Holiday Heat Transfers

The holidays are a busy time of the year, both personally and professionally. But this year you can work smarter instead of harder by including Heat Transfers into your product offerings. 

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Here at Pro World, we stock 1000’s of transfers including rhinestones, screen printed, mixed media and embroidered transfer options. 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 carry so many holiday transfers, the hard part will be narrowing down your selection. We have heat transfer designs for both adults and children, in a variety of media types (screen print, foil, rhinestones/studs, 3D, solar, and glitter).

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Here are a few we pulled, but you can shop all of our holiday heat transfers here.

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Display your season’s greetings in rhinestones with this heat transfer:

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Tell Santa your wish list with this heat transfer:

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We have heat transfers for siblings:

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and Baby’s First Christmas:

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For all the cat and dog lovers, we have heat transfers for you. Here is one featuring our feline friends:

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And a heat transfer where a canine is in the spotlight

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If you love snow and can’t wait to build a snowman, check out this heat transfer:

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We have trees that sparkle:

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And for those who need a little help to get through the holidays:

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The holiday heat transfers are a ton of fun, and can even be personalized by adding vinyl to your garment!

Have you used one of our holiday heat transfers? Tag us on Instagram so that we can see!

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The Ultimate Crafter’s Gift Guide

With the holidays around the corner, it is time to spoil those around you and give a gift that shows you care. One of the best ways to do that is with some craft tools! Today, we have put together our hottest selling items that we know you or crafter will love!
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The gift recipient in your life would be sure to love a new stash of vinyl. After all, a crafter can never have enough vinyl! Just mix and match the different prints and patterns of the adhesive and heat transfer vinyl.

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Has your crafter been dreaming of a heat press? Now is the time to make their wish come true!   Our most popular heat press, the Trans Pro 15 x 15, is an easy to use, manual heat press ideal for applying heat transfers to t-shirts, jackets, mouse pads, tiles, and more!

 

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If your gift recipient is ready to take their crafting business to the next level, get them a sublimation printer. With a sublimation printer, your crafter can create one-of-a-kind, custom pieces like mugs, phone cases, frames, license plates, tags, and more. And if you purchase the Sublimation Starter Pack, they will have everything they need to get started!

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Does your gift recipient spend a lot of their free time designing cut files from scratch? Do they currently use CorelDRAW? If you are nodding your head yes, then you should get them a  copy of the Smart Designer Pro. Now they can have a database of images at their fingertips!
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Does your gift recipient like coffee? Buy them a mug press so that they can create their own mugs to drink from.
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What is on your holiday wish list this year? Tell us by commenting below or tagging us on social media!

 

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Black Friday Specials

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We hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving, and a wonderful time spent with family and friends.  Please know that we are so thankful for all of your support. We love seeing your projects and hearing your success stories, you inspire us every day!

Please be sure to check our website, www.proworldinc.com for our Black Friday specials. They will be active Wednesday, November 22 at 8pm ET through Monday, November 27 at 11:59 PM EST.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping!

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Create a Personalized Fleece Blanket

Temperatures are dropping! It’s the perfect weather for cozying up under a fleece blanket and watching a movie!  Making a personalized fleece blanket is so easy, and makes a lovely gift. All you have to do is add heat transfer vinyl (HTV).

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Here’s how to make one:

1.      Begin by uploading or creating your design using your software. Make sure to mirror your image, then cut your heat transfer vinyl.

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2.      Weed your design.

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3.      Find the corner of your blanket. Make sure the blanket tag is on the reverse side.

4.      Line up your design on the blanket corner.

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5.      Set your heat press to 320 degrees.

6.      Place your pressing pillow on the heat press.

7.      Place your blanket corner on top.

8.      Cover the blanket with 3D Vacuum Film.

9.      Cover the 3D Vacuum Film with a Non-Stick Sheet.

10.   Press for 11 seconds with light pressure for Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, take off heat press and peel off carrier sheet.

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11.   Press for 20 seconds with Flock Heat Transfer Vinyl, take off heat press, wait to cool down, and peel off carrier sheet.

Personalized fleece blankets make great holiday gifts for family, friends, neighbors and teachers! Pair it with a DVD or Netflix gift card and popcorn or candy, and you’ll have a fun and thoughtful movie-themed gift!

 If you missed our Facebook Live on personalizing fleece blankets you can watch it below!

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New Product Announcement: Oracal 641

oracal 641Here at Pro World, we’re always expanding our offerings and capabilities so that we can provide you with the latest and greatest.  We recently added Oracal 641 to our extensive collection of vinyl so that you can expand your business and fill even more needs for your clients.

Oracal 641 is similar to the Oracal 651, but it has a matte finish instead of a glossy finish. It also has silicone coated paper on one side which provides excellent weed-stripping properties. The adhesive is Polyacrylate and permanent. It is perfect for use on cutting plotter systems in the production of short- and medium-term markings, inscriptions, and decorations. It is great for use outdoors, and its indoor uses are almost unlimited. It is available in 19 colors and sold by the yard.

If you are unfamiliar with Oracal 631 & 651, both feature an adhesive back so you simply cut the vinyl with your cutter and weed your design. Then using transfer tape you move your vinyl to your finished project surface.

Oracal 631  is a removable vinyl which has a matte finish. It is perfect for interior decorating, like on walls, indoor signage, and exhibition graphics. Since it is made from a high-quality film that creates a matte finish there is no glare. The removable adhesive allows you to remove graphics from walls with minimal effort, leaving no residue behind. It is great for short to medium term applications indoors, specifically on painted drywall surfaces.

Oracal 651 s a glossy permanent vinyl that is 2.5 mil. thick. This creates a thinner more comfortable liner with better dimensional stability which means the vinyl design will last longer when cracking, shrinking, or peeling is an issue. It is great for 3 plus years, and long-term applications, it also has outdoor durability.

What have you made using adhesive vinyl? Share your projects with us in the comments. 

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HTV vs Sublimation – What’s the difference?

When it comes to creating custom products, there are a number of different ways to do it. So how do you know which is right for you, your specific project, and your business overall? We’re going to help break it down for you. As you’ve seen from our Friday Facebook Live videos we love to create things and two of the main ways we make our designs is with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and sublimation.

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With HTV you can create an endless supply of personalized shirts, bags, hats, aprons, etc. It is available in a number of different colors, sizes, and finishes, and you can use it alone or layer it for a more dimensional look.

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Sublimation is a great way to add a premium full-color, photographic quality image to your project, especially since it will not crack, peel, or wash away. When sublimation inks are heated to 400*F with a heat press, they turn into a gas and form a permanent bond to white or light colored polyester fabrics, or items with a polymer coating.

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HTV gives you more options when it comes to garments as it works on any color, unlike sublimation which can only be done on white or light colored fabrics. But if you are personalizing phone cases, mugs, frames, etc., sublimation is a more simplified process that gives you more options.

And while HTV and sublimation are each great in different ways and for different projects, they can also be used together. Want to sublimate on a dark colored garment? Create a design using HTV and then sublimate on top of it. Talk about one of a kind!

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For more tips check out our Facebook Live videos.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Heat Transfers

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and there is still time to show your support by creating a t-shirt, hat or tote with a heat transfer.  Heat transfers are perfect for fundraisers and building awareness around a cause.

They are also 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 carry over 170 breast cancer heat transfer designs in a variety of media types (screen print, rhinestones/studs, lace, and glitter). We have breast cancer heat transfer designs for everyone. Here is a sampling:

The pink ribbon symbol:

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For survivors:

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For men:

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To honor someone special:

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To show the fight:

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To show the hope:

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Visit us at www.proworldinc.com to see a larger selection of our breast cancer heat transfer designs.

 

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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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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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