How to Make Holographic Badges

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How to Make Holographic Badges
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Sometimes a company finds itself in need of a secure method of identifying employees. A hologram is a 3-dimensional picture that appears to change when the image is tilted or otherwise moved. Adding a holographic image or label to a badge can provide added security because the images cannot be duplicated, altered or made cheaply from scratch. These images can even be encoded with personal information to further identify the owner. Adding holographic labels to badges helps to authenticate the person wearing the badge. Labels can be either custom etched, made tamper evident, sequentially numbered, or custom designed with special die cutting.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Transparent hologram ID overlay or label
  • Badge cardstock
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Clear badge pouches

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  1. 1

    Decide which type of hologram ID card lamination you will use. Your choices include, dot-matrix, 2D/3D and flip-flop with kinetic movement.

  2. 2

    Make a template by tracing the cardstock to be used for your company IDs or use the template that came within your box of cardstock labels (if included).

  3. 3

    Format, design and print your labels.

  4. 4

    Using the template of your cardstock as your guide, cut out a square of the transparent hologram ID overlay.

  5. 5

    Peel the back from the overlay or label, and apply it to the printed ID card.

  6. 6

    Place the completed ID card in the desired pouch. Pouches come in thinknesses of 37, 50, 70, or 100 micron and in standard credit, business, military card, driving licence, luggage tag or jumbo. They can also be ordered in larger quantities in custom sizes.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure your completed card is dry before placing it in the pouch.
  • Counterfeit holograms can also be made, so make sure yours is complicated and has security features.
  • To make your ID more secure, print your card with your company name and/or logo.

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