Did you know that you can use ChromaBlast ink to create transfers for colored or black t-shirts?
Most companies, including ourselves at one time, would tell you that ChromaBlast is engineered for light colored garments, and that’s quite true. For the lightest hand possible, you do want to print with ChromaBlast ink on ChromaBlast paper and transfer to a light colored cotton garment. ChromaBlast is, of course, engineered to be a very high quality, long lasting transfer with a very soft hand that rivals the best direct-to-garment prints, for a tiny fraction of the cost. When pressed onto white (or light colored) 100% cotton shirts, it creates a special bond between the ink, the transfer film on the ChromaBlast paper, and the cotton fibers.
EnMart has discovered, however, that you can create a transfer using ChromaBlast ink which will work on dark garments as well. With ChromaDark (3g Jet Opaque) transfer paper from EnMart, you use the same ChromaBlast ink to print onto a thin white base layer on top of a paper sheet, which is then trimmed either by hand or a cutter, peeled apart, and heat-pressed onto a 100% cotton shirt. The end result is a high quality photo-realistic image on any color of t-shirt – even black. As the picture shows, we have tested this method and this paper and it works.
For even more impressive results, use a vinyl cutter to cut the outline around your designs and/or lettering. Because you are printing onto a white base layer, you will feel it – the same as if you were using screen printing, direct to garment printing, or any other type of transfer. If you would prefer a transfer that you will not feel once it has been printed to the garment, your best bet is still a light colored polyester garment and sublimation ink and paper. If, however, you wish to print to dark garments, ChromaDark paper and ChromaBlast ink offer a cost effective solution.