Try This: Sublimate an Award Plaque

Products for the sports market are some of the most popular in the recognition industry. 

With sublimation, you can turn any image into a vibrant and permanent memento or piece of art. Take a look at the printing and pressing process of one of the most popular items, an award plaque for sports teams.

Materials Needed:

  • Sublimation printer
  • Heat press
  • Blank plaque

Note: Each blank item is created with a special polyester coating designed to absorb the ink used in a dye-sublimation printer.

Settings Used:

  • Temperature: 400 F
  • Time: 30 seconds

Step One: Design

With every item, a product template for designing is also available online. I suggest taking advantage of these templates to design your image or customer’s image to be printed for the item.

Step Two: Printing your design

Print your image in reverse using sublimation ink. Note that the image will look dull and grainy after printing. Attach this printed image to your plaque using a thermal tape so that it cannot shift during or after pressing it in the heat press.

Step Three: Pressing

Place the plaque on the heat press with the transfer paper on top and press using the recommended settings listed above. This heat and time setting permanently transfers the printed image into the coated surface of the plaque.

Step Four: Cooling

Once the pressing time has elapsed, remove the transfer paper immediately to reveal your finished product. No finishing sprays, clear coats, or additional steps are necessary – simply allow to cool before handling and packing and send out for your customers to love.

-Aaron Montgomery, 2 Regular Guys, MontCo Consulting

Aaron Montgomery

Aaron Montgomery

Our Success Group

Aaron Montgomery is certified by New York Times best-selling author Jack Canfield as a Success Principles Trainer and has nearly 30 years of experience providing essential support to small businesses. His company, Our Success Group, assists with setting and reaching goals, creating a solid business plan, knowing their numbers for a better pricing strategy, and establishing a customer-focused approach while devising a targeted marketing strategy. He is the author of the business foundation book ‘The FUNdamentals of Business Success.’ He is the Co-Founder of a facilitated 6-month Mastermind collective called Radical Goal-Getters. You can also find him hosting a weekly show called Small Business Saturdays and co-hosting the 2 Regular Guys Podcast.

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