5 Things to Do with Sublimation in 2020

If you sublimate,  you already know it’s a versatile decoration discipline which can be used on fabric and on hard goods.   Part of what makes sublimation fun is the fact that it offers possibilities for a lot of different decoration options,  and has less of a learning curve than some other decoration techniques.    If you’re new to sublimation,  or have only stuck to using sublimation on one particular type of item,  you may not be taking advantage of the full spectrum of what sublimation can offer.   Switch up your sublimation routine by trying some of these options in 2020.

  1. Patches –  Whether you want to sublimate the patches yourself,  or buy them already sublimated,  sublimated patches can be a great profit center.   They’re a perfect way to add decoration to items that otherwise wouldn’t be easy to decorate.   Patches can also serve as the cornerstone for a hat or garment line.
  2. Wrap it Up –  Want to try mugs or shot glasses,  but not sure you want to invest in a press (which wouldn’t work for shot glasses anyway)?  Invest in a mug wrap or a shot glass wrap and a convection oven.  This method is likely to cost less than most quality mug presses and gives you a way to investigate your market without committing to a press you may not need or continue to use.
  3. Ornaments:  Not Just for Christmas – If you’re interested in entering the souvenir market,  ornaments may be a great way to start.  Not only are they available in a variety of shapes,  like states,  they’re also fairly easy to sublimate and something people are likely to buy as keepsakes and mementos.    They’re also easy to display and don’t take up a lot of valuable retail space.  Sublimated ornaments are also easy to personalize.
  4. Take Your Show on the Road – One of the advantages of a sublimation system (certainly a SG400 at least)  is that it’s portable and doesn’t require an elaborate set-up or electrical options.  There are also plenty of stock designs that can be queued up to be printed on demand.  Take your system to a craft fair,  a sporting event or a festival and print unique, personalized items that fit the theme of the event.
  5. Create your own personal, freeform sublimated designs – If you don’t have a sublimation system,  you can still create sublimated designs.  Artesprix Permanent Thermal Sublimation Transfer Markers are the perfect way to preserve children’s artwork or to give the adult artist in your life free reign.   The markers can be used on plain paper, and the drawn designs can be added to your item of choice with an iron (although a heat press is recommended for best results).  Make hand turkeys for Thanksgiving.  Preserve your child’s first handwritten notes.  The possibilities are endless.

New Sublimation Blanks = Great Holiday Gifts

beltbuckle1_lThe holidays are coming,  and one thing that is always true about the holidays is that people love personalized gifts.   EnMart has added some great new sublimation blanks to our offerings this year.  We’re sure one of these new items will make the perfect gift for someone on your gift list!

Belt Buckles – Our belt buckles can be easily personalized with sublimation.   The sublimation insert is large enough that the image can be clearly seen,  but not so large that it looks like the gift recipient is wearing a championship belt of some kind.   All buckles are made of brass and accompanied by a sublimatable insert.

State Ornaments – While we don’t yet carry every state,  our stock of state ornaments is growing.   Celebrate the sun with an ornament in the shape of Alabama or California or Florida.    Show your midwest roots and display an ornament in the shape of Illinois or Michigan.    Create ornaments to celebrate a favorite vacation spot or to commemorate a hometown that may now be far away.    Keep in mind,  this item can also be used as a luggage tag or a souvenir.

Pendants  – A personalized necklace is something anyone who wears necklaces would be sure to love.    Available as both a square and a round,  these pendants have patterned embossed back and are recessed to accept an aluminum sublimation insert.    Sublimate a family picture,   a favorite saying,  or simply an intriguing design to create a one of a kind piece that is sure to be treasured.

Pet Tags – Don’t forget Fido or Fifi when handing out the gift wrapped packages this year.     Sublimatable pet tags are a great way to identify your pet and give them a bit of style.   Our pet tags are aluminum and can be printed on both sides.    These tags are also great options for key fobs,  luggage tags,  zipper pulls or necklaces.

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