Create some Custom Bookmarks with Iron-on-Ink
Craft with Kids and create one-of-a-kind Artesprix Bookmarks using Iron-on-Ink Sublimation Markers!
I was babysitting a neighbor’s (pre-teen) daughter for a few hours today. She went into my studio and was so fascinated with the projects that I have done recently using Artesprix’s Sublimation Markers. She wanted to create an Artesprix Customized Bookmark of her own and asked if I could teach her how to do it. Since these markers are safe for kids to use, I decided it would be fun to craft with her today. [Side note: please ensure that an adult is always supervising this type of project when crafting with kids, from start to finish. The Heat Press machine should only be operated by an adult at all times].
I am following the Child Protection Act and will not be showing any photos of the child that colored these bookmarks today.
- Artesprix Iron-On-Ink Sublimation Markers (Original, Gnomie Botanical and Pastel markers)
- Sublimation Ink Pad – Black
- Stamp Set of your choice
- Stamping Acrylic Block
- Plain Copy Paper
- Heat Tape
- Protective Paper
- Project Mat
- Heat Source: Heat Press, Dry Iron or Home Iron (without steam)
Place the Artesprix Customized Bookmark on a piece of plain copy paper and trace the outline using a pencil. This will determine the area that you have to work with. Don’t worry about the pencil lines because this will not transfer to your bookmark.
Mount your stamp on an acrylic block (or use a stamping tool and stamp the image on the copy paper using Artesprix Sublimation Ink Pad. Repeat this process for the rest of the images that you need to use for your Artesprix Customized Bookmark.
Next, color your stamp design using your Iron-on-Ink sublimation markers. Don’t worry if the color looks a little muted, it will come to life when the heat is applied to your project.
Take yourArtesprix Customized Bookmark and place the “white side” against the design. Use Artesprix Heat Tape and tape it down so your design doesn’t shift. If you are using the Artesprix Heat Press, you only need one on each side to hold it down. If you are using an iron, you will need more. Sometimes the iron will cause the image to slip and you will get a ghost image. [Designer tip: only use Artesprix Heat Tape on the outer edge of the design (not over it).]
If using an Artesprix Heat Press, set the temperature to 400 degrees F and timer to 45 seconds. If using a dry iron, set to linen or highest setting. [For a home iron, set to linen and “no steam.” Note: The holes in your home iron do not allow the heat to pass through evenly.]
Now, it is time for a sublimation sandwich. Cut two pieces of Artesprix Protective Paper to cover your project on the top and bottom. Place it inside the Heat Press and close the machine. You’ll want your Artesprix Project Mat handy because your project will be hot, and you don’t want it to damage your work space.
When the Heat Press beeps, this indicates that your project is ready. Pull the handle up and use protective gloves or oven mitts to protect your hands before taking the project out. Place it on top of the project mat and wait for about 10 minutes to cool down.
Gently remove the paper from the Artesprix Customized Bookmark to reveal the design.
My neighbor’s daughter did a GREAT job coloring the images! These bookmarks turned out to cute and she was very happy! Here’s a closer look:
I was very impressed about her coloring skills! She was so proud to show these bookmarks to her mom that when she came to pick her up, she asked to come bak and do more projects with me. I love crafting with kids!
If you like these Artesprix Iron-on-Ink bookmarks, you will certainly love Ivy’s Halloween T-shirt project! Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!
-Maria from the Artesprix Design Team
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