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We do not offer production proofs or first articles for ribbons. You may request a sample of many products and materials. Sample requests will be generic products showing the capabilities of our machines and processes. A proof will be emailed to you soon after we process your orders so that you can approve the design of your product.
Yes. For all Custom Ribbons, a proof will be created and emailed to you soon after your order has been processed. Please make any revisions, if any, on this proof and return it to us. The production of your ribbons will NOT begin until you have approved your design and we receive a signed proof.
Imprinted ribbons use a foil stamping process that transfers foil or pigment colors to the ribbon surface at high temperatures. First, the metal or polymer stamp is attached to the stamping machine and heated. The foil comes next, with the ribbon last. Pressing the stamp down onto the foil transfers the color onto the ribbon surface.
The quality of your printed ribbons is dependent upon the quality of the artwork submitted to Personalized Ribbons. Vector art retains its quality when the size of the images is changed. It also provides the clean edges between colors that are required to produce metal and polymer dies.
Vector artwork is required for all imprinted ribbons that have your logo or custom artwork. If you don't have a vector file, we offer an artwork clean-up/conversion process. This process will trace your bitmap, capturing the underlying shapes in a vector format. There is a 24 hour turnaround time required for this service and no expediting option is available. The vector file will be sent to you upon payment.
A bitmap image is not converted to a vector format when it is saved or embedded into a vector file; when this is attempted the image is simply embedded in the new file and no conversion takes place.
STEP 1 - Make a Mock-Up:
Use a ribbon the width that you want, to create the shape that you need. If you will be tying it around something, use something of a similar size to tie it around to create your mock-up. Trim or mark the ends.
STEP 2 - Take Measurements:
Mark where you want the imprint to begin and end. Then untie the ribbon and measure as shown here:
If you will be cutting the tails off at an angle, be sure to measure from the longest point.
STEP 3 - The Final Result:
The ribbon will be imprinted with the long and short gaps that you specify. The final result will be a ribbon with two imprints, a big space, then two more imprints.
Here is how you would cut it to achieve the same lengths seen in your mock-up:
You will then cut between the two imprints that are close together to create strips with an imprint on either end.
STEP 4 - Reading the Proof:
Before we imprint your order, we will send you a proof for your approval. Due to the limited space available and the lengths of the finished products, some adjustments have to be made to get all the information to fit. Here is an example of a typical Continuous Ribbon proof:
A - Ruler depicting a length to-scale side-to-side.
B - Rough sketch of where the imprints will be in relationship to each other. Side-to-side distances are to-scale; height of imprints and ribbon have not been adjusted to match finished product. Use the ruler above to verify that the long gap, short gap, and imprints are all the length required.
C - Larger view of finished ribbon, showing the imprint to-scale and an estimation of the requested colors. The area of the imprints and the short gap can usually be shown. The long gap will not fit, so is represented by the spaces on either end.
Stock Badge Ribbons:
Custom Badge Ribbons:
Full Color Badge Ribbons:
Imprinted badge ribbons allow the mixing of different titles and color choices to meet the minimum requirements. Full-color ribbons have a minimum order of 100 pieces per ribbon layout.
Every change of ribbon text, color, or layout requires a new stamp and the set-up fee covers the cost of manufacturing the stamp and the time needed for machinery set-up.
We recommend metal stamps because metal retains the heat required for stamping and is hard, creating cleaner edges on the imprint. However, there is an increase in cost and production times. A metal stamp is required for the following situations:
Polymer stamps are created using resins and are softer than metal. These stamps do not transfer heat in the same way as metal, making the final product less crisp. Polymer stamps work well for bold lettering larger than 24 points, imprint colors that transfer at lower temperatures (see order pages for information) and rush orders. Polymer dies are only available for custom text ribbons.
While we recommend a metal stamp for every imprinting job, there are four instances they are required:
Stock rosettes are a cost effective way to recognize every winner and achievement.
Custom rosette ribbons are a colorful and attractively designed symbol of success and top achievement. You can customize every aspect of these awards, from the size to the ribbon colors and imprinted message.
We offer two convenient ways for you to place an order; by phone (1-800-272-5729) or online. By phone, you can speak with one of our customer service representatives who can answer your questions, help you put together an order and can provide you with an accurate quote. Online, you can view various images and samples, see the ribbon colors and center designs and check out the prices and production times, as well as place an order.
Due to the complex nature of custom rosettes, customer service will always email you with a final quote and a proof, which must be approved before production begins.