Diamond Packaging Wins Three Awards in 2020 Packaging Impressions Excellence Awards Competition

Diamond Packaging today announced that it won three awards in the 34th annual Packaging Impressions Excellence Awards, the industry’s only competition recognizing the highest level of printing quality and technical achievement across the full range of packaging segments – labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, shrink sleeves, corrugated packaging, and displays. Winners were chosen from hundreds of entries submitted in over 40 different categories. Entries were judged on print quality, functionality, and secondary converting and finishing attributes.

Diamond won First Place in the “Sustainability Category – Folding Cartons” category for its 2020 corporate calendar, a popular promotional item given to customers and suppliers.

The 2020 “Making Music” calendar pays tribute to an American icon – the electric guitar. The inspiration? A Gretsch G5422TG Electromatic® Hollow Body with Bigsby® vibrato tailpiece. The calendar features multi-color UV printing, cold foiling, UV gloss spot coating, multi-level embossing, debossing, and intricate die cutting. Univacco Foils provided the cold foil. Metal Magic provided all of the embossing and debossing dies.

The header and backers were converted utilizing Clearwater Candesce® SBS paperboard, cold foiled, and offset printed with Huber four color process inks, in-line with UV matte, UV satin, and UV gloss spot coating.

Tightly-registered UV coatings enhance the design and highlight the individual guitar components. High gloss UV spot coating accentuates the beautiful walnut finish on the guitar body. Satin and matte UV coatings on the amp provide a striking contrast to the gloss accents.

Cold foil delivers shimmering metallic effects on the guitar’s tuning pegs, strings, frets, pick-ups, pickguard, and vibrato tailpiece. Rainbow holographic cold foil enhances the pearl inlays.

All guitar components were embossed, including the headstock, tuning pegs, neck, strings, frets, pick-ups, pickguard, vibrato tailpiece, and body. Debossed sound holes add realism to the guitar body. The amplifier features a leather embossed pattern and embossed knobs that simulate the real thing.

Diamond won First Place in the “Folding Cartons – Offset” category for Procter & Gamble’s Crest Gum and Breath Purify Healthy White packaging.

The folding cartons were converted utilizing Clearwater Candesce® SBS paperboard, cold foiled, and offset printed with four color process, PMS 661 Blue, PMS 376 Green, and opaque white inks, in-line with UV matte and UV gloss spot coating.

Overprinting transparent inks over holographic cold foil creates shimmering metallic effects on the Crest logo, intersecting radial pattern, and text. The UV gloss spot coating is registered to the foil embossed areas and provides a striking contrast to the overall matte finish surrounding it.

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The horizontal pillars holographic foil is also used to great effect on the tooth illustration outline (which wraps around the front and side panels), and product benefits call-outs on the side panel.

Multi-level embossed foil accents (Crest logos, intersecting radial patterns, tooth illustration) add dimension and provide an upscale appearance unique to personal care products.

Diamond won Third Place in the “Folding Cartons – Offset” category for Procter & Gamble’s GLEEM Professional Teeth Whitening Light Kit packaging.

The folding cartons were converted utilizing Clearwater Candesce® SBS paperboard, cold foiled, and offset printed with four color process inks, in-line with UV matte and UV gloss coating.

Overprinting process inks over cold foil creates shimmering blue metallic effects that catch the eye and invite closer inspection.

Multi-level embossed (mouthpiece, whitening strip) and debossed accents (logo) add depth and dimension.

All of Diamond’s winning entries were designed utilizing recyclable paperboards and manufactured using 100% clean, renewable wind energy, in a Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL) facility.

Written by Kevin Gambrill

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