Call Us Today: (630) 667-7017

Our Blog

this is an example of Midwest Mechanical Services' 3M Post-It Note Cubes

3M Post-It Note Cubes

3M Post-It Note Cubes

Midwest Mechanical Services was looking for a desk-friendly promotional product that would “stick” around and make the most of their marketing budget.  We recommended 3M Post-It Note Cubes for several reasons.  First, they worked in tandem with the custom pens they had recently printed with us.  Second, discounted pricing from 3M was available for a limited time, making the Cubes more affordable at smaller quantities.  And third, the mathematics behind giving out 3M Post-It Note Cubes to reinforce your brand.  Consider this:

Their order was for 250 cubes.  With 250 sheets per cube, that is a minimum of 62,500 times that someone will see your logo!  This is known as the “cost-per-impression”.  In this case, the cost-per-impression was less than .025 cents per impression, far below nearly all others mediums of advertising.

3M Post-It Note Cubes are available with either full color printing or spot color printing, with five sides to imprint on.  Several standard sizes and sheet counts make low quantities affordable.  dream ink is an authorized reseller of 3M Promotional Products.  Click on the link to view the full line of 3M Post-It Note Cubes and 3M Post-It Notes or contact us today for a free quote!



Wake boarding world record holders infographic design

Infographic Design

Wake Essentials was looking to drive more traffic to their website.  They were looking specifically for wakeboarders who needed wakeboard towers and accessories!  We devised an infographic design using unique, engaging wakeboarding content. This will be promoted through various channels, blog posts, and e-mail marketing.

Wake Essentials Infographic Design

Our strategy was to promote it to the Guinness World Record holders through social media and personal contact.  Many are active on Facebook and are still involved in the wake boarding community.  This made the content shareable and retweet-able to a very specific audience.  The blog post included a more detailed account of the record breaking feats and video of the Greatest Distance by an Individual.  It also included links to social media profiles of many riders.

Infographics are just one way to catch the eye of your target audience.  Start treating your customers and leads like intelligent human being with intelligent ways to advertise your business. There are only so many times you can say the wake board towers are on sale before loyal customers tune out.

Visit our Graphic Design page for more info, or call to set up a free consultation on enhancing your brand identity with creative advertising.

Branded blank compact disc with custom CD printing in blue and orange

CD Printing

These multi-use blank discs have been part of the digital revolution at Factual Photo. We approached them with a custom CD printing and DVD printing project that would improve many departments efficiency, customer service performance, even reduce shipping costs of their everyday media. Here is how we started.

Custom CD Printing for Factual Photo

  • Transfer of confidential media from office to insurance agency was the top priority. Instead of mini-cassettes and VHS being shipped in expensive enclosures, the CDs and DVDs shipped at 1/3 the cost while providing better security to the data with password protection- instead of expensive packaging which could be breached with minimal effort.
  • The sales department was able to use as sales tools, developing presentations to send clients, achieving higher close rates almost immediately
  • Videos and a link to the website were included on DVD’s given out at trade shows that increased traffic and engagement on the website
  • Blank CDs were often used by employees to create a mix cd for a co-worker which boosted inner office morale (when it was a good mix)

One promotional product was able to cut costs and time loss significantly while improving the efficiency of operations and brand image. It changed inter-office and customer relations with creative thought and clear goals. For more information on how custom products can impact your business, visit our promotional products page or call today for industry-specific ideas.

Animal Eye Consultants' business card magnet

Business Card Magnets

Animal Eye Consultants has several locations that they use business card magnets to keep their brand in the minds of their adoring fans. In their business, a pet emergency is someone’s priority. Having the phone number of your veterinarian or pet caregiver accessible quickly and in plain sight is a must for many pet owners.

Animal Eye Business Card Magnets

This provides the opportunity for Animal Eye to rent valuable advertising real estate on their client’s fridge and file cabinets at an extremely affordable rate. At .19 cents per customer for three years (the average life of a promotional magnet) the cost-per-impression over the lifetime of a business card magnet is astounding! These were printed on a standard 25 mil stock with a two-color print.

Did you know salespeople who gave out promotional gifts to customers received 22% more referrals than those who didn’t?

dream ink specializes in building your brand with effective and cost-efficient promotional products. With nearly two decades of creative marketing experience to draw upon, our dream team of designers will find the perfect custom product to promote your business with.

We work directly with brands like Bic Graphic, 3M and Mag-Lite to secure the best quality and pricing available. Learn more and search over 800,000 promotional products, from business card magnets to logoed tote bags and full-color mouse pads, by visiting our Promotional Products page!



this is an example of Sedgwick's custom bookmark

Custom Bookmarks

Sedgwick was looking for a unique branded item to hand out at an upcoming healthcare conference. They did not want a traditional or “cheap” giveaway that would be left behind or not valued by the receiver.

Sedgwick Custom Bookmarks

After learning that attendees would be given a book from the speaker, we suggested logoed custom bookmarks that would last longer than the few days it took to read the book! We created the design using the brand’s primary PMS ink color and reversed the logo out for maximum impact.

These custom bookmarks measured 2×6″ and were printed on a 10pt. gloss cover stock. A protective coating was printed on one side for durability. Double sided lamination was also available for an additional charge. The full bleed printing option was possible without an increase in cost so we designed the background accordingly. Tassels were also available and can be attached for an additional charge.

We offer over 800,000 customizable promotional products and work with hundreds of ad specialty suppliers. Click on the link to check out one of our favorites, Ventura Line! They provide high-quality imprints on a wide range of customizable products. From gift sets to computer accessories, Ventura’s got you covered!

Visit our Promotional Products page for more information or call today for events and industry-specific suggestions!


this is an example of Haunts Against Hunger'scustom temporary tattoos

Custom Temporary Tattoos

A unique and effective way to build awareness of your brand is with custom temporary tattoos! These were printed for a non-profit organization to raise awareness at events and engage a younger audience in charitable giving. We turned attendees into walking billboards with these awesome advertising tools!

Custom Temporary Tattoos

A full-color front displayed the Halloween-themed logo and website. The black ink backside provided a short message about their mission and repeated the logo and website. They measured 2×2″ and cost less than $100 per 1000 qty. with a special promotion! A quick turnaround and efficient service guaranteed our client had them in time for their event.  Most orders are printed and shipped within seven days!

Need a unique, effective and low-cost conversation starter at your next big event? dream ink can help!

We work with the world’s largest manufacturer of custom temporary tattoos, a five-star ASI supplier to provide a consistently high quality at the best price. No set-up charges and free white backer on all orders. Check out their full line of custom temporary tattoos, scratch and win cards and paint sheets by visiting their website, Promo Tattoos.

Looking for more ideas to invigorate your promotions? We offer over 800,000 custom promotional products. Contact us today to find the best one for your business.

American Pride's custom car tag design with car on flag background

Custom Car Tag

dream ink donates design services for custom car tags sold at the American Pride Veterans Car Show. Our creative team was supplied a photo of a vehicle from the show and instructed to “design something patriotic!” We use a flag background theme each year and switch up the car and text layout to freshen things up.

The mock metal license plate/car tags are then made by our client,, to generate donations for Chicagoland veterans. These are from the 3rd Annual show held on August 20th, 2011. The event is held in Willow Springs, Illinois.

Design for Custom Car Tag

We offer a wide variety of graphic design services, from wide format posters and banners to print collateral. Our custom car tags design is just the tip of the iceberg; did you know our dream team can design everything from brochures to billboards?

We specialize in powerful print promotions and professional website design that helps your company stand out among the crowd. Ready to build your brand with marketing materials that are memorable?  Our award-winning dream team of designers can help. Call today to set up a free consultation, or click on the link to learn more about our Graphic Design services.

Groupon's breadcrumb custom table skirt

Custom Table Skirts

These custom table skirts were printed for a design group who works with Groupon to create on-location promotional displays.

By utilizing the dye sublimation process, a full-color method for complex artwork and photographic images, we are able to provide an ultra-high quality output for their beautifully minimal design. It was also important that the green “b” and background were the correct Pantone color to meet the clients branding standards.

These custom table skirts were printed for 8′ tables with a full wrap around. Each is manufactured with a premium polyester twill fabric that is flame retardant and machine washable. Available in both 6′ and 8′ sizes, or custom cut to your exact specifications.  Standard turnaround is five business days.

High-Quality Custom Table Skirts

Need custom table skirts for your company? dream ink specializes in creating cost-effective point-of-purchase and event promotion materials. From table skirts to trade show displays, our team is ready to help you look your best at any event.

We have established relationships with Chicagoland’s best manufacturers and fabricators for almost any event display need. Click on the links for more information on Promotional Products or Trade Show Displays, or contact us for innovative event promotions to build your brand!




Midwest Mechanical Services' custom keylights

Custom Keylights

These full-color custom keylights are one of our most popular extended life promotional products. Features a large full-color imprint on one side and super bright LED. At under $1 a piece for a one-color imprint, these affordable high-quality custom keylights are perfect for any audience or promotion. Available in a variety of colors with a five day turnaround time.

Printed with either patented iMAGE Color technology for full color, or pad print for the one color imprint. Batteries included. View our favorite five-star supplier of magnets and keylights by clicking Magnet LLC.

Custom Keylights & Other Promotional Products

Did you know over 35% of promotional products are kept for over two years?

When it comes to cost-per-impression, ad specialties are consistently the most cost-effective option to build your brand.  Finding the perfect promotional product for your target audience is our job.

We work direct with brands like Bic Graphic, 3M and Mag-Lite to bring our clients the highest quality customized handouts on Earth. Our Competitive Bid Software searches for the right product, price and production timeline to meet your needs.

Contact us today for current distributor promotions and industry-specific suggestions for custom keylights and promotional products to build your brand!

this is an exmaple of Factual Photo's full color magnets

Full Color Custom Magnets

These full color custom magnets were printed for a private investigation firm that wanted a flat promotional product to mail their clients with a brochure. They measure 4×6″ and include a clear business card pouch that each employee can personalize before mailing. The full color print allows for maximum impact and is available in either 25 or 30 mil magnet stock.

Full Color Custom Magnets

We work exclusively with Magna-Plus for full color custom magnets with business card pouch. View the MPPouch230 on their website by clicking on the link. Available in several custom shapes, sizes and pouch loading options with NO SET-UP CHARGE!

dream ink offers a full line of full color custom magnets. Magnets have a long life of leaving lasting impressions of your logo on your clients as they decorate filing cabinets and refrigerators.

From low-cost and low-volume options, to bulk discounts for any order over 1,000 pieces, we provide a highly-effective, high-quality promotional product for an affordable price. Our dream team will design, print and personalize magnets with pouches for your company that will be ready in less than a week.

Click on the link for more information on our custom Promotional Products or browse other full color custom magnets with our Search tool.