Did you know the art of embroidery has been around for centuries? We like to think that’s because of it’s simple elegance. With embroidery, the smallest things can make a big impact. For example, what separates a basic collared shirt and a Ralph Lauren Polo? A little embroidered horse.

A few stitches are all it takes for the world to see and recognize a logo. So, when you’re looking for a way to show your brand to the world, why not choose what works? Custom embroidery is classic, elegant and makes a statement. All you have to do is select the items that work for you, and don’t worry, you have plenty of options.

Check out some of the ways you can utilize custom embroidery services:

Gifts

One of the easiest ways to turn a simple gift into a thoughtful gift is through embroidery. Personalize a simple scarf by adding your friend’s name or monogram.

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Stitching your organization’s logo or name onto everyday apparel items such as jackets, hats and laptop bags is a classic way to showcase your organization on the go.

Businesses and Teams

Businesses, sports teams, and schools often wear polo style shirts with their logos embroidered. This is a perfect casual look that’s comfortable all day.

Personal Items and Decorations

Embroidery isn’t only for apparel, it can also be used to decorate. Show off your favorite quotes and designs in your home or at the office. For wall art, frame a piece of pretty fabric embroidered with your favorite quote, and hang it up. Pillow cases with embroidered designs make great accent pieces in the home. You could even give your favorite tote bag a personal touch by embroidering it with a cool design.

Hats

Hats are probably the most requested item in our embroidery department. Hats come in all different styles and colors and they’re perfect for representing your brands, organizations, teams, businesses, and anything else you can think of!

Now that you’ve seen some ways you can benefit from custom embroidery services, consider your own groups, organizations, businesses and friends! Which of the items above would you most like to see your brand featured on? The sky is the limit, so start brainstorming, and as always, if you have any questions about custom embroidery, we are happy to answer them. Simply, leave a comment below, shoot us an email or give us a call!

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Okay, we admit it. We are confusing. Cornerstone Impressions is a multifaceted company and we make a whole lot of stuff.  Sometimes it’s hard for clients to understand everything each department produces.  We can fix that!

Let’s begin with digital printing. Digital printing is mysterious simply because the term ‘digital printing’ is vague. Today, we’re going to cut through the confusion and answer two simple questions: “What exactly is digital printing?” and “How can digital printing services benefit me?”

What exactly is digital printing?

Digital printing refers to taking an image from your device or computer and printing that image on a product of your choosing. To put it simply, digital printing is similar to what your printer at home does, except fancier and on a larger scale.

Digital printing is a cost effective way to create print marketing and advertising materials such as business cards, banners, decals and more. The process also allows for faster turnaround times than other printing options, which means you get your products quickly.

How can digital printing services benefit me?

We’re so glad you asked! Draw attention to your location with large outdoor signs, showcase your brand with colorful brochures, or decorate your business with beautiful posters and canvas prints. As digital printers, we can help you showcase your brand in the best possible way.

Simply send us an image or work with our in-house graphic design team to create one, and we’ll print it on almost anything! Although we would love to list every printed item we offer, they simply wouldn’t all fit in a blog post.

To give you an idea of what digital printing services can do for you, these are some of our frequently ordered products:

Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse of what we can make with a digital printer, get creative! Think about your brand and which products will increase your exposure the most. You’ve got plenty of options, so what will you print your logo on next?

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Calling all Texans, beer lovers and Martin House Brewing Co. fans! We’re excited to announce that rocking your favorite Martin House gear just got a lot easier! Introducing the Martin House Brewing Co. Web Store, powered by Cornerstone Impressions.

Now, the latest Martin House apparel and accessories are never more than a click away. Here are a few designs we currently offer.

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Martin House – Made in Texas by Texans.

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Bockslider pint glass.

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MHBC tribal ladies racerback tanks.

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Texas logo tees.

Like what you see? Check back from time to time for more designs and products. If you haven’t already, head on over to Martin House for a brewery tour and tell them Cornerstone Impressions sent you. You wont get a discount or special treatment, but you’ll make us look good. 🙂 Tours offered Saturdays 2-5 p.m. and Thursdays 6-8 p.m.

To see more designs and apparel by Cornerstone Impressions, check us out on social media!
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Here at Cornerstone Impressions we are incredibly thankful to live, work and play in America! This week, instead of sharing a million reasons we love our country, we’re going to share some of our favorite patriotic prints and designs.

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Embroidery: USA with flag and eagle. It doesn’t get much more American than this.

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American flag + camo = cool

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Sororities and fraternities have a gift for working the American flag into just about everything!

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What? We’re from Texas, we can’t help it. We love America!

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This design is on our all time favorites list.

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When you’re taking product shots with the American flag, become the mannequin head. 

We know the Fourth of July is one of the most fun holidays of the year, so watch some fireworks, have a BBQ, find a lake and enjoy the day. We hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

This just in: Texas summers are HOT.

Okay, so that’s not breaking news at all. Regardless of where you live, chances are you’ve heard a horror story or two about the brutal Texas summer heat. The good news is, those of us in the lone star state know every trick under the sun (pun intended) for keeping cool. Here at Cornerstone, our favorite trick is to get yourself a really good tank top.

Tanks come in all shapes and styles. Bro tanks, racerback tanks, neon tanks, fashion tanks and that’s just the beginning. To help you choose your favorite summer look, our staff has chosen the five best tanks to beat the heat!

IMG_0470The Neon Tank

We’re not sure what it is, but whenever we see someone in neon, our first thought is “Yep, that person is fun!” The bright summer sun goes hand-in-hand with these comfy unisex tanks from The Neon Tees. As an added bonus, you’ll never have to worry about getting lost in a crowd because nobody loses the person wearing neon. 😉

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The Athletic Tank

For the ladies who work it out all year around, you’ll love this Next Level racerback tank. It’s super soft, thin and breathable. Trust us, you wont ever want to go to the gym without it again.

IMG_0459The Everybody Tank

These unisex, casual tanks have been called many things. Bro tanks, giant tanks, the most comfortable tanks in the world, the cute tanks. Around here, they’re just known as Comfort Colors tanks, and we love them just as much as you do. They’re super soft, breathable and come in a wide variety of colors. All you have to do is choose the one you like and get comfy.

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The Burnout Tank

Ladies, this racerback by Next Level will change your life. Nothing goes better with your comfy pants than this tank. Why? Because it’s the softest tank top ever, no exaggeration. Do yourself a favor and get one.

IMG_0476The Southwestern Vibes

Southwestern style is the perfect summer concert look. We recommend you choose one of these awesome tanks above, get some friends together and come on in to Cornerstone Impressions. We’ll make sure you leave with your new favorite shirt.

Whatever summer tanks you choose, remember Cornerstone Impressions is here to make you look good. To see more of what we have to offer, check out our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages. See you next week for more Just Inkin’ Around. 🙂

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In life, there are a lot of T-shirts. You probably have enough to fill an extra closet at home, but somehow, you’ll still acquire more. This is because they’re a popular form of advertising. Really, really comfortable advertising. A high quality T-shirt with a great design can be a wonderful way to represent your business, organization or brand. On the flip side, a T-shirt that fits poorly and displays a big, cracked design can be a very negative representation of whatever you’re advertising.

Nobody wants to end up with a bad shirt, but how do you avoid it? Most screen printing companies say they can get you high quality shirts for a low price, but how can you tell if your shirt is high quality? Additionally, how can you ensure that you’re getting the most for your money and not paying unexpected extra fees? To help you make an informed decision, we’ve put together five tips you can use to make sure you’re receiving a high quality product at a reasonable price.

Tip #1: Shirt Quality Matters

When it comes to T-shirts, like many other things in life, you get what you pay for. If you purchase the most inexpensive option available to you, be prepared for it to feel and fit like a cardboard box. Unfortunately, no amount of fabric softener can help some T-shirts.

On the other hand, if you’re willing to spend a little more money, you can get a shirt that will fit and feel amazing for years. Always ask about your options and get quotes for more than one brand of shirt. You may find that the price of good quality isn’t that high after all.

Tip #2: Shirt Quantity Matters

In the world of custom T-shirts, the more you order, the less you pay per shirt. This is true for all brands and styles. Most companies give price breaks based on quantity, so the pricing structure would look something like this:

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**Note: This is a sample quantity price break chart and does not depict Cornerstone Impressions’ actual prices.

If there’s a chance you’ll need to order more shirts later, it may be more cost effective for you to place a larger original order. Be sure to ask about the pricing structure before you place your order.

Tip #3: More Colors, More Money

Screen printing is exactly what it sounds like, the process of transferring an image from a screen to a printing surface (T-shirt). In the screen printing process, ink colors are printed one at a time using separate screens. So, when creating a shirt design, the first thing you need to know is that each ink color = 1 screen.

The more screens a design requires, the more it costs to print. Because of this, we suggest keeping ink colors to  a minimum if you’re on a tight budget.

Tip #4: Use Samples to Assess Quality

Being able to see and compare product options is one benefit of working with a screen printing company in-person rather than ordering online. When you aren’t sure which brand/style you want to order, ask to see some examples of recently printed shirts. You’ll be able to feel the fabric, see the shape of the shirt, and examine the quality of the screen print. A good screen print should not feel too thick, and when you pull the shirt tight, the print should not separate or crack.

Tip #5: Artwork Fees & File Prep

When you order screen printed items, you’ll generally have design/artwork options. Usually, it’s best for the company’s in-house artists to create a design for you. This means you’ll be charged an artwork fee. Although artwork fees are typically reasonable, every company has it’s own policies and prices, so it’s important to inquire about these ahead of time.

Most screen printing companies also allow clients to bring in their own artwork to print. While this is an appealing way to save on artwork fees, it’s important to ask about design format up-front. It’s likely they require vector graphic files, and unless you’re trained in graphic design, it’s unlikely you’re familiar with vector artwork. Because of this, client submitted artwork is not usually in the correct format. This means the artists must convert and edit the design, resulting in an artwork fee. Asking ahead of time about required file types can help you prep your files accordingly and avoid paying extra artwork fees. To find more information about how to prep your files for print, visit our support page here.

We hope these five tips help you get the most out of your next T-shirt order. For more information from Cornerstone Impressions, check out our website or shoot us an email. To see examples of our work, visit our Instagram and Facebook pages!

Hello and welcome to our blog! We’re glad you stopped by to visit our page. Just Inkin’ Around was created for two purposes, to explain and entertain. Over the years, we’ve learned that when someone asks “what do y’all do?” They aren’t usually expecting to hear an overwhelming list of services. However, our team here at Cornerstone has many years of experience in screen printing, digital printing, embroidery, graphic design, promotional products and custom woodwork.

We realize that while most people know of these services, sometimes it’s hard to envision how they can be used to benefit organizations, business and brands. Just Inkin’ Around will make it easy for you to imagine new and creative ideas. We will take you behind the scenes in our shop, answer some of our most frequently asked questions and we’ll even showcase some of our awesome clients and their stories. Whether you’re looking for fresh ideas or you simply stumbled across our blog, we hope Just Inkin’ Around will be a great resource for you.

We’re happy to answer any questions you might have about Just Inkin’ Around or Cornerstone Impressions. Please submit your inquiries to hannah@csimpressions.com.