Our favorite softball team has re-ordered from us again. A few more blingged out rhinestone shirts, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. We also cut out some names and numbers to but on the back of the shirts as well. By using the rhinestone sticky flock template material we are able to reuse the templates again and again. This allows us to be pretty productive when creating these girly shirts for the team and moms.
These two new beauties will be joining The T-Shirt Guy family. In an effort to show off our shirts in the best way possible we picked up a couple of mannequins to dress in custom screen printed t-shirts. Look for them to show up all over the blog and our new web site!
Over the past month or so we have been busy planning out a new web site. We hired the design firm Virtual Tours Production to create our new online experience for us. As we don’t want to let the whole cat out of the bag just yet but we did want to give you just a glimpse of what to expect. Leave a comment and let us know what you think.
So last night I had a few jobs to cut on the plotter. We started using the plotter for the onesie/twosies jobs. We don’t usually take orders for less than 10 shirts but when it’s for family or a close buddy what are you going to do?
First, made a quick cut of a phrase for my mother-in-law’s birthday. It was a quote from Tina Turner. The Graphtech CE5000-60 peeled right through it.
The second job was a little trickier. This is for a track shirt for my buddy’s daughter. She only wants two shirts but it’s a two color design. Since her school, Foxcroft Academy, colors are maroon and white we decided to pick up some maroon vinyl from Specialty Graphics. The design is layered on top of each other creating an outline effect. This is the first time that I had to create two vinyl designs and layer them on top of each other. It didn’t come out perfect as my first cut I missed the inside of the “A” but I ended up cutting it out with an exacto knife. All in all it came out well. Kelley will be pressing it on a shirt later today. She will have to line up the two designs by eye so we will see how that goes.
This is the design that was proofed. The client gave us a pdf from Microsoft Word with what he wanted. He basically used Word Art. I was able to take his as a concept and create it in Adobe Illustrator.
The finished vinyl designs are below. You can see the white one on the left will go directly on the shirt as a base. The maroon design on the right will be pressed over the white.
Below is the final product. Front two-color vinyl design with cut letters on the back.
Let us know how we can help you with your school track & field shirts or other sports. We can print uniforms and practice jerseys. As you can see we can put names and numbers on the back of the shirts as well.
We are trying out some new products now that we have a vinyl plotter and cutter. As previously mentioned by Kyle in the last post, flocking is a big hit around here! As the decorated apparel industry strives to have the wants of the consumers in mind, the “feel” of designs on shirts is very popular. But the look is as well. Glitter and metallic vinyls were on the order recently as well. When I saw the Flamingo Pink Glitter vinyl, I just thought of what a cool upgraded look that would be for softball uniforms! Instead of the traditional solid color vinyl, adding glitter vinyl names and numbers would really stand out from the other teams!
I’ve been working with our plotter for the last couple of months. I’ve successfully cut out rhinestone designs and we heat pressed them on shirts. In search of some car vinyl to make those little people that go on windshields I stumbled across www.specialty-graphics.com. In addition to the window sticker vinyl I grabbed some flocking material. Although flocking comes in several different colors I bought some white and when it arrived I got to work.
The flocking stands out and is “fuzzy” to touch. I made two shirts for my kids just for fun. The plotter cut out the vinyl with no problem at all. Weeding was just as easy. You can see the final products below. Flocking will make it to our Las Vegas shop soon. Look for it under specialty products.
We just finished an order for uniforms for the Northwest Softball League team, the Batitudes. They are a 12U team that have been playing together since the fall. Last season we did their T-shirts and sweatshirts, and we were able to print their entire uniform this season. We are also expecting a T-shirt order from them soon including rhinestoned shirts for the moms! Check out the pictures of how the uniforms came out!
We haven’t updated in while due to being busy! YEAH! My Christmas present for the company was an “arsenal” of screens. Twenty larger screens to print bigger designs and give us more of a variety of ways to print. We have a larger inventory of inks and have the right screens to use to print now. Glitter inks, glow in the dark, and shimmers are some of my favorites so now we are ready to expand our selection for customers! Next time you want that extra special shirt made, ask us to show you some glitter, shimmer, or glow to see how a little addtion goes a long way!