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Silkscreen Stickers - How They Are Made (redux)


Silkscreen printing is an everyday part of our lives. This printing method has its origins in China almost 3000 years ago. Many of the stickers we print are silkscreen printed like these Laughing Squid stickers.

This sticker has a green impression, and a black impression. When combined, they make a two color sticker. Two screens mounted on a rigid frame are created, one for the green impression and one for the black impression. The yellow areas are where the ink will pass through the screen.

The green screen is mounted on the printing press making sure it is aligned properly. A specially formulated green ink is prepared, and a pre-measured amount is applied to the screen. 2 large squeegees set the ink in place, and the machine begins to feed the adhesive backed vinyl sheets into the machine. A series of suction cups and steel fingers make sure the sheets go in one at a time. Two large squeegees alternate spreading ink across the screen and then scraping it off again. The ink is squeezed through the screen onto the vinyl sheets. The inks are dried instantly using ultraviolet light.

This job required 500 sheets to be printed. The sheets are stacked and taken back to the front of the press. The screen is cleaned and the ink is put away to be used another day. Now the black screen is carefully mounted on the press. Black ink is applied, and the sheets are fed back into the machine. The process is repeated applying the black impression onto previously printed sheets.

The printing process is completed and the sheets are fed through a slitting machine. Each sheet gets four slits so the stickers have a crack and peel backing. The stickers are ready to be trimmed in this cutting machine. After careful alignment the 5 horizontal cuts are made consecutively. This machine requires the operator to use two hands to activate the blade. This reduces the risk of injury. The sheets are turned and the process is repeated making the 7 vertical cuts.

Once the trimming is complete, a simple rubber band keeps the finished stickers in order. And that's how 2-color Laughing Squid stickers are made at StickerGiant.

The Most Durable Stickers Ever

The team at Snowbird came to us because they wanted the highest quality sticker in the world. We came through with this die-cut design of their iconic logo. We printed double-bumped (that means 2 layers of ink) silkscreen inks onto a super heavy duty super-tak vinyl (adhesive used by NASA) that will not peel or disintegrate in our lifetime. The ink is uv resistent, but that was not enough for snowbird, they insisted on adding a heavy duty UV laminate that will further protect this sticker from the sun.

About Snowbird
Snowbird resort opened in 1971 and is a year-round ski and summer resort located in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest on the eastern border of the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy.

It's no mystery why so many of the world's finest pro skiers, riders and photographers call Little Cottonwood Canyon home. With unmatched snow, steeps and backcountry access, there's a good chance that you'll be sharing a chair with Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Jeremy Nobis or one of the other superstars of the sport. Come see many of our athletes compete in the U.S. Free skiing Nationals in March, or call ahead to have us arrange a mountain tour with a homegrown pro.

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