Stickers and Digital Transfers
In addition to screen printing and embroidery we produce high quality decals and digital transfers. Our top of the line Roland Truevis Printer has a 30 in wide print capability and the vibrance of true CMYK solvent ink at 900 dPI ideal for custom stickers and digital printed garment transfers. One more reason why The Foundry is Seattle’s one stop shop for all your promotional and retail goods.
Let’s do a quick one over on vinyl basics before dropping into pricing for those that are not familiar with this application. Below are the vinyl types and a description of their best use practices. We’ll avoid technical terms to keep this simple.
Decal Vinyl – Commonly referred to as “stickers” these are what you’re going to slap on your skateboard, your car window or the chair lift tower. These fall into two different types: laminated and non laminated. Laminating is a shield against UV and abrasion, it’s a top sheet applied to keep the inks from fading or getting scuffed up. Lamination also provides a nice matte look and gives the decal some structure so it’s easier to apply. We recommend using lamination in any scenario where the sticker is exposed to sunlight or comes intact with another surface like your laptop sliding in and out of your bag or your cell phone in your pocket. You can expect a laminated sticker to last between 7-10 years and a non-laminated sticker to last between 2-3 years before they start to crack up or loose color. I’ll add here that we only stock premium calendared vinyl so you can expect the best performance possible when purchasing anything using vinyl from The Foundry.
Transfer Vinyl – Also known as “printed heat transfers” or “digital transfer” this process is used to apply art to fabric sub-straights like apparel and accessories. Now you’re probably asking why not just screen-print on those items. Well not all materials will tolerate the heat needed to cure screen-printing inks and there’s plenty of instances where items won’t fit onto the screen-printing press or into the textile dryers. Additionally vinyl is more economical in scenarios where you have art with high color counts at a lower minimum ordered. I could go on all day about why printed vinyl is great but I’ll spare you guys. Just know this, the printed transfer vinyl is very soft and thin at .045 mm and all the inks and vinyl we use are tested at 60 washes before noticeable loss of color value occurs. One more note here is that we charge an application fee to apply the vinyl transfers to the garments, typically that rings in a t $1.00 each or less.
Specialty Vinyl – You can go wild here with all the different specialty sub-straights but let’s not. Most common specialty systems in our shop are magnetic decals, reflective sticker and heat transfer; and wall and floor decals. We don’t specialize in any of the signage type or vehicle wrap vinyl systems, there are several other sign shops in town that we can recommend for that. All specialty systems are priced per case, feel free to hit us up and we’ll get you going in the right direction.
The below price matrices are based on decal size and units ordered. Take the area of your art (height X width) and use the table below to get a close costing on your project. To initiate a project click through the quote request tool and we’ll get something back to you ASAP.
|System (Pricing is Per Square Inch)||100||200||300||400||500+|
|Custom Decals Laminated||$0.20||$0.17||$0.15||$0.14||$0.12|
|Custom Heat Transfer Vinyl||$0.18||$0.15||$0.13||$0.12||$0.10|
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