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Diamond Packaging wins at Gold Ink Awards

Posted: September 20, 2016 by
Package Design Reader -- Dennis Bacchetta

Printing Impressions magazine announced that Diamond Packaging won three awards in the 29th annual Gold Ink Awards competition, the industry's most prestigious print competition. Winners were chosen from nearly 1,000 entries submitted within 50 different categories. Entries were judged on print quality, technical difficulty, and overall visual effect.

Diamond won a Pewter Award in the “Calendars” category for its 2016 calendar, which marks the 25th anniversary of a long-standing company tradition. The grandfather clock theme, with its inner mechanisms perfectly balanced, represents the collaborative and precise nature of Diamond’s work.

The calendar was converted utilizing Clearwater Paper Candesce SBS paperboard and offset printed with four color process inks, UV matte coating, and UV gloss spot coating.

The dimensional header features a multi-level embossed and debossed woodgrain pattern, and a striking clock face insert enhanced with UV gloss spot coating, cold foil, and multi-level embossing, creating a dramatic sense of texture and depth. It also incorporates an opening APET rigid window panel and foil embossed chimes that artfully simulate a real grandfather clock. The middle backers also feature a multi-level embossed woodgrain pattern, and three unique sets of foil embossed gears enhanced with UV gloss spot coating. Metal Magic provided all of the embossing dies.

The tightly-registered foil accents, which lend authenticity to the piece, were achieved using state-of-the-art, in-line cold foiling technology. They also showcase the type of decorative effects that can cost-effectively elevate customers’ brands.

Diamond won a Pewter Award in the “Folding Cartons” category for Elizabeth Arden’s 5th Avenue Only NYC carton.

The carton was converted utilizing metallized polyester board and printed with UV flexo fuchsia purple, dense black, and opaque white offset inks, in-line with DiamondTouch soft touch coating, UV matte, and UV gloss spot coating. High gloss embossed accents on the front panel provide a stunning contrast to the interlaced matte and spot UV gloss pattern surrounding it.

The combination of color and textures reinforces 5th Avenue as a prestige brand, and beautifully complements the primary container – a glass bottle with tall clean lines, purple color palette, and gold infused cap.

Diamond won a Pewter Award in the “Folding Cartons” category for L’Oreal USA’s Matrix Oil Wonders promotional packaging.

The carton was converted utilizing KapStone Kraftpak high-yield, low density paperboard and printed with UV flexo white, opaque white, four color process, and dense black inks, in-line with UV varnish.

Printed opaque white dots provide a perfect counterpoint to the brilliant gold foil stamped dots, creating dimension and visual interest. Gold foil surrounds the die cut windows, framing the hair care products within and drawing attention to the free product sample inside. The interplay between the unbleached paperboard and foil accents create shimmering metallic effects that are very unusual for a kraft-type folding carton.

All of Diamond’s winning entries were manufactured using 100% clean, renewable wind energy and produced in a Zero Manufacturing Waste to Landfill (ZMWL) facility.

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