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What Is Washi Tape?

bespoke product washi tape

What Is Washi Tape?

What is Washi Tape? A popular question, and why does it differ? Washi tape is a Japanese adhesive tape that is great for every occasion, it can stick to almost every surface and it is made from biodegradable sources sometimes including bamboo or hemp, but it can be made from any plant source. Easy to tear, it comes in 15mm or 30mm widths, no need for scissors here.  It's reusable, heatproof, waterproof and you can peel it off and re-use it again, it's uses are infinite.  How to design Washi Tape? Bespoke or custom washi tape is a popular choice for...

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Setting Up Artwork For Products

Setting Up Artwork For Products

We get asked this a lot, what's the best way to setup your artwork for a bespoke item, but mostly for pin badges. There isn't a template, or an ideal program, but you can use anything, heck even a scanned image of a design if it's all you've got. In an ideal world, high resolution JPEG, PNG or PDF file, Photoshop (PSD) or Illustrator (AI) are also fine. When it comes to laying out your design, usually, it is best to have the item set out as follows: The design above has the outline separate, and then the coloured version...

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So, you want to make pin badges?

How to make pin badges Soft and hard enamel

So, you want to make pin badges?

If you've never made bespoke or custom pin badges, this is the blog post for you! In this blog post, we will cover soft enamel and hard enamel pin badges. Sounds complicated, but I promise, you only need to know which is right for your project, and I am here to walk you through the process.  Who am I? I am Roger, owner and general busy-body of PinPals, along side my two pets, Beau and Arrow. Lets start from the beginning! Here is a video that we made that shows some of the process Soft Enamel Our most popular product,...

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Soft or Hard Enamel Custom Pin Badges

Welcome! This blog post will be discussing the difference between soft enamel and hard enamel pins. It comes down to personal preference how you want your finished pin to look.  Soft Enamel Soft enamel only has one layer of enamel ink, the outline - or stamping, is the same method as hard enamel, but the enamel ink sits in "pockets" - soft enamel is recessed, with raised outline and has a "bumpy" feel.   Pros: Cartoon-like lookCan be quite detailedDetail can be achieved from 25mmLine thickness from .3mm Cons: Can't do gradient coloursNot good for overly shaded designsSimplified Hard Enamel...

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