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Not one, but two nominations in this Years’ Flexotech awards!

Posted in CS Labels News by Ali Wileman on 07:49 August 19th, 2016
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We’re delighted to say we have been nominated twice in this year’s Flexotech awards.

We’re up for two gongs in the Digital labels and packaging category for our work with Northern Monk Brewery and Winchester Distillery. The nice people at DLP Magazine have grown the category in line with the development of the technology and the increase in people employed and jobs printed. Hooray!

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Northern Monk : Just Peel and Reveal for a Work of Art!

The Northern Monk Patrons Project seeks to foster collaboration and community between artists, athletes and creatives across the North. The company have developed three beer variations using roasts from North Star Coffee Roasters, enhanced with photography by Leeds based Tom Joy. The beer, available in cans, is limited edition and makes a local statement that reflects the inner ethos of Northern Monk.


Northern Monk wanted a peel and reveal label that immediately showcased the photography skills of Tom Joy as well as highlighting the artistic profile and the Patron Project methodology inside the label.

Initially they came to us to request a standard peel and reveal using just white material. The CS team suggested using a silver polypropylene face instead to enhance the artwork and some other alterations to make the most of this special edition.  Northern Monk obliged, trusted us, and gave us free reign on their artwork.

The CS Labels team, led by Adam James, changed the middle left page to allow for the silver face material to shine through and create a metallic look. The labels are able to illustrate all three pieces of photography in their glory on the inside, as well as conveying the project and brewing notes. The addition of the double sided silver is a special solution developed by CS Labels.

As you can see from this Twitter video and post and Instagram story the label has created a social feel-good buzz, as well as adding genuine artistic and community value. Peel and reveal labels do not have to just fulfil an ‘extra information’ role, they can add brand value too. The beer tastes very good we might add. :)

Forget Mothers Ruin for this Winchester Gin Label

Winchester Distillery distils premium spirits that take inspiration from the Hampshire countryside. Established by Paul Bowler in 2014, their products are stocked by high quality wine merchants, farm shops and stores throughout England.  Distilled by hand in small batches, Winchester use secret recipes which are tweaked by the master distiller.


CS Labels already printed a range of gin labels on a kraft paper for Winchester Distillery and those labels were adorned with gold foil.

However on their latest artworks we noticed the foil area was very intricate and after analysing the detail we had concerns about the traditional foil block being lost in the design.


CS Labels then ran a press proof on silver polypropylene using special effects called colour-logic instead of foil to see if this would enhance the design and show off the brand. Prior to that, the CS Labels design team helped the client to add extra depth to the labels so the text would shine through. They added a matt laminate and the magic combination created stunning results:


Recommending color-logic instead of foil has saved them money without compromising quality.

Winchester also use variable data with batch numbers to offer a limited run to clients, and here at CS Labels make this a simple process. 

The awards take place on 13 October 2016 at the London Hilton Metropole. Keep up with our Twitter feed for more info!

Want to create an award winning brand with a stunning label? Why not give us a call on 01902 365840 or email sales@cslabels.co.uk