Top 3 Screen Printing Mistakes

Screen Printing MistakesAnd how to avoid them.

Mistakes are inevitable. No matter what industry you work in there are bound to be mistakes, after all we are only human. Even though mistakes cannot be 100% prevented you can do things to minimize how often they happen. We have compiled a list of our most common screen printing mistakes and what we do to minimize them.

Our Screen Printing Mistakes

Smudged Print

Sometimes during printing you end up with a smudged or ghost print. This occurs if the t-shirt or the screen shifts during the printing process. If you do not have enough spray tac on your palette your apparel can shift between prints.

When printing we are always checking to make sure that our screens are tight and that we have enough spray tac to hold the apparel in place. With that being said it does happen from time to time. When it does we replace the shirt for the customer and use the messed up one for future test prints.

Missing Graphics

Very rarely we have had a small piece of a graphic missing from a print. Such as a line missing here or part of a logo not showing up there. This happens when the artwork is being output and burnt to the screen. When working with the art we work with pantone colors. For example if one of the main colors in a graphic is red there might be a piece of it that looks like it is the same red, but it may not be the exact same pantone number and therefore could get left out when burning the screens.

The best way we have found to avoid this is by double checking everything at every stage during the process. There have been a couple times where something has made it to print then been caught and we have to go back and fix it. Which can be very time consuming, but at least our customer is getting what they expected!

Flaking or Cracked Ink

More often than not people jump to the conclusion that their ink has gone bad if it cracks or flakes after being printed. However, this is not always the case, very rarely it is. In reality it is because it hasn’t been cured properly and unfortunately there are many factors that can play into this issue. A good place to start is by checking the temperature with a temp gun and/or thermal strips. If your temps are good it could be that the layer of ink is too thick or there is moisture in the garment keeping it from reaching the full temp.

We recently ran into an issue similar to this and we had to go through a few different tests only to discover that it was a combination of old ink and over flashing the garment.

The Best Piece of Advice …

Screen printing mistakes can be costly if you don’t catch them ahead of time. Double check everything during your printing process and then check it again!

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Get the Most Out of Your Promotional Products

Promotional ProductsSo you have decided to add promotional products to your marketing strategy? Great! However, you are not quite sure how to make them do the work for you that everyone keeps telling you about. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Make Your Promotional Products Work For You:

Be Creative.

But realistic. Think about your customers and what kind of items they use on a daily basis. Today they can put your logo on pretty much anything that you can think of. But that doesn’t mean that you want to go putting it on something that is not related to your business or isn’t useful to the customer.

If it’s not related to you then the customer might not remember exactly who you are or what you do. If the customer can’t use it then it will probably end up in the trash, and nobody wants that.

Make them visible.

Whether you are at a trade show or even in your office, make sure that your promotional products can be seen. Don’t hide them away in a closet in the office, they won’t do your company any good there. Promo products are essentially walking billboards and therefore cheap advertising for you!

At a tradeshow? Make sure they are on your table so that potential customers can see that you have free goodies and then you can talk them as they grab one.

At the office? Put them in waiting areas, customer service desks, any place that your customers will go and encourage them to take one.

Hand them out everywhere.

Take them to networking events with you and hand these out instead of business cards. Everyone there will be handing out cards and yours will just get lost in the stack! Hand you a custom promotional product and you are sure to stand out from your competition.

However, you do need to be a little careful with this. You don’t want to be handing out something that is big and bulky. This will just get in the way and frustrate the person on the receiving end. Also, you probably don’t want to haul a bunch of bulky items around with you either.

If you need more ideas CONTACT US or check out our ONLINE CATALOG!

10 Awesome Ways to Recycle Old T-Shirts

Recycle Old T-ShirtsEveryone is guilty of have a ton of old t-shirts hidden in their closets. However, we all have our own reasons for keeping them stashed away. Whether it be that the shirt brings back memories or you have a few lucky shirts there is a reason for keeping it. Do you need to make some room in your closet, but don’t want to part with your beloved t’s? Check out our list of ideas to recycle old t-shirts:

Recycle Old T-Shirts

  1. Produce Bag – Do you like to frequent farmers markets? Check out this tutorial and make your own produce bag! Delia Creates
  2. Rag Rug – Your feet will be thanking you for this one! It is a little more work, but the end result is pretty neat. XOELLE
  3. Infinity Scarf – Fall will be here soon and what better way be prepared then to make your own custom infinity scarves! Check this out: Scarves
  4. Tote Bag – You can never have too many totes! They are perfect for re-usable grocery bags and so much more! Follow this tutorial on how to make yours! Instructables 
  5. Quilt – This is a great option for anyone going off to college! A quilt of your kids favorite tees will make them feel at home in their dorm room. Stars For Street Lights
  6. Dog Toys – Don’t spend tons of money on those expensive rope toys at the store! Take a couple of your old t-shirts and make a rope for your furry friend. Bark Post
  7. Super Hero Capes – Every kid wants to be a super hero at some point! Take one of your old t-shirts and help them create their custom cape. You will be the super hero in their eyes! The Tip Toe Fairy
  8. Wall Art – How cool is this? Remember contests, races or events that you have participated in by making a collage of the shirts on your wall! Cut Out and Keep
  9. Throw Pillows – Looking for an inexpensive way to add some flare to your place? Customize your throw pillows with some of your favorite t-shirts! The Happy Housie
  10. Apron – Do you or someone you know like to cook? These are a creative and inexpensive way to protect your clothes while making your next Gordon Ramsey worthy dish! Ruffles and Stuff

Of course we could go on and on with ideas to recycle old t-shirts, but we are pretty sure you don’t want to sit here all day reading ideas.

What other awesome things have you made with your old t-shirts? Share with us on Facebook!

Choosing the Right Apparel for Your Needs

Volunteer | Choosing the Right ApparelIf you have ever been in charge of a big event then you know how hard it can be to make a decision that will please everyone. Especially when it comes to choosing the right apparel, everyone has a different style that they prefer. We can give you a few pointers to help you out the next time you have to pick out the gear for an event!

Choosing the Right Apparel:

The good news is that there really isn’t a wrong choice here. Unless you pick out a heavy sweatshirt for something outside in the middle of summer. When choosing apparel for events like fun runs or even family reunions it is best to stick with the basics. We recommend this for a couple reasons.

  • They work great for both men and women.
  • They help keep your costs down.

When choosing apparel for your event think about where your event is and the time of year. If you are doing an indoor event then you would be fine with a basic t-shirts. However if you are doing an outside event in the fall you may want to do a long sleeve shirt or a hoodie. Doing an outdoor event in the summer? You may want to consider doing tank tops instead of a basic cotton tee.

Another thing you may want to think about is the age group that you will be catering to. If they are an older group you may want to steer away from low cut or V-necks. If you crowd is younger then that style would be a great fit.

We know that choosing apparel for an event can seem like a daunting task, but we hope this helps. If you still are not sure about which direction to take it in let us know. We are more than happy to help you find the perfect piece for your event!

Our Top 4 Trends for 2017

Now that we are about half way through 2017 we wanted to take a minute and reflect on the trends that we are seeing this year. Working with a variety of customers we see a large array of preferences. However there are a few similarities that we have noticed that keep popping up this year.

Top 2017 Trends

Trend 1: Softer & Lighter Garments

Over the last few months we have noticed that people are starting to steer away from the 100% cotton tees. A vast majority of our customers are coming to us asking if we have anything that is a lighter, softer fabric that won’t shrink in the wash. Our answer, yes!

The District and District Made brands have become a fan favorite this year! The offer a Tri-Blend tee that is soft and light weight and comes in a variety of colors and styles. Check it out!

Trend 2: Simple Designs

People are choosing garments that say a lot about what they do or their company on their own. With a stylish garment please are going to a more simple look when it comes to their designs. Most people are sticking with a one color print to help save on costs as well. Some of the designs that we are seeing on a regular basis include:

  • Circular Designs
  • Block Designs
  • Simple Text Designs
  • Simple Logo Designs

Trends: Simple Designs

Sticking with a simple design will not only save you money but also allow for a cleaner print. This allows you to get the professional look you want to represent your brand. We can’t wait to see your designs!

Trend 3: More Bang for Your Buck

This trend is not something that is new, it has been around for ages! People are always looking for the best deal when they are shopping. One thing that we do when working with our customers is find them the best product at the best price.

We will take the time and do the research for you and present a couple options to you based off the details of your project. You don’t need to worry about spending your time doing research and wondering if you missed something. Let us help you!

Trend 4: Casual Corporate Apparel

Companies are always looking for the next best thing, which includes the uniforms their employees wear. A lot of places are wanting something uniform, professional and comfortable. We have access to thousands of options for corporate apparel, everything from your basic t-shirt to the nicer polos. Our team will make sure that your team has the look that you are going for!

Trends may come and go but we will be here to keep you updated on what is happening the world of screen printing!

Have questions about our trends? CONTACT US!

Want to see our options? CHECK OUT THE CATALOG!

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