HuskyTHON T-Shirts for a Cause

Each year, the University of Connecticut hosts the HuskyTHON, a yearlong fundraiser to benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Events for this fundraiser range from a Spin-a-Thon to a fashion show, and end with the HuskyTHON Dance Marathon in February. Throughout the year, teams like the Uconn Student Nurses’ Association band together, designing custom t-shirts and other ways to raise money for the kids at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

The HuskyTHON Dance Marathon is the number one student-run philanthropy group in Connecticut, raising over $300,000.00 last year. This year will be the HuskyTHON Dance Marathon’s 13th anniversary Each dance marathon lasts for 18 hours over the course of one weekend. Participants celebrate the cause that they spent all HuskyTHON-artworkyear fundraising for with bands, performances, comedians, hypnotists, inflatables that they can play on with their sponsored miracle child, and a ten minute morale dance that repeats on the hour. With high hopes to beat their record-breaking numbers from last year, students and alumni are encouraged to participate and fundraise for the event. All funds raised from HuskyTHON help support numerous programs and aide in purchasing state-of-the-art medical equipment at the medical center. Since its inception, HuskyTHON has raised nearly $1,000,000 and is likely to break that number soon.

Leading up to the HuskyTHON Dance Marathon, campus clubs, groups, sororities, and fraternities create their own teams and compete to see who can raise the most money. Money is raised through registration fees, pledges, and sponsorships. Each team sponsors a miracle child from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Each miracle child, along with their family, is invited to attend the event. As the UConn HuskyTHON Dance Marathon nears, teams reach out to their community, friends, and family to meet fundraising goals before the big weekend.

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Why Resolution is Important

When submitting artwork for your custom apparel, stickers, banners, or canvas prints, the file format makes all the difference. Last month we explained why vector format is so important, but we only brushed the topic of why resolution is also important to the quality of your customized items.

The resolution of your submitted artwork will decide the outcome of your customized items. For a high quality, high-resolution print, you need to use high-resolution artwork. The higher the resolution, the better the quality. If your artwork is a low-resolution file, it will print low quality. The reason is that digital images are not vector format, they are raster format.

Raster images are composed of DPI, or dots per inch. Imagine if you put an image under a microscope. A high-resolution image will have a DPI of 300 or more, and show many dots of color. The more DPI, the more the ink covers the page and the dots of color will still blend together to create an image. A low-resolution image has less than 300 DPI, meaning that the dots per inch do not cover as much space, making them much more visible.

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A common question we hear is “Why can’t I use an image off the web?” Finding artwork online is easy and convenient, but it does not make for good printing. This is because web pages can only display images at 72 DPI, an incredibly low-resolution. Imagine putting one of those web images under a microscope. At only 72 DPI, there is not much ink covering the page. This causes the image to look blurred when it is blown up, making any low-resolution image pulled from the web impossible to use.

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Personalize Valentine’s Day with a Custom Canvas Print

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, bringing back childhood memories of writing out cards and taping lollipops to them. We would hand them to all our friends or – if we were brave enough – our crush. As we’ve grown up, Valentine’s Day has become more about crushes and less about friends, bringing the hunt for the perfect gift with it.

Canvas PhotosSuddenly a funny card and a lollipop isn’t enough. What was once careless fun has become carefully planned dinners, flowers, and chocolates. This year, we wanted to try something different, something that’s been personalized rather than commercialized.

A canvas print gives you the opportunity to give a gift that screams their name. Does your loved one have a favorite piece of artwork or album cover? A favorite photo of the two of you? Canvas prints are the perfect medium to display a high-resolution image on. Each one is made from a polyester/cotton blend and finished with a satin sheen.

Canvas prints are one of the few things that do not require images to be in vector format. The image you choose for you customized canvas print can be a regular digital image, as long as it is at the highest resolution possible. The higher the resolution, the better quality your canvas print will have. Canvas prints also come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 8 inches x 10 inches, to 16 inches x 20 inches, allowing you to personalize the size as well as style.

If simply printing a picture on a canvas doesn’t feel personalized enough, try adding a favorite quote. They can be words of encouragement, a line from your sweetheart’s favorite movie, or an inside joke between the two of you. Because each canvas print is made from fabric, you can also write your … Continue reading

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5 Tips for a Successful School Spirit Wear Fundraiser

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When it comes to school fundraisers, school spirit wear is a fun alternative to the traditional bake sales and pie fundraisers. Let’s face it, no one has the freezer space to hold each pie ordered and bake sales take time to raise a sufficient amount of money. A school spirit wear fundraiser is timeless. School spirit is what makes high school and college an experience. Every student enjoys representing his or her school colors, mascot, and logo. Even parents purchase school apparel to support their children and the school they go to. When planning a school spirit fundraiser, it is best to plan ahead. Spring will be here before you know it and the time to start planning your school spirit wear fundraiser is now.

Common questions that we hear are What type of garments do you offer? Which should we purchase? How many? These, among other questions, commonly come up as school boards begin to consider spirit wear fundraisers. With that in mind, we thought we would provide these five tips as you begin to plan your school’s spirit wear fundraiser.

 

  • Know your market. Who are you selling to? Is it an elementary/middle school or a high school? Are you targeting parents as well as students? What are the trends that you see around the school? Has tie-dye become a growing trend or do students prefer school related colors? Each age group will have their own preference. For example, students may prefer baseball hats and tie-dyed shirts while parents may be more attracted to sweatshirts and windbreakers.
  • Keep it simple. Rather than trying to offer a huge selection of items, stick to the classics. T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts are always top sellers. Sweatpants are also a great idea and you can always offer variety by including traditional sweatpants
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Decorate Your Home With a Custom Wall Decal

What was once a sticker on a wall has transcended into art. Wall decals provide a way to uniquely decorate plain walls on a budget. As people look to be creative without breaking the bank, wall decals have quickly become a design staple in homes.

Wall decals depicting cherry blossoms, dandelions blowing in the wind, and leaves falling from tree branches are sold in most home goods stores. But what if you are looking for something more personalized?

Custom designing your own wall decal gives you the ability to transfer your ideas onto your wall. By submitting your own artwork or a high resolution image that is very close to the graphic that you want, we can help you create your very own custom wall decal.

 

 

One of the biggest concerns people have is Will wall decals ruin the paint on my walls? The answer is no. Each wall decal uses a special micro-spheric adhesive that helps it stick to any smooth surface while allowing the wall decal to be removed, re-positioned  and reapplied without any chipping, peeling, or pulling. All of our decals are durable enough to be put indoors or outdoors, but gentle enough not to take the paint off your walls. Because of this, we are often asked to create wall decals for apartments and dorm rooms.

Decals can be as large or small as you want. When designing your own wall decal it is always best to submit your artwork in vector format, especially if you are designing a particularly large decal. Unlike digital files (JPEG, GIF, etc) vector format will not distort, no matter how large or small you make the image. Digital files can still be used for wall decals, but the file submitted must be at the highest resolution possible … Continue reading

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