and opportunity around your community’s unique entrepreneurial identity. Join in a celebration led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces you love. Startup Week is one of the Techstars Startup Programs, alongside Startup Weeked and Startup Digest. These stickers see thousands of views.



Startup Communities


Boulder venture capitalist Brad Feld wrote a book about Startup Communities a few years back, and Camarillo is the prime example of a community that's looking long-term to realize success for their entrepreneurial business community.


Here's a talk from a few years back about his theories and how they are playing out around the world.


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Over the course of five days, participants in Techstars Startup Week can choose the events they’d like to attend. Typically these events are held at various venues across a city. Speakers from the community, and outside it, are brought in to share their story to motivate and inspire the entrepreneurial community. Local organizers select the tracks they feel are most relevant to their community and choose speakers based on those tracks.

Event stickers help make connections


After Techstars Startup Week, participants find that they’re more connected to their community and no longer feel alone in their efforts. And they take their event sticker with them. They are then ambassadors in the support network that can make the difference between closing up shop and pushing through to success.

Try an event sticker for your next gathering, and you can try name tag stickers, logo stickers, or sticker sheets.