Live screen printing events are one of our all time favorite ways to connect with people. A live screen printing event is just what it sounds like; an event where we show up with everything we need to make awesome shirts and print on the spot.

Live screen printing is cool because it allows us to make limited edition designs while you wait. No two shirts are the same, and people love the hands-on experience of selecting their exact shirt and then seeing it come to life.

Recently we set up at Chimy’s Cerveceria to print some custom designs for the Texas Tech Alumni Association of Fort Worth. Our team had a great time printing and socializing with the TTU fans who came out to enjoy the game and a beverage.

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Prior to each live screen printing event, we work with you, the customer, to come up with a handful of special designs to be  used that day. On the day of the event, we bring the shirts, the screens, the inks, and the fun. All your guests have to do is walk up, choose their shirt and favorite design, and we print it right there while they watch.

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The hands-on screen printing is fun to watch and your guests get to walk away with a shirt they wont find anywhere else. Awesome, right?

What types of events are good for live screen printing, you ask? We’ll print just about anywhere you have space for us, but we do have a few suggestions: outdoor concerts, tailgates, block parties, birthday parties, charity events, festivals, and other events of that nature are always great for live screen printing.

If you want to check it out for yourself, come see us this Friday at Martin House Brewing Co. for Tech Fest 2016. We’ll be printing the two designs below and a couple other exclusive designs for Texas Tech football fans!

As always, you can learn more about us by clicking any of the links below or simply shooting us an email.

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When you’re in high school, class T-shirts represent a year in your life and your place in the school. After graduation, class shirts become keepsakes. When we see them years after high school has passed, we are reminded of the time we spent with our peers and the fun we had together.

As screen printers, we see plenty of class shirts. Some are funny, some are sassy, and some are serious. While it’s never easy to choose the perfect phrase to mark a moment in time, we’ve seen some pretty great ones! Today we’re sharing our top picks for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Sophomores

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Juniors

Our Possibilities are infinite Shirt

 

Seniors

Seniors 2017 Image

To give you a little extra inspiration, we’ve also pulled a few of our personal favorites from our clients. 🙂

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Do you have an awesome class shirt to share? We want to know about it, so leave a comment or shoot us an email! 🙂

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One of the best things about working at a screen printing company is getting to know the people you print for. Printing for occasions like family reunions and spring break is always fun because you know your clients are going to have a good time in their new shirts.

Sometimes, our clients even send us pictures from their events, and it’s so much fun for us to see! Sharing the good times is our favorite thing of all. So this week we want to feature the UT Arlington Baptist Student Ministry and their spring break tanks!

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This past spring break, the BSM took a trip to Houston, where they spent their week in the inner-city working with backyard bible clubs, construction teams, food pantries, and other organizations. We think it’s wonderful to see this group of young people spending their break helping others!

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UT Arlington BSM students on their mission trip in Houston, TX. Go Mavs!

To learn more about the Baptist Student Ministry at UT Arlington, visit their website and Facebook page. To see more of our awesome clients, check us out on social media!

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When clients stop by our office, we like to take them on a little tour of our workshop. We show them the screen printing process, explain what these giant machines do and how the shirts are actually made. By doing this, we’ve learned that people really love screen printing!

Our clients love to see the process and we love to share it with them. Since we can’t bring the whole world into our shop, we wanted to bring it to you. Check out this video and watch as these fraternity T-shirts make their way from plain to printed!

Of course, this video only includes a small part of the screen printing process. We’ll call this the “ink to tee” portion. There’s much more to see, and we are happy to show you. Shoot us an email to let us know what you want us to feature next on Just Inkin’ Around! In the meantime, check us out on social media here:

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Spring break is when color makes its comeback. After months of dark winter apparel, it’s safe to say we’re ready to brighten things up.

Enter spring break: Relaxation, warm weather, and fun with friends. Spring break means colorful tees and tanks commemorating your vacation with friends. It means printed hats with hashtags and inside jokes. For those of us who no longer get to experience spring break, these items are a fun reminder. For those of you who still do, customized gear is an absolute necessity. We’ll give you three real reasons.

REASON #1: YOU WONT GET LOST

If you’re going on vacation with your friends to somewhere beachy, chances are you can expect a crowd. Spring break is a popular vacation time, but remember: unfamiliar cities + lots of people = lost friends.

How do you avoid the lost friend problem? Obviously you need to get matching neon shirts for your whole group. If one friend disappears for a few minutes, they will be easy to spot in a crowd. When you ask people if they’ve seen your friend, they’re more likely to remember the person in a neon orange tank top than the person in a white shirt. *Side note: If you plan on ditching your friends, you should probably bring a white shirt to change into, because nobody loses the friend in neon! #fact

REASON #2: TAUNTING THE FRIEND WHO STAYED HOME

Group vacations are never easy. There’s always one person whose schedule didn’t work out and they have to stay home. We feel bad for that friend. However, sometimes one friend CHOOSES to stay behind! When a friend chooses to stay behind instead of have fun, they deserve to be punished.

How do you punish this friend? Step 1: Make custom shirts, tanks, hats, fanny packs, really anything you can think of. Step 2: Print inside joke from the trip on those items. Make it a funny saying or a #hashtag phrase. Step 3: Wear these items around this friend for years and years to come, but never tell them what the inside joke means.

REASON #3: SPRING BREAK DOESN’T LAST FOREVER

Unless you’re a teacher (or a student for life), there comes a time when we must let go of spring break and all of its glory. Someday when you’re out there adulting, wishing you were on a beach, you can pull out those spring break shirts and feel young and free. You can look at the pictures of you and your friends in matching neon and think about all the memories you made (unless you’re the friend who stayed home).

Custom tees hold sentimental value because they remind us of times we cherish and memories made. Trust us, spring break with your friends is one of those times. Commemorate it while you can!

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If you see a design you like on the blog, simply email us and let us know! We can print any of the designs you see above or create something new and custom just for you. For more design inspiration, visit our social media sites below:

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When you think about custom T-shirts, you probably think of a basic shirt. When you think about your T-shirt style options, you probably think, ‘well, I can get long sleeves or short sleeves, and I can choose a shirt with a pocket or without.’

Don’t get us wrong, classic T-shirts are great. But if long/short and pocket/no pocket were the only two options we could offer clients, we probably would have chosen to work in a different industry. Your custom shirts represent you! Your style, your message, your hobbies, your passions, your businesses, your brands, you, you, you! So when you need custom shirts, it’s important to choose a style that reflects who you are!

We realize you probably had no idea there were more options available, and we’ll take the blame for that! How could you know if we never told you? So today we’re showing you a few fresh styles.

Bella + Canvas Flowy Draped Sleeve Dolman

Perfect for printing a custom tee without sacrificing any femininity. This flowy style is super flattering and the thin fabric is incredibly soft. Bonus: It comes in 13 different colors!
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Bella + Canvas Men’s Pocket T-shirt

We know you’ve seen a pocket t-shirt before, but the two-tone style from Bella + Canvas is a really fresh way to refresh the look of your tee without losing comfort and functionality.

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J America Ladies Glitter Tee

We guarantee you’ll turn heads and draw attention with these adorable glitter tees from J America. Whatever you print on it, people are sure to take notice. Choose your favorite of 7 color options, or put your design on all of them!
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J America vintage full-zip hoodie

We’re in Texas, so even in February we’re starting to see warmer days, but we know the rest of you are probably still enjoying at least a lightweight hoodie. This vintage look is a stand-out awesome look for guys who are feeling casual but don’t want to sacrifice style.

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Bella + Canvas crop tee

Its no secret that crop tees are still trending this spring, and this one from Bella is perfect for boutiques other trendy brands. Print your favorite sassy phrases on this trendy style in every color!

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Alternative men’s jersey shirt

Your girlfriend wont mind your T-shirts as much if you choose this cool blended fabric tee with solid lines. This shirt sits somewhere between vintage and fresh, and we can’t get enough!

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If you’re a fan of styles like these, there’s plenty more where we found them! Comment below and let us know what you’d like to see more of, or email us directly to order your favorite featured style!

To see some of our screen prints and ideas for printing on your new apparel, check us out on social media and don’t forget to follow us here at Just Inkin’ Around!

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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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