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July 4th Party Banners

Now that summer has arrived, planning for family or business shindigs is underway. However, the annual headliner everyone looks forward to and is preparing for is their July 4th celebration. Whether you’re planning a company barbecue or a neighborhood pool party, there are certain staple party items on every checklist—food options, selecting a venue, and […]

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Now that summer has arrived, planning for family or business shindigs is underway. However, the annual headliner everyone looks forward to and is preparing for is their July 4th celebration.

Whether you’re planning a company barbecue or a neighborhood pool party, there are certain staple party items on every checklist—food options, selecting a venue, and choosing fun group activities. One of the most crucial factors for the success of any Independence Day party, however, is the festive decorations. Here at Printsocial, we’ve got you covered! Below are five print essentials for planning an epic 4th of July party.

4th of July Party Decorations

Fun Flag Stickers

Our short run stickers are a cost-effective and creative way to share your brand. This marketing tool is traditionally distributed to be worn on your party guest’s apparel and belongings, but you can also utilize the stickers as seals for wrapped food items and labels for cups. While stickers are great for people of all ages, children are the perfect target audience for this colorful product. Our short run stickers are offered in a variety of sizes and quantities. 

Patriotic Banners

Announce your celebration in style with our diverse range of high quality indoor and outdoor vinyl banners. We offer 10mil Premium Matte Indoor Vinyl, 15oz Blockout Indoor Vinyl, 13oz Indoor/Outdoor Scrim Vinyl, and 8oz Mesh Outdoor Vinyl. Our banners are printed single-sided and have options to include grommets and/or hems, making them easy for displaying on the wall or draped in front of one of your tables. 

Hang Tags for Party Favors

Hang tags are a versatile product perfect for a party! At Printsocial, we offer a diverse selection of sizes and print options for our hang tags. Our finishes range from the rustic 18PT Kraft paper to a Glossy UV Coated paper. Use hang tags to create labels for wine glasses and beer bottles. Leave space for your party-goers to sign their name in patriotic colors, and you’re set! Hang tags are also a great way to add a festive touch to a party favor. Use them as a tie for a bundle of sparklers or bubbles.

Directional Yard Signs

Don’t let your guests get lost on the way to your event. Yard signs are ideal for directional purposes, particularly if it’s a large public venue or set back from the road. 

Party Invites

Invitations are the perfect way to keep your family, friends, and coworkers in the loop about your 4th of July celebration. We offer premium paper stock, sizes, and finishes, ranging from Glossy UV Coated to Pearl Metallic. Our invitations are perfect for showcasing important event details.

5 Print Items to Help Make Your 4th of July Party a Success

Whether you’re hosting a corporate affair or a social event, a successful party relies on creativity. Here at Printsocial, we offer the decorating solutions you need to bring your 4th of July festivities to life. 

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3 New Painted Edge Business Card Colors

Flat Red, Pearlescent Yellow and Pearlescent Orange Painted Edge Business Cards are now Available!

Order Now Flat Red, Pearlescent Yellow, and Pearlescent Orange Painted Edge Business Cards are now available! Flat Red Step your business card game up with bold flat red painted edges. The flat red edges present a sense of confidence and strength that will elevate any business card design. Pearlescent Yellow Nothing says good vibes quite […]

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Flat Red, Pearlescent Yellow, and Pearlescent Orange Painted Edge Business Cards are now available!

Flat Red

Step your business card game up with bold flat red painted edges. The flat red edges present a sense of confidence and strength that will elevate any business card design.

New! Flat Red Painted Edges

Pearlescent Yellow

Nothing says good vibes quite like the color yellow. Make someone smile by handing them a business card with pearlescent yellow edges. The yellow paint has a slight pearlescent shimmer that allows the color to really pop.

Pearlescent Yellow Painted Edges

Pearlescent Orange

While we love all of our painted edge color options, we are slightly bias to pearlescent orange being our fav. The color adds a creative edge to your brand and truly stands out.

Pearlescent Orange Painted Edges

Currently, our painted edge business cards are available in quantities of 250 and are 2’’x 3.5’’ with standard corners.

Interested in learning more about our 32PT Uncoated Painted Edge business cards? Click here.

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We are Excited to Announce our Free Shipping Policy

Printsocial Free Shipping Policy

We’ve done it! Printsocial is the first online printer to offer free shipping on every order, every day. No tricks or gimmicks!

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We’ve done it! Printsocial is the first online printer to offer free shipping on every order, every day. No tricks or gimmicks!

What does that mean for you? No matter how many sets or how high the quantity, ground shipping is always free! Unlike other online printers, we’re not going to have you search online for a special code, offer a code for a limited time, or meet specific requirements for free shipping. Customers will always have a free shipping option on every order, every day. Free shipping is available in the contiguous 48 states (not available in Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada.)

“We’re pretty excited for the launch of Free Shipping here at Print Social,” Vice President and Business Development Rachelle Pacholski said. “Offering Free Shipping will simplify the ordering process for our customers by providing them with true, out-the-door pricing. Any product, any quantity, no matter how many sets are included, will ship for free. It’s just that simple.”

Make your print purchases count! At Printsocial, our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, affordable, and environmentally responsible printing. Those who purchase our products help contribute to our Print with Purpose program, where 5% of every order placed is given back to the non-profit organization of their choice.

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Print With Purpose™: Beds for Kids

Print with Purpose: Beds for Kids

Beds for Kids is working together with Printsocial as part of our Print with Purpose™ program. This means you now have the opportunity to donate 5% of your order to this truly incredible organization at checkout. Here at Printsocial, we believe it’s important to share these stories so others can learn more about their causes […]

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Beds for Kids is working together with Printsocial as part of our Print with Purpose™ program. This means you now have the opportunity to donate 5% of your order to this truly incredible organization at checkout. Here at Printsocial, we believe it’s important to share these stories so others can learn more about their causes and the impact they have on our community.

In his early 30s, Beds for Kids’ Executive Director Daniel Fogarty decided to leave the private equity investment world.


“I need to do something with my life that mattered,” he said. “So, I decided I was going to go volunteer around Charlotte for a year. Over the course of that [year], I met the two other co-founders, Tim Rowley and Brandon Holmes.”

In 2011, the trio was trying to figure out the biggest need in Charlotte. At that time, co-founder Tim Rowley worked to donate a couch to a local family.

“He went into the [house] with the couch, and it was a single mom with three kids, and there was no furniture in the house,” Fogarty said. “So, he started trying to figure out how to get the kids off the floor—we started asking a lot of questions. And then we all met up; the rest is history.”

The nonprofit’s vision is “to see the families in the community we serve become self-sufficient.”

“In our first year, we assisted 256 kids,” Fogarty said. “We’re expected to hit the 2,000 mark this year. And as of last Friday, we’ve delivered 6,295 beds since 2011.”

According to Fogarty, Beds for Kids works with 27 referring agencies when finding families in need.

“Those social workers are our frontline eyes and ears, and they are the ones that as clients are coming in through their programs, they will make that referral,” he said. “One of the reasons we do that is because those families need to be in other services as well, and it allows us to play a really good support system to the social worker…we want to be a tool in their tool belt, rather than just another agency that helps families. So if we can help them with a family, then we’re killing two birds with one stone.”

Beds for Kids donates on average 45-50 pieces of furniture per family.

“So, it’s basic living room furniture—couch, coffee table, end table—basic kitchen furniture —- a kitchen table and chairs for everyone in the house—, a bed and bedding for everyone in the house—new sheets, pillow, pillow case, blanket, or comforter,” Fogarty said. “And then we try to [give] at least one dresser per room. If we have student desks, we’ll put a desk in the kid’s room with one chair.”

The nonprofit is also in need of lamps, as a lot of the public housing in Mecklenburg County does not provide overhead lighting besides in the bathroom.

“If a kid’s in their room and wants to read at night in bed, and they don’t have an overhead lamp, they’re either having to do it with a flashlight or a cell phone,” Fogarty said. “And most of our client families may have one phone for the household, unlike most families.”

Check out a full list of furniture items that Beds for Kids takes here: www.bedsforkids.org/items-we-take

Beds for Kids Needed Items

Beds for Kids has 10 full-time staff members, but their biggest support comes from their volunteers. According to Fogarty, 2,100 volunteers worked with the non-profit in 2016. Even businesses such as Ashley Home Store have teamed up with Beds for Kids.

Beds for Kids Staff Members

“They are volunteers, they offer monetary donations, there are scratch and dent donations, but the real bed and butter for Ashley are their sales associates,” he said.

Fogarty explains that when potential customers enter the furniture store seeking a couch, the sales associate will ask if the couch they are replacing is in good shape and whether they would be willing to donate it to Beds for Kids.

Fogarty stresses the belief that everyone can make a difference, whether it’s through volunteer time or donations.

“We need their volunteer time,” he said. “And if you have a storage unit, if you’re downsizing, if you’ve got stuff in your attic that you’re going, “Hey, it’s spring cleaning time,” and the stuff is in good shape, and you don’t know what to do with it, we can put it to good use.”

For more information about Beds for Kids, visit www.bedsforkids.org.

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InkTank: Unique Uses for Hang Tags

Creative Uses for Hang Tags

Order Now Hang tags, commonly used as price tags and product information tags, are the latest product to be put under the microscope. How can this little card with a hole be helpful to people outside of their normal uses? Mason Jar Tags A customer came to us with an idea for a tea party […]

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Hang tags, commonly used as price tags and product information tags, are the latest product to be put under the microscope. How can this little card with a hole be helpful to people outside of their normal uses?

Mason Jar Tags

A customer came to us with an idea for a tea party she was having. She was going to give each of her guest mason jars that held the ingredients for Sweet Tea. She needed to give them something that held the instructions. We suggested creating a hang tag to be tied to the jar. With a little bit of string added, the gift was complete.

I’ve had many people over the years give me the jars of cookie mix for Christmas. A little hang tag would be perfect for this type of gift too. You can add the instructions and put a small holiday note, all on the same tag.

Tags for Mason Jars

Gift Tags

It seems like my kids are constantly being invited to birthday party these days. And with so many gifts being given, sometimes it becomes a bit much to also include a card for each gift. So I decided to create gift tags for each of them. Now, each time they have a gift to give, they attach their hang tag with a special note written on the back. Neither tag is birthday themed, so they can be used no matter the occasion. My youngest loves mermaids and my oldest loves Paris, so both tags reflect their interests.Hang Tags Make Great Gift Tags

Bookmarks, Branding, & More

Create jazzed up bookmarks by adding ribbon or string to the end of them. Hang tags are perfect for that. Rather than you having to worry about punching the hole yourself, you can order the hang tag that comes pre-punched.

Another idea that would be great for hang tags is for thank you’s. Businesses constantly are sending out thank you notes and gifts to their customers – thanking them for their business and loyalty. This photo below is a great example of how to spread the love to those who have helped your business grow.

Need a product tag for jewelry? Hang tags are great for that too. Just punch the earrings directly through the hang tag and voila instant branded packaging!

There are a variety of other ways to incorporate the use of hang tags. Use them as bookmarks, jewelry holders and thank you tags. The possibilities are endless.

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Featured Stock: 18PT French Kraft

Rustic and Chic Kraft Hang Tags

Shop 18PT French Kraft Business Cards Dare to be different with our unique 18PT French Kraft Paper Stock. This specialty paper’s light brown stock features 30% recycled material, natural fibers, and subtly visible flecks, giving it a natural and organic appearance and texture.

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Dare to be different with our unique 18PT French Kraft Paper Stock.

This specialty paper’s light brown stock features 30% recycled material, natural fibers, and subtly visible flecks, giving it a natural and organic appearance and texture.

18PT French Kraft Paper Stock

Our 18PT French Kraft Paper Stock is the perfect touch to add to handmade goods, organic products,  invitations, and outdoorsy items. 18PT French Kraft hang tags are perfect for highlighting handmade clothes, jewelry, food items, and accessories as well as labeling mason jars. 18PT French Kraft business cards are great for folk and bluegrass musicians, local artisans, and staff members at outdoor/adventure attractions. This stock is perfect for creating memorable save-the-dates and invitations. The stock can aid in adding a vintage and rustic chic feel for weddings. 

18PT French Kraft Save the Dates: Wedding, Graduations, Birthdays and more.

Its uncoated finish provides excellent print quality, and the colored stock adds a warmth and rustic appeal to the images. Optional white ink can be applied in specific areas or all over, giving you the flexibility to add contrast and to have colors pop. In order for ink colors to print opaque the white ink will need to be printed under them, otherwise, the brown paper will show through slightly. 

Because this paper is recycled and colored, there may be a slight color variation due to the materials utilized in the manufacturing process. In addition, the paper’s fleck will vary between sheet to sheet as well as press run to press run. If you have any questions about our 18PT French Kraft paper stock, one of our awesome customer service representatives will be happy to assist you.

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What is Bleed & Why do Print Files Require it?

To bleed or not to bleed – that is the question. When it comes to print, the answer is to bleed. So what exactly is bleed, and why is it required to be included in your print files?

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To bleed or not to bleed – that is the question. When it comes to print, the answer is to bleed. So what exactly is bleed, and why is it required to be included in your print files?

Bleed is the extra area included in a print file that allows ink and finishes to be printed all the way to the edge of the printed piece. Bleeds extend further than the cut line to ensure that a white edge does not remain after the cutting process. If the incorrect amount of bleed or no bleed is included in the print file then any shift when cutting would lead to a small amount of white area remaining on the product.

All of our file setup templates include a bleed area so that you can be sure your artwork contains the correct amount of bleed. The background of your design should extend past the trim line to the edge of the file. We require all files to be submitted with bleed. The area between the red and gray lines in our templates is the bleed area. This is the area that your artwork is required to extend to.Business Card File Template The majority of our standard print products like business cards require a bleed of 0.0625″ on all sides. Your bleed can be larger than this just keep in mind that you may get a warning when you upload your files.  As long as the previews look good, you should be all set.

Check File Bleed with Uploader Feature

Large format products such as banners and H-stake signs do not require any bleed. If you any questions regarding bleed or the setup of your print files please contact one of our awesome customer service representatives. They will be happy to review your files.

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How to Use Pinterest for Printspiration

From sports to wedding ideas, Pinterest is the go-to for the latest trends and creative ideas. Dubbed “the world’s catalogue of ideas” on its website, Pinterest has been in business since 2010. Whether you’re designing your wedding invitation or choosing the stock for your baby shower cards, Pinterest offers a plethora of inspiration.

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From sports to wedding ideas, Pinterest is the go-to for the latest trends and creative ideas. Dubbed “the world’s catalogue of ideas” on its website, Pinterest has been in business since 2010.

Whether you’re designing your wedding invitation or choosing the stock for your baby shower cards, Pinterest offers a plethora of inspiration.

Color Trends and Design

Announced earlier this year on Pantone’s website, the 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery (Pantone 15-0343). A “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade,” the color is viewed as nature’s neutral and a symbol of new beginnings.

Simple greenery weddings and illustrated green leaves are an anticipated wedding trend for this spring and summer. You can expect designs incorporating tropical foliage, rustic wreaths, romantic garland, and a mixture of succulents.

Floral is also expected to be highly welcomed in 2017, especially for outdoor, boho and vintage themed weddings.

Luxurious metallic touches are expected to make a comeback this year. Inline or stamped foil for borders and flourishes are the perfect way to incorporate this trend. Printsocial offers nine inline foil options and numerous metallic stamped foil options for your printing needs.

Themes and Color Palettes

With so many wedding color palettes and themes out there, it can become a challenge to select the perfect one to set the mood. With the help of Janie Kliever’s article, “100 Brilliant Color Combinations and How to Apply Them to Your Designs,” I found 5 color combinations for popular wedding themes.

Nature

Using warm, grayish undertones makes the cooler greens contrast nicely for a nature themed wedding. This invitation was inspired by #4 “Crisp& Dramatic” artwork on Kliever’s page.

Nature color examples for print.

Garden

The berry and yellow-green shades contrast nicely with the neutral shades of gray, making for a lovely spring color palette. This invitation was inspired by #15 “Birds & Berries” artwork on Kliever’s page.

Examples of garden colors for your next print project.

Tropical

Using warm and cool colors in both bright and subdued shades, this color palette is perfect for a tropical destination wedding. This invitation was inspired by #12 “Surf & Turf” artwork on Kliever’s page.

Tropical color examples fro your next print project.

Rustic

This palette of neutrals creates a shabby chic and rustic feel. This invitation was inspired by #80 “Shabby Chic Neutrals” artwork on Kliever’s page.

Example of rustic colors for your next print project.

Vintage

The neutral brown and warm gray combined with the rose and honeysuckle create a charming vintage theme. This invitation was inspired by #68 “Vintage Charm” artwork on Kliever’s page. 

Vintage Color Palette from Pinterest

Interested in learning more about our variety of invitations and announcements? Click here.

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Why College Grads Need Business Cards

College Grads Use Business Cards

Shop Now Whether you’re a recent college grad or you’re wrapping up your final collegiate semester, it’s important to dive into the job hunt prepared. In this digital age, it may be hard to fathom that business cards are still relevant. Well, I’ve got news for you; print isn’t dead.

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Whether you’re a recent college grad or you’re wrapping up your final collegiate semester, it’s important to dive into the job hunt prepared. In this digital age, it may be hard to fathom that business cards are still relevant. Well, I’ve got news for you; print isn’t dead.

By combining tech savvy knowledge and modern business cards, you’re sure to stand out among your fellow competitors.

Using business cards during networking and social events give you a huge advantage. Here’s how:

Benefits of Business Cards

1) While it’s nearly impossible to find someone without a smartphone, that doesn’t mean it’s easier or faster to share your contact information. Instead of typing his or her information in on the spot, you can simply hand someone a business card. This gives the person the opportunity to plug in your information at his or her convenience.

2) Business cards are more personable. Engaging in eye contact and cultivating a conversation is key for starting a strong business relationship. It’s better to create that personal interaction by handing out a physical business card.

3) Business cards give you the opportunity to showcase your creativity.  It can be hard to show diversity by simply texting your contact information or only sending an invite via LinkedIn. Make sure your business card stands out; don’t be afraid to use unique color combinations, styles or finishes. If you’re looking to give your business cards a playful edge, our Painted Edge Business Card gives off a pop of pearlescent color. If you’re wanting to add a special feature, explore our Matte with Spot UV Business Card, which offers a spot gloss feature against a dull matte stock. Creative business cards stand out; your business card is a physical representation of your self-branding. When a prospective employer or colleague takes away your card from an encounter, your brand stays with them.

Photographer Painted Edge Business Cards

4) You can use your business cards to promote your online presence. When creating your business card, your name and contact information is a must. However, your contact information doesn’t have to stop at your email and phone number. Does your Instagram showcase your creative side? Perfect, you can add your handle. However, make sure your content is appropriate for professional use. Any professional websites or online portfolios are also extremely beneficial.

SEE ALSO: InkTank: Creative Uses for Business Cards

Remember, your business card is one of your key marketing tools. When you meet a professional at a networking or social event, you’ll be able to exchange business cards with confidence.

Choosing the right printing company to create your business cards can be a little overwhelming. If you’re looking for affordable, unique, and socially responsible business cards, check us out! We offer a wide variety of different styles and finishes.

Unsure of where to start? Our in-house designers can work with you on creating your dream business card. Here at Printsocial, we’re dedicated to making a difference; because of this, we donate a minimum of 5% of our gross revenue to charity organizations and fundraising efforts of your choice. Feel good about your purchase; Print with Purpose.

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InkTank: Wedding Ideas

Unique Ways to Incorporate Print into your Wedding.

With wedding season right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about those small details that can add so much personality to your wedding.

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With wedding season right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about those small details that can add so much personality to your wedding.

Everyone knows you need a save-the-date and an invitation, but what you may not realize is that there are a ton of additional printed items you can take advantage of, even on a small budget. We’ve put together a variety of unique examples that will take your wedding to a whole new level!

We’ve put together a variety of unique examples that will take your wedding to a whole new level! Beautiful Wedding Invites and Stationary

In the above Jenson-Baker wedding, this couple created eight different pieces that tied their entire wedding together. They started with the save the date and a matching envelope. A few months later they set out a coordinating wedding invitation with matching envelope. This also included a small postcard for the RSVP card. (No need to put this in an envelope. This will save you the cost to print the envelopes, plus you can get a break on postage by mailing it as a postcard.)

While at the wedding, each guest received a wedding program and when they got to the reception, the guests had a little place card with their names on it. The cards were printed with the design and then each name was hand written for that personal touch. After the wedding was over, the couple sent out a personalized thank you card that included a photo from their wedding.

Another example of wedding pieces was done for a couple named Emily & Joel. They did their save the date and invite with us, but also added a few other fun pieces. At the reception, they had business-card size cards sitting at each person’s place setting, asking everyone to give a little advice for the bride and groom. When cocktails were ordered, guests received square, silk card to use as coasters. And lastly, for the guest gift, each person received a mini bottle of wine. The couple printed white BOPP labels to go on each bottle, making it a little more personal.

Custom Wedding Stationary Design

Another idea, that I thought was clever, is that during an engagement party, Stefan & Reshma asked each of their guests to suggest a honeymoon location. They printed the below hangtags and had a large map of the world hung on the wall. Each guest wrote down their suggestion and then hung the tag, with pushpins, to the map. So much fun!

Uses of Hang tags at a wedding.

A few more ideas for you:

  • Hangtags are great to tie on to your guest gift, whatever it may be. Put a little “thank you for coming” message on there with your names and the event date.
  • Need directionals? Or just fun signs as guests drive in? Don’t forget about yard signs. You can purchase quantities as small as one sign and they come with the stakes to inset into the ground.
  • Step and Repeat banners are a great way to get your guests taking photos and creating memories. Print your names repeatedly (like a special even step & repeat) or create a nice photo backdrop. Either way, your guest will be excited to take their photos and remember this great event.
  • Do you have a hashtag or wedding social media page? Create a small card that directs your guest to your social pages so they can share all their photos with you. For hashtag inspiration, take a look at the blog by The Knot: 20 Creative Ways to Display Your Wedding Hashtag.  

When designing these pieces, one thing to keep in mind is that each piece should represent you and your theme. From the save-the-date all the way to the final thank you card, they should all coordinate and express your theme. Before starting your save-the-date, really put some time and thought into your colors and feel of the wedding. Not only will the guests notice these special touches, but they’ll make a wonderful keepsake for you to remember your special day.

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