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4 0 G R A P H I C S P R O • A P R I L 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S U B L I M A T I O N also available in both printed and digi- tal Kindle editions on Amazon and were written to help folks just like you with strategies on how to stay on e Road to Sublimation Success! Pet products for humans e following are just a few ideas for pet-related products that can be decorated using sublimation. e possibilities are endless, and you can create a huge variety of uniquely personalized products for pets and their owners. My favorite pet products are actually for humans! As human life- times often extend over the lives of many pets, remembering them through photos is something that is important to all of us! Here are few examples: ChromaLuxe stacked metal A great way to add value to a single piece of sublimation metal is to stack a smaller piece of imaged aluminum on top of a larger piece. Sublimate the larger with an appropriate background image and place the pet's photo on the smaller piece. en using a spacer block, mount the smaller piece of metal onto the larger. This approach produces a stunning 3D prod- uct at little additional cost. Decorating options include multiple layers that includes a larger background piece with multiple foreground pieces. You could also vary the types of metal by having a matte background finish and a glossy fore- ground finish. is really turns out to be a very high value product. Drink coasters Coasters are a great way to protect furni- ture and a great way to show off an assort- ment of pet photographs. Pet names and designs can be easily transferred onto a wide variety of coasters to create a unique and personalized gifts for pet owners. Slate Slate is a popular substrate that is hand carved and then coated for subli- mation transfer. Unique and impressive, slate is offered in a variety of traditional and non-traditional shapes (half oval, rectangle, tablet, left or right contour, square, oval, round, rectangle w/clock mechanism) and are available in your choice of a matte or gloss white sublima- tion coating. Most sizes come with black stands for convenient desk, mantle, or table-top display while others are designed for displaying on a home or office wall. Slate products have elegant qualities that superbly demonstrate the value and desir- ability of the sublimation transfer process. Phone and tablet stands Ever yone will appreciate this gift! Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, phone and tablet stands provide a person- alized resting place for smartphones and stylishly holds the device vertically or hor- izontally for hands-free upright viewing on a desk, kitchen counter, or nightstand. e stands feature an imprintable glossy white surface with black back and edges that help deliver a professionally finished product for customers and the unique 2-piece lightweight collapsible design makes it the ideal phone accessory for travelers. Also great for books. Ornaments Christmas ornaments are perhaps my favorite pet product. Although it may be a little soon to start thinking about Christmas, keep in mind that ornaments are not just for the holidays — they are great sellers all year long. And, I have per- sonally found that fundraising is an excel- lent way to sell large numbers of orna- ments in a short period of time. We sell single and double-sided ornaments in metal, hardboard, FRP, natural wood, glass, acrylic, and more. All holiday orna- ments can be decorated using a standard sublimation printer and flat heat press. For some popular styles, an optional produc- tion jig is available that enables fast and accurate transfers at the heat press. Pet products for pets What makes a great sublimated pet product? Function and personalization! Sublimation provides several great pet products that can be personalized with the pet's name and full-color artwork. A few of my favorites are pet tags, collars and leashes, shirts, bandanas, pet mats, food/water bowls, and pet collar scarves. Kona. (Photo by Heath Burgess) (Images courtesy of Condé)

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