The personalised balloons experince
Printing messages, designs and logos to create your custom balloons. Great for named celebration and product marketing. For logos select the logo on balloon option. Attaching an electronic file copy to the order enables our artwork team to enhance the design for printing in one colour ink onto a balloon.
If you are after printed words, choose our message on a balloon option. This option allows text to be typed with the on-line order. The type of font to print can also be chosen from a selection of over 20 fonts. Our third custom balloon option is a mix of the two combinations, where text and message on a balloon from a supplied logo and message is printed. The text can printed anywhere around the logo, above, below, beside or a combination of all. If you have your own design for a wedding or celebration, then use the logo on balloon option. All our personalised balloons are printed neck down unless specified. Neck down means the design will read the correct way round when the printed balloon is held with the neck is nearest the floor. Most custom balloons are printed this way. The opposite is neck up. Only request neck up if the custom balloon are to be hung from a ceiling and filled with air to hang down with the neck part of the custom balloon nearest the ceiling. Any designs sent to us must be copyright free or copyright owned. We are unable to print designs, logos and brands that are not registered by yourself. The minimum order for custom balloons is 25 units.
The more units ordered, the cost per balloon decreases. Custom balloon printing uses a special elastic ink onto the latex balloon. This causes the ink to stretch when the custom balloon is inflated. The latex balloons used are made by Belbal. Belbal are industry known for being a high quality balloon. . They are designed for weddings and product promotions as the overall size is usually larger and the colours are stronger. Cheaper personalised balloons can be purchased but offer a inferior quality and a smaller size. When choosing balloon colours, consider colour harmonies. This involves looking at a colour wheel and choosing colours that are either on opposite sides of the wheel, next to each other or equal distance apart. Another idea for balloon colours is to select shades. Three different shades of one colour or even one white balloon and two shades of a colour. Visit the tiger colour harmonies website http://www.tigercolor.com/color-lab/color-theory/color-harmonies.htm for a great explanation on colour matching. There are a few ideas when thinking about artwork and inks as well. The best results with ink colours, try to use black or white ink colours that contrast with the balloon colour. Red balloons works well with white ink as shown in the video clip below. When it comes to artwork we convert the image to a single colour. This single colour image can be inverted to provide a bigger impact. This is where the ink and non-inked areas are swapped. Here is an example of inverting the image for our importantoccasions.co.uk logo.
On the left hand side, our basic logo in black ink. The right side shows a customised imaged inverted so the logo is shown as the colour of the balloon with the previous clear part of the logo (the box around the words) now shown in ink. Our most popular printing on balloons option is the logo print. More recently we have seen a demand for wedding invitations on a balloon (also known as "save the date" products). Love lio websites has more ideas for save the date products including a picture example of a customised balloon. Popular around valentines day is the request to print around 50 custom balloons with "Will you marry me" printed on them. How sweet..
Get personalised balloons with in 3 days
Its takes around a week from order to delivery of your personalised balloon product. This gives us time to enhance artwork, build the screens, complete the print process and get the delivery completed. There is also an option to turn around work quicker when ordering online (around 3 days) with our three day balloon printing service. Extra charges will apply for this service and subject to supplied artwork being submitted correctly. The 3 day turn around starts when the artwork for printing has been approved acceptable. Artwork requirements – On our ordering page there is an option to attach a file for the artwork. We can receive most artwork file types with the most popular being pdf, jpg, tiff and png. Please remember to send original good quality large artwork files. If you having a problem with artwork, we can sometimes enhance features and improve personalised designs. We will also confirm changes with yourself before starting the print process. Please do not send word processor files (.doc). This type of file does not always store the font information. When we open up the file it will apply alternative font types that may look very different to your personal design. Pdf files also sometimes display alternative fonts. PNG or JPG is best. You can always send us a number of ideas and we can draft up a small design from your description. It is possible to send us a photograph to personalise a balloon. The best way to describe this balloon printing process is to draw a picture using one felt tip colour pen only. Our artwork teams will enhance the photo best suited for a one colour print. Please bear in mind that printing photographs in one colour will change the look of the print. We will email you a print proof before printing on balloons. To enhance the picture, we strip away the background and change and convert the remaining to a black and white image. We print onto high quality 12" latex balloons made by Belbal. We are here to help with the artwork issues. A high percentage of personalised artwork submitted is usually two small or of poor quality. We will advise on artwork quality before sending it to the print teams. Artwork checking and in some cases enhancements are all included in our standard price and we won't add extra charges. We always personalised your balloons using silk screen printing. THere is a cheaper alternative called litho printing. The results however display a poorer print edge quality and a non even colour distribution. Our belief is helping for customer get the quality print production they need. The standard method to measure a personalised balloon size is by the diameter of the balloon. This is the largest point around the personalised balloon when fully inflated. Our online shop is safe. We use high quality secure companies and software to protect your details. Our website is hosted in the UK and our payment provide is paypal who have extra securities to protect the consumer. As well as using high quality balloons, we have a history or in working on the party and balloon printing industry. Our original company provided balloons and a childrens party organising service around the Coventry, Birmingham and Leicester areas. Originally known as Small important people (we liked the name) we room personalised the room and run parties for kids. Visiting village halls, hired hotel rooms, school sports halls and large homes to provide the most decorated parties in the midlands. We noticed during the parties that parents liked personalisation. We projected the child's name onto a screen, spelt the birthday name out in inflatables and personalised balloons. Being very different our work was highlighted in an article in the Coventry evening telegraph titled Big party fun for small ones. The company expanded to supply large balloon decorations for Weddings, Colleges, Schools and University balls. A number of this work requested customised printing on balloons. The personalised printing part of the company developed. We have always identified the internet as underdeveloped for a lot of the party industry and whilst books, music and holidays boomed on the ecommerce front, balloon decorators were still trying to sell from town shops. We decided therefore to concentrate our efforts from word or mouth and the websites we have built. The combination of the two means we have to offer great customer service at competitive pricing.
Deliver areas for personalised balloons
All the big UK places (London, Birmingham, Manchester, Coventry…) and all the smaller places too (Louth, Beverley, Framlingham). In fact anywhere in the UK. Please remember to add any instructions when ordering to offices or homes that may be a little hard to locate. We like to help the couriers.
Alternative companies offering balloon printing in the UK
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The environmental issues for personalised balloons
Latex is a natural product made from a liquid extracted from a type of rubber tree. The balloons we use for personalised printing degrade in less than 12 months and do not affect the environment. The marine conservation society brought the attention to the world to the dangers of inflating custom balloons and ribbon causing deaths to animals following incorrect materials being used on balloon releases. If your custom balloons are being used for releases please please please follow the industry code of conduct as highlighted by bapia (the balloon & party industry alliance) The code basically requests that nothing is attached to the customised balloon except for official labels. Ribbon is not attached to the printed balloon. Only latex balloons, official balloon printed race labels that decompose quickly and helium is used. The correct balloons are designed to rise only a few miles before bursting into very small fragments. The small fragments are small enough not to cause harm to wildlife and will eventually decompose. For the correct kit visit BOC gases and balloon release packs. Foil personalised balloons must never be released into the skies. Neither should latex balloons with foil ribbon. The Orange & Rockland Pike County light and power company in America have a foil printed balloon awareness page on their website highlighting the dangers to when the printed balloons become tangled up with electric pylons. The UK has less a problem as the printed balloon associations heavily promote to balloon sellers the importance of environmental issues to prevent electric outages and bad publicity for the industry. American news outlets have seen a number of requests to ban such balloons including the LA times which headlined in 2008 the request to ban mylar balloons. Mylar balloons are another name for foil balloons, There have also been concerns in the news in the past about using helium for parties when it's needed for medical use (World helium reserves are running out, Nobel laureate claims). The argument has died down since it was established that it is a different grade of the gas and balloon gas does not effect the supply for more urgent matters. Like any other resources concerns are raised when the gas is thought to have less than twenty years supply left but the news disappears when new reserves are found. On another important point I as watching the film hot shots last night. At one point of the film, three of the main characters were inhaling a non-customised balloon filled with helium. A warning on the screen appeared stating not to do this. It is true that inhaling helium could cause suffocation as helium squeezes parts of the air pipes together causing the voice of change. Whilst the chances of suffocation are slim, the warning have started to appear in this litigious world has people have died as a result of inhaling too much. There are considerably more warning on helium canisters as the volume is greater here than in balloons. Always be safe with customised balloons. For more on helium balloons visit the how stuff works website. Although personalised balloons are designed to burst after a few miles in the air, a team from America designed a space balloon that managed to travel 17 miles high before bursting. The onboard video equipment captured the event.
Check-list: Other items you may need for a perfect balloon display using balloon printing : helium, personlaised ribbon, weights, cups & sticks, valves, scissors, air pump and a tape measure. Also some balloon shops forget to demonstrate how to tie a balloon. It sounds simple but everyone had to learn somewhere as it's not so obvious to a lot of people. Try on a few non-customised balloons first before using stocks of personalised balloons. Visit the wikihow website on how to tie a balloon for more details with video and pictures. If your organising a balloon release you'll need netting and string. The minimum order is 25 for custom balloons. Your may be asking at this point "what if I want 5 personalised balloons?".The time and cost in producing customised balloons is in the production of the template screen. Every new custom balloon design needs a new template. Therefore the cost of producing 5 personalised balloons is the same as producing 25 personalised balloons. It's also why the more balloons purchases, the cost per balloon reduces significantly. To get custom balloons cheap then buy more! Template screens are a wooden frame with a stretched material added with small holes in. A liquid is applied to the material blocking the holes and set to dry. Heavy light burns the dried liquid to permanently seal the holes. The custom image is blocked from the light thus preventing the small holes on the template from being blocked. The template is washed ready for balloon ink be added to the template and pushed trough onto a balloon when placed on the back of the frame. While the balloons can stay inflated for 16 hours with helium, they will always look at their best within the first 8 hours after inflation. Long fingernails and pine trees however can burst the printed balloon causing instant deflation!Inflating with air lasts longer, sometimes days. We have completed a lot of work for exhibitions and shows that last longer than a few days. If you need custom balloons to last week or two, consider using foil balloons. These can last for a fortnight and give a quality image. They are also more robust than latex balloons and don't tend to burst unless high pressure or very sharp objects. Foil balloons can be customised as well. The higher price reflects the higher quality. Another alternative is to strengthen the custom balloon using a product called Hi float. This is a liquid latex gel that is added to the inside of the balloon 12 hours before inflating. The gel sets inside the custom balloon and adds an extra layer of latex preventing the gas from seeping out of the balloon. Fi floats website claim the customised balloons will float for 4 weeks using their ultra hi float product. To display the balloons, the most popular option is attaching 3 balloons to a weight with balloon ribbon. The experts say displaying items in an odd number is more pleasing to the eye. For a bigger impact display in bunches of 5,7,9 etc. By making the balloon ribbon longer they can easily be transformed to a floor standing balloon display. When display in bunches the height of each printed balloon can differ. It's best to make all the bunches look identical and this is where a tape measure may come in handy. When placing printed balloons on a table, try to make sure they don't block the vision of people sitting opposite. Don't place the balloons under air conditioned units, fans, draughts or near doors that are in line with a breeze. Hold all balloons in a bunch, measure each balloon ribbon length with a tape measure. At the base of all the ribbon pieces, once measured, fold the ribbon and hook the folded crease line into a balloon weight. Another popular feature is a balloon arch. The customised balloons can be tied to a long piece of fishing wire and held down with weights at either end. The helium filled balloons will create a lift and an arch effect. Depending on the amount of balloons on the arch, more than balloon weight may need to be tied to each end. Alternatively, fill water into a spare balloon and knot tightly. This will provide quite a heavy weight. Loose ribbon needs to be curled to look complete. this can be achieved by lightly swiping loose ribbon ends across the blade of a pair a scissors.
There are a few different types of helium tank available, al very similar. Here's instructions on using a helium gas canister for inflating personalised balloons.
Whilst I've never tried this, I found a couple of people using alternatives to helium to fly a personalised balloon. (Caution needed as always).
We use Belbal balloons for our printing. They are regarded as one of the best in the professional balloon industry due to their strong latex, large size and vibrant colours. Other balloon manufacturers offering a similar service include qualatex, Sempertex, Unique party, Everts and Amscan. We use 12" sized for our standard personalised balloon printing. 10" sized balloons are frequently used and are classed as a cheaper budget range. A complete range of balloon sizes are available for personalising balloons including 5", 9", 10",11", 12",15", 18", 30" and 3ft. The most popular custom balloon printing companies are Rifco, polyplate, Gravurequip and Belbal. Basic printers to purchase cost around £6,000 with large ones costing over £100,000. The more advanced custom balloon printers run quicker and require less manual handling, in some cases totally automated. For a complete list of custom balloon printer machines available with chart comparisons visit Max publishing document. Custom printing on balloons uses a process called silk screen printing. Commonly associated with T-shirt customising, a template is made up where ink can be passed through, transferring an image onto the item held against the back of the screen. For personalised balloons, the ink must contain elastic qualities when dried to customise. This enables the design to change shape as the balloon inflates and deflates. Without this the ink would fall off when the personalised balloons stretch. Although the process is still called silk screen printing, the personlaised templates don't use silk any more.
Silk screen printing can be very messy! The video shows a semi-automated balloon printer where the balloon is inflated and held by hand, while the print process is automated once the foot lever is pressed. All our personalised balloon business comes from the internet, repeat business and word of mouth. The best way we feel to serve the UK is by having a good maintained established UK website and promote our business not to any city but as balloons printing UK. Sorry but we don 't have as balloon printing UK shop to visit. Often called Advertising Balloons, Promotional Balloons, Personalised Balloons and Custom Balloons. So what's the difference? Latex balloons are referred to as personalised balloons or custom balloons. The larger balloons seen at shop openings that frequently resemble the shape of a small airship are known as advertising balloons or promotional balloons. These are also filled with balloon gas. For more about these larger advertising balloons, visit abc balloons or balloons.net. It's spell-checker time. Two frequently misspelt words. Search engines have identified users inputting balloons with a letter short. Ballons and baloons. At a glance they do look correct but further inspection agrees the word is smaller in length then the correct. Sometimes the letters are correct but in the wrong order as the fingers work too fast as balloosn and bllaoons sometimes get searched for. I think the combination of two double letters in the word causes an infrequently flow of typing and a large amount of errors. Customised and personalised get an American English input sometimes with a z replacing the s in customization, personalized and customized. However you spell it in google don't worry – just make sure the customised name on the balloon is correct! For large amount of balloons gas contact one of the two main distributors in the UK : boc or Air products. Quite interesting facts about personalised balloons. The fear of balloons is called globophobia. In 2011, a hypnotist on the ITV show "this morning" cured a sufferer of globophobia. Following the hypnotism that was not filmed, the suffer was able to touch some floor balloon displays. Their biggest to task was to touch some balloons in a large balloon pool.
In has been suggested that the average person in the UK will see a balloon in every week of their life.
In the 1990's balloons came into question when suffers of latex allergies hi-lighted the problems that balloons have in their lives. While numbers are uncertain, it is believed in the UK people who suffer allergies to latex is much less than 1% and therefore the question of the existence of balloons has not been questioned. Personalised balloons on television. Adverts give custom balloons some great exposure. Since summer 2012, the used car purchasing specialist "we buy any car" have used personalised car balloons to help display the simple process of selling a car through their website:
For a couple of years, freeview have used custom balloons to display how way it is to get a number of TV channels into the home. Each balloon depicts a TV channel. Here are a few of their balloon adverts.
Balloons with graphical words on have even been used to promote responsible health care in America, promoting against Government health care schemes. The balloon depicts expected rising government debts.
On a very similar scale, the following advert depicts personalised balloons being inflated with balloon gas. The government spending balloon is inflated quicker than the government income balloon.
Personalised Balloons FAQ
How quickly can Personalised Balloon be printed ?
We turn printing around in 5 business days. There is a 3 day option that can be purchased at time of ordering. The incresaed costs covers the extra costs in courier.
What is the smallest quantity of balloon you print?
For Latex balloon printing it is 25 balloons
Can you delivery outside the UK?
This website is for UK only. We have tried to offer outside the UK ordering, but there were too many failed deliveries. Sorry.
Description: Let everyone know whose party it is with customised party balloons for big celebrations and marketing campaigns.