A look at the entries, as well as the processes used and challenges overcome for the labels deemed the "best of the best."
For the entry "Meguiar's Paint Protect," WS Packaging Group won Best of Show, a Best of Class and 1st Place, North American, in the Multi-Process - Color Process - Prime category. Presenting a special challenge was achieving the 5 mm lift on screen tactile, all while keeping registration of the spot gloss varnish around the type and water droplets through multiple processes. End use: Automotive product, front label applied to a plastic bottle.
First Place, North American – Category: Wine & Spirits - Digital Printing / Toner - Color Process Prime. For the Tres Manos, Añejo Tequila label, challenges included aligning the foiling, embossing, and diecutting to the pre-printed Indigo process over a large label with a special shape. The production sequence was Indigo printing, foil stamping, embossing, flood UV matte varnish, spot UV gloss varnish and diecutting.
1st Place, North American – Category: Wine & Spirits - Offset - Line & Screen/Tone - Prime. The Hidden Crush, 2014 Pinot Noir label job called for uncoated paper, seven offset colors, hot foil stamping, overprinting, silkscreen varnish, flexo matte varnish, flatbed sculpt embossing and flat diecutting – all one pass.
1st Place, North American. Category: Non-PS - All Processes/Cut & Stack - Line/Prime. For the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout beer label, Inland used a multi-process printing method, where there was a special registration challenge to overcome. While manufacturing the label, during offset printing, there was a need to ensure that the registration was lined up perfectly for the foil stamping process.
1st Place, North American. Category: Wine & Spirits - Flexography/Letterpress - Color Process - Prime. For the Night Glider, 2013 Pelee Island Winery label, there was a challenge regarding the requirement to create a night sky that glittered with "diamonds in the sky" without taking away from the flying squirrel brand image.
1st Place, North American – Category: Promotional. This handout store promotion label called "The Curse!" was created on a pressure sensitive silver board material. The tricky part, along with the tight register diecut, was to blend the process image along with a heavy solid black background.