Hope you had a pleasant Christmas break.
On behalf of the JumpingKangarooDesign team, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year.
We have been busy creating new designs for Valentine’s Day and more Koalas designs as requested by many customers.
You can check out our new designs available on our website: http://jumpingkangaroodesigns.com.au/
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Hope you had a pleasant Christmas break.
Thank you to all participants in last month’s survey! The survey is now closed. If you missed it, don’t worry, I’m planning to launch new survey in January.
The lucky winner for this survey is from Western Australia; her selected prize is the “Koalas Australia Map – Kid’s Regular Fit T-Shirt”.
The previous lucky winner from October is from New South Wales and her selected prize is the “Koalas Australia Map – Men’s Regular Fit T-Shirt”.
The two Koala designs have been voted as most popular designs. Here are the results.
I finished a second T-Shirt design on the Christmas theme. A Koala and his Rainbow Lorikeet friends been putting in a lot effort getting their home ready for Christmas… Until Koala decides it is time for a well-deserved nap for his hard work!
Have a look on my T-Shirt shop.
I started a series for Christmas as the festive season is coming up soon. My first design is already available from on-line store. Christmas brings an unexpected treasure to the Platypus family when their playful and inquisitive baby discovers magnificent glittering Christmas balls in a treasure chest.
Both kids and adult will love this cute Platypus family.
I already have other ideas for Christmas that I have started drawing on paper. So, keep a close eye on this blog!
I have prepared a second series of designs on the ‘T-Shirt on an Easel’ theme. I first draw a T-Shirt on an easel for my website banner to show that T-Shirts designs are like unique paintings. Later, I realised that it would be quite an original idea to actually have T-Shirts illustrated with a T-Shirt being painted on an easel. I created three designs with this idea: Kangaroo, Koala and Platypus. I added paint tubes and paintbrush to bring life to the image, and give the impression that the painter has just left his work.
I hope you’ll enjoy the designs.
I am thrilled to announce that Jumping Kangaroo Designs is now fully open for business!
My first designs are uploaded and my online shop is ready to welcome you!
For my first designs, I prepared a series based on the Australian map. The map is composed of Australian’s iconic animals: Koalas, Kangaroos and Platypuses. My idea is to see the Australian map when looking at from distance, and then if you look closer, you can see plenty of small animals composing the image. It’s fun spotting them. The result is looking great.
I hope you’ll love the designs too. Feel free to let me know what you think.
Finding a good T-Shirt-printing supplier is not that simple. At first, I thought I would to set up my shop with Zazzle. They are big in the market and many people sell their own design through them; they seem to have a good reputation. They have a great website for setting up your own shop, lots of online support, and good tool to design the T-Shirts. It looked fine to me. However, just to be sure, I ordered some samples of my T-Shirts to check how my designed would come up on the T-Shirt and what the customer experience would be.
How did it go? Well, here are the results.
In this test, I wanted to check 3 things:
- Delivery time to Australia
The delivery should not be too long. In T-Shirt printing, it takes some time to manufacture as it has to be specially printed for the customer; it’s not coming from a shelf in warehouse ready to be shipped out. Then, there is the delivery time itself. The overall time between the order and reception of the parcel must be reasonable. If a customer is purchasing the T-shirt as a present for a special occasion such as a birthday, the T-Shirt has to be delivered relatively quickly.
- T-Shirt quality
The base T-Shirt has to be of good quality. What’s the point of printing a good design on a poor quality shirt that will not last more than couple of washes or feel cheap? I ordered different models to compare.
- The printing quality
This is very important, the print has to look great. That’s what I’m selling: great looking designed T-Shirt. There are different technologies and qualities and it’s difficult to assess based on the information available on the website. Also, there are different techniques for printing on white T-Shirt, and on dark coloured T-Shirt. With dark colour, a layer of white has to be printed first; it’s more complex and good equipment is required. I placed an order for 3 different T-Shirt colours: white, light brown and dark blue.
My test with Zazzle
I organised my first test with Zazzle. I uploaded my designs on the website and placed my first order. The result was very disappointing as you will see below:
Firstly, the delivery time to Australia was a big issue. I placed my order on the 15 August. The day following my order, I received an email saying that my T-Shirts were printed and shipped. I thought, very efficient, I was impressed. The site stated to expect delivery to Australia within 5 to 12 business days. However, two weeks later, I still hadn’t received anything. I kept checking the mail day after day. After three weeks I really thought the parcel was lost. I wrote to Zazzle who told me that they can’t track the parcel, and I should wait one more week before they could ‘assist further’. Finally, on the 9 September (26 days after placing my order!), I received the T-Shirts. Four weeks is way too long. That was really disappointing.
I eagerly opened the parcel to see if it was worth the wait. The T-Shirt quality was good, that’s a good point. However, the printing was very disappointing. It looked like a cheap printed T-Shirt. The texts and lines were blurry. The colours had very limited gradients; for example, the Koalas had only three shades of grey and looked fairly ugly.
My impression as a customer was terrible. I waited 4 long weeks for three cheap looking T-Shirts that I won’t wear. I don’t want my customers to experience this; I want them to be happy and proud of what they bought from my online shop.
So I went back searching for a different supplier.
My test with T-Shirt Printing Australia
Finally, after searching different websites and checking reviews, I decided to try ‘T-Shirt Printing Australia’ http://tshirtprinting.com.au/. I did the same test, ordered 3 shirts with different models, colours and designs.
This time the delivery to Australia took 9 days, as stated in the website when I placed my order. I placed the order on the 11 September; I received it the next week, on the 19 September. That’s so much better!
Also, the parcel was neatly wrapped, and had a washing-instruction flyer was with the T-Shirt. That’s quite nice actually.
The most impressive though, was the print quality; it was great! It was looking exactly like I intended it to be. The lines and text were clear and precise. The colours had smooth gradients. Great print quality.
The T-Shirt quality was good too actually. I tried the ‘Slim Fit’ and ‘Surf Style’. The fabric of the ‘Slim Fit’ is thicker, the ‘Surf Style’ is smoother. I like both of them and I’ll be happy to wear them.
In conclusion, as a customer, I was happy with my experience with Printing T-Shirt Australia. I’ll be opening my online shop with them soon.
I’m finalising my first T-Shirt designs and online shop with Zazzle. I’ve prepared one design Australian Kangaroos and one on Platypuses. Maybe a third one, we’ll see. I ordered the proof print today. I can’t wait to seeing how they look like on the TShirts; it’s not the same as on paper. Maybe I’m too perfectionist, but I don’t want to put them online if I haven’t tested them on the actual support. If all goes well, I’m planning to publish them next weekend, 22 Sept; I’m very excited about it.
Keep an eye on this page.