soulkillur asked: What do you use to make your prints, buttons, and stickers?
I start at the easiest stuff first :P I actually use multiple things for my products, as some of my suppliers only supply so much!
For the pins, my father bought me a button maker for Christmas one year! He picked it up from this site, which I think ships internationally. However, now that I’m older (I got it in 2007) and live on my own, I found a better place that sells parts, as well as all of the other fixing closer to me in Toronto! So I save a TON on shipping, and delivery can even be the next day in some cases. So I would recommend, if you want to get into pin making, to look in your bigger cities (if you aren’t in one) for a place that supplies them before going to BuyButtonParts! The kit I have is a 2.25 inch pin press, and a circle cutter, so I don’t have to cut out each design by hand.
For stickers, I use ZapCreatives because I love the quality, their staff is lovely, the process is easy (other than designing the product itself) and they are quick to deliver. I’m currently looking for something more local as Zap is based in the UK and is extremely expensive for me to produce products with, which is why I only have the Pokemon stickers available (hopefully next year I will have my Magical Girl stickers, but we will see!)
For prints, I’ve recently found a GREAT local printing place. I highly recommend that if you want to get stuff printed, you look for a place that is local and specializes in printing. DO NOT USE PLACES LIKE STAPLES, UPS PRINTING, ETC. They are not dedicated to their printing services, I’ve had nothing but headaches, inconvenient resizing, not needed CROPPING and ‘striped’ coloured prints. They have just tacked on printing services, and are good if you need documents, like a resume, printed in a huge quantity. There are tons of speciality printing places, you just need to find them! (I seriously just typed in my city followed by ‘printing’ and it came up with both better places and good reviews of them).
I also print my stuff in full colour, on 100-lb cardstock with a ‘cover’ finish so it looks nice and not like a piece of flimsy piece of paper. For my pins, I print them at the same place, full colour, and on normal paper, nothing too special with them as I need a lot and if the paper is too thick, the cutter hurts my hands (at times I’ve needed to wear a brace while I make pins if the paper is thick).
I THINK?? I’ve covered everything! If you have any more questions, let me know! I hope I’ve helped you in the right direction ^__^
Convention season is approaching!
I haven’t actually been accepted (or denied, for that matter) to booth at any conventions yet, but I need to start working on NEW stock, mostly better poster prints as I feel my selection is pretty weak right now.
What would you like to see me bring to the table? Let me know by replying here or send me an ask!