Apple-opaque sticker printing: the nightmare continues.

I need a new sticker vendor.

So, remember that time when I spent literally years trying to find someone to manufacture the sticker pictured at right? And then, finally, we found someone, and there was much rejoicing?

Yeah, good times.

Well, guess what. We have A) sold out of all of those stickers, and B) now that vendor won't make them any more.

So I am in search of a new vendor who can do die-cut foil stickers. Two colors, green and black, as pictured. The white part is a cut-out.

In my experience, this is the only thing that will work. Printing on paper or vinyl is insufficiently opaque to block out the light of the Apple logo. It has to be foil.

"Surely there are plenty of people out there who can die-cut foil!" you may be saying. "I've seen that before!" you may add.

Well. Here is the list of vendors we've contacted in the last six months. They've all said no. Can you add any suggestions to this list?

  • Mac Decals
  • Stickers Printing
  • Jak Prints
  • Printer Bees
  • Sticker Giant
  • Brass Name Company
  • U Printing
  • Printer Runner
  • Sticker Robot
  • Moo stickerbooks
  • Sticker Guy
  • Lightening Labels
  • StandOut Stickers
  • StickerApp
  • Stahls
  • All Sticker Printing
  • Print moz
  • Websticker
  • Stickercutting
  • Stickershop
  • Century Label
  • Zazzle
  • Labels Stickers and More
  • Print My Thing
  • Sticky Business
  • Consolidated Label

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20 Responses:

  1. Jon Hendry says:

    Have you tried a letterpress shop?

  2. Giacomo says:

    I recently used Stixta.com and was pretty happy with it. I don't know what material they use, but it seem to totally block the light -- it was a simple black job though. This is a pic of it: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152676976169458&l=a8d54a5cf6

    • Buddy Casino says:

      That is a nice sticker. Can the graphics be obtained from somewhere?

      • Giacomo says:

        I basically sent them the official python logo in a circle, and they did the rest. If you want you can place an order with them referencing me, they keep all designs for reorders.

  3. Chris Randall says:

    Here you go, Jamie. Don't say I never gave you anything.

    http://www.mpofcinci.com/metalphoto-overlays

    They will absolutely do what you want (with the caveat that you don't get the white part; it'll be a cut-out, but you don't need that anyhow. My contact: Tom Petre (tpetre at mpofcinci dot com). They aren't going anywhere, ever

  4. Simon Gatrall says:

    Companies which make faceplates for instrument panels can do this kind of thing.
    http://www.gmnameplate.com/what_we_do/graphic_overlays
    or
    http://www.norcorp.com/products/packaging-overlays-panels-buttons/

  5. Rae Deslich says:

    I know of two or three vendors in LA that can do that, if you don't mind sending out.

  6. Jamie Zawinski says:

    Rae: Yes please!

  7. Rae Deslich says:

    PMing you.

  8. Eric Michaud says:

    I'd be curious who the vendors are. I have a few projects that could use the foil die cut touch. :)

  9. Volker says:

    Hi there,

    I am the producer of tabtag, a glowing, removable & reusable macbook sticker. a tabtag can glow in all printabel colours.

    Please check out our website http://www.tabtag.com and our 200% funded Kickstarter campaign http://kck.st/1mQKwbx

    Best, Volker

    • jwz says:

      Looks nice! What's it made of, and how are you manufacturing it?

      • Volker says:

        ...it is printed with a special printing technique on a transparent adhesive film. The opaque areas of the stickers are completely opaque, while the transparent areas allow for the use of colors as well. Please order one on tabtag.com and see for yourself. Best, Volker

        • jwz says:

          "Special printing technique" doesn't help me manufacture my own.

          Are you posting here to be helpful, or just to spam my users to shill your product?

          • Volker says:

            Sorry, I thought, you were looking for a manufacturer. I thought that my references proved that I can produce what you are looking for. How I produce them exactly is part of the company know how. And know, I am not spaming, but was trying to help.

            • jwz says:

              Ok. Can you manufacture something that looks almost exactly like the thing pictured above? What's the unit cost for quantities of, let's say, 5000? What's the turnaround time?

              • Volker says:

                yes I can. tabtag macbook sickers don't function with cut-outs. All opaque areas are produced that way during the printing process while the transparent areas are left free or printed on with transparent colors. For a quote please send me an email to custom@tabtag.com

  10. Don Hopkins says:

    Are you sure "Print My Thing" is really a sticker vendor???

  11. db48x says:

    I'm curious to know why your existing supplier won't continue supplying them. Perhaps it was harder to do then they originally thought?

    • jwz says:

      Beats me. When they said "die cut foil is no longer a product we offer" I didn't ask why. That's pretty much the end of the conversation, whatever their reasons were.

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