The printed balloons experience
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. If a photo is rqeuired on the balloon, have a look at our birthday retro style balloon including a photo balloon. This is where we have a retro style design balloon with a clipped image of the birthday person placed onto the top area of the balloon to created a very special personalised balloon. Our final option is the ever-growing supply of balloon designs where the words can be changed to create a personal balloon. Choose from wedding, birthday, new birth, hen party, save the date and marry me titles. 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.
For non-personalised printed balloons, visit the Party Delights website and search for balloons. Huge selection of party balloons available.
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 customized 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 customized 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 printed balloons delivered in 3 days for UK orders
Its takes around a week to get helium balloon printing delivered from your balloon order. 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. To get helium balloon printing delivered in 3 days (from when the artwork for printing has been approved acceptable) then select this option on the delivery page. 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 balloon printing 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 printing 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 personalise 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 following completion of a number of Qualatex balloon training courses. An amount of this work requested customized 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 e-commerce 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.
Balloon Printing : Wedding, birthday and Chritening balloons
If you don't have a design, have a look out our designs that can be re-worded for your event. We have personalised birthday balloons, personalised wedding balloons, personaised marry me balloons, personalised new born balloons, personalised hen party balloons and personalised save the date balloons.
Single Printed helium Balloons
For individual single printed balloons, delivered in a box. visit Bizzy Balloons. Bizzy balloons provide a UK delivery service for individual foil balloons, inflated with helium, packaged with ribbon and delivered in a decorative box. Choose from hundredss of designs and balloon shapes. A photo balloon option is also available with Bizzy balloons to create a personalised helium balloon. This is where a picture and wording can be added to create the perfect printed balloon for a celebration surprise. Only foil balloons are offered on this printed service as the helium inflation time is around two weeks. The higher quality of the printed balloon will mean a greater chance of the foil printed balloon being delivered in an inflated state. For more about single personalised helium balloons, visit the Bizzy Balloons website.
Promotional Party Balloons UK
Our most popular balloon print is for promotional balloons. Companies that promote their logo whilst also brightening up an event. The majority of our promotional work is requested for a 3 day turnaround. I think balloons are sometimes the final item to order or an afterthought. Sometimes companies attend a promotional and suddenly feel that "promotional balloons will make us stand out more". As the request for fast turnaround work has increased, we have made every effort to get printed promotional balloons delivered as quickly as possible.
Deliver areas for balloon printing in the UK
All the big UK places (London, Birmingham, Manchester, Coventry…) and all the smaller places too (Lout, Beverley, Framingham). 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 customised balloons and 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 Apia (the balloon & party industry alliance) The code basically requests that nothing is attached to the customized 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. The BBC also ran an article on helium balloons in November 2013 concluding the helium usage in balloons worldwide is so insignificant, banning it would yield lttle change. 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 was watching the film hot shots last night. At one point of the film, three of the main characters were inhaling a non-customized 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 customized balloons. For more on helium balloons visit the how stuff works website. Although 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.
Balloon Printing UK Check-list:
Other items you may need for a perfect balloon display using balloon printing : helium, personalized 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-customized balloons first before using stocks of personalised balloons. Visit the wiki website on how to tie a balloon for more details with video and pictures. If your organising a balloon release, you will need netting and string. The minimum order is 25 for custom balloons. You may be asking at this point "what if I want 5 personalised balloons?".The time and cost in producing customized 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 customized 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 customized 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 customized 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 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 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 personalized 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, Personalized 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 spellchecker 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 customized 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 task was to touch some balloons in a large balloon pool.
It 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. Personalized 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 has 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.
How to create your own personalised balloons
without using a specialised print company
Have a look at the website from creative bug. They suggest to partly inflate the balloon and use airbrush pens through a design made with cardboard for latex balloons and acrylic paints for foil balloons. The wikihow balloon page suggests getting out the acrylic paint set out for latex balloons, whilst the Sue Bowler blog suggests using sharpy pens to enhance features on a balloon to bring it to life. Rather than painting on the balloons, housing a forrest suggests using balloon to create an artistic picture by blow painting. A great idea for enterating the kids while on school holidays perhaps. Ehow goes one step further and has advice om making your own latex balloons from scratch.
Questions about Custom Balloons
How quickly can Personalized Balloon be printed and delivered ?
We turn printing around in 5 business days from ordrer to delivered to your door. There is a 3 day option that can be purchased at time of ordering. The increased costs covers the extra costs in courier.
Can you supply party balloons pre-inflated?
For latex balloons, Helium will only hold up the balloon for 18 hours. The helium escapes from the balloon fully within 24 hours. For these reasons, balloons are not delivered pre-inflated.
What is the smallest quantity of customised balloons 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.
Can you print promotional balloons?
Promotional balloons are the same as printed balloons. The have several names including personalised balloons.
I am looking for some good quality helium balloons in the shape of British countryside animals (badger, fox, rabbit, bird, butterfly etc). Is this something you do? If not have you any ideas where I can source these from?
We don't sell animal shaped balloons, but you may get what your looking for from Rifco Balloon World : www.bwstore.eu
Do you sell helium for the balloons?
At the moment we don't sell helium due to size and complexitiy of delivery. For small acounts of helium, visit party delights (www.partydelights.co.uk/helium), for small quantites of helium or Air products (http://www.airproducts.co.uk/helium) for large quanties of balloon has (helium).
Can you tell me what your artwork guidelines are please, dimensions, , format, dpi etc so that I can place an order.
We accept most types of artwork types. We suggest the design is submitted to us A4 size. Please don't worry about sending us the design in your required ink colour. We can modify the artwork to make it look good in single colours. Email all artwork to email@example.com
Do you print pictures onto balloons.
Printing pictures does not always work with printed balloons and the results differ depending on the type of artwork submitted. If you need to get an idea on how a picture will look before placing an order, please email artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org. We email you back a preview on how the picture will look when transformed into a single colour print. We have created a design that includes a picture. Have a look at our birthday retro design that includes a photo balloon as a possibility.