Awesome is the new ugly. Whether you’re looking to shine at the office holiday party or make an unforgettable family card, it’s best to create your own Christmas sweaters using dye-sublimation and stock images instead of shopping the same selections as everyone else.
Sublimation printing uses heat to transfer ink onto fabric, allowing for an all-over graphic effect. You can take any high-resolution image and transform it into clothing with this process—perfect for the many unique holiday visuals in the Storyblocks library.
We picked 12 of our favorites (including two HD video snapshots from our sister site, VideoBlocks) and collaborated with a dye-sublimation clothing shop on Etsy, to produce truly bizarre and beautiful sweaters. You can see the final products below, as modeled by our sprightly coworker, Rick.
Here’s how we did it:
- 1) Download one or more holiday images on GraphicStock.
- 2) Contact the dye-sublimation printing company of your choice and request a custom order. We used i3am, which worked out perfectly.
- 3) Create a mockup and send it to the printer or ask them to make one for you.
- 4) Once the design is approved and submitted, just sit back and relax! Your sweater should arrive in 2-3 weeks. (Sorry ladies—no Rick included.)
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