Sublimation- What Is It And How Can You Use It To Grow Your Business?

Sublimation printing allows you to create customized full-color products on demand. Using it will allow you to grow your inventory while also offering customers completely personalized, one-of-a-kind products on the spot.

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Sublimation is a process that only works when using sublimation paper, sublimation ink, and a sublimation printer. You also will need a heat source like a heat press (for flat objects) or a 3D vacuum heat press which works like an oven, for objects that will not work under a heat press. When sublimation inks are heated to 400°F, they turn into a gas and form a permanent bond to 100% white/light color polyester fabric or items with a polymer coating. The result is a premium, full-color, photographic-quality image that will not crack, peel, or wash away from the substrate. With sublimation, you can print on clothing, mugs, phone cases, frames, tags, license platespuzzles, and more.

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When printing on garments, the heat from the press causes the pores of the polyester to open up, the sublimation ink turns into a gas and then embeds itself into the garment. Once cooled, the pores close up. Because of this process, the final product is nearly permanent, extremely vibrant, and leaves no texture when rubbing your hand over the garment. You can sublimate on poly-blends, but keep in mind that the ink will only dye the polyester fibers, leaving a distressed look.

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If your primary offering is garments, adding sublimation allows you to offer products like mugs, coasters, custom phone cases, photo panels, bezel pendants, license plates, and much more. Make sure that the product you are customizing is poly-coated, by purchasing blanks made specifically for sublimation. Different products will have varying applications, so be sure to read the instructions for the item you are pressing before you dive in. We also have a growing inventory of instructional videos and Facebook Live videos that you can access for tips anytime.

Sublimation is a very easy process, but like anything else, you may make mistakes while you’re learning. Plan for them ahead of time, instead of letting it hinder you. Learn from your mistakes and watch your business grow. Check out some of the starter packages that we offer to jump-start your new business! Sublimation starter package, mug starter kit,  Expanded sublimation starter package, Super starter package.

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Want to see how you can print on phone cases? Watch a recorded Facebook Live.

Here we show you how to decorate a latte mug.

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Silhouette School shows us how to use Foil on EasyWeed Adhesive

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We loved having Melissa Viscount from Silhouette School take over our Facebook Live on October 6, demonstrating how she works with Foil and EasyWeed Adhesive.

Melissa enjoys using Foil with EasyWeed Adhesive because it is so versatile – it can be used on any surface that will take heat. She has used it on wood, paper, and all kinds of clothing. At Pro World, we carry foil in 14 solid colors and 10 different holographic and patterned rolls.

In case you missed Melissa on Facebook Live, you can view the video below or on our Facebook Page. She shows us how to layer foil on a baby bodysuit, and also how to crinkle foil for a different effect and adhere it to paper.

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Here are the step by step instructions for using EasyWeed Adhesive and Foil on a Baby Bodysuit:foil
1- Begin by uploading or creating your design using your software. Make sure to mirror your image, and place your Easyweed Adhesive shiny side down before you cut. If using a Silhouette, blade should be 2, speed 3, and thickness 14.
2 – Weed your design.
3 – Pre-press your bodysuit. Do this by placing your garment on your TransPro® Heat Press for 20 seconds on 305 degrees.
4 – Find the center of the bodysuit by folding it in half and pressing it again. The line is where your adhesive design will go.
5 – Fold your Easyweed Adhesive design to find the center.
6 – Place the Easyweed Adhesive center on the center line of the bodysuit.
7 – Place your bodysuit on the prepping pad and cover with a non-stick sheet. Press for 20 seconds at 305 degrees.
8 – Peel carrier sheet off of adhesive.
9 – Cut a piece of foil from your roll, and then cut it down to size. Note that the foil will only apply to where the Easyweed Adhesive is.
10 – Place your onesie on the prepping pad, cover the Easyweed Adhesive area with foil, and place your non-stick sheet on top. Press for 20 seconds at 305 degrees.
Wait for the foil to cool (about 20 seconds), and then peel the foil back.
11 – Repeat all of these steps for layering your second design. Remember, foil will only stick to Easyweed Adhesive – it will not stick to the other foil, and it will not stick to any other part of the garment.

Melissa’s Tip #1: Don’t throw out little foil pieces – you’ll be able to use them in other designs.
Melissa’s Tip #2: When washing garments with foil, wash them inside out. It is also highly recommended to lay the garment flat to dry so that the design lasts longer.

Here are the step by step instructions for adding EasyWeed Adhesive and Foil to Paper:

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1 – Begin by uploading or creating your design using your software. Make sure to mirror your image, and place your Easyweed Adhesive shiny side down before you cut. If using a Silhouette, blade should be 2, speed 3, and thickness 14.
2 – Weed your design.
3 – Place your design on the paper.
4 – Place your paper on the prepping pad, cover with your non-stick sheet and place on the heat press.
5 – Leave on the heat press for 20 seconds at 305 degrees.
6 – Peel off carrier sheet.
7 – Apply your foil over the Easyweed Adhesive, place back on the prepping pad, cover with the non-stick sheet, and press for 20 seconds at 305 degrees.
8 – Wait for the foil to cool (about 20 seconds), and peel back.

Melissa’s Tip #1: To give the foil a distressed look, crinkle the foil before applying it to the Easyweed Adhesive.

Melissa’s Tip #2: Melissa always creates a weeding box with her design. In Silhouette Studio she uses the Draw Square tool and draws it around her design, which makes it super easy to weed. Just make sure to take off any area you do not want foil on.

Interested in the TransPro® 15×15? You can snag one for $99 when you purchase at least $399 in stock transfers, transfer paper, heat applied vinyl, sublimation paper, sublimation blank printables, and Silhouette products (excluding cutters). The discount on your heat press will be applied automatically when you’ve ordered at least $399 of merchandise on a single order (not including the heat press).

Join us every Friday at 12:15 pm EST on Facebook Live to learn something new! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Learn all about the TransPro Basic Starter Package

Whether you are just getting started in your business or are a hobbyist, a TransPro Heat Press is a great item to have. It is our most popular brand and comes in a variety of sizes. And if you go with the TransPro Basic Starter Package, you not only get more bang for your buck, but it also makes for a fantastic gift.

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The starter package includes:

-The Trans Pro 15×15 Heat press which is ideal for heat applying transfers to t-shirts, jackets, mouse pads, tile, and more. It is heavy duty and equipped with an automatic digital timer. This model is our most popular heat press and comes with our industry standard Pro World warranty. There is an upgrade option available for this package- you can choose the 16×20 Trans Pro heat press for the same great capabilities, just with a larger heat platen.

-$50 off a future order to help you get started. You will receive a coupon in this amount following your purchase of the starter package.

-20 Sheets of 8.5×11 Jetpro Soft Stretch inkjet paper which produces soft, vibrant, and wash-durable transfers for white and light colored fabrics.

-10 sheets of 8.5×11 3G Opaque Paper Darks inkjet paper which produces vibrant and wash-durable transfers for dark colored fabrics.

-A Tee Square to perfectly align your graphics.

-A non-stick sheet to prevent transfers from bleeding through onto the pack of the garment.

This is a great package that will help you get started, while keeping the cost down. It is also the perfect addition to your wish list! For more information on the starter kit, visit our website.

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Wedding & Engagement Gifts That You Can Make

With Fall upon us, love is in the air! And nothing says love more than a personalized gift. When it comes to bridal showers, bachelorette parties, wedding party gifts, and wedding presents there are many different options. Below we have listed some of our favorite ideas that are sure to wow your customers. engagement gifts

Personalized Tote Bags– This would make a great gift for the bride to be. She could carry her wedding planning materials in it from meeting to meeting, she could keep necessities nearby on her special day, or show off her new name by carrying her belongings in it on her honeymoon. You could also shower the bridesmaids with beautiful, customized bags to keep their personal items safe and separate during the wedding day. This bag was created using our Siser Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl in Black and Neon Pink!

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Personalized Notebook– Help the bride to be keep her vendor contracts, ideas, and wedding inspiration pictures organized in a personalized notebook. You could also gift her a personalized address book to keep track of all of her guests. For this project you will want to use permanent adhesive vinyl

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Personalized Shirts– Help the bride to be show off her wedding date or new last name with a personalized shirt, tank top, or hoodie. She can sport one to her bachelorette party, get ready for her special day in it, or even wear it on her honeymoon. You could also monogram shirts for the bridal party to get ready in- great keepsakes and they make for an awesome photo opp. Also be sure to check out our bridal Heat Transfers we have over 20 to choose from! 

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Personalized Mugs– Are the bride and groom to be coffee drinkers? Gift them personalized mugs to enjoy their morning drinks in. You can adhere vinyl words or designs, or sublimate a favorite photo of them, or their beloved pets. It is a practical gift that they’ll love to use and show off. For this you can use sublimation or permanent adhesive vinyl.

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With a few tools and some project blanks, you can have a one of a kind gift ready in no time. Visit our website for everything you need, https://www.proworldinc.com/.

Have you made or received a unique and personal wedding gift? Share a picture of the finished product on our Facebook Page or by tagging us on Instagram @proworldinc

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All About Heat Transfer Vinyl

All About Heat Transfer Vinyl

With Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) you can create an endless supply of personalized shirts, bags, hats, aprons, etc. HTV is available in a number of different colors, sizes, and finishes, which means if you use your imagination, almost anything is possible. Here at Pro World, we offer a wide variety of HTV options.

We carry Siser EasyWeed Vinyl by the sheet and roll, both in multiple sizes. We offer a number of colors of the standard EasyWeed, fluorescent, and glitter as well as a glow in the dark vinyl. Siser EasyWeed can be peeled hot or cold and doesn’t lift during weeding. It’s extremely durable and won’t wear after numerous washings. It applies at a lower temperature setting and lower pressure than other vinyls and is also thinner making it great for layering. Siser EasyWeed Extra, Electric, Holographic, Stretch, CADflex, Siser EasyPatterns, ReflectAll, Brick, Strip Flock, and Metallic are also available.

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Chemica Firstmark is a semi matte vinyl available in multiple sizes and a number of colors that is best when applied to cotton, polyester, acrylic, and similar materials. We also offer Chemica Mirror Vinyl, which has a metallic finish, in 2 colors, Chemica Firstmark Fluorescent available in 4 colors, and Chemica Quickflex which applies in 5 seconds to cotton, polyester, acrylic, and similar fibers. It peels hot, is soft, flexible, ultrathin, and easy to weed and washes well. It comes in 16 colors. Chemica Bling Bling is an ultra-metallic “glitter-flake” vinyl perfect for cheer and team spirit apparel and it comes in 10 colors. We also offer Chemica Metallic, Chemica Fashion Vinyl, and Chemica Darklite.

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There are multiple types of ThermoFlex available in assorted colors and sizes. ThermoFlex Plus Metal Flake is a highly flexible vinyl. It has small pieces of glitter within the vinyl but is smooth to the touch, and will wash and wear very well. It comes in 6 colors. We also have ThermoFlex Plus available in 38 colors, ThermoFlex Glossy available in 6 colors, ThermoFlex Plus Antique available in old gold and antique silver, ThermoFlex Xtra Antique available in old gold and antique silver, ThermoFlex Xtra available in 14 colors, and ThermoFlex Plus Neon available in 3 colors. The ThermoFlex Xtra is specially designed for decorating nylon, leather, rayon, and other heat sensitive surfaces. FashionFlex is pre-printed heat vinyl that has a textured look and feel. We offer it in zebra and camouflage. GlitterFlex Ultra Vinyl comes in 10 colors and has glitter flakes encased in it. It is a bit thicker than other vinyl’s so be sure to increase your cutting pressure accordingly.

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Silhouette Smooth Vinyl will give your project a subtly, shiny look. The Silhouette Flocked Vinyl is velvety and has a fibrous texture, and the Silhouette Glitter Vinyl will add a little glam to your project. They are all manufactured with transfer tape already adhered and come in a number of colors.

 

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With so many different brands, types, and sizes of vinyl available, it can be hard to decide which is best for your project. Different types work best on different materials, so be sure to read about the options to make sure they fulfil your needs. For more information about the HTV we offer and all of the different colors, sizes, and finishes, visit our website, https://www.proworldinc.com/heat-transfer-vinyl/heat-transfer-vinyl-for-garments.html.

Do you have a favorite HTV? Have you used any of the specialty varieties? Share pictures of your projects in the comments!

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Preparing For Holiday Craft Shows

The holidays will be here before we know it. And with the holidays comes craft show season and multiple opportunities to expose your business and creations to a new audience. If you start preparing for these shows now, you’ll be in great shape, with a large offering, by the time the shows come around.

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Before you start crafting, you need to decide which items you’re going to feature and prepare accordingly. To save money, buy in bulk where you can. We offer a wide variety of products you can sublimate and apply heat transfer vinyl to, and there are discounts for bulk orders. If you use a lot of vinyl in your creations, you can also order that in bulk as well, saving you both time and money.

If you want to be able to offer more personal options to your customers, you can always set up a crafting station at your show and bring along your cutting machine and a mini heat press. Don’t miss out on sales because you don’t have exactly what someone is looking for ready to go. By creating it on the spot, you’re giving your customer what they want, and providing excellent customer service. You’re also showing off your capabilities and talent.

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Think about how diverse the list of people you shop for each holiday season is. What are you considering for each of them? What do you offer that would be suitable? While creating your product for these shows, keep that all in mind. Be a one stop shop for your customers- help them check people off their lists by offering unique, personal gifts that appeal to a wide variety of people.

Have you already started preparing? Share your ideas and creations in the comments. Or is there something you’d like to offer, but are unsure of how to successfully execute it? Let us know and maybe we can go over it in a future Facebook Live.

If you need some inspiration check out some here:

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DIY Holiday Hostess Gift - Sublimation on Coasters

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Fall Heat Transfers

There’s so much to be excited about in the Fall: Cooler weather, football, Halloween, pumpkin everything, and Thanksgiving, to name a few.  With a heat transfer, you can easily create a t-shirt, sweatshirt, baseball cap or bag to celebrate your favorite parts of the season in a matter of seconds.

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Heat Transfers are so easy to apply. All you need is the Heat Transfer, a heat press, and your garment! Lay the heat transfer on your garment, press it with your heat press according to the instructions listed online, and peel the backing paper off of your design.  Your finished product will be ready to go in only 15 seconds.

We have thousands of heat transfer designs to choose from for both adults and children, in a variety of media types (screen print, foil, rhinestones/studs, 3D, solar, and glitter). Here are some designs that get us excited for fall:

Autumn Heat Transfers:

Why is it as soon as we feel that hint of crisp, cooler weather, we crave pumpkin everything (candles, pie, coffee, etc.)?  Pumpkins, plus the leaves changing color, are the highlight of Fall to many.  

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Football:

We take this sport seriously, which is why you can find 60 football-themed heat transfers on our site.   Take a cozy sweatshirt, apply your graphic, and keep warm while watching the game!

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Soccer:

Cheering anyone on this season? We have a variety of heat transfer designs so you can show your support!  Your favorite players will be so excited to see you displaying your enthusiasm in the crowd.

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Halloween:

Not a fan of the head-to-toe Halloween costume? No problem! We have plenty of heat transfer designs so that you can still show your Halloween spirit.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Transfers:

Be the light on a dark Halloween night…even it if is a little scary!  These glow-in-the-dark heat transfers are a lot of fun!

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Thanksgiving

Proudly display your turkey this Thanksgiving!

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3 Fall Trends That You Can Make

Summer is winding down and Fall will be here before you know it. Why not DIY some Fall trends for your wardrobe and your home? You can keep up with the current styles with one of a kind pieces while keeping your costs down.

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1 – Pops of color and bold, graphic patterns are big for Fall. Personalize a bright colored tray for some contrast to your daily decor, or use sublimation or HTV to create patterned pieces to liven up your space. A bit of plaid will also add some coziness to your home for Fall.

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2 – Gallery walls are a great way to create a focal wall in your home while showing off your loved ones and personal style. Frame a favorite saying, your last name, or important dates among the images. Using your cutting machine and assorted vinyl, you can compliment your home’s color scheme, or choose to mix in bright colors, which is another home trend for the Fall season.

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3 – Floral patterns are a continuing trend for the Fall, but in deeper hues. Instead of the typical burnt oranges and burgundies, deep blues, purples, and pinks will be big for clothing. Thanks to custom heat transfers, sublimation, and heat transfer vinyl in a number of finishes, you can create a number of clothing items to stay on trend this fall.

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Which Fall trend is your favorite? How are you going to recreate these trends in your wardrobe or throughout your home? Share pictures of your creations in the comments.

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WIN 10,000 PW Reward Points

 

Did you know that you can get rewarded for buying the products that you love at www.proworldinc.com?

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It’s easy to earn points with the PW Rewards program.  For every order you place through our website, you will automatically earn 1 point for every dollar spent. For every 100 points that you earn, you’ll receive $1.00 to use on a future order.

You don’t even have to do anything to join! Just log into your existing account on www.proworldinc.com, and you will start earning points automatically.  If you are a new user, you will need to create an account.   You will earn points by placing purchases online, liking certain products on Facebook, reviewing products, and more. Please note that only orders placed online will earn reward points – phone orders do not qualify.

Now the best part – spending your points. Once the items you plan to purchase are in your cart, access your shopping cart.  Underneath the checkout button, you will find a slider tool. Use this to choose how many points you would like to be applied to your order.

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To manage your points and check your balance, go to the My Account section and click on My Points and Rewards in the right side navigation.  Points are good for one year.

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DO YOU WANT TO WIN 10,000 REWARD POINTS?

Head over to our Instagram page between now and Monday so that you have the chance to win 10,000 reward points…. that is a $100 Pro World Credit

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DIY Cinch Sacks

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Cinch sacks are a great way to show off your favorite team, school, or athlete, while keeping your belongings safe and together. They also make great fundraisers for club teams, troupes, and schools. Today we’re going to walk you through creating these cute and easy to make, practical bags. For more information on making these bags, check out our Facebook Live post,

To make your own cinch bags you’ll need:
-Design software
-Cutting machine
Siser Easyweed Extra vinyl (designed for nylons)
-Weeding tool
Heat press
-Pressing Pillow
-Non-stick sheet
-Cinch sack

  1. Before you begin creating your design, be sure your heat press is set to 302 degrees for 10 seconds for Siser Easyweed Extra.
  2. Using your software, create or upload the design you want to use and be sure to mirror it before cutting.
  3. Once it is cut, weed your design.
  4. Place your pressing pillow inside the cinch bag to allow the press to reach the area you want your design on without extra material getting in the way.
  5. Place your design where you want it on the bag, making sure the pressing pillow is in the correct spot, and then lay it on your heat press.
  6. Place your non-stick sheet on top of the design.
  7. Press your design.
  8. Lift the top of your press and remove your non-stick sheet.
  9. Peel your design hot.
  10. Remove the pillow.
  11. Admire your new bag!

You can also layer the vinyl for a multi-color, dimensional look. To Do That:

  1. Use Siser Easyweed Extra as the main design and press it onto your bag.
  2. To layer, use a different type of vinyl (standard Siser Easyweed, glitter, etc.).
  3. Design.
  4. Mirror.
  5. Cut.
  6. Weed your design.
  7. Place it on top of the already pressed Easayweed Extra.
  8. Make sure the pressing pillow is still in place.
  9. Lay the non-stick sheet on top.
  10. Press for the appropriate amount of time (305 degrees for 10-15 seconds for standard, 320 degrees for 10-15 seconds for glitter).
  11. Once it’s done, remove the non-stick sheet.
  12. Peel hot.
  13. Enjoy your bag.

For more information on heat settings and times, visit our website, https://www.proworldinc.com/. Share the bags you’ve made with us in the comments!

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