We don’t have to tell you there’s a lot to love about fall. Football is back, everything is pumpkin flavored, and the air gets crisp. When seasons change in the real world, cool air blows in and leaves change colors right before your eyes. In a screen printer’s world, the tank tops turn to t-shirts and the t-shirts turn to jackets.

Making you look good is our passion. It wouldn’t be right for us to let you run around in the cold wearing your summer tank tops, now would it? So today, we’re pulling out those warmer clothes and sharing our five faves for fall.

LONG SLEEVE TEES

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Long sleeve T-shirts are a staple in every fall wardrobe. Whether you wear them in the yard, around the house or running errands, chances are you have at least a few in your closet. Comfort Colors garment-dyed cotton tees wont lose their shape or softness in the wash, so you’ll always get that relaxed look and feel you love.

WIND JACKETSJacketsWhen the wind picks up, we pull out our Charles River jackets. These lightweight jackets are perfect for blocking you from the wind and the rain without weighing you down. A hood and convenient pockets make these jackets perfect for athletic events and other outdoor activities. Personalize yours with custom embroidery!

BEANIES

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Keeping warm is easy with beanies in every color. Beanies can be embroidered right here in our shop, so add your logo or your name for a personal touch!

SCARVES

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Scarves are fashion’s secret weapon. They can be used to dress up or dress down an outfit. They provide warmth without ruining a hairstyle. Embroider your team’s name on a scarf and you have the perfect accessory for cold games in the stands! These grey scarves are light weight and super soft, which makes them perfect for everyday wear. Customize yours with a monogram, name or logo of your choice!

LIGHT WEIGHT HOODIES

Next Level Hoodies

Light weight hoodies are our final fall fave for good reason! They’re forever soft and provide the perfect amount of warmth as the weather transitions from hot to cold. Screen printed hoodies are the most comfortable way to represent your businesses, brands and organizations, we guarantee it!

Now that you’ve seen our five faves for fall, we want to know yours! Leave a comment and tell us what you love to wear when the weather gets colder. As always, we love to hear from you, so send your questions in to hannah@csimpressions.com and we’ll answer them on the blog. New posts go up every week, be sure and follow us so you don’t miss a thing! In the meantime, we love to connect with readers on social media:

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It may only be the second day of October, but our shop is already covered in pink! As you probably know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and our clients are all about supporting the cause. So this week we’re taking you behind the scenes for a special October edition of Just Inkin’ Around, otherwise known as:

JUST PINKIN’ AROUND

Screen printers Jon, Jean Paul and Moses pose before they print!

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Graphic artist Pecos takes a break from designing pink shirts to pose with one.

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Meet your masters of pink shirt sales, Aaron and Stephanie.

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Embroidery manager Matt loves National Breast Cancer Awareness Month so much, he pinks out from head-to-toe.

Erik and Jeff are Just Pinkin’ Around as usual.

At Cornerstone Impressions, we truly love to print for a good cause, which is why October is one of our favorite months every year! So if you’re in need of a cool design for your breast cancer awareness event this month, look no further. Our artists are filled with cool ideas we’d love to print for you. Give us a call or shoot us an email to learn more!

Thanks for joining us this week for JUST PINKIN’ AROUND! As always, if you have any questions for us, email them to hannah@csimpressions.com and we’ll answer them on the blog! New posts go up every week. In the meantime, we love to connect with readers on social media:

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Producing high-quality screen prints requires a thorough understanding of the screen printing process and a great deal of practice. Many people don’t realize the screen printing process is lengthy and requires much attention to detail. Aaron Allen, a long-time member of our team, created this step by step video of our process. We’ll elaborate on each step below.

This video shows the screen printing process AFTER artwork is already created, separated into individual colors (each color = 1 screen), and printed onto clear films.

Step 1: Lining up and taping your image to be exposed in a light source.

In order to transfer an image from a clear film to a screen for printing, we first place the film on a UV light source and secure it with clear tape. Then we coat our screen with a light activated chemical called emulsion and place the screen on top of our film.

Step 2: Exposing the SCREEN TO THE light in order to burn the image into it

When emulsion is hit with UV light, it cures, or hardens, on the screen. The printed areas of your film will block out light. The emulsion will cure on the blank areas of the film only. This process, commonly referred to as ‘burning,’ essentially turns your screen into a stencil. Later, when your screen is on the printing press, ink will only be able to travel through the areas of the screen where there is no emulsion.

Step 3: Soak the screen

After your image is burned in the screen, take the screen to the wash tank and thoroughly soak each side of the screen. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the water time to react with the uncured emulsion.

Step 4: Spray out screen

Still at the wash tank, use a hose to spray off excess emulsion from your print area. You should spray the screen until you can clearly see through the design.

Step 5: Taping the screen up so ink doesn’t get through

Once you’ve let your screen dry and you’re ready to go to press, tape all around the edges of the screen’s borders. This will ensure no ink leaks onto your garment.

Step 6: Lining the screen up and adding ink

Now you’re moving the screen to your printing press and lining it up for print. For multi-colored designs, you will have multiple screens so it’s important to pay attention to detail and align the screens correctly. Otherwise, you could end up with one part of a print at the top of a shirt and the other part at the bottom.

Once your screens are lined up on your press, add ink. Only add one ink color per screen.

Step 7: Loading and pulling the shirts while running them through the dryer

As the press starts, load shirts onto blank pallets. Once a shirt has gone through it’s printing cycle, remove and place it onto the drying belt. It’s important to make sure the temperature of your dryer is high enough to properly cure the ink. If the temperature is not high enough, the image will crack and wash out. Once again, attention to detail is required. To ensure a high-quality print, check the dryer temperature with a laser thermometer.

Step 8: Remove squeegee and flood bar. Unhook air lock.

When all of your shirts are printed, it’s time to clean up. We first remove the squeegee and flood bar. The squeegee in screen printing is similar to the squeegee you use to clean your car windows, except this one was used to force ink through the mesh screen onto your garment. The flood bar is used to contain the ink. It helps keep ink under the squeegee and away from the edges of the frame.

Step 9: Remove and clean screen out. Return ink to its proper container

Once you’ve removed the screen from the press, clear the screen of ink and tape. If there’s excess ink, put it back in the ink container, it’s okay to reuse!

Step 10: Fold shirts

Finally, fold the shirts and box them up for customers to enjoy!

While this is a very simplified version of our process, we hope it was helpful to see how a T-shirt is made at Cornerstone Impressions!

What else would you like to know? If you have questions about our company or what we do, email them to hannah@csimpressions.com and we’ll answer them on the blog! In the meantime, we love to connect with readers on social media:

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Every fall, our shop fills with fraternity and sorority apparel. We love it! With recruitment in full swing, students are wearing their letters with pride. For rush events and all events that follow, we are here to make sure our fraternity and sorority clients look good. This month, we’re showcasing some of our favorite looks!

CLASSIC
BOLD AND BRIGHT
Fit for a Theme
ATHLETIC 

Greek Licensed Product

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In a business like ours, there’s never a dull moment and we like it that way. We love to help our clients showcase their organizations and businesses in creative ways. One of our favorite ways to do this is by combining our talents to make super cool stuff.

We realize a screen printing company with a wood shop might seem like an odd mix. In truth, when we first started out, we never expected to have an entire department dedicated to custom woodwork. Then one day a long time client, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, asked if we could create some restaurant furniture and the Cornerstone Impressions wood shop was born.

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Today, we still produce the majority of Fuzzy’s restaurant furniture, and we’ve extended our services to other clients as well. Combining custom woodwork with graphic design and digital prints has allowed us to build some amazing branded products. Sturdy, beautiful and completely unique items like these:

Wood sign made for client Uptown Tavern.

Custom beer taps made for client Panther Island BrewingCustom beer taps made for client Panther Island Brewing.


Texas table, made to order. Simply contact us for pricing info.

Colored Resin Tables
Colored resin samples in yellow, blue and red.

Custom woodwork may not be typical of a screen printing company, but if you ask us, it’s an awesome way to BUILD new skills. Pun intended. 🙂

If you like these items from our wood shop, or have an idea for your own custom pieces, reach out to us! We are always excited to hear from you. To see more of our products and services, visit our website or check us out on social media:

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Promoting your company is essential for growth in any business. Networking events and trade shows are great examples of ways you can connect with other professionals and create awareness for your brand. At events like these where you meet a lot of people and hear about a lot of companies, it’s important to give people a way to remember you after the event.

One way to do this is through promotional products. We’re not talking about giving away T-shirts and hats, though there’s nothing wrong with that idea. No, we’re talking about giving people something useful, something cool they can keep that will remind them of your company every time they see or use that item.

When working with clients to select promo products, our Cornerstone Impressions team takes the time to figure out what will work best for you. For example, if your company is in the technology field, a USB flash drive with your company name, website and phone number would be a perfect promo item. Flash drives are very useful, and it’s likely your potential clients will store them near other technology related devices. This is a perfect fit.

If you’re looking for a way to be noticed and remembered, give us a call! We’d love to help you find the right products to reach your audience.

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When it comes to ordering custom products and apparel, you have a lot to consider. Factors like budget, product quality, product quantity and turnaround time are all a part of your decision making process; but what about design quality? How important is it to have a really nice design? In our opinion, it’s everything!

Great designs are a powerful thing. Consider this: when you see a really cool T-shirt, are you noticing the shirt itself or the design on the shirt? Chances are, it’s the design that makes a statement and catches your attention. Similarly, you’ve probably found yourself mesmerized by a poster at the doctor’s office or a great canvas print in the store. It’s not the poster or the canvas you’re looking at, it’s the design.

Around here, we know great designs make all the difference. That’s why our award winning graphic design team is at the heart of everything we produce. T-shirts, banners, decals, stickers, even our custom tables all start out in the art room. Our graphic design services don’t stop there, though. Aside from screen print and digital print design work, our artists can help you create the perfect image to reflect your business, brand or organization. Additional graphic design services:

brand identity
logo design/redesign
rebranding
garment design
hand drawn artwork
creative solutions

Custom Designs

Now that you’ve seen some of our designers’ work, consider your brand and marketing materials. Are the designs eye catching? Do they convey the message you want to send? If you’re not sure, give us a call and see what our graphic artists can create for you today. Rest assured, we’re here to make you look good.

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