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Need Giant Checks or Awards for Your Event in Vancouver?

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Do you ever see those giant checks and wonder if they can really be cashed in at a bank? Perhaps, you imagine the person going to a special oversized bank that only takes huge checks. You might envision the behemoth teller counting out special banquet table-sized $100 bills. Maybe, the recipient then buys giant groceries with it. Is this what you envision when you see these checks? Um, yeah, we totally don’t imagine that either. However, we do think about how we can produce giant checks and awards for events in Vancouver, WA.

Giant Checks Make for Great Photo Ops

Unless you live in the hypothetical giant world described above, giant checks make for great photo opportunities. If you give someone a normal-sized check, the information won’t be readable in any photos. However, your company’s name and branding will take center stage when you use an oversized check to award prize money or accentuate a donation you’re presenting to a nonprofit.

At Specialty Graphic Solutions, our mighty sign makers pride themselves on being able to make just about any signage. This includes giant signs. The checks are typically made of durable yet affordable corrugated plastic (aka, “coroplast”). We then apply a digitally-printed vinyl graphics to the face of the coroplast panel.

If you would like to reuse your check each time you make a contribution to an organization, we can use vinyl that easily takes dry erase markers. That way, you can write a check to an organization that does research on Pokémon Go addiction at one fundraiser, erase it after the event, and write a new check to support a ban on political posts on Facebook. Of course, we strongly recommend seeking out more worthy causes.

We Create Other Unique Awards too

Take a moment to check out our Wild Card Gallery. You’ll notice that we create all sorts of creative awards both giant and otherwise for people and businesses of all shapes and sizes. In fact, we’ve become one of the country’s top suppliers of trophies for dragon boat racing. We’re particularly proud of the oar awards that we’re known for. We simply take full-color vinyl graphics featuring custom designs and apply them to dragon boat oars for stylish trophies.

Of course, if you prefer to live la vida normal, we offer an array of tasteful medals, framed certificates, plaques, and more. For instance, we fabricated custom acrylic plaques with Esther Short Park Bell Tower metal silhouettes for business and leadership awards presented by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

The key to creating successful awards is making sure they look good enough for the recipients to display them proudly. Oh yeah, and you also want to have your branding prominently featured so people gazing in awe at the award will be exposed to your logo. It’s like we say around the shop: NMACTBYBA, which of course is short for “never miss a chance to boost your brand awareness!”

Make your next event memorable. Contact our mighty sign makers for giant checks and awards for events in Vancouver, WA today!



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Have You Visited Our “Wildcard” Signage Tab? Here’s What You’ll Find!

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If you’ve ever visited the Wild Card Gallery on our website, you know that we’re capable of just about anything. This gallery consists of projects we’ve completed that don’t easily fit into nice neat categories. These are the Robert Frosts of signage: they take the road less traveled. Most other sign shops would say “no” to making these markers.

Fortunately, the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions love tackling new challenges. In today’s blog, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the custom signs for Vancouver, WA that we’ve made.

Customize Your Meeting Materials

You can get a lot of planning done over the Internet. Yet, there’s only so much you can see on your computer screen, and a lot of people just skip over emails and other important information. Many organizations still rely heavily on dry erase boards because of this. We help our customers visualize their work obstacles and create plans of attack with custom dry erase boards featuring their branding.

Unique Awards that Winners Are Proud to Display

Have you ever won an award and been embarrassed by the quality of the knickknack? The chances are you weren’t too interested in showing it off. When events or businesses cut corners on trophies and awards, it shows. Plus, they’re missing out on a great opportunity to boost their brand awareness.

At SGS, we can produce a broad range of awards at a relatively affordable price. We only supply pieces that are sure to catch eyes. This will guarantee that recipients will display their awards on their walls or in other prominent places where others are sure to see your incorporated branding. We’ve become a leading trophy maker for dragon boat races. Check out our paddle awards!

Graphics for that Special Someone

Do you have a special someone, or something, in your life that you’d like to beautify? For one warehouse worker, it was their forklift, Esther. They liked their forklift so much that they called up SGS for forklift graphics. We’ve put graphics on plenty of boats and cars, but the forklift was unique. But, we learned that we can apply vinyl graphics, labels or decals to just about any vehicle.

Save on Your Remodeling Project

If you’ve ever hired a remodeling contractor, you understand how expensive it can be. When it comes to installing a marble countertop, replacing old cabinets, and painting everything a color you’ll likely get sick of within a few months, you’re looking at shelling out tens of thousands of dollars. Or, you can get custom graphics of your choice when you contact SGS for vinyl kitchen backsplashes. These are easy to clean, and when you grow sick of them, we can easily remove them and apply new graphics that capture your newest fancy.

Contact SGS if you’ve had a difficult time trying to find a sign company to make your unusual signs in Vancouver, WA. Our mighty sign makers will give you an honest assessment of whether or not they can do it. In all likelihood, they’ll be up for the challenge. Call today to learn more!



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Add Graphics to Boat Paddles and You Get Super and Unique Custom Awards!

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If you read about the awards we created for the GVCC, you know that we’re more than just a sign company. We can create unique graphic solutions (hence our name) for just about every occasion. Dragon boat races throughout the country realize this. That’s why we’re getting more and more requests for award graphics in Vancouver, WA.

Dragon Boating Is on Fire!

Never heard of dragon boat racing? It sounds like you haven’t been to any rivers or lakes recently! Dragon boats can be traced back more than 2500 years to southern central China. Despite the crew of ten pairs of two paddlers, a drummer, and a steerer working their tails off, the sport didn’t make it to the United States until about 1983. And, recently, it’s been spreading like wildfire. In fact, Portland’s Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race is the largest event of its type in North America.

Somehow, as the sport grew, SGS became known as the go-to sign shop for any dragon boat graphics. We’ve wrapped two dragon boats. One was for the Rotary Club of Shreveport, Louisiana. The other was for the Kearney Breast Center at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

You Won? That’s a Paddling!

In recent years, our reach in dragon boating has expanded even further. At dragon boat festivals around the U.S., the winning teams are awarded paddles instead of the traditional trophies you might get for winning your bowling league or a limbo contest. To give the paddles some pizzazz, they typically have graphics with the name of the event, the year, and the category won.

In conjunction with Double Fifth Dragon Boating, a local supplier of dragon boat accessories, we’ve designed several dragon boat paddle award graphics over the years. Some of these include:

  • Paddle West – Vancouver, WA – The Pacific Dragon Boat Association (PDBA) Club Crew Regional Championships in Vancouver, WA in August 2015. Winners at this qualifying race earned slots to compete at the World Club Crew Championships in Adelaide, Australia in 2016.
  • Shreveport Dragon Boat Festival – Shreveport, LA – This was a big fundraiser for the local Rotary Club.
  • Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival – Bemidji, MN
  • Paddle For Life – Vancouver, WA – This was a fundraiser for a water sports program for disabled veterans.
  • Montana Dragon Boat Festival – Kalispell, MT
  • DFW Dragon Boat Festival – Irving, TX

How Are Paddle Panel Awards Made?

These paddles are just for display. They aren’t meant to be used in the water. Of course, you wouldn’t be up a creek without a paddle if you did choose to use it. But, the graphics are not designed to be waterproof. Instead, we went with a more cost-effective intermediate calendered vinyl with air release technology. For those of you keeping score at home, we used Oracal 3165RA. Since the graphics go over a convex curve, the air release channels make it easier to apply the graphics by hand to the full-size wood dragon boat paddle.

Do you have unique awards in mind that you never thought anyone could make a reality? Give our mighty sign makers a chance! Contact us today for a free consultation!



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Custom Awards for the GVCC Business & Leadership Annual Winners!

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Nothing’s worse than winning a trophy or other award and finding out that the event organizers cut corners on the plaques, and you end up with a shabby piece of plastic that you’d be embarrassed to display. Well, okay, maybe there are many worse things. Nonetheless, GVCC was recently hosting an event that required top quality awards. To ensure they were getting the best quality available, they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for custom awards and plaques in Vancouver, WA.

GVCC? What Do All of Those Letters Mean?

The GVCC is the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Each year, they host the Business & Leadership Awards Event. At this get-together, they recognize those who are making a splash in the local business community. The new board of directors and chairman of the board for the GVCC are also installed. This year, the event was held at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel on West 6th Street last Thursday, September 10th.

When an organization that’s doing so much to build our local business community came to us for custom made awards for Vancouver, WA, we couldn’t wait to help out. You see, full disclosure, SGS is a member of the GVCC, and we were happy to find another way to support such an awesome group. They needed five custom awards for the top business leaders in the area. Fortunately, they contacted the right sign shop!

What We Did for the Business & Leaderships Awards

We started with a one-inch thick panel of clear acrylic that measured twelve inches wide and had a half-inch thick base with beveled edges. Next, we created a laser cut metal silhouette of the top half of one of the iconic landmarks of Vancouver: the bell tower at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. Our mighty sign makers made the metal look aged by using a “secret sauce” to add a patina to the metal’s surface. To keep the aged patina looking fresh, we then sealed the metal with a clear coat finish.

Next, we attached the metal silhouette to the front of the acrylic award. But, what about the graphics? I’m glad you asked! We applied cut vinyl graphics to the back of the acrylic panel. So, essentially, each award had three layers: the metal tower, acrylic panel, and then the vinyl graphics, which are viewable through the acrylic. As you can see, it created a very cool look.

And the Winners Are…

Of course, the GVCC wins because they got amazing awards to hand out. But, they were not the only winners. At the 2015 Annual Officer Installation and Business & Leadership Award Dinner, the following five awards were given out:

Join us in congratulating these exceptional local businesses and people!

And, if you’re looking for trophies, awards, or plaques for your event, go with the professionals at SGS. Contact us today for a free consultation.



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

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