Ellie and Mason wish you a Happy New Year!

Ellie and Mason Wis you a Happy New Year

Happy New Year  from all of us at Insta.


Artwork Considerations for Puff / Embossed Heat Transfers

lizardAdding a dimension to any graphic design can completely enhance the visual appearance of the graphic and make it more desirable. But what about the artwork involved? Chris Pluck’s tip on this topic was recently published in Impressions:

When preparing art that will be used with an embossed graphic it is important to take a moment to understand how the artwork needs to be constructed in order to be able to truly capture the value that an embossed image can bring to the overall design.

If the chosen graphic image is one that has fine line detail and high definition, then the artist needs to take this into consideration when deciding where the puff / embossed segments of the design will be incorporated, as a puff image that has fine line high definition will not show the loft effect in its best light. Also, the puffed fine line image will not have the  stretch and tensile strength to hold together because the puff line will only cover a tiny part of the fabric, which in turn does not allow for the transfer to be robust enough to withstand repeated stretch and washing procedures.

Insta10Usually the silk screen mesh diameter is increased (lower mesh counts) to allow for a heavier deposit of the puff ink to be printed. Of course much depends on the requirement from the artist for the height and finish of the puff. As a rule of thumb, the more puff ink that is applied to the transfer paper the higher the puffed image.

When the artist has a need to add a special effect like a suede or leather faux finish to the transfer graphic, the puff image is usually only a raised form or shape, as a high loft puff image would spoil the faux effect.

The puff and embossed graphic image in heat transfers shows no sign of slowing down as it is a much used and highly sought after effect. When originating a new graphic it makes sense to contact Insta Graphic Systems to ask about their embossed products to create a fantastic wearable transfer finish.

Free Shipping – Summer Sale!

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NBM Long Beach Show On Now

NBM Long Beach Show On Now
Coastal Business Supplies Booth

If you are in the Los Angeles area, come down to the NBM show, today and tomorrow (July 21 and 22, 2017) and see the latest trends in apparel decorating.

Register for the show for FREE then visit Insta’s partner booths to check out Insta’s great variety of heat presses!

See you there!

Coastal Business Supplies                                                      Booth #834

Epson America                                                                         Booth #843

Equipment Zone                                                                      Booth #1137

Grimco                                                                                       Booth #325

Marco Awards Group                                                              Booth #703

Mimaki USA                                                                               Booth #527

Nazdar SourceOne                                                                   Booth #136

NuSign Supply                                                                           Booth #109

Premier Colour                                                                          Booth #419

Prepress Supply                                                                         Booth #343

Specialty Materials                                                                    Booth #1042


Why California Pro Sports Loves Insta

Thank you Kim Karsh of California Pro Sports for sharing your Insta Testimonial! California Pro Sports was our second place prize winner at last year’s Vintage Heat Press contest.

“I’ve been in business for over 32 years. I learned on Insta machines, and I teach all my employees on Insta machines. Here is a picture of our main three machines, located on our sales floor. In addition I have one we use for over flow in the back. Dependable and the best value on the market.”

Kim Karsh

California Pro Sports


Look Who is Using Ultima™


The perfect heat transfer solution for Performance Fabrics


Here’s what Fashion Fusion has to say about their Sigma Sector 33 brand Ultima™ transfers:

“…it took me years to find you and thank God as you are the best label makers in the whole country. Your quality and expertise is second to none…Yes, I only use Insta labels.”

The Industry’s Premium Stretchable Heat Transfer

Ultima™ is a versatile multi-purpose stretchable heat transfer for synthetic fabrics. It has been specifically developed for performance materials like Spandex, Lycra and Neoprene and is made to stretch with the fabric without cracking or losing shape.

Get Ultima For Your Business 

Contact us today and let us solve your heat transfer requirements!

Our knowledgeable heat transfer experts can help you find the perfect heat transfer product for all your fabric needs.                                                                                       IMG_3219

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