Photo Frames: that you can make at home

A photograph is an amazing thing–with one glance it can instantly transport you back to a single moment in time. Everyone loves to display their photos, so why not create a custom frame that will make your photos stand out? Maybe you want to create custom frames to sell, or to decorate your house, or as gifts for Mother’s Day.  Sublimation makes personalizing frames simple, so if you need a selection of frames, you are in luck! Pro World just expanded our selection of frames to give you more options to choose from.

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We carry:

rock slates:

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photo panels:

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glass photos:

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hinged pair photo:

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offset frames:

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decorative frames:

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Do you want to customize your own photo frames? Here’s what you need:

When it comes to sublimating it is simple. You start by:

Step 1 – Design your image or design.

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Step 2 – Mirror your image and send it to your sublimation printer.

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Step 3 – Turn on your heat press and set it to the proper temperature. To find the temperature look at the instructions on the product page.

Step 4 – Use your thermal tape to adhere your image to your sublimation product.

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Step 5 – Place a non-stick sheet or even a blank piece of paper on your heat press to catch any leaking.

Step 6 – Place your item on top and then cover it with a non-stick sheet.

Step 7 – Press your item for the time instructed on the product instructions.

Step 8 – Peel the paper off of the item. Make sure to read the instructions to see if your product is a cold or hot peel.

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Step 9: Admire your results.

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Decorate a Door Mat

The days are getting a little longer, the flowers are blooming and birds are singing because Spring is in the air.  A great project to get started with this Spring is a personalized doormat to decorate your front step.

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Here is everything you will need for your personalized doormat:

Ready to make your own? Here’s how!

1- Start by designing your doormat within your design software.

2 – Load your adhesive vinyl into your cutting machine, check your cut settings and click cut.

3 – REVERSE weed your design. So that means you will remove the text making it so that the adhesive vinyl can be used as a stencil.

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4 – Carefully lift one side of your adhesive vinyl stencil and move it to your doormat.  Then slowly pull back the vinyl backing and push down on your vinyl for maximum adhesion. Try to remove any bubbles and seal the ends.

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5 – Carefully dab the paint onto the doormat. We painted 2 coats.

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6 – Let it dry and remove the vinyl IMG_4597

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Gifts For The New Mom

Headed to a baby shower? Here are some fun, personal gifts for the new mom in your life. 

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With the step by step tutorials below, your gifts will be ready in no time.IMG_3451

Gift idea #1- sublimate a bib

For this project you will need-

-A bib

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Texprint Paper

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-design software

Instructions:

  1. Set your heat press to 400-degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Set the timer for 45 seconds.
  3. And then set the pressure to medium.
  4. Create your design and using your software switch to a mirror image (if you need to).
  5. Print a mirror image of your design onto Texprint Paper.
  6. Then place the paper face down on the bib.
  7. Cover the design with a non stick sheet.
  8. Press your design at 400 degrees F for 45 seconds with medium pressure.
  9. Remove the paper immediately and peel hot.
  10. Admire your work and wrap your personalized gift!

Gift idea #2- personalized onesie

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For this project you will need-

a cutting machine

a heat press

heat transfer vinyl

-a baby bodysuit

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Once you have your supplies follow these steps:

  1. Choose or create your design using your software.
  2. Next, mirror your image.
  3. Insert the heat transfer vinyl into your cutting machine.
  4. Double check your settings and then print your design.
  5. Weed your design.
  6. Place your weeded design on your baby bodysuit and press it with your heat press.
  7. Voila! Your adorable gift is ready to give!

 

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Facebook Live Video Roundup

Did you know that every Friday at 12:15PM EST we go Live on our Facebook page? It’s true! You get to see behind the scenes of our office, get to know our team and see our product put to use as we answer questions on the spot!

Do you have something that you would like to see demonstrated? Let us know! By heading over to our Facebook page and leaving us a note on our wall.
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Here are a few of our best Facebook Lives for you to replay. But don’t forget to mark your calendar for this Friday at 12:15PM EST and every Friday after that!

Do you want to get to know your vacuum press? Watch this video!!

Pressing pillows are an important accessory when pressing certain materials! Learn when and how to use them here.

Do you have sublimation questions? We have sublimation answers!!

Watch as Melissa from Silhouette School shows us how to use foil with adhesive vinyl.

Which Facebook Live is your favorite?

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Personalized Baseball Ideas to Make This Spring

Knock your sales out of the park this spring with personalized baseball and softball products! We have an extensive list of supplies that allow for you to create anything you can imagine.

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From heat transfers, heat transfer vinyl, adhesive vinyl and even sublimation there is something for everyone. Need some ideas to get you started? Here are a few!

You can create batting helmet labels from adhesive vinyl, so that the team can tell each other apart.

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Let the fans show their love of the game with shirts made from HTV or heat transfers.

IMG_3229-e1461730984340Our baseball and softball heat transfers come in screen print, rhinestone and even studs!

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You can personalize team jerseys with heat transfer vinyl.

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You can even sublimate your own baseball awards!

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Bag Tags

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Photo From Finnegan and the Hughes!

Need more ideas? Try personalizing bat bags, bat racks, water bottles (with vinyl or sublimation).  Hats and visors are great to customize as well.

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Mug Press Round Up: Which mug press is best for you?

Do you want to decorate mugs and water bottles but don’t know where to start? Today’s post is going to help! Below you will find an overview of our different mug presses and videos on how to use them!

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1 – The TransPro Mug Heat Press – MP996 accommodates 11 oz mug, 15 oz mugs, and water bottles. It offers a digital timer and temperature control. And allows for easy pressure adjustment.

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2 – The TransPro 3 in 1 Mug Heat Press – MGP6051 Is a 3-in-1 mug press which means you no longer have to buy separate heating elements or mug presses in order to press different drinkware. This mug press includes heating elements for 11 oz and 15 oz mugs, 12 oz latte mugs, large tumbler / travel mugs, and water bottles making mug printing a cinch!

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3- Digital Knight Mug Heat Press – The DK3  is fully adjustable, accommodating all mugs available on the market. It offers a 5″ tall pressing area, which means it can press 11 oz, 15 oz, 16 oz mugs, steins and stainless steel travel mugs. The DK3 has a digital temperature, time and programmable presets, along with other helpful features to make pressing a mug easy.

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4 – Are you brand new to custom work? Check out our Mug Starter Pack. It comes with everything you need to launch your business. It comes with:

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Want to see HOW you can use a mug press to decorate mugs and water bottles? View our videos below!

Use your mug press to sublimate a water bottle. Watch how:

Watch the different ways that you can decorate a mug:

Decorate a latte mug:

Have more questions? We have answers! Contact us through our website and we are happy to help you select the best heat press to suit your needs!

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Sublimate Mermaid Scales

Iridescent color changing mermaid scales are one of the hottest trends right now. From pillows to apparel to accessories, you can buy mermaid scales on just about everything. But did you now that you can sublimate the white ones? It’s true! So now when you run your hand over the mermaid scales and watch their color change before your eyes, you will also find a sublimated message. Want to make one for yourself? It’s easy!

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You Need:

To customize your mermaid scale you:

1 – Open your design software. We used Creative Studio.

2- Choose a Blank Template and design your piece!

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3- Print.

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4 – Cut your paper down to size and tape it to your accessory so that it does not slide. Press it at 400 degrees, and hold for about a minute. Peel hot.

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5- Admire your work!

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St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration

You don’t need luck to bring you to the end of the rainbow this Saint Patrick’s Day. You just need a few supplies to fill your own pot of gold! You’ll find everything that you need here at Pro World.  Do you need some inspiration? Read below!

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You can take a plain beer mug and turn it into the perfect St. Patty’s drinking vessel with a little adhesive vinyl.

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Or make sublimated shot glasses

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Or sublimated koozies

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You can even make and sell shirts for the whole family from vinyl, heat transfers or both!

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Want to see some of our favorite heat transfers? Check them out!

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Make Your Project Sparkle: Combine a Sequin Heat Transfer with HTV

Want to add sequins to your next vinyl project?

Today we are going to show you how to make your project sparkle by using a sequin Heat Transfer with Heat Transfer Vinyl. By combing the two products, you can add sequins in one simple step!

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Want to make your own? You Need:

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1 – Design your cut file, flip your file horizontally, change your cut settings, insert your vinyl & click cut.

2 – Weed your design. ( we used Siser Strip Flock Heat Transfer Vinyl for a soft, 3-dimensional look)

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3 – Pre-heat your heat press.

4 – Now we need to trace your vinyl onto the back of your heat transfer. We did this by drawing a line around your HTV, which will make it easier to cut.

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5 – Carefully cut a hole in your heat transfer.

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6- Peel the backing off of your heat transfer and place it on your pillow case.

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7- Press and peel the Heat Transfer instructions.

8 – Now, place and press your heat transfer vinyl inside the blank space.

9 – Stuff your pillow and admire your work.

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5+ Things to Know About Heat Presses Before You Buy

Are you thinking about getting a heat press? That’s great news! Congratulations on wanting to take the next step. Heat presses are a wonderful way to scale your custom business. To help make your selection process a bit easier, we’ve compiled a list of important things for you to consider before you make your purchase. 

HEAT PRESS (1)There are 3 types of heat presses. You can choose a clam style which is an upward opening machine. 

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a swing style, where the upper platen swings completely away, to the left or the right. 

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or a drawer style, where you pull the lower platen out towards you, like a drawer. Some of our TransPro Heat Presses have the clam style/pull out platen which is why it is one our best sellers. 

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  • All heat presses are not created equal. The heat presses we sell are all equipped to handle plastisol ink transfers with a heavy pressure requirement, but not all heat presses on the market are created to allow for heavy pressure. For example, a heat press advertised as a sublimation heat press is designed for light pressure application and may not offer the heavy pressure setting needed.
  • When deciding on a good size for your heat press, you want to consider the transfer/design that you will be pressing – not the garment size. A 15×15 is considered a standard commercial size heat press, and you can press designs that are about 14×14. A 16×20 heat press offers more pressing area to work with, about 15×19. Any size shirt will fit on the bottom pad and either press can accommodate the different sizes.
  • Our heat presses cannot be connected to a computer to print designs. The heat press is designed to transfer already printed images.
  • The machine doesn’t come with one setting that will work for all items. The transfer, vinyl, or paper you are pressing will determine the settings – time, temperature and pressure.

Once you have the heat press here are a few secrets to using your heat press successfully:

  • Pressure is important. Make sure to have adequate pressure before applying the transfers. You should be able to close it comfortably with two hands and have some resistance when you lock the press.
  • Make sure to have an even surface for application. Zippers, seams, v-necks or pockets affect the transfers by not allowing for a smooth pressing area. Using pressing pillows or perfect pads will help fix this.
  • When a transfer fails, don’t press another transfer using the same settings. You may need to recheck the application instructions or modify the temperature or pressure on your heat press to ensure a better end product.
  • Heat presses take about 15-20 minutes on average to heat up to the desired temperature. This is similar to an oven.

Do you want to win a heat press for yourself?  Head to Instagram and enter our giveaway!valentine giveaway

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