May. 29, 2014

Diamond Wins Three Awards in 21st Annual FSEA Gold Leaf Awards Competition

Rochester, NY – Diamond Packaging won three awards in the 21st annual FSEA Gold Leaf Awards Competition, the industry's premier showcase for foil stamping, embossing, and other specialty effects. Awards were announced last month at the FSEA•IADD Joint Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

The competition, which is sponsored by the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA), recognizes creativity and superior execution of designs that reflect positively on the industry as a whole. Entries are judged on several criteria including design, execution, and level of difficulty. Winning an award is a mark of excellence in the packaging field and recognition of superior achievement.

Diamond won a Bronze Leaf award in the “Calendar” category for its three-month corporate calendar, a long-standing company tradition and popular promotional item given to customers and suppliers. The 2014 apple-themed calendar features a simple, yet striking design that represents a natural evolution of Diamond's greenbox initiative and is a fitting tribute to New York, one of the nation’s largest apple producing states.

The vivid presentation illustrates inline green technologies (e.g., soft touch, specialty effects coatings), UV gloss spot coating, foil stamping, multi-level embossing, debossing, and intricate die cutting. The innovative structural design allows the calendar to be hung with one lower panel, or unfolded to reveal apple blossoms on the middle panels.

The calendar was converted utilizing Clearwater Candesce® SBS paperboard and offset printed with four color process inks, inline with an overall aqueous gloss coating, UV gloss spot coating, specialty effects pigmented coating, and DiamondTouch soft touch coating. Metal Magic provided all of the embossing dies.

Multi-level embossing and debossing the header creates a dramatic sense of texture and depth, while UV gloss spot coating (water droplets) and pearlized coating (leaves) provide a striking contrast to the finish surrounding it.

The middle backers feature multi-level embossed apple blossoms enhanced with soft touch coating, contributing to a unique visual and tactile presentation. The subtle concave die cut pattern on each side conveys an apple core.

The calendar is delivered in its own recyclable shipper featuring a woodgrain design that faithfully simulates an actual apple crate, right down to the stencil typography.

Diamond won a Bronze Leaf award in the “Best Use of Embossing” category for Five Star Fragrance Company’s Michael Jordan Flight Sport Gift Set. The overall presentation imparts unusual depth and distinction through creative design, material selection, UV matte and gloss spot coating, and embossing.

The carton was converted utilizing FSC-certified metallized polyester board and offset printed with transparent red, dense black, and opaque white inks, in-line with UV matte and UV high gloss coating. The UV matte spot coating on the lid provides a striking contrast to the high gloss red accents (logo, dimpled pattern) surrounding it. The multi-level embossed dimpled golf ball pattern (on the lid) reinforces the Michael Jordan brand as the ultimate in sport and style.

Diamond utilized its proprietary QuikSet™ structural design for the project. QuikSet™ provides an attractive and economical alternative to rigid set-up boxes, featuring a reinforced base and lid, direct application of graphics and stamping or embossing, flat shipping and storage, and easy set-up. With crisp, clean lines and outstanding strength, QuikSet™ is a perfect choice for gift sets or promotional items.

Diamond also won a Bronze Leaf award in the “Creative Use of Foil/Embossing on a Folding Carton” for Five Star Fragrance Company’s Michael Jordan Legend Gift Set. The gift set carton, which also incorporates QuikSet™ structural design, features FSC-certified metallized polyester board and intricate embossing accents that combine to create a strikingly singular and legendary presentation.

The carton was offset printed with transparent gold, dense black, and opaque white inks, in-line with UV matte and UV high gloss coating. The UV matte spot coating on the lid and base provides a striking contrast to the high gloss gold accents (logos, ribbed pattern) surrounding it. The multi-level embossed pebbled surface of the basketball (on the lid) reinforces the Michael Jordan brand.

About Diamond Packaging

Founded in 1911, Diamond Packaging is a WBENC-certified woman-owned business specializing in developing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. Utilizing state of-the-art technologies, Diamond designs and manufactures paperboard and plastic folding cartons, and provides comprehensive contract packaging services for the personal care (cosmetics, hair care, skin care, fragrance, oral care, and shaving), health care, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and food and confectionery industries. Its client portfolio includes Bausch & Lomb, Beiersdorf, Coty, Elizabeth Arden, Estée Lauder, Godiva Chocolatier, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, and Procter & Gamble. As part of the Global Packaging Alliance® (GPA), Diamond and its alliance members offer packaging solutions to companies operating on an international scale. Customers receive responsive, localized service, award-winning creative designs, identical product specifications and consistent brand recognition, resulting in unparalleled worldwide packaging support. For more information about Diamond Packaging, contact Dennis Bacchetta at (585) 334-8030 x229 or visit the website at For more information about Diamond’s greenbox initiative, visit the sustainability microsite at

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Dennis Bacchetta
Director of Marketing
(585) 334-8030 x229