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10 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

25 Volleyball T-shirt Designs for Fall 2011

Back in September we set you up with a few of our custom marching band t-shirts that were created in our Design Studio. This week, we’re serving up a smattering of the volleyball t-shirts who bumped, set and spiked their way through our Design Studio this fall.


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10 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Designosaurus Rex: Dinos in the BlueCotton Design Studio

Twenty-one years ago tomorrow, on August 12, 1990, Susan Hendrickson made an amazing discovery. In a cliff face near Faith, South Dakota, Hendrickson found what would turn out to be the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in known existence. Eventually named “Sue”–after its discoverer–the skeleton was very well-preserved and over 90 percent complete.

By now you might be wondering, what on earth does this historic event have to do with custom-printed t-shirts? Well, to be honest, nothing except that it’s a great excuse to create some dinosaur-themed designs in our BlueCotton design studio! Below are four dino-designs I created. All of them were made using only clip art and text tools native to the design studio–no uploaded images were used. You can click on the images below to open them in our design studio. Check them out and then create your own!

What REALLY Killed the DinosaursKing of the Dinosaurs

ThunderlizardDino + 65 Million Years = Oil

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18 July 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Cassette Tapes: The Zombie Media Format That Still Thrives on Threads

“Once upon a time there was something more powerful than Twitter, MySpace and Facebook combined. It was a platform that brought people together and allowed a you a chance to paint on a blank canvas with music. This, ladies and gentleman was the mixtape. For over 25s the mixtape was the status update of the day. They could be a love letter, a sign of friendship or the grandstanding of musical knowledge. All recorded across two sides of a … cassette.” ~ Dan Slee

British newspaper The Sun published “The Death of the Casette Tape” in 2007. Some could argue this obituary was a bit late. By 2000, CD’s and mp3s had already come of age and enjoyed the lion’s share of the music market. Regardless, the cassette tape held it’s own for well over 40 years, and seems to be currently clawing it’s way out of a shallow grave and back into pop culture.

You can find a myriad of cassette tape memorabilia on the web, from Iphone cases to belt buckles, coin purses and necklaces. There are a few record companies now issuing special editions of new releases on cassette tape. Turns out cassette tapes are harder to bootleg than digital media. Just when we thought the cassette had died, and slipped into flea market and trash bin oblivion, the hipsters have revived it. Below you will find a smattering of the cassette tape t-shirts horde roaming the web.

The cassette tape makes a great icon on custom t-shirts – for 80s parties or birthday parties for a child of the 80s. Use our cassette tape clipart or upload your own – and get started on your very own mixtape t-shirt.

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09 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Design Studio Tip: Grouping (Video)

Like most software programs, the BlueCotton Design Studio has some really cool and useful features that may not be obvious to the casual user. One such feature is grouping! Grouping allows you to select multiple objects at once, letting you scale and move those objects as a collective group. This is especially useful when you’ve got your design just how you want it, but maybe not exactly where you want it.

Using the grouping feature is pretty straight-forward. When in the Design Studio, simply click and drag the selection box around the objects you would like to manipulate as a group. Now, with the objects selected, you can move and resize them together just as if they were a single object! Check out the video below for a simple demonstration of how to use Design Studio grouping feature!

Want more tips for using the BlueCotton Design Studio? Be sure to read our previous entries regarding the Distressed Effect and our library of Design Ideas.

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02 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Charlie Sheenanigans!

Charlie Sheen

He's lost his marbles.

Poor, Charlie Sheen. It seems like the overwhelming pressure of “winning” has finally gotten the best of him.

If you’ve been following the media in the past week, then there’s no way you’ve avoided the fascinating, continuing saga of Charlie Sheen. In just a few days, Sheen has done dozens of interviews regarding his feud with “Two and a Half Men” creator, Chuck Lorre–all of which have produced some of the most spectacularly absurd quotes we’ve ever heard.

So, what better way to commemorate such insane babble than to put it on a t-shirt for all to remember and enjoy!

Check out some designs we here at BlueCotton created featuring our favorite Charlie Sheen quotes and phrases. Want one of your own? Just click the image! The design will open in our Design Studio where you can change the layout, shirt style/color, and then place your order!

Click here to check out even more Charlie Sheen inspired designs!

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24 February 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Win $200 Worth of T-shirts!

In our latest t-shirt design contest, we’ve upped the ante with our biggest prize yet! Create your t-shirt design entirely in the Design Studio, share it on our Facebook page, and get the most “Likes” by March 9th and you could win $200 of credit! Watch the video below for details. Good luck!

For more BlueCotton videos, check out our YouTube channel.

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