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At Stitch & Ink, screen printing is more than just simply printing t-shirts. Screen printing is an art form in which we go out of our way to improve and master every day. If you're looking for a print shop that takes pride in their work and can offer specialty prints like 3D puff, reflective, water-based, discharge, and more, Stitch & Ink is the right place for you.
WHAT IS SCREEN
Screen printing is a printing technique where mesh is used to create a stencil to tranfer ink onto a garment.
Screen printing is know to be the best printing technique for apparel because of it's high quality, long lasting prints and it's ability to print complex designs. Unlike a vynil print which is basically an uncomfortable sticker bonded to a garment, a screen print is actual ink bonded to a garment, creating a high quality feel.
PROS VS CONS OF SCREEN PRINTING.
Inexpensive for bulk orders.
High quality, long lasting prints.
Different specialty inks and finishings available.
Match any colour precisely.
Print up to 6 colour designs. (Print up to 16 colours on jobs over 200 pieces)
Expensive for small orders.
DIFFERENT INKS AND SPECIALTY EFFECTS.
Plastisol screen printing is the industry standard. Plastisol is an oil based ink which allows us to precisely colour match any Pantone colour and achieve vibrant prints. Plastisol sits above of the garment and has a thick, soft, and high quality feel. (Minimum 24 pieces)
Water based screen printing is great if you want to achieve a colourful, soft feeling print. With water based ink, we can colour match any colour. Water based ink soaks into the garment and can almost not be felt by hand. (Minimum 100 pieces)
Discharge screen printing is a unique printing process. Discharge ink is similar to bleach considering the fact that it removes pigments from the shirt to create an awesome, vintage print. Discharge has no hand feel at all. (Minimum 100 pieces)
High density screen printing is the coolest specialty print at the moment. High desnity printing is made to achieve 3D prints with sharp, detailed edges, up to 4 different layers. It's great for clothing brands who really want to stand out. (Minimum 100 pieces)
Silicone screen printing is great when printing on soft, elastic garments. It has a super elastic, glossy and soft texture. (Minimum 100 pieces)
Similar to high density printing, puff screen printing has a 3D effect. The difference between the two is that puff has round edges as opposed to sharp edges. The round edges gives the shirt an embossed effect. (Minimum 100 pieces)
Glitter screen printing inks are made from large glitter particles. Glitter prints have a super glittering effect which can be seen from a distance. Glitter particles may start to fade away after many washes. (Minimum 100 pieces)
Shimmer screen printing inks are made from small gliter particles. Shimmer prints have a subtle glittering effect which can be noticed from up close. Glitter particles may start to fade away after many washes. (Minimum 100 pieces)
Metallic screen printing inks have no glitter particles but still offer a unique shine of their own. Metallic ink is basically plastisol ink with a metal finish. (Minimum 100 pieces)
Foil screen printing is awesome if you're trying to add some extra bling to your shirts. Foil prints are made by screen printing and curing an adhesive layer onto a garment and then heat pressing a layer of foil on top. (Minimum 100 pieces)
3M Reflective screen printing shines super bright when exposed to light.
Reflective prints are safety certified which makes them great for companies that require reflective apparel on the job. It's also awesome for fashion brands. (Minimum 100 pieces)
GLOW IN THE DARK
Glow in the dark screen printing looks normal in the light but when the lights are turned off, the print glows. (Minimum 100 pieces)
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