Good news! I wanted to let all of you know that we heard your feedback about my monthly tee subscription, Fresh Squeezed Fashion, and have lowered the price! Getting a new tee each month should be fun AND affordable. Thanks to your feedback, we were able to meet with our team and adjust the pricing without changing anything about the shirts’ quality, so more of you can join the par-tee. I can’t wait to see you all in these awesome tees! Last chance to get one of these designs!
It's something I say a little too often, along with "amazing", "awesome" and "oh my gosh", which after being told by some children that I said a bad word, I am now going to try and change to "oh my goodness". I had no idea! Goodness sounds better anyway. In any case, you may remember my collaboration with Cents Of Style where we used the Heck Yes on a zippered pouch? Well, it's back and this time it's on a tee shirt just in time for Spring!
Get the Heck Yes Tee for just $15.95 and free shipping with the code BOLD13 through 5.16!
Ahh!! Look at that amazing workspace! I don't know about you but I have always been interested in behind the scenes stuff since I was young. I love hearing about the creative process from artists, and it's even better when you get to see it firsthand. That table top shot is just gorgeous, don't you agree?! For my collaboration with Pro World Inc, we used their newly redesigned site, PW Custom to make some awesome custom transfers. You can easily upload your design to the site and they send you a high quality transfer that basically gets ironed onto whatever you want. The quality turns out much like a screenprinted design and looks and feels awesome.
As you may have already seen, I invited guest designer Jill DeHaan for the Your Biggest Fan tees. Well this time around I asked Jordanne Marie to submit some quotes in her amazing style of lettering and we made two of the designs into transfers through PW Custom. I printed them in my studio with the Pro World heat press.
They were easy to print and then I sent out the shirts to Jordanne. She was able to get these amazing photos.
Here's what she had to say:
It started out, like many of my endeavors do, as a hobby, I had it on my bucket list to get better handwriting and it seemed like a good enough time as any to start! It's now become my form of meditation, as I take a quote from idea, to sketch, to ink and then finally as I photograph the final image, it feels like a rhythmic melody I get to play every day. Most of my work lives only on Instagram, meant to encourage others on the daily and be a source of inspiration, but every now and then I get a wonderful opportunity to share my art with the world. Getting the chance to actually wear your designs is a pretty incredible feeling, made even more incredible when people actually recognize your style as your own!
Thanks for sharing your amazing skills and beautiful work, Jordanne! You can see more photos and read her blog post here. And thanks to Pro World for collaborating with me on these shirts and post! If you'd like a chance to win a mini heat press of your own, be sure to go to Pro World's Instagram to enter.
With Halloween just around the corner, I've come together with some other Kin Community creators to bring you a Trick or Treat collaboration. I really wanted to showcase the reverse applique technique we've been using on tee shirts for over 12 years, and the best way to do it was by filming a video. If you haven't already, I would love for you to subscribe to my YouTube channel, as I've been posting on average two videos per week! Be sure to download your free templates at the bottom of this post and if you make this project, please link me up or send me a photo via Twitter - @amytangerine.
I used a long sleeved tee shirt from Target, and the exact grey one I used is listed as ebony for some reason, here.
For cutting on fabric I highly recommend these Fiskars soft grip scissors. And I once again used my favorite white pen of all time - the Uniball Signo White.
As most of you probably know, I have been designing tee shirts for many years. Since 2002 to be exact. I was 24 years old, working as a freelance stylist and cocktail waitress. When I first started my line of tee shirts, I had no idea what I was doing. But I did have mentors who I trusted and I used the resources that I had available to me. At that time it was mainly hand stitching and embroidery, along with a cool reverse applique technique. Since I didn't want to only silk screen shirts, but wanted the ability to print some designs and my own custom labels, I invested in a heat press (similar to this one). It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made and paid for itself quickly. I was able to sample garments easily, and then if I had a big production order, I always had the option to fulfill it through having it silk screened instead of heat sealing it all myself. I found great joy in creating garments by hand that people liked to wear. Cindy Crawford even wore one of my designs while working out and it appeared in Glamour Magazine. I met some wonderful people and traveled to trade shows and experienced a lot of what it was like working in the garment industry. It was fun for many years. And then it wasn't. For many reasons.
Looking back, I recognize that one of the reasons was because my time was spent doing the things I didn't really love - the business side of running a small business. The yucky money side of things when a boutique's check bounces or their credit card doesn't go through. And then they don't answer their phones and move out in the middle of the night. Yes, that happened. And more than once. I had friends in the industry with full on collections that were owed tens of thousands of dollars. All of those things amounted to a lot of time and energy spent doing things I didn't enjoy, and only 5% (maybe even less) was spent designing. Much of the reason I fell in love with scrapbooking in 2007 was because I could just create freely and it was only for me. I didn't have to mass produce it, ship it or feel like a collections agency. All I had to do was create and document my life. Plus I got to use super cute supplies to do so! I found the passion once again for hand made goodness and since I hadn't won the lottery, I had to put much of my energy into figuring out how I could turn another hobby into a business. And through a lot of hard work, a bit of luck and the support of some amazing and inspiring people, I was able to go back to doing what I love - designing. Since we switched to only making custom designs for tee shirts, I have enjoyed the flow and process a lot more. I've collaborated with brands and taken a more behind the scenes approach with consulting, as opposed to having my name on the label. And I like it. A lot.
The reason I am sharing this long, drawn out story with you is because I am super excited about sharing even more behind the scenes with you all. And because my working studio seems to always be in disarray, I am going to be putting more effort into showing you more of what actually goes on among all the chaos. My business has evolved and there are many aspects that equate to several revenue streams. And I plan on sharing more insights with you about what I'm learning and loving through all of this. I'm especially looking forward to my new set up where there is a corner for creating anything that isn't paper related. It will be a dedicated area for fabrics, tee shirts, mugs, mousepads, my sublimation printer, heat press and all kinds of goodness. The sewing machine will remain where it is now, mainly for sewing on paper, but that may soon change too.
Although completely embarrassing, I snapped some before photos, and then chronicled the rearranging and set up of the new corner.
So that is the set up - super basic, but I am so happy with it! Also, if any of you have your own business and want to make cool promotional stuff or expand into a business where you sell custom tee shirts, a heat press from Pro World is a good way to get started. Something I have always wanted to do is be able to print white onto a garment. Pro World also offers a custom transfer option where you can design your own silk screened transfers that can be applied with just a heat press. You can put them onto all different colors and styles. You can put them on tote bags and tee shirts - pretty much any fabric. Think about all the possibilities! I was so excited to get started that I just did an easy tee for me and one for Jack. This simple and cost effective tee was whipped up using heat transfer letters. The longest part of the process was waiting for the heat press to get to the right temperature. Other than that, both of these shirts were done in under 5 minutes.
I simply followed the Warm Peel Application Instructions:
- Pre-press garment; 5-7 seconds.
- Set pressure at high.
- Set temperature at 385 deg. Fahrenheit.
- Print 8-10 seconds.
- Peel warm (wait about 5 seconds), in one continuous, smooth rapid motion.
I'm excited about the potential of making fun sayings and phrases on shirts. And sharing more of what goes on in the studio with you! YAY!
Want to play designer - what word or phrase would you put on a shirt? Leave a comment below and one winner will get a shirt with their word/phrase of choice!