monogram mug sublimation cheryl kuchek

Designing Sublimated Mugs with Trends in Mind

With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Cheryl Kuchek is the owner of Just My Imagination DeZigns Inc. in New York and the founder of the Facebook groups Sublimation, OKI, iColor and Beyond and Sublimation for Beginners and Beyond—the first of its kind to focus on sublimation—hosting a community of digital decorators and serving as a resource to grow their business through weekly Facebook Live sessions, webinars, vendor discounts, and more. For referrals or more information, contact Kuchek directly at justmyimaginationdezigns4u@gmail.com.

Monogram mugs are currently a big hit as well as almost anything with watercolors and word-art. Remember that trends are great, but use them as inspiration to design with your own uniqueness. Check out places like Etsy and Pinterest for more of what is trending. 

When designing a mug, I use a 9” X 4” rectangle as my template for an 11- and 15-ounce mug. I design in Photoshop, but you can do the same in any graphics program you use, such as Silhouette Studio or Inkscape. When looking for graphics to design with, there are two places I often use: Design Bundles and The Hungry Jpeg. 

—Cheryl Kuchek, Just My Imagination DeZigns

Read more about sublimating mugs in the May ’19 issue of A&E.