Keith – Siser North America https://www.siserna.com The BEST Heat Transfer Vinyl on the market! Mon, 11 Oct 2021 13:10:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 173835788 Genuine Siser Material? How Do You Really Know? https://www.siserna.com/genuine-siser-material/ https://www.siserna.com/genuine-siser-material/#comments Sun, 17 Apr 2016 12:00:53 +0000 http://siserblog.com/?p=1603 How Do You Know You're Using Genuine Siser Material? At Siser, we understand the time and monetary investment you have in your heat transfer vinyl business.  Since 1970 we've engineered and manufactured the highest quality materials possible to improve, protect, and strengthen that investment.  Our goal is not only to manufacture the best heat transfer [...]

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How Do You Know You’re Using Genuine Siser Material?

At Siser, we understand the time and monetary investment you have in your heat transfer vinyl business.  Since 1970 we’ve engineered and manufactured the highest quality materials possible to improve, protect, and strengthen that investment.  Our goal is not only to manufacture the best heat transfer vinyl on the market, but to make sure you get the results you desire with excellent customer service and technical support.  In order to accomplish this we have carefully selected industry professionals who sell, understand and support Siser products.  These professionals are what we call Siser Authorized Distributors.  To select these independent companies, Siser qualifies their business, provides product and application guidelines and offers continued support at events, online and through the Siser App.

In addition to being traditional brick and mortar retail shops, some of our dealers operate online stores.  Unfortunately some materials on the internet are not authentic Siser heat transfer vinyl; potentially second-hand, obsolete or discontinued products that may be falsely represented.  To ensure that you are using genuine Siser heat transfer vinyl & print and cut materials, please purchase directly from a Siser Authorized Distributor.  Most Authorized distributors will display a “Siser Authorized Distributor” logo on their web site that when clicked, links you to their distributor certificate on SiserAutorized.com. If you have any questions about if the seller you are talking to is authorized, please contact us at info@siserna.com.

Many heat transfer materials on Amazon or ebay may appear to be or may directly be called Siser products when in fact, they are not! After manufacturing millions of rolls of heat transfer vinyl  for over 40 years there are many discontinued, used, re-boxed or obsolete materials that have been placed on the internet and represented as new and first quality. Siser is limited in what we can do with materials purchased outside our dealer network that are purported to be Siser materials. We are available to verify whether the product is being sold by an Authorized Dealer and whether it is genuine or not. Our goal is your complete satisfaction, please call us at 866.301.9409 or info@siserna.com for any questions regarding our heat transfer vinyl products.

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How (and Where) Siser HTV Materials are Made https://www.siserna.com/where-do-siser-materials-come-from/ https://www.siserna.com/where-do-siser-materials-come-from/#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:27:27 +0000 http://siserblog.com/?p=1480 Ever wondered where your favorite materials come from? Ahhh... the age old question... "Where do Siser materials come from"? Only slightly less well known than "which came first, the chicken or the egg?". You stumble to find an answer... "little heat press elves" or you freak out and say "it's brought by a stork in [...]

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Ever wondered where your favorite materials come from?

Ahhh… the age old question… “Where do Siser materials come from”? Only slightly less well known than “which came first, the chicken or the egg?”. You stumble to find an answer… “little heat press elves” or you freak out and say “it’s brought by a stork in a neat little bundle”. Fact is, you really have no idea. You pick up the phone or go online and place your order from a distributor and like magic, it arrives at your doorstep. The reality of it is that the true story of where Siser heat transfer vinyl comes from is interesting enough on its own!

This summer, several members of the Siser North America crew spent a week in Vicenza, Italy – home to the official “Siser”, learning about all the steps to take Siser materials from concept to completion. I’ll give you a brief synopsis of the process…

When a request comes in for new Siser materials or a new color for an existing line, the request gets sent to the lab where Alessandro (pictured above) and crew begin by mixing the formulation based on the criteria needed. Is it a polyurethane material? Is there a PMS number to match? They take the required chemicals and mix a small batch, taking precise notes along the way. This small batch of material is then tested for how well it cuts and how well it weeds. If it makes “the cut” (see what I did there?), it’s applied and wash tested and gets added to the material lineup.

Testing and Mixing a new color

New colors are mixed, a sample created and the material is tested for weedability

Once the heat transfer vinyl (this also goes for print and cut materials) is approved for production, it’s sent to the coating line where large drums of the formula are mixed and applied to a backing sheet.

Coating Line

Coating the substrate with the formula created in the Lab.

After the Siser materials have been coated, they’re rolled into giant master rolls. These 60″ wide master rolls are then sent to the laminators where the adhesive layer is added. This layer is what makes the design adhere to your garment when you apply it with a heat press.
laminating

From laminating, the rolls are sent to the slitters. The slitters take the giant 60″ wide master rolls and “slit” them down to either 15″ or 20″ widths (depending on the order), and are individually packaged for delivery.

Slitting the Rolls

Slitting the master rolls down to their finished size and wrapping them for delivery

Some distributors order master rolls so they can do the slitting themselves. They may offer different widths than standard or cut them into individual sheets. These master rolls are bundled and shipped off all over the world!

Shipping Siser materials as master rolls

Lining up master rolls for delivery

After all is said and done and the Siser materials have left the building so to speak, that’s when the pro’s from Marketing, Tech Support and Sales take over. For all European sales and support, the Siser Italy team takes the reigns, for US and Latin American sales and support, the Siser North America team takes the lead. Siser offers support to all distributors and end users in 55 countries!

The Pro's in action

This is where the real magic happens! The teams that help, educate and support the users and distributors

For more information on the production process, check out this video I put together. To share your thoughts, comment below or reach out to us on social media!

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You May Be Asking, How Many EasyWeed Colors Can I Layer? https://www.siserna.com/how-many-easyweed-colors-layer/ https://www.siserna.com/how-many-easyweed-colors-layer/#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:38:57 +0000 http://siserblog.com/?p=1408 How Many EasyWeed® Colors Can I Layer? When people who are new to the industry first see layered Easyweed® on a shirt, their minds start racing. I’ve seen it at trade shows, they start thinking of all the designs and logos that they’ve come across and didn’t think they could achieve using a cuttable product. [...]

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How Many EasyWeed® Colors Can I Layer?

When people who are new to the industry first see layered Easyweed® on a shirt, their minds start racing. I’ve seen it at trade shows, they start thinking of all the designs and logos that they’ve come across and didn’t think they could achieve using a cuttable product. The first question is usually “how many colors can I layer”? At face value, this seems like a pretty simple question. Siser® must have some formula for how many microns each layer is, so you multiply that times the number of colors and viola, you have your magic number. The truth is that the answer is much more complex. You might ask yourself these questions first:

1. Can you reduce the colors in the design and have it still look good?
2. Can the color of the shirt be incorporated in the design, eliminating an EasyWeed color?
3. How do you want the shirt to FEEL? The more layers, the heavier the design.
4. How experienced are you at modifying artwork to thin out areas of the design?

Let’s take a look at this Rubik’s Cube design.

EasyWeed Colors

6 EasyWeed Colors layered in a design

Right off the bat, we can see that there are 6 EasyWeed colors. Someone new to the industry or someone from a print background would probably start with a solid black background and layer the colors on top. For desktop printing purposes, this would be perfectly acceptable. But when layering physical materials is concerned, you want to have as few EasyWeed colors in layers as possible. This helps the design move with the shirt and keeps the shirt from feeling too heavy.

Let’s take a different approach to layering.

First off, what color is the shirt you’re using? If it’s one of the colors in the design, then we can eliminate that color FROM the design! Let’s say we’re putting this design on a white T-shirt. Now we don’t have to cut and apply the white material! We instantly took this from a 6 color to a 5 color design. What if we didn’t use a solid black shape as the background? What if the black was used as the FOREGROUND… or top color? The black cut piece would look like this:

EasyWeed Colors

5 EasyWeed Colors layered – but only 1 layer thick!

Having all the color squares cut from the black piece, now we can have essentially a 6 color design using only 5 colors… and the design is only 1 layer thick! Every color is making full contact with the shirt. This makes the design more durable and gives it a lighter weight, making it move better with the shirt and makes it wear better on the body. We’ll thicken up the lines on the black by a small amount so that if there’s any shrinkage in the colors, the black will still cover and the shirt won’t show through any gaps. This is all possible because of EasyWeed’s 1 Second Tack – you tack each color to the garment for 1 second and the final color for 10 seconds. This helps minimize shrinkage. If the garment shrinks, the registration will be off.
So by thinking about the design from a “layering EasyWeed colors” point of view beforehand, you can potentially save time, material, weight, and MONEY!

Interested in trying the file for yourself? Download an EPS and a CDR (Corel) file here. Have Fun!

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The Power of Personalization https://www.siserna.com/the-power-of-personalization/ https://www.siserna.com/the-power-of-personalization/#respond Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:10:26 +0000 http://siserblog.com/?p=1343 Personalization. It's Not Just Applying Numbers and Logos... Let me start off this post by saying that I've been in the personalization game in one way or another for 30 years. I started as a part time artist at a local print shop when I was 15. I would go in at 5am and get [...]

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Personalization. It’s Not Just Applying Numbers and Logos…

Let me start off this post by saying that I’ve been in the personalization game in one way or another for 30 years. I started as a part time artist at a local print shop when I was 15. I would go in at 5am and get my assignments for the day and discuss them with the art director. I’d then leave and get to school by 7. My mom had to tote me back and forth because I couldn’t drive yet. When I got home at the end of the day, I would design logos or hand letter placecards or whatever the task called for and turn them in the next morning. I’ve done screen printing, I’ve hand lettered signs on vehicles, worked in a shop that specialized in Letterpress signage, airbrushed Christmas shirts, and the list goes on. If there’s an item that could benefit from some form of personalization, I’ve personalized it! I think this gives me a unique perspective in the decorated item arena.

Somewhere along the way – and I’m sure it happens to most artists or decorators, you get tired of doing the same thing. Tired of the jersey personalization, tired of making the same mugs over and over, tired of the same numbers and fonts… the personalization becomes anything but.

Many years ago, I was asked to airbrush a jacket for a friend’s daughter. Her dog Midnite had recently passed away and she wanted her daughter to have a way to keep her best friend close by. I painted the portrait, thinking it was just another job. Things changed when I actually presented the jacket to the girl. She was so excited! To see her smile and wide eyes, it made me realize that even though it was another jacket, another job, that it wasn’t about me. The experience wasn’t for me, it was for that little girl.

The Power of Personalization

The portrait of Midnite I airbrushed many years ago.

As decorators, we’re not just decorating shirts and hats, we’re helping people express their individuality or helping them to fit in with the team. We’re helping kids feel closer to their heroes by making that replica jersey. We’re delivering the lucky shirts to the bowling team, and fostering a sense of togetherness when we decorate the jackets for the dance team. We’re even helping someone to remember an old friend.

We help you show your love for a brand. We help you show your desire to find a cure, and we give you your first number – that turns into your lucky number! With reflective materials, we keep you safe at night. We ask you to “Vote for Pedro” and tell people to “Have a Nice Day“. We empower people to make a difference and say what’s on their mind. We give artists a way to showcase their skills and we help people fit in and, when they want, help them to stand out.

The Power of Personalization

Vote for Pedro and all your wildest dreams will come true.

The power isn’t in the printing, it’s in the personalization. It’s not about the numbers and letters, it’s about the experience of the recipient. Personalizing garments can be whatever you make of it. You can think of it as the same stuff over and over, weeding and applying, or you can see the bigger picture. The power of personalization is real. As a decorator, you’re not just printing socks or pillowcases, you’re helping create smiles and memories.

The Power of Personalization

The Power of Personalization

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100 Items You Can Decorate with Heat Transfer Vinyl pt. 2 https://www.siserna.com/100-items-decorate-heat-transfer-vinyl/ https://www.siserna.com/100-items-decorate-heat-transfer-vinyl/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:08:27 +0000 http://siserblog.com/?p=1328 50 More Items to Decorate with Heat Transfer Vinyl So hopefully I've opened your eyes a little on the different types of items you can heat print on with heat transfer vinyl. Sure, some of them are items you may have guessed at or maybe even printed yourself. in this part 2, I'll show you [...]

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50 More Items to Decorate with Heat Transfer Vinyl

So hopefully I’ve opened your eyes a little on the different types of items you can heat print on with heat transfer vinyl. Sure, some of them are items you may have guessed at or maybe even printed yourself. in this part 2, I’ll show you the Home and Miscellaneous items you should consider for decorating projects.

Our third category for items you can heat print is, Home. The Home category is comprised of items either found in or pertaining to, the home.

Home

51 – Car Covers 64 – Grill Covers
52 – Towels 65 – Pot Holders
53 – Tool Pouches 66 – Curtains
54 – Eyeglass Cases 67 – Blankets
55 – Bath Mats 68 – Bed Sheets
56 – Luggage 69 – Carpet Runners
57 – Shoe Organizers 70 – Fabric Napkins
58 – Shower Curtains 71 – Throw Pillows
59 – Table Runners 72 – Tablet Covers
60 – Chair Covers 73 – Journal Covers
61 – Flags 74 – Leather Portfolios
62 – Pillow Cases 75 – Mouse Pads
63 – Table Cloths

 

Having the ability to decorate unique items such as barbecue grill covers and umbrellas with heat transfer vinyl opens a whole new world of decorating opportunities! Think of the creative displays you could add to your store with just a few of these items.

Costumes, lunch bags, stadium cushions and hats? You bet!

Costumes, lunch bags, stadium cushions and hats? You bet!

Here we are at the end of our post, the final 25. This segment kicks off Miscellaneous. Some of the items in this category could be moved to others, but ultimately, it’s not about categories, it’s about giving you the ideas and the tools to be able to heat print on pretty much anything that comes through your doors. If a customer brings it in, chances are that there’s a heat transfer vinyl material that will adhere to it and last for a long, long time!

Miscellaneous

76 – Lanyards 89 – Guitar Cases
77 – Cellphone Cases 90 – Dog Leashes
78 – Camera Straps 91 – Cosmetic Bags
79 – Lens Cloths 92 – Drum Cases
80 – Chef Hats 93 – Wheel Covers
81 – Dog Collars 94 – Laptop Cases
82 – Backdrops 95 – Camera Bags
83 – Dog Sweaters 96 – Flip Flops
84 – Messenger Bags 97 – Tents
85 – Banners 98 – Awnings
86 – Ceramic Mugs 99 – Knife Cases
87 – Can Koozies 100 – Costumes
88 – Backpacks

 

So what items do you print on regularly that aren’t on one of these lists? I’m sure there are hundreds more ideas floating around out there in niche markets. Take a photo of your unique item and share it with us on social media using the hashtag #SISERNA.

To wrap it all up and give you a takeaway, here is the same chart laid out in a beautiful pdf file for you to print and keep handy.

 

Heat Transfer Vinyl Items Download

Click the image for a printable .pdf file of the 100 Items You Can Decorate with Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl

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100 Items You Can Decorate with Heat Transfer Vinyl pt. 1 https://www.siserna.com/decorate-10-items-with-heat-transfer-vinyl/ https://www.siserna.com/decorate-10-items-with-heat-transfer-vinyl/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:29:46 +0000 http://siserblog.com/?p=1275 Seriously? 100 items? Nope. Just kidding. There aren't 100 items you can heat print on... there are probably THOUSANDS of items you can heat print on! This post is part 1 of the top 100 items you're most likely to print with heat transfer vinyl and a heat press. There are likely hundreds of niche [...]

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Seriously? 100 items?

Nope. Just kidding. There aren’t 100 items you can heat print on… there are probably THOUSANDS of items you can heat print on! This post is part 1 of the top 100 items you’re most likely to print with heat transfer vinyl and a heat press. There are likely hundreds of niche products that i haven’t even thought about applying on. Ready to get this printing item party started? Good, so am I!

Our first category for items you can heat print is, Fashion. By fashion, I mean every day items that you can wear… not specific to one thing, like dresses that waif models wear.

Fashion

1 – Beanies 14 – T-shirts
2 – Slippers 15 – Onesies
3 – Baby Blankets 16 – Ties
4 – Boots 17 – Shirt Pockets
5 – Leather Bracelets 18 – Windbreakers
6 – Scarves 19 – Boxer Shorts
7 – Socks 20 – Dresses
8 – Sweat Pants 21 – Robes
9 – Jeans 22 – Shorts
10 – Purses 23 – Belts
11 – Corsets 24 – Hoodies
12 – Umbrellas 25 – Shoes
13 – Leather jackets

 

So how many of those fashion items do you print on? How many are you going to print on now that you know you can?

Items to decorate with heat transfer vinyl

Just a few of the unique items you can decorate with HTV

Our second segment of items you can decorate with EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl is, Sports. Now I know you might be saying that you already print on everything sports. After all, isn’t that what heat transfer vinyl was invented for? Ok, “already prints on everything”, how many of these items have you decorated?

Sports

26 – Stadium Cushions 39 – Yoga Pants
27 – Headbands 40 – Baseballs
28 – Pennants 41 – Batting Gloves
29 – Athletic Bags 42 – Golf Bags
30 – Swim Suits 43 – Cleats
31 – Boxing Gloves 44 – Hockey Pads
32 – Wetsuits 45 – Racket Covers
33 – Yoga Mats 46 – Athletic Socks
34 – Jerseys 47 – Towels
35 – Cheer Bows 48 – Volleyball Shorts
36 – Caps 49 – Bowling Bags
37 – Lifting Belts 50 – Practice Wear
38 – Wrestling Singlets

 

Hopefully I’ve opened your eyes to some new and unique options for heat printing. Great thing is that we’re only half way through the items you can decorate with heat transfer vinyl! I know there are tons of items out there that can be decorated with a cutter and heat press. Drop a note in the comments and let us know what you’re printing on! Stay tuned for part 2, where we tackle decoration and personalization for the Home as well as decorating Miscellaneous items.

As always, share your decoration wins and fails with us on social media using the hashtag #SISERNA

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EasyWeed Logo – Trans Am Firebird Design https://www.siserna.com/easyweed-logo-trans-am-firebird-design/ https://www.siserna.com/easyweed-logo-trans-am-firebird-design/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:24:39 +0000 http://siserblog.com/?p=1247 EasyWeed logo of the day - Trans Am Firebird The Pontiac Trans Am Firebird was made famous by Burt Reynolds in the 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit. The movie made the special edition black / gold Firebird as much a star as the lead actors. For this post, I wanted to recreate the logo [...]

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EasyWeed logo of the day – Trans Am Firebird

The Pontiac Trans Am Firebird was made famous by Burt Reynolds in the 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit. The movie made the special edition black / gold Firebird as much a star as the lead actors. For this post, I wanted to recreate the logo and cut it in A) EasyWeed and B) colors that would most closely match those on the real Firebird. This EasyWeed logo got the Vegas Gold and Gold treatment. The Vegas Gold and Gold match perfectly. The Gold really helped sell the design!

So I started out by digitizing the Design in CorelDraw and I separated the 2 colors for cutting. I then imported the file into Roland CutStudio. You could just as easily cut this design on a craft cutter such as the Silhouette Cameo or a Cricut machine.

EasyWeed Logo

EasyWeed logo was digitized in CorelDraw

EasyWeed Logo

EasyWeed logo in Roland CutStudio

EasyWeed Logo

Cutting the Firebird design

Weeding the design was a breeze! I used the Heat Press Trick to loosen up the adhesive and make removing the excess material easier. If you don’t know the Heat Press Trick, click here for the video!

EasyWeed Logo

EasyWeed logo cut/weeded in 2 colors

EasyWeed can be applied with a regular household iron (like in this video)… but this design has a tight registration, so I used the heat press set at 320°. The first layer (Vegas Gold) gets tacked for 1-2 seconds and the top layer gets registered and applied for the full 10 seconds.

EasyWeed Logo

Firebird design applied to black V-neck shirt

Here’s a detail shot of the final EasyWeed logo.

EasyWeed Logo

Closeup of the design

For comparison sake, here’s the Bandit himself and the original Firebird design. How’d I do? Let me know in the comments below!

EasyWeed Logo

The “Bandit” himself and the Trans Am Firebird

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Custom Logo for Barbecue Joint Cut in Siser EasyWeed https://www.siserna.com/custom-logo-siser-easyweed/ https://www.siserna.com/custom-logo-siser-easyweed/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:12:49 +0000 http://siserblog.com/?p=1223 Custom Logo for Barbecue Smoke House cut in Siser EasyWeed Creating a custom logo or design can be a very involved process. Many things factor into what a logo or design should look like. Subject matter is one of the most important factors. On subject matter, I was thinking about getting barbecue for lunch the [...]

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Custom Logo for Barbecue Smoke House cut in Siser EasyWeed

Creating a custom logo or design can be a very involved process. Many things factor into what a logo or design should look like. Subject matter is one of the most important factors. On subject matter, I was thinking about getting barbecue for lunch the other day and it got me to thinking about names for barbecue joints. This fictitious company started out being called “The Heavenly Hog” and had the pig in the upright position (and alive). I made a quick sketch of what I wanted to achieve. Once I had the sketch done, I started the digitizing process. While digitizing, I played with the name and changed it to “The Divine Swine” and flipped the pig upside down and rendered him lifeless by replacing his eye with an “X”.

Custom Logo Cut in EasyWeed

Original Sketch for Heavenly Hog custom logo

Once the custom logo was completed, I cut the design using Siser EasyWeed on a Roland cutter. A quick trip around the mylar with a weeder and I had my final cut design.

Custom Logo being weeded

Weeding the custom logo

Once the weeding was done, I applied the custom logo to a V-neck t-shirt and peeled the carrier off while hot.

Custom logo applied to t-shirt

Peeling the carrier from the applied custom logo

Here’s a shot of The Divine Swine custom logo finished on the press.

design finished

My design finished on the press

Here’s a detail shot of the pig in my design. Lots of detail especially in the tiny nose shape.

Custom logo closeup

Closeup of the “Divine Swine” himself.

And heres’ the finished design as worn by our trusty silver mannequin “Manny”!

Custom logo on mannequin

Finished design on “Manny” the mannequin.

Share your custom designs with us on social media using the hashtag #SISERNA.

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Faux Pockets Made the ColorPrint Easy Way! https://www.siserna.com/faux-pockets-made-the-colorprint-easy-way/ https://www.siserna.com/faux-pockets-made-the-colorprint-easy-way/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:31:22 +0000 http://siserblog.com/?p=1202 Faux Pockets Are All the Rage! There are some trends you just can't imagine ever catching on. For instance, when I first saw a faux pocket, I thought it was stupid. I thought it was something a few poeple would wear. When my wife brought home some new clothes for my son and half of [...]

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Faux Pockets Are All the Rage!

There are some trends you just can’t imagine ever catching on. For instance, when I first saw a faux pocket, I thought it was stupid. I thought it was something a few poeple would wear. When my wife brought home some new clothes for my son and half of them had faux pockets, I realized the trend was here to stay.

So jumping on the faux pockets bandwagon, I started thinking of designs that I would rock. I looked for some patterns that I thought would be interesting but nothing came to mind. Then it hit me. I would do the carpet pattern from the hotel in the movie The Shining! Great, one down – but I wanted to do a few. I thought it would be cool to have some sort of tentacles sticking out of the faux pocket so I found an image of a tentacle, masked it and added it to my argyle. Next I pulled out a Piston Design I did awhile back and thought it would look cool on a metallic pocket. Why not, right?

Printing the faux pockets with the VersaCAMM on ColorPrint Easy

Printing the faux pockets with the VersaCAMM on ColorPrint Easy

I loaded the ColorPrint Easy into the VersaCAMM and printed the designs and waited for it to cut the included cutlines. And I waited and waited. Nothing. So I redid the cutline and tried again. Nothing. So to save face and not waste the materials, I broke out the Xacto knife and started cutting by hand. In case you’re wondering, the tentacle design wasn’t as much fun as you think it was.

Faux Pockets with ColorPrint Easy

Hand cutting ColorPrint Easy because the exported cutlines didn’t work.

After I hand cut all the faux pockets, I masked them with TTD Easy Mask. Make sure you check out the video we did for masking and applying ColorPrint Easy.

Faux Pockets with ColorPrint Easy

Faux Pockets after being masked with TTD Easy Mask

Next, I applied the faux pockets to the shirts using a trusty heat press. The designs went on smoothly and I peeled the carrier away revealing the faux pocket awesomeness below!

Peeling the carrier from the ColorPrint Easy after application

Peeling the carrier from the ColorPrint Easy after application

And here we have two of the final designs. I didn’t like the piston design as much as I thought I would so I scrapped that project. Don’t think you’re limited to ColorPrint Easy for your faux pockets though.

Faux Pockets with ColorPrint Easy

Finished faux pockets applied to t-shirts

There are a number of ideas and materials you could use. How about a solid color EasyWeed faux pocket? You could even do one in white EasyWeed and outline it in black, giving it a hand drawn appearance… make other things come out of the pockets. Maybe try a printed pocket protector (say that 5 times fast!) with pens and pencils sticking out. The possibilites and the material choices are endless. Just grab some material and give it a try. Oh, and when you DO try, share your photos on social media using the hashtag #SISERNA!

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Throwback Thursday # 6 EasyWeed Dodge Super Bee Logo https://www.siserna.com/easyweed-dodge-super-bee-logo/ https://www.siserna.com/easyweed-dodge-super-bee-logo/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:25:42 +0000 http://siserblog.com/?p=1182 EasyWeed Used for Dodge Super Bee Logo! This Throwback Thursday design serves two purposes. First, it shows how a garment can dictate a design... and how on rare occasion, you can apply two overlapping colors at one time. I was looking for ideas for this Throwback Thursday and I just wasn't feeling any logo in [...]

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EasyWeed Used for Dodge Super Bee Logo!

This Throwback Thursday design serves two purposes. First, it shows how a garment can dictate a design… and how on rare occasion, you can apply two overlapping colors at one time.

I was looking for ideas for this Throwback Thursday and I just wasn’t feeling any logo in particular. I went over and started looking through our blank garments and saw an awesome bright green Gildan t-shirt. Normally I wouldn’t get excited about a green shirt… but this particular shirt reminded me of the muscle cars of my youth. One of my neighbors drove a “Green Go” Dodge Coronet Super Bee. I loved that car! I remember trying to hand paint the logo on the side of a wagon with poster paint. The result wasn’t that great, but the real logo was! Now that I had my “Green Go” shirt, I found the logo online and began digitizing it in CorelDraw. I quickly found that the logo was all out of whack. I cleaned it up and modified it as if the original designer had access to a computer. This logo presented some challenges. It has some really fine detail. Look at the bee’s tongue for example. On the final piece, the center of that tongue is only .008" thick! Yes, because of EasyWeed’s sticky backing, you can cut fine detail… but this was REALLY pushing the limits. Weeding was fine though. I really didn’t have any issues with it other than a few corners sticking. That could be due to the cutter’s offset though.

EasyWeed Super Bee Logo

Super Bee logo digitized in CorelDraw. This is a 3 color design with only a 2 step application.

Once I had all the Super Bee logo pieces cut and weeded, I decided to try and skip an application step. This situation only happens rarely though. As you can see, my white piece is a nice solid shape. I carefully peeled the white off the carrier, making sure not to stretch it. Then I laid it face down on the back of the black.

All the pieces for the Super Bee Logo laid out on the Green Go shirt.

All the pieces for the Super Bee Logo laid out on the Green Go shirt.

EasyWeed Super Bee Logo

If I applied the white separately, I would have had to do it as the first layer. Trying to lay out a small blob shape in the middle of a garment and have it be perfectly lined up for the other colors probably wouldn’t have worked. Doing it this way, I had the white perfectly registered to the black and could position the black prefctly where I wanted it. I laid the black and white on the shirt and used a Sharpie to draw a line around the neckline. After a quick trim with some scissors, I was good to go. I applied the EasyWeed Super Bee logo with a 2 second tack. This would insure that there was no shrinkage as I still had to apply the Sun Yellow details.

EasyWeed Super Bee Logo

Check out the details! That tongue is only .008″ thick!

After peeling the carrier away, I applied the yellow and then did a full 10 second application. Even though the detail was tiny, the overall logo is huge. I started at 8.5" wide and 29" tall. I trimmed at the neckline and trimmed at the bottom of the shirt for a perfect fit!

All in all, I’m very pleased with how this shirt turned out. It’s a very unique look with tons of small detail. Someone in the office actually thought the Super Bee Logo was printed on ColorPrint Easy!

EasyWeed Super Bee Logo

Final EasyWeed Super Bee logo shirt with inset of actual Super Bee car.

For your next job, don’t fear the details and if you’re having a creative block, rummage through your blank garments and maybe one will spark an idea for how it should be decorated!

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