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Help Guide for Tags

Not sure which tag options to go with?

These questions will help assist your decision making.

 

What size tag do I need?

For stock/quick print tags, we use the tag industry standard size tags (#1-8) and our Tag Templates will help provide you with a "to scale" print out for reference. For custom tags, you have many options on sizes and dimensions. Sizing can be determined by the visibility desired and the size of the item(s) being "tagged". All you need to do is provide the measurements (L x W) of the tag you would like.

What thickness or "feel" do I want for my tag?

How sturdy you want your tag to be will be determined by which thickness/weight you will need. Paper mills refer to raw stock in terms of caliper "pt" (thickness) and weight "lbs" (heaviness). Our paper stocks are inventoried and offered in the following:

  • 7pt - Light (slightly thicker than computer paper)
  • 10pt - Medium (slightly thinner than a manila file folder)
  • 13pt - Standard (about the thickness of poster board, most commonly used)
  • 15pt - Heavy Duty (about the thickness of a business card)

What color should I use for my tag?

All of our 7-15pt stocks are available in uncoated White and Manila. White and Manila look great with any color ink printed on them. If a more colorful stock is desired for a more appealing look, our 13pt standard paper is offered coated in the following colors:
  • Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Brown, Dark Green, Light green, Dark Blue, Light blue, Lilac, and Gray
If you really want your 13pt standard tag to stand out, we carry 5 fluorescent colors:
  • Red, Pink, Orange, Green, and Chartreuse (Yellow)
You will need to consider the color of the paper in combination with the ink color being used and how that will look. In addition to the standard matte finish, we also offer semi-gloss and gloss paper (in certain stocks) to provide a unique look. Other stock colors not listed may be available as a special order material.

How am I going to be using the tags? (indoor, outdoor) 

Our 13pt stock holds up well with standard, everyday use. However, If you need a tag for prolonged use or tags that will be exposed to heat, sunlight, moisture, chemicals or other elements in a harsh environment, we offer synthetic and chemically reinforced paper stocks for custom tags. Some of the more popular materials we carry in inventory are:

  • Tyvek, Polyart, Synaps, Wet Strength and Latex

Each of these stocks have certain properties that make them more desirable depending on the application for use. 

What if I need to mark or write on the tags?

All of our tags are designed or made with the intention that they will be written on. They are quite easy to write on with any writing utensil however, results may vary depending on the material and utensil used. If you are going to use a regular ballpoint pen to write on your tag, you wont have any issues. If using a sharpie or permenant marker, some ink may bleed through certain stocks. If using a pencil, they might not be the best for certain synthetic stocks.

What shape of tag should I get?

All tags in the industry have had a standard, traditional shape for many years which is the bottom 2 corners square and the top 2 corners clipped. We can produce all corners square, or even offer rounded corners on tags. However, if you want your tag to have a unique shape or design that really stands out, that is when die-cutting is required. A die is a special steel blade that is used to punch out your desired tag shape after it is printed. All you need to do is send us a sketch, idea or sample of your desired shape.

How will I hang my tag, tie it or get it to "stick"?

Our tags come standard with a hole punched at the top so you can use string, wire, zip ties (or anything you can think of) to tie or hang your tag onto something. Extra hole punches or larger hole punches can be custom made depending on your application.

Dont want holes? That's fine too. We also offer an adhesive strip that can allow your tag to stick rather than hang. To get it to stick, just peel off the plastic liner to expose the adhesive and you can stick your tag wherever you want to. Though the adhesive is not limited just to tags without holes. You can have the best of both worlds and have a custom tag that can hang and stick!

Do I need additional reinforcements or a stronger tag?

We offer several forms of tag reinforcements, the most common being the fiber patch which comes standard on our tags. A fiber patch is a small circle on both sides of the tag that provides a visual indicator of strength and reinforcment to the hole-punch.

If you really want to reinforce your tag, we offer a brass metal eyelet that will strengthen the hole even further. You can have both the fiber patch and the metal eyelet on your tag if you wish.

In addition to reinforcments to strengthen the tag hole punch, we also offer lamination of tags in various thicknesses that adds an aditional layer of durability to your entire paper tag to help protect it.

Do I need attachments and should I get them pre-attached?

We carry several different types of attachments to fit your needs. The most commonly used attachment is the 12-inch, 26-gauge "Standard" wire, made of galvanized steel. It holds up well in any tag environment. If you want something a bit stronger, we also offer a 12-inch, 23-gauge "heavy" wire that is a little bit thicker.

If you don't want metal, we have 12-inch white cotton string that can be looped through the tag hole and has open ends for you to tie it around something, or you can have the ends knotted together so you can loop it around whatever you want. We also offer black cotton string and other custom order colors.

Need more of a fastener rather than just an attachment? We offer keyrings, diamond deadlocks, zip ties and others that work great to fasten your tag to items. Fasteners come separate and need to be attached at a later time. Our wire and string can also come separate for attachment by yourself when needed.

What "quality" of printing do I need?

We print many tags where the customer is just looking for a simple black (or 1-2 color) image with some text. This is traditional letterpress quality that is commonly used in industrial applications or for simple tags. We also have customers looking for complex, 4 color, highly detailed images. This is newer digital quality that is commonly used in commercial applications or for complex tags.

A tag with simple artwork or few ink colors only requires a simple printing process to keep costs low. A tag with a complex design and high quality images will require a more complex process to print, therefore higher costs tend to go with it.

Do I need any special/physical features on my tag?

If you need a way to keep track of items that you are tagging, coordinate items that are tagged, incorporate data into your tags or special application tags we offer the following features that we are able to incorporate into your custom tags:

  • Perforations and Scores - so tags easily tear or fold at certain locations (claim check tags or raffle tags)
  • Numbering - to track usage of tags or identifying items (inventory tags or automotive key tags)
  • Barcodes and Variable Data - to incorporate data into tags or track movement (retail tags or industrial tags)
  • Slits/Diecutting - to apply tags in unique situations (valet parking tags or door hang tags)

How many tags do I really need?

The more tags you order, the cheaper the cost is per thousand. We have certain set up costs for all of our orders including artwork, ink, plates, files, etc. Once the job is set up, you are just paying for additional material and labor. There are also price breaks to where large quantites will run on different presses than smaller quantities will (some are limited by tag features and have to run a certain way). Other things to keep in mind are how often you are going to need to restock your tags and how quickly you need them delivered.

 

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