Awards & Engraving

September '19

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36 a-e-mag.com • A&E SEPTEMBER 2019 T oday in the sublimation industry there are many substrates to press on, yet it wasn't so long ago that some items were cost prohibitive or specific for the higher end markets. The canvas was in this category since you needed to have it professionally stretched and mounted. That has changed for the sublimation world since Johnson Plastics Plus introduced a gallery wrap kit that allows a professional look to be achieved in minutes rather than hours. It gives a luxurious look of an expensive painting with the touch and feel of texture. Unlike traditional size framed pictures, you are able to customize the size to the degree that the stretcher bar (wood pieces that make up the frame) is available. For example, instead of creating an 8-by- 10-inch canvas, you could create an 8 by 8 or an 8 by 16, giving you options that are affordable yet customizable for the look you are after. GALLERY WRAP The gallery wrap is a do-it-yourself framing kit for sublimated canvas. When using word art and other graphics that are currently popular, adding this to what you offer gives you an advantage in the marketplace. The gallery wraps are easier to use than one would think when using the Johnson Plastic Plus corner kit. Sizes available to purchase are 8-, 10-, 11-, 14-, 16-, 20-, and 24-inch length bars. Let's look at what it takes to produce canvases like a pro. Items you need: 1. Poly duck canvas (part of a kit or it can be bought separately) 2. Transfer image (mirrored) 3. Repositionable spray 4. Lint roller 5. Gallery wrap kit (Johnson Plastics Plus) 6. Gallery wrap corner kit 7. Glue (archival) 8. Straight knife 9. Cutting mat SUBLIMATION BASICS AND BEYOND By Cheryl Kuchek Cheryl Kuchek is the owner of Just my Imagination DeZigns Inc. and has been active in the personalization industry for over 10 years. Cheryl has a passion for the industry and a love for helping people; she was the first to start a Facebook group to do just that. Sublimation for Beginners and Beyond is a resource to help those first starting out and those who are advanced. Cheryl can be reached at cheryl@just- myimaginationdezigns.com. Sublimated Canvas FALLING IN LOVE WITH… The items needed to produce a sublimated canvas piece. The gallery wrap kit from Johnson Plastics Plus allows a professional look to be achieved quickly. ALL IMAGES COURTESY CHERYL KUCHEK

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