NEW PRODUCT ALERT: TransPro Select Auto Plus 16X20 Heat Press

Did you hear the news? We now carry a new, electric powered automatic heat press! If you are a frequent heat press user, you’ll want to see all that the TransPro Select Auto Plus 16X20 Heat Press has to offer.

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This “E Series” heat press uses the most advanced electric control system to achieve full automatic operation. You can:

  • Easily adjust the pressure to the thickness of the items being pressed.
  • Program up to 10 different pressures including high-pressure applications.
  • The TransPro Select Auto Plus comes fully equipped with a digital controller for different pressures and dual time settings.
  • You can also store frequently used settings for your production cycle counter.

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The Trans Pro Select Auto Plus Heat Press is perfect for high volume commercial use, specialty decorators, direct-to-garment printing, and embossing.  Head to our website to read more about it. Watch the video below to see it in action.

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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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DIY Summer Trends for Crafters

Trends are constantly changing and sometimes it can be hard, and expensive, to keep up. With a little creativity, a few crafting supplies, and some know-how, you can be trendy for less, with one of a kind pieces. You can also use these as an opportunity to sell personalized, trendy pieces to your friends!

Here are the four summer trends that you can make yourself!

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1 – Floral prints are everywhere this year. Browse our selection of floral heat transfers or create your own. Once you finalize your image, use your heat press to create your wearable art. We carry the largest selection of heat presses so you will definitely find one that meets your needs.

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2 – Another trend we’re seeing a lot of is graphic t-shirts. They’re good for the gym, errands, or even a night out- they also make great gifts! And with our extensive selection of heat transfer vinyl and heat transfers, the possibilities are endless. What will your shirt say?

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3 – Personalized phone cases are great for distinguishing phones and showing off your personality. With sublimation you can create a custom image and print it on a basic phone cover. You can also print on charms, thick bangles, etc. Friendship bracelets for all ages are back in style, customize them for yourself or your customers.

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4 – Subway art signs are still trending for the home and they make great DIY projects. Thanks to adhesive vinyl like our Oracal 651 or FDC you can create the perfect size sign for your home in colors that match your decor.

Are there any other trends you’ve noticed for Summer? Do you need help figuring out how to recreate them? Comment with the project you want to make, and we’ll help you figure out how to create it.

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Oracal 631 & Oracal 651 is at Pro World

At Pro World, we’re always looking for new ways to grow our business in order to better serve our customers. Because of that, we now carry Oracal 631 & 651!
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.
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Now that you know how simple they are to use, you may be wondering what the difference between the two vinyls is.
Oracal 631 is referred to as 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. We currently carry 22 colors
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Oracal 651 is 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. We currently  carry 33 different colors
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Need some adhesive vinyl ideas to help get you started? Check out our Pinterest board! Then go to our website to shop!
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Craft While Making Money: Host a Personalization Party

The best thing about crafting is that it brings people together.  One of the most popular ways to bring people together to create a cool craft and make a little bit of money in the process is to host a paint and sip or a personalization party.  If you already own a cutting machine, you are all set to host your own party (and did I mention make some money?)

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Depending on what project you choose to make, your supplies may vary. For the popular painting projects, you will need:

To help you get your party off the ground, we’ve compiled a list of tips that will help you throughout your party planning process!

Before the party

    • Find a host: You will need to find a customer who wants to host a party in their home or you can host the party in your own home.
    • Selecting a project: Decide what project will be created.  It could be a wood pallet sign, a wood picture frame, a terracotta pot, outdoor mat or just about anything that can be personalized. Make sure the project is easy, so it will appeal to all levels of crafters.  If your group is more experienced, you can customize the project to suit their crafting abilities.  
      • Also, you should make sure that the project is something that can be completed in a one to two hour time frame.
  • Advertise Your Event
    • Your party host will want to invite their friends. Make it easy for them by creating a Facebook event page. By creating a Facebook event page, you can occasionally post leading up to the event date to generate interest or inform attendees of any changes. It will also make it easy for people to personally invite friends.
    • If you are hosting a public event, you will need to advertise your event to the general public. You can do so by posting flyers around town, promoting it on social media or sending an email to your current customer base.
  • Payment: It is best to collect payments from each guest before the party.  You can accept payment in any form that works for you.  The most popular options would be cash, credit cards, Venmo or Paypal.
  • Supplies: Once payment is collected, you need to purchase your supplies needed. 
  • Prep Your Materials: Have your guests select their design before the event so that you can prep your stencils in advance! Do this will save time (and frustration).

During the party

  • Hostess:
    • If your customer is hosting the party, they are usually responsible for supplying the beverages and food. Make sure you discuss this leading up to the event.
    • If you are holding an event that is open to the public, make sure you have adequate amounts of refreshments for your guests.  It doesn’t need to be elaborate, just some easy things to drink and snack on.
  • Setup: It is important to arrive early to setup and organize all of the supplies needed for each guest. Beside your die cut machine and other necessary supplies for the project, the host may need you to provide aprons, extra seating, tables, etc. for your guests to be comfortable and have sufficient space to work on their project.  
  • Get crafting: You are running the party because you are the teacher. You may have all experience levels sitting within your group, ask the group about their experience level–so that you know how detailed you should be. Make sure you demonstrate the steps of the project so that the guests can see what you are doing and mimic it.

Ending the party

  • When guests have finished completing their project, they will be able to leave that evening with the project in-hand. Take advantage of this time to market yourself and future parties. Supply them with business cards, product promotions, and maybe even an event incentive for them to book that night.
  • If you hosted the party at a customer’s house, make sure you clean up after yourself. Remove all trash and leftover materials.
  • Be sure to thank the host and guest on the original event page with your contact information so that the attendees know how to reach you if they decide to host their own event.
  • If you took photos during the night of your guests having fun and with their completed projects, be sure to use them as a way to advertise and get hosts for future parties.

Making Money

In order to make some money, you will have to do a little bit of simple math.  You want to make sure that you account for the following things:

  • The cost per person to make the project – Buying in larger quantities will help you save money.
  • Take into consideration any offers or discounts that you offered. For example, allowing your host (if you are not hosting the party yourself) to complete their project for free
  • A small charge for wear and tear on your die cut machine. Die cut machines are used to hard work, but by always factoring in a small percentage for wear and tear, you are preparing for the future so that you can purchase new equipment when needed.
  • Consideration of gas mileage
  • Any other costs for the party:  food, drinks and advertising costs

The wonderful thing about crafting is that there are tons of opportunities to make money from your hobby. Not everyone has your gift for creating beautiful items, nor do they have the supplies. So if you enjoy doing demonstrations and already have the equipment, this is a really fun way to make some extra money and promote your customs business throughout your community. 

Are you interested in taking your craft business to the next level? Check out Sublimation.

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Personalize Baby Clothes With HTV

Heat transfer vinyl opens the door to so many crafting possibilities. The options are endless- especially when it comes to newborn clothes. Why not make one for each milestone and special occasion? Need a gift for a new mom? Personalize a shirt just for her. It’s easy and special. Just follow today’s tutorial!

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For this project you will need-

Once you have your supplies follow these steps:

1. Choose or create your design using your software.

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2. Next, mirror your image.

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3. Insert the heat transfer vinyl into your cutting machine, adjust your blade and cut!

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4. Weed your design.

DSC079825. Place your weeded design on your outfit and press it with your heat press.

DSC079856. Voila! Your adorable gift is ready to give!

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Here are some more newborn outfits made from HTV from around the web!

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Let’s Have Lunch. Join us for a Facebook Live!

Mark your calendar, because tomorrow (May 19) we want to have lunch with you!

Join us at 12:15 PM ET this Friday, for our first ever Facebook Live. You will get to meet our in-house experts, learn a few things and ask some questions. This will be part of an ongoing series. Every Friday we will be back offering you tips, tricks, and tutorials plus we will occasionally be giving away coupons, shopping sprees and more!

Help us make our new program a success and join us tomorrow at 12:15 PM ET

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Personalize a Candle

Today’s tutorial not only shows you how to make a beautiful piece of home decor, but it also show you how to make an amazing, personal gift. With adhesive vinyl, a couple of tools, and a glass candle, you’ll have a work of art in no time.

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For this project, you’ll need:

Once you have your materials gathered, follow these steps:

1. Design your image.

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2. Adjust your cut settings.

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3. Insert your vinyl.

4. Double check your settings, and click cut.

5. Weed your design.

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6. Apply the transfer tape.

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7. Carefully peel it off.

8. Admire your work!

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