Elastika Custom Heat Transfers


Elastika is a robust block-colour, heat transfer process that has stretch built into the inks used to create it, so it doesn’t crack when stretched, making it ideal for kidswear, sportswear, swimwear and lingerie.



Elastika is a robust block-colour, heat transfer process that has stretch built into the inks used to create it, so it doesn’t crack when stretched, making it ideal for kidswear, sportswear, swimwear and lingerie.


Elastika Overview

The advanced technology enables you to brand your garments with confidence, knowing that your design will not be affected by excess stretching whilst being worn.  The inks are also resistant to chlorine and therefore will not fade if being used on swimwear, and the colours are bold and fully opaque, with Solid Coated Pantone colour matching as standard.


Production Leadtimes: Elastika Heat Transfers

Elastika custom heat transfers are manufactured in the UK and are usually despatched within TWO working days of confirmation of the artwork and colour references.


Artwork Requirements

For block-colour, screen-based heat transfer processes, such as Elastika, the design requires a line-based vector graphic (usually an .EPS or .AI file format) with any text saved as outlines. Solid Coated Pantone colour references are also needed for the print colours required.

In addition, a small (approx. 0.5mm), clear keyline is added around the edges of the design as standard, and the minimum level of detail would need to be at least 0.3mm in line thickness to allow the detail to pass through the screen used for standard inks or at least 0.5mm in line thickness for Shimmer inks.

If you aren’t able to provide the artwork in the correct format, we don’t offer direct recommendations but many of our customers use Net Digitising (https://netdigitizing.co.uk/artwork-services/), Digitising Mart (https://digitisingmart.co.uk/vectorart.php) or David Sharp (https://davidsharp.co.uk/our-services/) to have block-colour designs, and designs with a limited amount of shading, redrawn as line-based vector graphics.


Recommended Fabrics:

  • Lycra®
  • Nylon (untreated)
  • Spandex®
  • 100% Polyester*
    * Testing recommended on coated or heavily dyed polyester
  • 100% Polyester felt
  • 100% Cotton
  • Poly-cotton Blends

Recommended Accessories:

Are you wanting to buy a reliable heat press with the right features for your needs and not sure of what to buy? If so, read through our UK heat press guide for information based on over 30 years of experience in supplying heat presses.


Application Instructions:

  • Developed to be applied with a heat press – Not intended for use with a domestic iron.
  • Temp: 160°C
  • Time: 10 seconds
  • Pressure: Medium (30-40psi)
  • Peel: Cold Peel

For advice on how to correctly apply heat transfers, view our heat transfer press application tips.

After-Care Instructions:

  • For best results, wash garment inside out.
  • Machine wash warm up to 40°C.
  • Wash using mild detergent.
  • Tumble dry on a low setting on household machines.
  • Do not dry clean.
  • Do not use bleach.
  • Can be ironed onto reverse (without steam).


What Are Custom Transfers?

Custom transfers are printed designs for applying to substrates, primarily garments such as t-shirts, hoodies and polo shirts using a heat press machine to bond the custom heat transfer to the fabric.

Our custom-made, heat transfers can be applied to almost any type of fabric and we offer a wide variety of finishes, including block-colour, plastisol ink-based screen transfers, and full-colour photo-quality DST custom heat transfers. Subli-dye blockers can also be added to reduce the risk of dye migration on fabrics susceptible to it, such as performance polyester.


Why Use Custom Transfers?

Custom transfers are a popular alternative to silk-screen printing as it’s a much more cost-effective method of printing in low quantities and also gives the ability to print on demand as our custom transfers are manufactured so they are ready to be heat pressed straight onto the garment fabric.



Looking For More Information?

If you're new to heat pressing, or are looking for more advice and support, we'd recommend taking a look at our Heat Transfer Help Guides or our Heat Press Blog to see if we can help you to find the answers that you're looking for.

Our Heat Transfer Help Guides contain lots of useful tips regarding heat press machines, how to choose the best product for your needs and some great application tips! In addition, our Heat Transfer Blog will be regularly updated with new product information.

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