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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.


https://vimeo.com/49211561

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.

Custom Rolled Stickers Help Sports Roses Express Their Passion

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L.O.V.E.nterprises, the maker of Sports Roses, was started in 2007 when founder Mark Ellingson created the first Baseball Roses.

What started out as a unique and special gift for a few friends at a ballgame has grown into a whole new niche in the sports industry. As of 2011, L.O.V.E.nterprises now makes the Baseball Rose, Softball Rose, and the Football Rose allowing fans special way to express their passions for their favorite sports.

They are using kiss cut stickers on a roll to promote their unique gift, and it's a nice play on our logo sticker product.

Find the perfect gift


Everyone has a sports fan in their life, but sometimes the perfect gift is hard to come by. Well Sports Roses has just the right gift, no matter the sport or team. This gift works at any occasion, whether it's Christmas parties, birthdays, weddings, proms, graduations, funerals, homecoming, anniversaries, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Valentine's Day.

He lives in San Diego, California, and he's an avid baseball fan who grew up going to baseball games with his dad. It's a tradition that carries on to this day, as Mark's family is a bunch of stadium chasers. Their goal is to attend a game in every MLB ballpark.

Family and baseball, now that's a winning tradition.

Trivia: The first Sports Rose Bouqet went to Mark's Mom, his first fan.

Stickers on a roll


Keep your order together with stickers on a roll, and that way you can easy apply to any of your products as you prepare them for your customers.

We have a few sticker and label options that finish on a roll, and you can check them out on our custom sticker page.

Custom WordPress Wapuu Sticker Sheets ready to rock in Nashville at the third annual WordCamp US

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The Grand WordCamp of them all is upon us: WordCamp US. A rotating festival held every year for two years in each location, this is the largest WordCamp of its kind in the world, and this year, Nashville plays host to WordCamp US 2017.

Wapuu is en route ready to rock on his sticker sheet. There's rockstar Wapuu, two event location stickers, with the highway shield design and the boots, a Tennessee State Flag sticker and a WordPress logo, then a rooster that's lit, and one last WordPress logo that says "Howdy."

WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. Contributors work on the WordPress Core to help develop the open source technology that powers nearly 25% of the modern Internet.

Music City Welcomes WordCamp US


WordCamp US 2017 will be held at Music City Center, 2.1 million square feet of conference awesomeness in the heart of Nashville. WordCamp'ers will groove on the downtown location where they can take in Nashville’s many offerings.

Or, hang out in Music City Center, as it doubles as a gallery for public artwork. There are 50-plus artists and more than 100 pieces of stop-and-gaze artwork. The installation features paintings, suspended pieces, new media, mosaics, and light works throughout the building.

It's not a WordCamp without and After Party, which will be at the Adventure Science Center where they are more exhibits to explore, food, drinks, a photo booth, and karaoke.

Shoutout to all of the organizers at the local WordCamp Nashville team for their work on the ground in advance of this event, and all of the global WordPress team that's making it a great experience.

WordCamp US Schedule and State of the Word


The WordCamp schedule is packed with speakers and of course, the annual "State of the Word" address from Matt Mullenweg, the founder of Automattic and creator of WordPress. Other talks center on using WordPress themes, best practices in web design and discussion topics like how diversity can make businesses, organizations and conferences better or how the WordPress community can be leaders in helping fix the lack of diversity in tech problem. You can both learn and be inspired, while at the same time networking and enjoying a great community and location for a conference.

https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/schedule/

The hashtag to follow is #WCUS, and you can find all of the social accounts, from Facebook WordCampUSA to Twitter @wordcampus and Instagram @wordcampus.

Event Stickers are a great way to extend your brand


Stickers also engage your audience in ways that are unimaginable. We see dozens of a events a week pass through our shop, and it never ceases to amaze us how creatively some organizing teams approach their events. You can go with a logo sticker, or a sticker sheet like WordCamp. The possibilities are endless with our many custom stickers. Just add your unique take to tell your story.

NASA's Rodent Research Team Gets the Interstellar Sticker Treatment

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The NASA Rodent Research Facility provides rodent housing on board the International Space Station (ISS), and for their latest mission they printed up a cool triangle shaped custom kiss cut sticker. They've got the ISS on there, plus a transporter and the rodent all orbiting the earth.

These are some seriously awesome rodents, as the Rodent Research-9 mission, RR-9, is the first in a series of rodent payloads on the International Space Station (ISS) that is dedicated to NASA-sponsored science experiments. Previous missions on the ISS involved commercial and other government agency experiments selected by the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). They fly these little folks up there to study the physiological systems of humans and animals due to the exposure to spaceflight conditions.


Ground-based and space flight studies by many investigators demonstrate that the mouse species is a good model for studying the changes in physiological systems in response to space flight. As a result there is a wealth of literature on the physiological impact of space flight and altered gravity on mice that can be compared with future flight data.


The ISS houses up to 10 mice for up to 30 days per unit and additional testing is in the works to increase this to up to 90 days. The crew transfers the mice from the Transporter to the Habitats shortly after docking with the ISS, and then the crew conducts experiment-specific operations while in orbit. These custom stickers will help identify the team, and we're proud to be sending on our stickers in the name of science.

Learn more about rodent research in microgravity.

We have a history with NASA Stickers


We've printed NASA stickers a few times now, and you can read about those sticker stories on the blog. Start with our first NASA sticker story about the HICO-RAID, and then move on to the Critical Space Item stickers, the Extreme Environment Mission Operations Neemo story, the Edge program, a cool sticker for the Orion EFT 1, a cool student collaboration from the University of Michigan called M Cubed, and finally a writeup about the STORRM.

Kiss Cut Stickers offer many options


Kiss cut stickers are a very customizable sticker. They can come individually sheeted, like the Rodent Research sticker, or they can come on a roll. With a kiss cut sticker, you can print in various shapes, sizes and orientations. We print in full color and offer durable UV lamination. They are easily stackable for displays, and with the oversized backing, they are easier to peel and apply.