Multimedia decorating, which is essentially decorating a garment or wearable by combining two or more decoration techniques, is a popular way to add a lot of visual interest to a garment. When people talk about multimedia decorating, however, they tend to talk about adding rhinestones to embroidery, or combining vinyl with screen print. Sublimation is often left out of the conversation, which is sad, because sublimation can combine quite well with a number of other decoration techniques to create a one of a kind garment for your customer.
Let’s start with embroidery. One of the fun parts of machine embroidery is that it can be done with polyester thread. Polyester is the material that can be dyed by sublimation inks. So, it is possible to embroider a design using white polyester thread, and then to sublimate another design in color on top of the thread. This also has the advantage of giving the design a bit of a 3-D effect, since the embroidery will be slightly raised. Another option is to sublimate the garment first and then embroider over portions of the sublimated design. Either way, combining sublimation and embroidery will add visual interest and definition to the finished design.
Next up is vinyl. There are many heat transfer vinyls that will also work for sublimation. Get some glitter vinyl and make a sublimated design that sparkles! Another advantage to using vinyl is that a vinyl transfer can often be applied to fabric types other than nylon. If you want to put a sublimated design on a cotton shirt, put the design on vinyl and it can be added to the shirt without a problem and without loss of color. Sublimating on vinyl, particularly glitter vinyl, could prove very popular with cheer and dance teams and certainly could add some sparkle to fashion designs.
Another option for a multimedia design using sublimation and another decoration technique is rhinestones. Anyone who likes bling will already be aware of rhinestones and how they can be used to add sparkle and shine to garments. Combining rhinestones with sublimation allows for full color prints embellished by rhinestones, which give the design flash and a bit of height. Rhinestones can be incorporated into the design by hand, or through the use of a rhinestone template.
When considering which decoration techniques to combine with sublimation, there are a few things to keep in mind. One is that sublimation requires heat, and relatively high heat at that. Some inks or vinyls might not react well to the temperatures that sublimation requires, so keep that in mind. Another thing to remember is that the decoration technique chosen must compliment sublimation and work with the sublimated design. The best multimedia pieces are the ones where both decoration techniques combine to make a design that is fresh and interesting.
If you haven’t been to the sublimation section of our website lately, you may want to pop in and take a look. We’ve added some new things and rearranged things a bit to make it easier to find the items you want to purchase. Today I thought I’d give you a brief tour.
First let’s start with the sublimation blanks section, as that has probably had the biggest overhaul. We added some new items, like blank fabric and Christmas stockings and also now include Vapor Apparel in the sublimation blanks section. If you’re looking for mugs, mousepads, t-shirts or ornaments, this is the section to visit.
In the sublimation ink section, you can find all the ink you would need for your Ricoh or Virtuoso sublimation printers. Inks are sorted by the printer for which they are intended. If you have an Epson printer, or don’t see the ink for your Ricoh printer on our list, please contact us and ask about it. We sell all currently available Sawgrass inks, and can obtain and stock anything that isn’t in our current inventory on request.
We are proud to say we still offer Mpres Paper, the only paper we carry and exclusive to EnMart. The paper is still getting rave reviews on our Facebook page. It’s a great paper and one we not only sell, but use as well. If you’re interested in a sample, send your request with address information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to send you a sample via USPS.
Finally, we should talk about the sublimation accessories category, which has also had some new arrivals. We’ve added individual PFTE pressing pillows as well as a pressing pillow kit. We also have waste ink collectors, heat tape and mug and bowl wraps. If you need items to make your sublimation go more smoothly, this is the category to visit.
EnMart is proud to announce we will have a new larger size desktop sublimation printer available within the next week. This printer replaces the Ricoh GX e7700N which formerly was the large desktop printer option.
The new Ricoh printer is the Ricoh SG 7100DN. First introduced to the European market in early 2013, this printer has been tested and proven to be a trouble free sublimation solution with a robust printing capacity. This is the sublimation printing solution of choice for rapidly expanding shops that want a sublimation solution that is both reliable and fast. Print speed for the SG 7100DN are comparable to previous Ricoh models, making it the perfect next step in the line of high production sublimation systems.
Ink for this printer is available in standard and extended size cartridges. Standard size cartridges are designed for moderate and seasonal print flows, and provide lower start up costs while business is ramping to full capacity. Extended cartridges , by contrast, are ideal for high volume sublimation environments and provide extended uninterrupted printing, without adding a bulk system to your printer set-up.
EnMart offers the printer as part of our popular sublimation combo packages. The SG 7100DN package retails at $1678 but is currently being offered by EnMart for $1545. The printer package comes with the printer, a full set of ink, 1 pack of 8.5 x 11 paper and 1 pack of 11 x 17 paper, a USB cable and more.