Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Elementary Spirit Wear

Presenting RockSports line of Mascot Letters T-shirts - RockSports talented artist V....Vaughan created a unique line of cute, school spirit tees using her trademark letters design. The artwork was actually created several years ago for school fundraising. We are excited now to offer the full line of mascot t-shirts online. The online version provides a convenient resource to view all of the available mascots. The online version also includes an online ordering function where you can customize your order for your school.

RockSports Mascot Letters T-shirts are perfect for elementary school spirit wear. The designs are unique in that they are very colorful. Most screen printing shops will not print more than three to four colors on a T-shirt. RockSports specializes in seven to eight color designs. The only requirement for such a unique design is that you must order a minimum of 72 shirts per custom order.

Another great feature of the RockSports Mascot Line is that the shirts work great as a school wide fundraiser. The elementary spirit wear tees are priced so that your school can make a profit. At $10 per shirt you can easily resell your shirts at $15, making $5.00 per shirt sold. Not only will the children love the shirt, but you can offer it to the community to support your school.

Figure 1. Shows how you can customize your order by putting text above and below the design. You can also choose the color of your font and the color of the shirt. Note that if you order a dark shirt the price goes up slightly.

Figure 2. demonstrates where the "accent color" is located on the designs. Typically the mascot letters contain a mascot that is wearing the school colors. In the Eagles example the eagle is wearing a green shirt. You could change that color to your school's color.

If you have any questions about getting a mascot letter design for your school, you can order online, email us, or call us - 800-324-5152.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

TAHPERD Conference Recap and Contest Winner!

This year's TAHPERD Conference was a huge success and we owe it all to the attendees and our
wonderful customers. We also want to thank all of you who participated in our drawing for $50 worth
of RockSports apparel. To show our appreciation to everyone who participated, we are offering one
free RockSports tee with any T-Shirt purchase until christmas. And finally, this year's winner of the
TAHPERD Conference drawing is Sherri Holloway. Congratulations Sherri and remember, if you didn't
win the drawing you can still visit and pick up a free RockSports tee with any
order from now through December 24th. Use coupon code "CHRISTMAS08" when you checkout and
thank you for choosing RockSports for all of your custom screen printing and embroidery needs.
See you next year!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Screened vs. Digital (direct to garment) Printing

Recently RockSports added "direct to garment" printing to our list of capabilities, with the purchase of the Brother GT-541. I thought it would be a good idea to let people know why we bought it and its limitations:

To the right you can see a comparison of the same design - History Shapes. History Shapes is sold as a seven color screen print. I printed the same design on the Brother for a comparison. You will notice that the Brother uses CMYK process, where Cyan Magenta, Yellow, and Black mix to make all of the appropriate colors in the design. On this particular design the screened graphic is much more vibrant.

Also, if you look closely, there are some limitations on how detailed you can get with direct to garment printing. The three boats at the bottom of V....Vaughan's design are the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. You cannot see these details on the digital, direct to garment print.

Wash and wear of the two are similar, as is the process of curing the inks - the digital print must use a heat press for the colors to remain for the life of the T-shirt.

Digital Benefits:
  • No minimum orders
  • Extremely quick turn-around-times
  • Great for photographs
  • Cost effective option for small orders with multiple colors
Digital Limitations:
  • Color is not as vibrant as silk screen printing.
  • Can only do one at a time.
  • Limited to print on White or Ash shirts color shirts
Common Uses for Digital Direct to Garment Printing: Birthday's, Family Reunions, Weddings, Funerals, Sport Events, Quick Gifts

Now that you know the differences you will have an idea which process will be better for your next job. If you have questions you can always contact us and we will help point you in the right direction.

This blog post is meant to be a high level analysis of digital vs. screen printing for garments. Feel free to leave comments for a more thorough analysis. See it in action on youtube. The Brother Printer works well with an .ai file or a .jpg (high resolution).

Friday, December 5, 2008

Reduced Rubble Kickoff!

For a limited time we are selling some of our best designs at a greatly reduced price, calling it the Reduced Rubble. Availability is limited, so order yours now while supplies last!

Order 10 or more and receive FREE SHIPPING!
Enter "BSBPLYRR" at checkout.

Youth Medium: 12
Youth Large: 17
Small: 15
Medium: 27
Large: 26
Extra-Large: 24
2X-Large: 12
3X-Large: 6

Monday, December 1, 2008

Back on the road! TAHPERD Conference 2008

RockSports is back on the road in our home state of Texas! We are headed out for the TAHPERD conference in Corpus Christi, Texas this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday so come and see us if you're in the area. Stop by and check out our great products, meet our great people, and don't forget about our online store too! We want to thank our customers for choosing RockSports for all of their Screen Printing, Embroidery, and Fundraising needs. In appreciation, we are offering 25% off of your online purchase and free shipping on orders of 5 shirts or more. Simply use coupon code "TXPE08" for 25% off or "TXPE08S" for 25% off plus free shipping when you checkout. Thank you to all the attendees for making this conference and many others a success!

The Team at RockSports