December '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 6 D E C E M B E R P R I N T W E A R || 37 filled with colors. There are five colors of heat transfer vinyl that will need to be cut and one layer of adhesive added to achieve the foil finish of the lights. For each layer, simply cut, weed, and heat apply. Choose a heat- transfer vinyl that is a hot-peel so you can tack each layer for two seconds before your final application. That way, the additional heat and applications won't compromise the adhesive on the back of the film, and it will launder for next season, too. After you've cut, weeded, and applied each color; cut, weed, and apply the adhesive layer where your Christmas lights will be applied. Then, it's time to layer your foil on top of the adhesive. This can be done with traditional screen-print foil. Cut small squares of the desired colors and place them on top of the adhesive. Then, use a cover sheet and apply for the recommended time, temperature, and pressure. You now have a trendy holiday T-shirt that can sell for up- ward of $20. If you need to print a bunch of these shirts, instead of using heat- transfer vinyl, consider utilizing screen-printed transfers. The foil can apply to the screen-print ink. In quantities of 48 or more, you're going to be saving some serious time in the weeding process. With a layer of heat transfer vinyl, ad- hesive, and screen print foil, you can create a shiny, fun Christmas light shirt. The design can even be done using screen-print- ed transfers for large orders.

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