Turn Your T-Shirts Into Wicked Halloween Costumes

Halloween always gives me the chills. But not for the most obvious reasons – ghouls, ghosts, cavities. No, I’m always terrified of coming up with a good costume. This fear coupled with my tendency to procrastinate usually lands me with a sheet and two eye holes. But you don’t have to end up like me. Instead, design your own “costume!” by creating Halloween T-Shirts (Halloween T-Shirts iron on stickers).
It’s So Easy, It’s Scary

For the lazy…uhh quick costume, get “creative” with a Hanes Beefy-T Long-sleeve in Black.

Complete this look:

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Black pants
Crazy wig
Reflectors (if you’re trick-or-treating)
A “Yes, this is my costume” smirk
We’ve Got Ourselves a Situation

“Beat the beat” as a Jersey Shore cast member in an Orange (GTL anyone?) Gildan Ultra Cotton T

Complete this look:

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Your favorite swim trunks, trucker hat, and flip flops
Lots of hair gel
Your best fist pump!
Give A Great Big Care Bear Hug

Ladies, how about a blast from the past?  Grab a few of your friends and pick your favorite primary color in an American Apparel Girly Jersey T.  Care Bear stare!

Green-care-bear1Complete this look:

Green or pink shorts
“Bear ears” headband
Black paint for your nose and freckles
A fluffy tail – be sure to match your color!
And if you waited until the last minute like me – no problem!  Our Rush service will deliver your “costume” in enough time for tricking or treating.  Happy Halloween!

Funny and Creative Color Run Team Names

Are you participating in a color race like the Color Me Rad 5k or The Color Run, and need a creative team name (team name iron on sticker) for your color run t-shirts? We’ve compiled a list of clever and funny names just for you! So check ’em out, pick one, and stand out amongst the crowd with your new, colorful color run team name!

Creative and Fun Color Run Team Names

Get Fit or Dye Tryin’

Taste the Rainbow

Cray Cray Crayola

Pigmentation Party

Do or Dye

Rainbow Rockets

Rainbow Connection

Dye Me a River

A Running Canvas

Sour Patch Kids

Dye Dye Birdie

Team CMYK

These Colors Don’t Run. Oh wait…

Powder to the People

Team Skittles

Ink Me!

Rad Rookies

Picasso Prancers

Paint, Paint, Paint Your Tees

Will Run for Color

Blue Past You

Hue Gonna Catch Up?

Dye Hard

Splatter Sprinters

5 Sweet Tees that Represent the UK

What makes the UK great? Putting all our moaning about the weather and the economy to one side, it’s really not a bad place to live. One great man once said:

“We may be a small country, but we’re a great one, too. The country of Shakespeare, Churchill, The Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter. David Beckham‘s right foot. David Beckham’s left foot, come to that.”

If that doesn’t get the hairs on the back of your neck tingling then you are probably not British. The cultured among you may have realised that the great man who uttered those stirring words was Hugh Grant, playing the British Prime Minister in Richard Curtis’ Love Actually. Both these chaps are Great Britons and worthy of a tilt of your cap.

As Hugh rightfully mentioned we have, as a nation, given the world some incredible characters.

The music and film industries are littered with Britons who have taken the world by storm. We have already waxed lyrical about The Beatles in our homage to T-shirt Printing in Liverpool, along with Oasis from Manchester and Massive Attack in Bristol, but there is one British band that is yet to be mentioned and it’s there that I’ll kick off our Top 5 T-shirts that Represent the UK (custom t shirt printing):

1. Rolling Stones

This T-shirt must be one of the best British fashion exports, and is iconic of the rebellious attitude that the band and their followers promoted. Following The Beatles, The Rolling Stones were marketed as the complete opposite to their, apparently, straight-laced northern contemporaries, causing controversy whenever they took to the stage. Despite their wild lifestyles The Stones are still rolling and, with Mick Jagger celebrating his 100th birthday next year and Keith Richards looking good for 120, it seems their music is as timeless as this classic T-shirt.

2. The Who

Controversially I am going for another band T-shirt for my second choice. Don’t hate. I thought it important to incorporate the red white and blue somewhere in the countdown without selling my soul and presenting you with a typical straight-off-the-stall touristy number. You deserve better than that, so here it is. Like The Stones, The Who harnessed the discontent of a generation that just wanted to wear parkers, ride Lambrettas (with an unsafe number of mirrors attached) and get beaten up on Brighton beach. And who are we to say no to that?

3. Wales Rugby

At Printsome we believe in an inclusive blog post, therefore, in the spirit of political correctness, I would like to introduce the Wales Rugby T-shirt. The premise for this blog post was that the T-shirts had to represent the UK and actually be desirable to own or wear. In that case I would like to point out that although this T-shirt (iron on stickers) could be accused of being plain, I can reference our guides on designing an awesome tee and remind you that simple is often better. The Welsh are rugby mad and, as a proud English rugby fan, I would personally like to thank them for basically winning us the Lions series. Cheers.

4. Irn Bru

Britain’s greatest ever Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, would probably agree with me when I say that this Irn Bru cycling T-shirt is worthy of its inclusion in my top five. Irn Bru is patriotically consumed by Scots in huge quantities, in fact it’s one of the only countries in the world where Coca-Cola is not the best selling soft drink. With all that energy drink knocking about, it’s no wonder Scotland has produced some of the best British athletes in recent years: who can forget Andy Murray lifting the Wimbledon trophy and, of course, Sir Chris himself becoming Britain’s most successful Olympian at London 2012.

5. George Best 7

“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered,” are the famous words of another Briton. George Best was arguably the best footballer ever to hail from our shores, playing for Manchester United and Northern Ireland in a career unfortunately plagued by disruption off the field. Despite his troubles, Best remains a cult hero on both sides of the Irish Sea, remembered fondly as one third of the Holy Trinity along with footballing legends Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton.

Did I miss any out? If so give me a shout (comment)!

Important tips to make your online printing business thrive

Most of the B2B print business owners do not see their website as a marketing tool. It is important to understand that as your prospects are online, the lead generation also has to be done online. Salespeople at most of the print companies have to do everything right from generating leads and nurturing them to managing customer’s current deals and closing them. But they are not the only ones who are responsible for making your print business flourish. Several other professionals including web developers, designers, accountants as well as SEO experts have to play a significant role. So what should be your priorities like when you want your online printing business to be successful? Take a look at some pointers given below.

1. MAKING YOUR PRESENCE FELT

Getting found should be the first priority for any online printing business. The online presence of your website should be developed and managed in such a way that your prospects and customers can find your website. Being one of the top ten companies on the first page of Google is a dream come true for most of the companies.

In order to make sure that customers find your presence, you must learn the art of SEO.

And needless to say, it starts with making a keyword strategy. Everything that you do online must be targeted around these keywords. Apart from keywords, several other search factors are considered to be important including the freshness of your website, design responsiveness, meta tag optimization, conversion ratio etc. If you haven’t strategized the above mentioned SEO aspects, do not start with any website project.

2. CONVERTING PROSPECTS TO CUSTOMERS

Some websites look great, narrate inspiring stories and have their SEO optimization right in place. But they tend to forget the most important aspect of their business, which is – conversion. If you are a B2C website, you would just want the visitors to buy your product. But if you have a B2B e-commerce website, you have to strike a chord with your qualified leads, provide the quote and offer them with compelling reasons to do business with you. Also, check out the home page of your website. Does it include a powerful call to action? Is the content appealing enough to convert leads? If the answer to these questions is “Yes” you are heading in the right direction.
3. NARRATE YOUR STORIES THROUGH CUSTOMERS

No customer decides to invest in a product without understanding who you are or knowing if your offerings match with their requirements. Hence, your web-to-print website must tell a story. Not about the products you offer but the problems you have solved and the challenges you have overcome for your customers. Through testimonials and reviews, display the needs and demands of your customers and how you solved them. This makes it easy for your prospects to relate with your business.

4. HAVE A DYNAMIC WEBSITE

The nature of every online printing business is dynamic and keeps changing with the market demands. Same stands true for websites. For your print commerce website to succeed and work smoothly, you must have the best possible ecommerce platform. A good ecommerce system will enable you to update your products and change your website content on your own through the dashboard. The best way to have fresh content on your website is to maintain a blog and share it on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin etc.

5. KEEP YOUR PRINT COMMERCE WEBSITE SECURE

For your print commerce website to work seamlessly, it is important to keep it secure. Conduct regular checks and have a security review from time to time so that you can monitor the signs of attack. If you outsource, make sure you choose a provider who understands the ins and outs of your platform and monitor it well. Also, in order to lower the chances of your website getting hacked, you should turn on the two step authentication process. So if your website is accessed from some other device, you would get a notification about the same.

We hope the above mentioned tips will help you to achieve success with your online printing business. If you want your online printing business to go a long way, you must make your website interesting and engaging apart from using a world class web-to-print software. Also, B2B sales team must work hard to find qualified leads and retain them.

How to Make an Applique

Appliques are the perfect way to jazz up plain articles of clothing, or make old clothes into something fresh and fun. They can also be used to make personalized gifts like t-shirts, tote bags, or caps for friends or loved ones. You can make an applique out of any design you can think up, so the sky’s the limit! Read on to learn how to create and apply appliques.

Part 1. Make the Applique.iron on NHL Embroidered Patches

1. Choose a design and fabric. If this is your first time making an applique, you may want to go with a simple design, like a heart, a star, or a bird – objects with clearly defined and recognizable silhouettes.

  • Do an online search for “applique designs” if you’d like to see a wide range of ideas that have worked for other crafters. If you find one you love, print it out so you can trace it later.
  • Keep in mind that you’ll be sewing around the edges of your applique when you apply it to your chosen article of clothing. Simpler geometric shapes will be easier to sew around than trees with many branches, or the skyline of a city. Go with what works for your skill level.
  • Think about what type of fabric fits both your design and the article you’ll be enhancing with your applique. Make a choice based on color and style. Fabrics made of light cotton or muslin work well. iron on transfers for t shirts
  • If you’re feeling bold, choose a multi-layered design and more than one fabric. For example, you could create a black bird with red-tipped wings, or a white crescent moon with a yellow star.

2. Draw or trace your design on a piece of paper. You’ll be using your drawing as a pattern, so take a pencil and use clear, thick strokes that are easy to cut out. When your design is finished, carefully cut it out using a pair of scissors.

    • If your design includes letters or another asymmetrical shape that should be pointing in a certain direction, draw or trace its mirror image onto the paper. The shapes will be pointing in the correct direction on your finished piece.

    3. Trace your pattern onto iron-on interfacing, or fusible webbing. Make sure you trace on smooth side of the iron-on interfacing, since the side with glue is more difficult to work with. When you’re finished tracing your design, cut it out of the interfacing using a pair of scissors.

    • For this step, it’s important to use a fabric pen or a different pen with ink that won’t bleed to prevent getting spots and stains on your finished piece.
    • Iron-on interfacing is available at fabric stores. Try to find one with paper backing that can be peeled away – this will help when it comes time to attach your applique to your article of clothing.

    4. Iron the interfacing onto the “wrong” side of your fabric. Turn the fabric over so that the right side is facing down. Place your iron-on interfacing cutouts glue side down on the fabric and carefully run an iron set on the “silk” setting over them until they are fused with the fabric.

    • Make sure the steam setting on your iron is off, since the moisture might affect the shape of your interfacing.

    5. Use a pair of fabric scissors to cut your design out of the fabric. Your applique is now ready to be attached to your piece.

    Part 2. Attach the Applique

    1. Prepare the underlying fabric for the applique. Make sure the underlying fabric is clean and pressed. If you’re working with cotton or another shrinkable fabric, run it through the washer and dryer in preparation for the applique.

    2. Position the applique on the underlying fabric. Do you want your applique to be centered, or offset? Try different arrangements to figure out what effect you like best.

    • If your iron-on interfacing has a removable paper backing, go ahead and remove the paper and stick your design where you want it to go on the fabric.
    • If your iron-on interfacing does not have adhesive backing, position your design and use a few straight pins to keep it in place.
    • Make sure your design and the underlying fabric are flat and free of wrinkles.

    3. Sew the applique to the underlying fabric. Use a sewing machine to stitch around the perimeter of your design, gently guiding the fabric through the machine and pivoting when you come to a corner.

    • When you’ve stitched around the entire perimeter, stitch a few centimeters over the place where you started, then do a backstitch to finish it off. Turn the fabric over and clip the threads.
    • The settings on your sewing machine determine the length and width of your stitches. Use bigger or smaller stitches depending on what you want the finished piece to look like.
    • If you have more than one piece in your applique, stitch the bottom layer first, then position and stitch the second layer, and so on. Consider using contrasting threads for the different layers and fabrics.

    4. Tidy up the finished piece. Trim loose threads from the back of the applique. Iron the shirt, bag, or blanket you just appliqued for the finishing touch.

    • Consider adding a few decorative touches, such as buttons, bows, or sequins.

    5. Finished.

    Tips

    • The fabric you choose for your applique should not be heavier than the underlying fabric.
    • Appliques are handy for covering holes or stains in old clothes.

    Things You’ll Need

    • Paper

    • Pencil

    • Fabric Scissors

    • Fabric pen

    • Iron-on interfacing/fusible webbing

    • Iron

    • Applique fabric

    • Underlying fabric (a t-shirt, a tote bag, a blanket, etc.)

    • A sewing machine or a needle and thread

    • Straight pins

How to Remove Stickers from a Laptop-popdecal.com

Did you just buy a new laptop or other device, only to find it covered in unattractive stickers?. Time to remove those stickers and free your hardware from its role as a traveling advertisement.

1. Make sure this laptop isn’t too old. The stickers will dry up, and over time, the glue backing will separate from the printed material. If you decide to remove the stickers, do it quickly. The stickers are not going to stay fresh for more than a year or two, depending upon its quality. If your laptop is a relic, skip to the very last step to use a chemical removal method.

2. Decide which stickers to remove. Some stickers are useful, such as OEM licensing stickers that will be void when removed. Others may contain serial numbers, service tags, support information, or systems specifications. Commonly removed stickers include ones promoting the Windows operating system (ie: “Designed for Windows XP” and “Windows Vista Capable”), as well as Intel and AMD CPU stickers.nhl stickers

3. Remember to do this slowly. If you rush it and try to pull the whole thing off at once, you run the risk of tearing the sticker or separating the glue backing.

4. Start from the edges. Use your fingernails or a non-abrasive abrasive putty knife. Be careful not to scratch or damage any plastic or aluminum surfaces in the process.

5. Pull the sticker up slowly from the edge you just started. Try to pull it up using an angle between 45 and 90 degrees. Never bend the sticker back further than a 90 degree angle, as this will promote the separation of the glue backing and printed material.

6. Clean the surface. Some sticker residue may be rubbed off easily, while some require additional help. As always, avoid scratching the surface.

First, try rubbing off the remaining residue by hand. Many forms of glue, even when mixed with a little paper, will curl up onto itself when moved over a surface.

Second, if rubbing doesn’t help, try using duct tape or other very sticky tape to remove the remaining residue. Break or cut off a piece of tape, apply it to the surface, then remove it or, if possible, simply rub the sticky surface of the tape over the residue. Repeat this until all of the residue has been removed, and attached to the tape instead.

Third, apply a small amount of cooking oil, such as canola or olive oils to the adhesive with a paper towel. Allow the oil to sit on the adhesive for site 2-5 minutes. The adhesive should now easily scrape off with your finger or a soft plastic tool. Using window cleaner, such as Windex, and a clean paper towel clean the remaining oil and adhesive off.

Fourth, if all previous attempts fail, use chemicals. A popular and extremely useful method is to use a citric-acid based cleaner such as “Goo-Gone”. These types of cleaners will not harm metal or harder plastics, but may dry the surface of softer plastics, leaving a white, frosted appearance. Test this on a small, hidden area first. Another liquid to try is alcohol (try spraying a small amount of your deodorant or perfume, if that is handy). Aerosol furniture polish, like Old English, can be very effective. Another is WD-40 which won’t hurt the surface and can be cleaned off the computer’s surface with a dish rag and a little soap.

7. A product called “Odor Assassin” (Lemon-Lime Scent) that is available at most “dollar” and discount stores will dissolve most adhesives instantly and can be removed with a clean cotton face cloth.

Tips

  • If your laptop sticker has one or more rounded corners, start peeling it from a rounded corner. If you come to an area where it starts to separate, start over from another edge.
  • Patience conquers all stickers. Always go slow and steady on sticker removal. If it’s not working and you’re getting frustrated, leave it for another day when you have more patience.
  • Try to use tools that won’t damage your laptop. Your fingernails, erasers, plastic putty knives, plastic guitar picks, no-stick spatula/pancake flipper, and even tweezers (used carefully) will pose the smallest threat to your laptop’s surfaces.

Warnings

  • Heat from a laptop increases the bond of some glue backings over time. This bond may etch into painted surfaces or even stain some plastics and brushed aluminum.
  • Don’t remove any stickers with OEM license information, as it will void some OEM licenses.
  • Sharp or hard objects will damage laptop surfaces if used to scrape off stickers. car art stickers
  • Avoid spilling any liquid into the cracks or exposed area of a laptop, such as the keyboard. Some liquid is conductive and may cause electrical shorts.
  • Before following this process, ensure that the laptop power is turned off, and unplugged from any electrical source. If possible, remove the laptop battery from the case as well.

Things You’ll Need

  • Tweezers for stickers that are difficult to start.

  • Cleaning solution such as alcohol or “Goo-Gone”.

  • Paper towels, napkins, or rags to use with the cleaning solution.

  • Tape, such as duct tape, to help remove residue.

why are irononlogo.com’s window clings different?

Clear Static Clings are custom die-cut to any shape you need and printed full color. Our Clear Static Clings do not use adhesive, so they can be removed and re-used again and again, and won’t leave a mess on your windows, mirrors or glass surface, as well as plastic and baked enamel finishes.

Perfect for store front windows, car windows, mirrors and more! Add you company information, logo, contact number and adhere them to your vehicle when you are working. Remove the static cling when you are not working, and reapply again later for fast, easy branding of your personal vehicle. Apply Clear Static Clings to mirrors in change rooms, bathrooms or in your salon to promote short-terms events or sales. Give Clear Static Clings away to members of your club, community, or school as fundraiser materials or to show your support for a cause. For a flexible, adhesive-free solution, Irononlogo.com’s Clear Static Clings are a great choice.

New! Hockey Puck Labels on TeeTransfers.com

Hockey season is fast approaching, and to commemorate one of our favorite sports, we have added a new line of custom stickers to teetransfers.com. We call these our Hockey Puck Stickers. 

The hockey puck labels are made with our regular white vinyl material. This means they will have great colour reproduction, and a great adhesive. They are waterproof and UV resistant so you can continue to use the puck in games. The templates are pre-set to fit perfectly on a regulation size hockey puck, so all you need to do is choose from our various artwork or design your own labels.

We are sure the possibilities and creative ideas are already flowing through your head, but here are some other great ideas on what you can do with hockey puck labels:

1) Party favours. Hosting a birthday party for your hockey playing kid? These make great party favours that guests can use again and again.

2) Groomsmen gifts. Are all of your groomsmen hockey players too? Customize the pucks with each groomsman’s name and the date of your bachelor party. 

3) Team Pucks. Part of a community hockey team, or a player for the school team? You can design your team pucks with your name and mascot on them. Perfect for home games.

4) Prizes or awards. Running an awards ceremony and need a cool (yet affordable) item you can give away? Design your own puck labels specific to the awards ceremony or event and then buy a pack of blank pucks. Its fast and easy.

5) Special gift. Make a set of labels that each say something different, such as “First Game”, “First Goal”, “First Championship”, and any other firsts you may want to include. Stick these labels on the pucks from each game when that first occurred. Get the set of pucks mounted and framed and give them to your child years later. Super sentimental.

What’re iron-on-transfers.com’s decals different from others’

Make clear stickers for your next big company event, to promote your latest product, to stick around the office, stick on cars, or just for fun! If you’re in a band, make band stickers, and use them to promote your upcoming album or tour. For easy promotion, include bumper stickers, or stickers for free giveaways to fans. Use stickers to stick on free gifts for clients, for company events, to promote your latest product, or to promote sales.

With our high quality, glossy vinyl material, they will stick strong on most material, and apply smoothly. With using white ink, our clear stickers will have that extra pop to your images. You can make them just about any shape, from round stickers, to heart shaped, or have them die cut to the image. When it comes time to change your stickers, they will come off clean leaving no messy residue behind to harm your products.

How to Make a 80s Style Tee Shirt

Cut up an old tee shirt to look like you just stepped out of the 80s!

First, the Neck : Mark 2–3 inches (5.1–7.6 cm) from the neckline all around the neck, following its natural shape.iron on transfers for t shirts

With sharp scissors, follow the basic neckline shape and cut a new, larger hole, using your marks and guidelines. (Remember to cut on the outside of your marks so those don’t remain on the shirt)

Next, the Sleeves : Fold the shirt perfectly in half, matching up the sleeve stitching both on top and bottom.

Holding both sleeves together, follow the angle of the sleeve edge, cutting off 2–4 inches (5.1–10.2 cm), depending on desired sleeve length.

Finally, the details : For a short shirt, in true “Flash Dance” style, feel free to cut an additional 6–8 inches (15.2–20.3 cm) off the length of the tee OR…

Instead of making it short, create some custom fringe. Lay the shirt out perfectly flat. Cut the side of the tee up each edge, stopping where the sleeve meets the body of the tee. Biker Flames iron on decals

Then snip small 2″ cuts (about 0.5″ apart from each other) down both the front and back of each side edge. Make sure there are the same number of snips on each side.

Tie the pieces together to create a side fringe on the shirt. Now repeat on the other side.

Now ROCK ON in your totally rad custom 80s-tee-shirts

Warnings

  • Make sure not to cut too much up the shirt to the sleeve, because the shirt will rip if you do so.
  • Be careful with scissors!

Things You’ll Need

  • A ruler

  • A silver Sharpie or chalk

  • Sharp scissors

  • Your Journey album

  • An oversized shirt (especially if you do the fringe because you will be taking in the waist at least four inches)