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 took first place in the “Sustainability – Folding Cartons” category for Procter & Gamble’s Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy packaging.
The folding cartons were converted utilizing Clearwater Candesce SBS paperboard, cold foiled, and offset printed with six color inks, UV matte, and UV gloss spot coating.
The UV gloss spot coating is registered to the holographic hot foil stamping pattern and provides a contrast to the overall matte finish surrounding it.
Overprinting transparent inks over cold foil creates shimmering metallic effects on the Crest logo.
Foil embossed (Crest logo, hexagons) and debossed (Whitening Therapy) accents add dimension.
Diamond took second place in the “Sustainability – Folding Cartons” category for Elizabeth Arden's Jennifer Aniston Chapter One packaging.
The folding cartons were converted utilizing FSC-certified Iggesund Invercote G paperboard, cold foiled, and offset printed with four color process and two special color inks, in-line with UV matte and UV gloss coating.
Overprinting transparent matte gold ink over cold foil creates satin metallic effects on the front and top panels.
Registered embossed and blind embossed logos combined with an overall embossed herringbone pattern on the side panels add dimension and contribute to a unique visual and tactile presentation.
Diamond won two awards, including a third-place trophy, in the “Sustainability – Folding Cartons” category and third place in the “Specialty – Technical Achievement” category, for its 2018 corporate calendar.
The octagonal lighthouse piece originates from a beautiful, hand-drawn watercolor, and showcases the type of decorative effects that can cost-effectively transform customers' brands.
The calendars were converted utilizing Clearwater Candesce SBS paperboard, cold foiled, and offset printed with four color process and metallic copper inks, DiamondTouch soft-touch coating, DiamondEmboss and DiamondReticulate specialty coatings, UV matte, and UV gloss coating.
The header features a cold foiled and embossed dome overprinted with copper ink, a lantern room embedded with Diamond's embossed logo, and a multi-level embossed catwalk and balcony surrounding a stone facade — all set against a soft touch, hand-drawn watercolor of a sunset.
The two middle backers also feature a multi-level embossed stone facade, along with a multi-level embossed window frame, surrounded by a hand-drawn watercolor of the water enhanced with UV gloss spot coating. Select stones were enhanced with DiamondEmboss and DiamondReticulate specialty coatings.
The bottom backer features several enhancements, including a multi-level embossed door frame, embossed concrete coursing/mantle with debossed "DIAMOND PACKAGING" text, embossed wooden plaque with debossed "2018" text, embossed concrete curb, and multi-level embossed water splashing against the embossed stones surrounding the foundation.