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What’s the difference between holographic and glitter stickers?

This blog will help you to understand the difference between holographic and glitter stickers. It’ll also explain what each of them is used for and how you can get the best effects with them.

Let’s dive straight in..

What are holographic stickers?

Holographic stickers are the same as pearlescent stickers. These names are used interchangeably.

Holographic refers to the name of the material the sticker is printed on.

This material has an iridescent effect vinyl, giving an eye-catching rainbow effect to your design.

Here are some examples:

Die cut holographic sticker with future in your hands design
Circle holographic sticker with work hard dream big design applied to a silver laptop
Rounded corner holographic sticker with victoria west logo applied to cardboard soap boxes
Die cut holographic sticker with pizza astronaut design hand held

What are glitter stickers?

Glitter stickers are very similar. They just have a different pattern within the material that is being printed on. It’s more like glitter, hence the name.

Here are some examples:

Rectangle glitter labels in different colours used as honey jar labels
Kiss cut glitter stickers with ice cream logo
Kiss cut glitter sticker with James Hersey logo applied to a black phone
Kiss cut glitter sticker birthday invitation with cute peelable sticker designs on a decorated table next to a donut

What these stickers are not

An important point to mention when discussing holographic stickers is to understand that they are not security holograms.

Security holograms are used by banks and other brands to stop counterfeiting. Getting custom security holograms can be expensive. Minimum orders for these can be around 30,000 units.

Security holograms are tamper-proof and perfect for bank notes or valuable items.

Most of the time this is overkill.

A great alternative we find works really well is to use a holographic sticker to add the high quality and security perception to your product.

Do this by using a holographic sticker and then printing a white ink ‘watermark’ of your logo or brand name to create a custom hologram effect, like this:

A pile of square security holographic stickers

If you are unsure how to create the effect shown above, just ask our design team. They can add this watermark to your sticker when you order stickers online.