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UV printed embossed stickers having a raised 3d effect. Cut in the shape of a ‘Believe’ logo to create a beautiful brand sticker

3D Embossed, Raised Effect Stickers for a Premium Look

Raise Your Brand Perception With a Raised-Effect Sticker

  • Stickers with a 3D raised / embossed effect
  • Can be customized for any linear / non-linear shape
  • Ideal for premium branding purposes
  • Weather-proof and scratch-proof UV print
  • Shipping available worldwide
  • Prices starting at ₹ 150/- per square foot

3D Embossed, Raised Effect Stickers for a Premium Look

UV printed embossed stickers having a raised 3d effect. Cut in the shape of a ‘Believe’ logo to create a beautiful brand sticker

Raise Your Brand Perception With a Raised-Effect Stickers

  • Stickers with a 3D raised / embossed effect
  • Can be customized for any linear / non-linear shape
  • Ideal for premium branding purposes
  • Weather-proof and scratch-proof UV print
  • Shipping available worldwide
  • Prices starting at ₹ 150/- per square foot of stickers

3D Embossed Stickers - Detailed description

When you hear the word ‘sticker’ or ‘label’, a boring rectangular piece of paper printed in flat two dimensions is what comes to mind. And this 2D and rectangular form factor works well for most ordinary labeling applications. For example: an ordinary paper sticker will work great for a label to show the ingredients on a food packet. 

But, what if the intended placement requires the sticker to be premium? A white goods device like a food processor is an example, where an ordinary paper sticker showing the manufacturer’s logo is just not going to cut it. 

For product branding applications requiring a far more premium kind of a sticker, premium quality 3D embossed stickers are the answer. These are commonly referred to as raised effect stickers and decals.

UV printed shape cut stickers having a dome like raised 3D effect

What Are the Unique Characteristics of 3D Embossed Stickers

The plain-old and vanilla stickers are a really cost-effective option for most of our daily products. However, certain products, especially white-coloured consumer electronics, require a certain finesse. The brand and logo stickers used on them need to display a classiness. 3D Raised-Effect Stickers achieve this effect pretty brilliantly, owing to certain characteristics –

  • The Stickers Have a Great Visual Look and Tactile Feel: The 3D portion of the stickers have a depth and an embossed effect. You can visually make areas which jut out from the surface of the print media.
    Moreover, these stickers also have a very rich tactile feel. When you run your fingers over the print, you can feel the depth of each of the individual portions of the print that are raised up from the surface. 
  • You Can Selectively Raise Certain Portions of the Print: You can give a raised 3D effect to selected portions of the print.
    For example, if we have an image of a model holding a product, only the product and the company name can be selectively raised to give an embossed effect. This will draw particular attention to the parts of the communication that are important and need to be highlighted.
  • The Raised Area Shines Beautifully to Catch Viewer Attention: The embossed area has a glossy and shiny look due to the clear ink coating given to it. This makes the sticker look very attractive.
  • The Stickers Can Be Shape-Cut as Well: In addition to having a depth effect, our 3D stickers can also be cut into any non linear shape you desire. Most labels are boring squares or rectangles. But our machines are equipped with inline cutters. They can be programmed to cut the labels in the shape of the design being printed.
    For example, if you are printing a shield, the blades will cut the edges of the sticker in the shape of a shield as well. Shape cutting significantly enhances the form factor of the finished job.

    Please click here to know more about shape cut stickers at Orchid Digitals.

embossed, raised effect stickers, kiss cut in the shape of brand logos

What Are the Applications of 3D Raised Effect Stickers?

3D raised effect stickers are used for logo branding and creating premium decals. Many of our customers who source the same from us, use the stickers for the following applications.

  • Vehicle Decals: Car bumper stickers and small sized decals that go on the fuel tanks of bikes and show exclusive messages and designs. These stickers need to be waterproof. Moreover the inks should not fade in the sun. UV printed stickers are ideal for this and 3D decals give that premium look and feel to the same.

  • Logo Branding on White Goods: White goods like a refrigerator, mixer grinder, microwave oven, etc. need to display the manufacturers’ logo on the front in a very classy way. Embossed stickers are ideal for this. 

  • Stickers as Gifts and Memorabilia: Exhibitions and trade shows very often distribute stickers with funny messages as memorabilia. Using a mere ordinary sticker will not impress the visitors; a high-end 3D solution is the need of the hour.

  • Personalisation of Electronic Devices Like Mobiles and Laptops: Companies need labels to brand the high end assets like laptops and mobiles that they hand over to their employees. Again, an embossed label wins over an ordinary paper sticker in this case.

  • Over-Pasting the Original Manufacturer: Resellers who import devices from abroad (for example a trader who brings in vast quantities of power banks) need to  rebrand the same. What is needed is a high end logo sticker of the importer that will hide the original manufacturer’s mark. A professional quality embossed sticker in this case is the only option to go for.
Shape cut sticker of the ‘Freedom’ brand logo given a raised, embossed effect using a UV ink coat
Embossed 3D laptop and mobile stickers, kiss cut in the shape of a logo

Can These Stickers Be Used for Outdoor Applications?

This product is ideally suited for both indoor as well as outdoor applications. This is because our embossed stickers are created using ultraviolet inks.

  • UV inks are waterproof and resistant to sunlight. The inks will not run or fade when exposed to the elements. 
  • Moreover, the clear ink coat on top acts like a protective layer of hard plastic. This makes the stickers scratch proof as well. 
  • The clear coat of plastic also protects the sticker from scuffing and ensures that it does not degrade from everyday wear and tear.

How Are 3D Embossed Stickers Manufactured?

This section is important for those who seek in depth knowledge about the techniques used for raised effect printing. You can read on to find out more about the same or jump straight to the pricing section.

Stickers are manufactured by printing a layer of ink on a paper or plastic media with an adhesive back. But the problem is, this layer of ink has absolutely no thickness. To create a sticker which has a raised effect, we need the letters to jut out from the base print media (that is, the sheet of paper / plastic on which the inks are being applied). 

Let’s assume that we need to make a 3D sticker bearing the following message:

MADE IN INDIA

 This effect can be achieved using two techniques:

The Traditional Approach - Embossing by Using the Traditional Die Punching Method

The traditional method to create a raised effect print involved a lot of steps and processes. These are listed below –

  • Step 1: Print the above letters in 2D on a sheet of paper.  
  • Step 2: Manufacture a ‘die’ or stamp made of lead. The die is engraved with the same letter design, in the same font and same size. The letters ‘Made in India’ will be raised from the metal plate, very much like the rubber stamps we see in offices. 
  • Step 3: Place the die exactly beneath the print and press it hard against the print using a specialised punching machine. The pressure of the punch distorts the paper into the required shape and gives the letters a raised, embossed effect.

As you probably figured out, the traditional die punching method has a couple of problems. Die punches are expensive to manufacture. Also they are time consuming to deploy. Hence die punching makes sense only when we have to process vast quantities of the same sticker design. 

embossed, raised effect stickers, kiss cut in the shape of brand logos

Our Approach - Digitally Printed Embossed Stickers Using UV Inks

At Orchid Digitals, we have a solution to overcome this limitation of vast quantities, huge investments and time delay. Our UV printers can generate small batches of highly professional looking 3D embossed stickers. Moreover, you can have multiple designs of stickers in the same batch. The turnaround time for the job is measured in hours instead of weeks. Finally, the stickers can also be generated in any non-linear shape that you desire. To understand how we manage to achieve all of this, we first need some knowledge about UltraViolet Inks and UV Printing.

UV inks are unlike traditional liquid inkjet inks. Most inks, get absorbed by the media they fall on. The liquid water dries off and the colored dyes remain on the paper to form our letters and images. But UV printing machines inks have three characteristics that can be exploited to create prints with a raised effect.

  • UV inks do not get absorbed by the media they are printed on. The inks are left sitting on top of the print surface where they dry to form a solid layer. In fact, if you run your fingers over a UV print you will feel a seperate layer of ink very slightly jutting out or raised from the surface of the base media.   
  • All industrial printing machines  have 4 inks CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) which are needed to print any image. But UV printing machines can be configured with additional colors like white and clear inks, over and above the standard CMYK set of colors.
    The ‘clear inks’ in this case are used to print a clear plastic coating on top of selected areas of the image. This effect is also known as spot lamination where certain areas have a layer of clear film on top of them.  
  • Finally, UV printers have a ‘multi-pass’ setting in them, wherein the printer keeps printing the same layer of ink, over and over again, at the same location.
‘Inspire’ logo shape cut and embossed. UV coated to give a raised effect

So to create a 3D embossed effect print, here is what we do at Orchid Digitals: 

  • Step 1: In our ‘Made In India’ example from above, we first print a layer of colored ink to reproduce the letters in question. 
  • Step 2: We then print a layer of clear ink on the colored ink layer. The clear coat covers the defined image area only. This means that the clear inks cover only the printed letters and not the surrounding areas of the white media.
  • Step 3: Finally we use the multipass feature on our printer to repeatedly print more and more layers of clear ink on top of the original layer. Remember how I earlier mentioned that UV inks do not get absorbed by the media. Rather they are left sitting on top of the same. So, with each successive layer, the letter becomes thicker and thicker. Depending on the job requirement we multipass the image 16, 32 or even 64 times. 

As you can guess, with 64 layers of clear ink, each on top of the other, the letters get a lot of depth and our embossed effect print is ready.

fingers peeling a logo sticker from a vinyl sheet printed with lots of kiss cut 3D stickers having a raised dome like effect

Variants to Embossed Stickers

While embossed stickers are themselves great options for branding, here are some variants that you might want to check out:

  • Shape-Cut / Kiss cut Stickers: If you are on a tight budget, we can provide shape cut stickers in 2D, without the embossed effect. These stickers look great and are ideal for product branding.
  • Dome Stickers: Impressive 3D sticker options that look a class apart. Dome stickers have a clear tapering top achieved using a polyurethane solution. They look great, they feel great, and take the visual appeal game of stickers up a notch.
custom shape cut vinyl stickers digitally printed and cut on the edges with one of the labels being raised by a hand
blue circular domed stickers having a raised effect make for premium quality logo stickers

File Format Required for a Processing a Embossed Sticker Job

You can use any type of .jpg or image file for making embossed stickers. But two elements of the file need to be defined as vectors.

  • The outline or shape along which the edges of the sticker are to be cut.
  • The print area which has to be raised and given an embossed effect.

This can be done in a design software like Corel Draw. Click here to learn how to define edges / contours in Corel Draw.

Once the file is ready, it is fired up on the plotter. It’s then a matter of the following steps:

  • The machine first prints out the image in color. 
  • It then prints multiple layers of clear ink to give a raised effect to the image.
  • Next, the machine waits for a couple of minutes for the inks to dry. 
  • Finally, the printer runs a cutting blade over the defined outline and your embossed, shape cut stickers are ready. 

It makes sense to have a little white edge or space between the image and the outline which is going to be cut. This highlights the matter within and also increases the life of the sticker significantly.

How Much Do 3D Embossed Stickers Cost?

Vinyl stickers are charged per square foot. So you need to reverse calculate the cost per piece, based on the number of stickers fitting in one square foot.

For example, the per square foot price of embossed stickers on white vinyl is Rs.200.00. Let us assume that you have a 2 inch X 2 inch sticker. 36 stickers of this dimension will fit in a square foot. So the cost per piece is 200 / 36. This works out to rupees 5.60 per piece plus taxes.

White opaque vinyl stickers with embossed effect

Rate (per Sq. ft.)

₹ 200.00*
Cost per sticker (assuming a 2 inch x 2 inch sticker design)
₹ 5.60

* Please Note:

  • 18% GST on the above rates
  • The minimum order quantity for this product is 10 square feet

Shipping and Delivery

  • These stickers can be delivered anywhere in India. 
  • Delivery charges are extra and will be communicated to you once we receive the exact delivery address.

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