Inkjet Printed Trading Card Sports Posters and How Shipping Makes a Difference

Printing sports postersJack Deere, owner of Three Oaks Photography in Wake Forest, N.C., is always on the lookout for new and unique products for his photography studio. One source of inspiration is the LexJet Blog, where others share their experiences and ideas.

“In addition to the great service I’m getting from LexJet, I appreciate the other things LexJet does with tools like the blog. It helps a lot, because I get great ideas from it, like the growth chart printed on Photo Tex,” says Deere. “In fact, we’re testing Photo Tex for different things, like appliqués on windows, wall murals and anything else we can find to do with it; it’s a great material to work with.”

Deere says the studio has been printing its own work for years, and one of the keys to doing it successfully is the confidence he has that he’ll not only get the support he needs, but more importantly that he’ll consistently get the products he needs on time and just in time.

“As a small business, cash flow is king. When an ink cartridge costs more than $100 a pop, even for the small ones, I don’t have to buy one until I absolutely need it. LexJet products get here within one day. I just had an order that arrived from two different distribution points, but they got here at the same time this morning at 10 a.m.,” explains Deere. “LexJet has never missed that deadline so I can order with one day’s notice, and we get quick shipping for that flat rate of $9.99. That’s what I really appreciate – the depth and breadth of how LexJet’s distribution is set up. Sometimes I’ve ordered at 3 in the afternoon and it’s here at 10 the next morning. Hello? That’s why I’m a customer for life; LexJet has saved my bacon every time. And, when I call the 800 number, the phone system is routed so I get my personal rep. I call and I don’t get a voice system, I get, ‘Hey Jack, what’s up?'”

Deere adds that product suggestions from his customer specialist, Michael Clementi, are another plus. One of those suggestions helped lead to a successful product launch that local high schools have embraced called Trading Card Sports Posters.

Deere prints the posters on LexJet TOUGHcoat AquaVinyl PSA (the product Clementi suggested) and applies them to Coroplast. The posters are durable enough to withstand inclement (pun intended) weather when they’re hung up around outdoor venues, like the high school football stadium.

“We only photograph seniors for the posters. We shoot an action shot of them, which I turn into a charcoal pencil drawing in the background, and then add a head shot and a photo of them with the seniors on the team,” explains Deere. “They’re typically used for senior nights at the sports banquets and it’s a gift to the senior from the booster club. Once schools see the posters I get calls from the booster clubs, so I’m in about seven high schools now. We also frame some of them, and when we do that we use LexJet TOUGHcoat Water-Resistant Self Adhesive Polypropylene.”

Are You Ready for Some Football? Tackling a Locker Room Makeover with Carpet Graphics

Producing carpet graphics for a schoolFootball is king in Arkansas, especially Fayetteville, home of Northwest Arkansas Sign Shop and nationally renowned high school and college programs. Local high school Shiloh Christian has fielded an Arkansas state champion football team seven times since 1998.

It’s a legacy that demands recognition, and what better place to recognize the team’s place in history than its locker room and football facility. That’s where Northwest Arkansas Sign Shop brought its expertise in wrapping just about everything in sight into play.

Producing and printing window graphicsThe sign shop’s owner, Steve Holden, says the project called for everything from locker wraps, graphics inside each locker, locker name tags, perforated window graphics, wall wraps and action photo reproductions writ super-large. The “crown jewel,” as Holden calls it, is the 10′ x 10′ logo that sits on the carpet in the middle of the locker room.

Holden consulted with his LexJet customer specialist, Josh Abel, who recommended LexJet Simple CarpetAd topped with LexJet Floor Velvet Laminate (5 Mil) for the project. Holden ordered the product, printed it with the shop’s Mimaki JV3, contour cut the graphic into a circle with a Mimaki plotter and applied it to the low-pile carpet in two halves.

Wrapping lockers with inkjet printsInstallation was a breeze, says Holden. It was a simple matter of staking out where the graphic would be placed, applying one half first, and then lining up the second half to the first.

Since the installation a few weeks ago, Holden says they asked players to purposely walk over the graphic in their cleats. “It held up perfectly,” he says. “It was a large project and the carpet graphics topped it off nicely.”

If you have a similar project on tap, or see the potential for future projects where this application would be appropriate, here are some basic installation, maintenance and removal instructions for LexJet’s Simple CarpetAd Advertising System:

LexJet’s CarpetAd Advertising System has been developed to allow temporary application of graphics to indoor carpeted floors. The pressure sensitive system offers the ease of peel and stick application as well as protection of the graphic for up to 180 days from normal wear and tear. The system is designed for application on indoor low-pile, commercial-grade carpets with a tight weave and a short loop.

LexJet’s CarpetAd system is the combination of LexJet’s CarpetAd base printing film and approved scuff resistant laminate. Approved pressure sensitive laminates include: LexJet Performance Textured Polypropylene Laminate (5 Mil) and LexJet Floor Velvet Laminate (5 Mil).

Surface Preparation

  • The carpet should be thoroughly vacuumed. It should be free of lint and debris prior to installation. If carpets were shampooed or steam cleaned, ensure the carpet is completely dry prior to installation.

Carpet Surface

  • CarpetAd is designed for indoor low-pile, commercial-grade carpets with a tight weave and a short loop. Due to the variability of carpet fibers, weaves and textures, it is necessary for the CarpetAd decal to be thoroughly tested before installing the promotional application. New carpet may have been treated with a “Scotch Guard” product. This may result in poor CarpetAd bond. Clean the carpet using the manufactures recommended procedure before application of CarpetAd.

Graphic Installation

1. Remove a few inches of the liner from the graphic and position onto the floor. Squeegee the front of the graphic starting at the top edge. Remove the liner gradually as you squeegee the graphic to the floor working from the center out using firm, even pressure to avoid trapping air. Overlap all strokes keeping the edges from contact until firmly pressed with the squeegee. Re-burnish all edges to ensure good adhesion.

2. To avoid edge lifting, the graphic should have corners that are rounded to the largest possible radius.


Do not clean or vacuum for at least 24 hours after application to allow for proper adhesion to the carpet. CarpetAd decals can be cleaned using mild soap and water on a sponge to the graphic area. Excessive moisture or saturating with carpet cleaning solutions can cause premature lifting of the decal from the carpet.

If a CarpetAd decal edge lifts up from the carpet for any reason, the decal must be removed and replaced to prevent a tripping hazard.


1. To remove the CarpetAd decal start at one edge. Once the edge is loose from the carpet, pull back on the decal using a smooth consistent force.

2. Upon removal of the graphic, it is normal for a shadow to appear. This is because the area under the graphic is cleaner than the surrounding carpet. Simply clean the entire carpeted area to remove the shadow.