Personalize a Balloon

Are you throwing a party? Add another level of personalization by decorating a balloon!

As you will see from the instructions below, the process is easy. All you need are a couple of minutes and a couple balloons!

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You Need:

Ready to make one for yourself? We used 2 different application techniques.

Directions for adding adhesive vinyl to a latex balloon:

  1. Design your image (we recommend a simple image since you cannot use application tape on a latex balloon)
  2. Insert your adhesive vinyl and click cut
  3. Weed your design
  4. Blow up your balloon
  5. Carefully hand place your adhesive vinylpersonalize a latex balloon - make a balloon banner

Directions for adding adhesive vinyl to a mylar balloon:

  1. Design your image
  2. Insert your adhesive vinyl and click cut
  3. Weed your design
  4. Inflate your balloon using a helium tank (or purchase one inflated)
  5. Apply your application tape or hand place your design
  6. Carefully apply your adhesive vinyl and slowly peel the application tape if you used it

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NEW Product Alert: Rainbow Holographic Heat Transfer Vinyl

Did you hear the news?! Siser North America released a new rainbow holographic HTV!

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It is bright, colorful and sparkly! Holographic Heat Transfer Vinyl is unique because it gives your design a mirror, rainbow finish.

We loved it so much we had to make a few things! And no surprise, it cut like a dream.

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Here are the cut setting recommendations

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And here are the recommended pressing instructions.

heat press holographicIf you want to see it in action we crafted with it LIVE on Facebook, you can watch it below.

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5+ Promotional Product Ideas That You Can Make to Grow Your Business

Do you want to grow your custom business with new product lines? Try selling personalized business supplies and promotional products to local companies! Below we’ve listed multiple items that you can personalize and sell so that you can grow your business while helping other companies grow theirs! 

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Name Badges –  Create one for the solo-entrepreneur or in bulk for larger companies. By offering your name badge with a magnet closure, it will allow your customer to put the name badge on and off without damaging their shirt. 

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Koozies  – Everyone wants to keep their cold beverages cold in this hot weather. So why not offer Koozies with custom business logos. This would make a great swag bag item or for a local business to hand out at tradeshows.

Magnets – Are a great advertising tool for companies that require people knowing how to reach them. So why not offer personalized magnets to your local food delivery, repairmen and doctors offices. Help them grow their business, while growing yours! 

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Mousepads – By putting a logo or product on a mousepad, customers will be reminded of a certain business every time they move their mouse.

Cherry Edge Plaques  – This is a great way for employees or businesses to display their accolades in a professional manner. 

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Offset Clock  – This personalized piece makes an excellent employee gift.    

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Have you created personalized products for any local businesses? We would love to see it! Share a picture of the finished product on our Facebook Page or by tagging us on Instagram @proworldinc

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New Product: Forever Flex-Soft

Do you love creating with vinyl, but hate to weed the design? You are going to love our new product Forever Flex-Soft, which is a no-cut, color coated film that can be applied to both light and dark color garments. And is suitable for cotton, polyester, poly/cotton blends, nylon, polypropylene, paper and wood.

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How does it work? 

Create an intricate design and send it to your laser printer. No need to worry about the color ink or on the screen because your final color of the design will be the color of the Flex-Soft that you load in your printer. Then press! Want to see the Forever Flex-Soft in action? Watch our Facebook LIVE!

Want to try it out for yourself? Here’s what you need to do…..

You Need:

Step By Step Instructions:

  1. Design or select your image on the computer.
  2. Print the image in reverse/mirrored format on the coated side (cloudy in appearance, not shiny) using a heavy paper mode on the A-Foil.
  3. Trim the A-Foil paper down about 1cm smaller.
  4. Set heat press at 266-275 F degrees with medium-heavy pressure.
  5. Place 1-2 sheets of copy paper on the lower pad to protect the pad.
  6. Place the trimmed A-Foil in the middle of the bottom pad (printed side face up).
  7. Place the B-Paper Low Temp on top of the A-Foil (coated side face down, yellow writing facing you).
  8. Cover everything with 1-2 sheets of copy paper. (do not use non-stick sheet).
  9. Press the A-Foil and B-Paper together at 266-275 F for 90 seconds at medium to heavy pressure.
  10. Remove copy paper and rub the back of the media for 5-10 seconds with a cloth.
  11. Separate the B-Paper form the A-Foil in a slow and low motion while still on the bottom pad of the heat press. (the B-Paper will leave a white coating on the ink).
  12. Cut around the A-Foil paper to remove the excess coating frame left behind by the B-Paper.
  13. Position the A-Foil on the garment with the printed side facing down. The shiny color side will be facing you.
  14. Cover with a sheet of silicone paper.
  15. Press cotton tee at 275-310 F for 30 seconds with medium to heavy pressure. Refer to the Textile chart (Table 2) for other garment types and their suggested settings.
  16. Set the shirt aside to cool completely.
  17. Separate the A-foil from the garment by rolling the A-Foil in a slow low motion.
  18. Cover the image with the silicone sheet and repress for 30 seconds using the same temperature as the previous step.
  19. Remove silicone sheet while hot.
  20. Admire your results!

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You can purchase Forever Flex Soft individually or in a pack which includes 10 8.5” x 11” sheets (2 yellow gold metallic and 2 silver metallic, 1 bronze metallic, 1 green metallic, 1 lilac metallic, 1 red metallic, 1 blue metallic, and 1 white gold metallic).

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Scale Your Business with Custom Transfers

Even though summer is just starting, now is the perfect time to start thinking about acquiring new business in the Fall. In just a few months schools, sports teams and committees will be looking for new shirts for their organizations. So why not get a head start now?

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The best way to decorate shirts in bulk is with custom transfers. Save yourself the headache of cutting and weeding 100’s of designs.  Create your custom design through the PW Custom website and all you will need to do is press it and deliver your order. With custom heat transfers, you can even create transfers with rhinestones and sequins! Here are some questions you may have about Custom Transfers:

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How does it work? 

  1. Start by submitting a quote. This is necessary for all custom orders because we can gather all the necessary information to properly quote your job. A quote ID (reference number) will be assigned for every quote submitted. Once we receive your quote, the information you provided will be reviewed, and we will confirm if any additional information is needed.
  2. You will receive an email confirmation when your quote is finalized indicating that your order can be placed.  Then, proceed to your Dashboard and make a small deposit.
  3. Once we receive confirmation of your deposit, you will be provided with a proof of your artwork within 1-2 business days.
  4. An art approval email will be sent to you. To complete your order, please follow the link. You can also view the artwork ready for approval within your Dashboard. All orders that are approved and completed by 3 pm ET on a business day, will print and ship within 1-2 business days (excluding holidays and inclement weather days).

Keep in mind that artwork revisions may cause delays and additional art fees. One free revision is included with any job. Additional revisions are accepted for an additional fee. To avoid delays and additional charges, all details should be provided at the start of the quote/ordering process. Please carefully review the art proof layout provided to you. All changes to artwork must be requested before the order is approved and placed. Quantity adjustments can be made during checkout.

What types of transfers are available?

  • EasyFlex – Perfect for stretchy synthetic fabrics such as performance wear.
  • ColorTrans – Full CMYK process color for dark and light fabrics best for photographs and complex images.
  • VibraTrans – Spot colors for light fabric only with a very soft feel.
  • EasyTrans-Spot colors for dark and light fabric with a durable feel.
  • Sublimation -Transfers you can apply directly to 100% white polyester or polymer coated products.
  • Rhinestones-Color rhinestones/rhinestuds for a light and dark fabrics with a textured feel.
  • Sequins – Color metal sequins for light and dark fabric with a textured feel.

How do you know what size transfer to order? Unsure of what size you need? We’ve compiled a helpful list of the most popular sizes. You can find that here

What is a gang sheet? A gang sheet refers to printing multiple designs on the same transfer sheet. We print on 12.75″ X 19″ sheets and we can often print several of the same design, or different designs on the same sheet, for the same price as long as they share the same colors.

What do you need to know about gang sheets? In order to print multiple designs on one sheet, all designs must share the same color scheme. We do not charge extra for ganging your design on the same sheet which can save you a lot of money. Need to know how many imprints you can fit on the sheet? We have a helpful chart for you here. 

What type of file does the art need to be in? If you’re familiar with creating digital artwork, we recommend using any common graphics editor including Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, or Photoshop. Most files with the extensions .jpg, .tif, .gif, and .psd can be used. This art will only be used as guides for art services. Recommended resolution for bitmaps is 150 dpi to 300 dpi.

How long does art approval take? After we receive confirmation of your order, you can expect an art approval from us within 1-2 business days. A proof file is provided for every custom order; this includes reorders. Customers are responsible for reviewing the art and the order details carefully (product type, spelling of all text within art, colors, sizes, quantities, etc). Once an order is completed, we cannot accept ANY changes.

When will your order ship?

Screen Printed Transfers (Vibratrans, Easytrans, and Colortrans) – Any orders that are approved and completed by 3 pm ET on a business day, will print and ship within 1-2 business days (excluding holidays and inclement weather days). Please check with a customer service representative for turnaround time around holidays. Rush services can be accommodated upon availability (additional charges will apply).

Rhinestone Transfers – After you approve your artwork, we normally ship your order within 2 weeks. There is no rush service available for rhinestone transfers.

Sequin Transfers – After you approve your artwork, we normally ship your order within 3-4 weeks. There is no rush service available for sequin transfers.

What is the minimum order?

Screen Printed Transfers (Vibratrans, Easytrans, and Colortrans): Most of our transfer types have a minimum of just 5 sheets. Go here to see all pricing and quantity discount breaks.

Rhinestone Transfers: There is a 25 piece minimum for custom rhinestone transfers.

Sequin Transfers: There is a 50 piece minimum for custom sequin transfers.

Do you have questions on how Custom Transfers can increase your business? Contact us! We would love to help.

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Learn How To Sublimate a Cheer Bow

Are you looking for a fun, high-profit product to add to your sublimation store? Try this decorative bow project!! With only a few supplies, you can take a plain white ribbon and turn it into a personalized piece of art. Want to learn how? Read below!

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To decorate a bow you need:

Making the bow is easy! Just..

1-Design your bow using your design software. We used Creative Studio. You need to design 4 sections that are 8″ x 3″ each and send to your Sublimation Printer.

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2- Take your print out and cut it into 4 sections.

3.- Unroll your ribbon and measure it to 32″ and cut.

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4 – Now fold it in half, so that you know where the center of your ribbon is, and tape two strips of your paper onto each side. When taping your paper, you will have 2 strips on the top center of the ribbon. Place the 2 remaining strips on the back end side of the ribbon.

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5 – Press each section at 400 degrees for 60 seconds.

6 – Now that your ribbon is decorated it’s time to fold your bow and hot glue a clip to the back.

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7 – That’s it. Admire your results!

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Make Your Own Heat Transfers

Do you have your own images and graphics you’d like to turn into heat transfers and adhere to garments with your heat press?  All you need is Transfer paper. Transfer paper comes in a variety of sizes and is durable and completely washable.  Creating your own heat transfers will give you the flexibility to create custom t-shirt designs for a single customer or a whole group.

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The first thing when choosing a transfer paper is to consider what type of printer you will be using – inkjet or laser?

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Next, check with your printer manufacturer in regards to using transfer paper.  We suggest not using transfer papers with brands such as HP, Dell, and Brother. These printers have internal fusers that run too hot and can cause the paper to get stuck in the rollers, ruining the paper and possibly the printer itself.

Laser and inkjet printers both produce a similar quality of the design after pressing. The main difference between inkjet and laser printers is the cost to get started. Inkjet printers are cheaper, but tend to use quite a bit of ink. Laser printers are more expensive, but the toner lasts longer. Laser printers also offer the advantage of trim free paper.

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Here are the different types of paper we offer for each printer:

Inkjet Paper:

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The Jetpro Soft Stretch Inkjet Paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17. It produces soft, supple, vibrant, and washable ink jet printed transfers for white and light colored fabrics. It can be used to apply designs and photographs and can be trimmed to reduce the transfer of the background.

3G Opaque Paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17. This also produces vibrant and washable transfers but are suitable for dark fabrics. Since you will be printing on a white surface, you’ll want to trim away any area you do not want white before applying. Like the Jetpro, you can use it for basic designs as well as photographs. (This transfer paper is not recommended for Hewlett Packard and Dell Printers).

Laser Printer:

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Lasersoft EZ Peel transfer paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17. It is the only laser transfer available that allows the inks to absorb into the surface of the coating of the paper. The coating then acts like a shield and later bonds the inks to the fabric fibers without using a plastic film offering a high quality, soft solution for laser transfers.

CLC Paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17 and works with both oil and non-oil laser printers. This paper is great for transferring high-resolution photographs and images onto dark materials. Garments with a tight weave work best.

CI Trimfree comes in 8.5×11 and works only on solid, light colors. This is the first single step transfer paper and has been developed to release the polymer coating only in areas that have toner coverage where the image is pressed to the fabric. This makes it so you don’t have to trim your design before pressing it to your garment. Images will stay bright and vibrant, even after continued washing and the paper will print on both oil and non-oil laser printers.

Image Clip Laser Paper comes in 8×10.5 and 10.75×16.75. It works best on light garments and handles full-color designs very well. This paper is self-weeding, so there is no need to trim the excess paper as there will be no background to your printed design, although this paper is a two-step process.

Image Clip Laser Paper for dark, solid garments comes in 8×10.5 and 10.75×16.75. Just like the Image Clip for lights, there is no need to trim the excess paper as this paper is self-weeding. But this paper is not designed for transferring photography.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is right around the corner.  If you feel like you are scratching your head for Father’s Day gift ideas to give or sell, you can stop! We have some ideas that are easy to make and will make great gifts!

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IDEA 1: Make Dad or Grandpop a shirt fast with our extensive supply of Father’s Day Heat Transfers.

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IDEA 2: Write him a surprise note on the back of his tie with some HTV.

IDEA 3: Keep his drink cold and his hand warm with a sublimated koozie!

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IDEA 4: Make Dad a new hat with our hat press! You can use heat transfer, heat transfer vinyl or even sublimation!

IDEA 5: Or if Dad is more of a glass guy. Personalize his cup with adhesive vinyl so that he is reminded how great he is everytime he takes a sip!

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IDEA 6: Sublimate a keychain with his favorite sport or a sweet message!

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IDEA 7: Make him a new car decal with adhesive vinyl.

IDEA 8: You can even personalize his tackle box or sporting bag with a little note from the kids! Just grab your vinyl and cut a sweet message.

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IDEA 9: You can quickly make him a dog tag with a sublimation printer and a heatpress.

IDEA 10: Make him a coffee mug so that he can see the kids’ smiling faces every morning!

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IDEA 11: Dad will love seeing his favorite photo as he gets his work done with a sublimated mousepad.

IDEA 12: Personalize his gym accessories so that he knows which is his! You can add HTV to his gym bag, sublimate his cooling towel or even add a photo or his name to his water bottle.

Want some more ideas? Head to our Instagram page and see what we’ve been creating or better yet show us what you’ve been making for Father’s Day!

 

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Make a Color Changing Shirt

Do you want to wow your friends with a color changing shirt? All you need is a solar heat transfer and the sun! With our SOLAR heat transfer, you can watch your design change before your eyes with this color changing technology.

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Solar heat transfers are the perfect transfers for items that will be exposed to the sun like totes and t-shirts. Plus application is simple. Just press and peel! Want to try a solar heat transfer? Here’s what you need:

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– heat press

-light garment (we are using a white t-shirt)

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Ready to get started? It takes less than a minute!

1 – Set the temperature on your heat press to 390-400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2 – Set pressure at medium.

3 – Place your heat transfer face down onto your garment.

4 – Press for 10-12 seconds.

5 – Peel immediately while hot, in one continuous, smooth, rapid motion.

6 – Take your garment outside in the sunlight and watch the colors change before your eyes!

With over 30 solar designs to select from, choosing your favorite will be the hardest step.  You can find all of our solar designs here.

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All About Pressing Pillows & Perfect Pads

Pressing Pillows vs. Perfect Pads. Do you know the difference?  While neither are absolutely necessary to use your heat press, once you’ve worked with them, you won’t know how you ever pressed without them!  Both will make getting your heat pressing jobs done a whole lot easier!

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Which one to use depends on the size of your design, and how smooth the area is that you are working with.

First let’s discuss the Pressing Pillow.  Made out of a Teflon covered foam, not only do the pillows protect your garments and fabrics from the harsh heating process, but they even out the area where you’d like to place your design.

Zippers, buttons, and seams all get in the way of creating a flat surface area on your garment. Without a Pressing Pillow, the top plate of the heat press may not get a tight seal on the actual heat transfer vinyl (HTV), causing a lack of pressure which may not allow the HTV to stick well to the surface of your garment. When you insert the pillow into the garment, these obstacles sink down into the pillow (for instance a zipper won’t press in causing printing issues) and eliminate the pressure points creating a smooth area.

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Pillows come in a four pack:

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  • 6×6 (we like using them for baby onesies).
  • 5×16 (great for sleeves and legs)
  • 10×10 (we like this size for tote bags)
  • 15×15 (great for adult garments, especially with a bunch of zippers and/or buttons)

While Pressing Pillows allow the zippers and seams to depress into the pillow, Perfect Pads raise the printing area to work around these elements. The Perfect Pad should be inserted directly under the area where the HTV will go, and not under any zippers, buttons, seams or anything creating an uneven surface.  Because the Perfect Pads maintain even pressure, they are also a great accessory for screen printed or digital transfers.  The pads are made out of rubber, like that on the bottom of the heat press.

Perfect Pads come in four different sizes and are sold individually:

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When you have a garment that you just can’t get around something, like buttons or seams, it’s best to go with a Pressing Pillow (such as a baby onesie with all of these thick seams).  The Perfect Pad is great though when you already have an even surface and are in need of a specific size to apply your design.

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Want to see the pressing pillows and perfect pads in action? Watch our Facebook Live!

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