Sometimes to get truly spectacular results from the screen printing process, we have to go beyond the traditional plastisol, water-based, and discharge ink techniques. Luckily, technology has come a long way, and there are a variety of specialty screen printing inks for you to choose from including glow-in-the-dark inks, gel inks, metallic and reflective inks, puff inks, and more. No matter what style, color, effect, or texture you’re looking for, there’s probably an ink out there for you.
Here are just a few specialty screen printing options In Your Face Apparel’s customers have utilized in the past:
Foil: These transfers have a metallic facing that is adhered to a garment with clear adhesive ink that is screen printed on. Gold and silver come standard, but holographic and specialty requests can be made!
Puff: This is a plastisol ink that has been mixed with a heat reactive foaming agent, allowing it to expand when exposed to high-temperature heat, creating a puffy, marshmallow texture.
Metallic: When you want to create the illusion of a metal surface, this thick, opaque ink is an eye-catching and bold choice.
Glitter: Sometimes, your design just needs a little something extra to truly sparkle. In these moments, we can paint a clear, hyper-glittered coat of ink on top of the colors in a design.
Specialty inks are either water-based or plastisol based and depending on their properties, they can be applied to both light and dark garments.
They can also be used in combination with either standard or jumbo belt screen printing. So, if you’ve been inking up an idea for your next custom garment, request a quote from IYFA today to get started creating.