I am Adam and I am a paper crafting guru. I love making cards for all occasions and have done so for the past 8 years. I have since progressed to mixed media using stamping and other paper and metal pieces. I am now branching out again into the world of sublimation ink crafts.
I will be going to a New Years Eve party and wanted to bring something besides a bottle of wine. I saw this great Artesprix wine caddy blank and decided to add it to a bottle of bubbly. I feel this is a great craft for any person interested in trying their hand at Sublimation Ink. I see it as a beginner project and think folks of all skill levels will find the wine caddy a fun and creative way to create.
What is Artesprix Iron-on-Ink?
For me I see it as an extension of what I currently use. Artesprix Iron-on Ink offers a complete line of sublimation products that allow artists and crafters to personalize polyester-coated blanks and polyester fabrics with their own designs.
I have discovered Sublimation Markers and Sublimation Iron-on Ink are two forms of the same product. It is heat transferable ink. I can color in stamped images with the markers after I stamp the images using the sublimation iron-on-ink onto printer paper. This ink in marker form or pad form is amazingly intense and colorful once it is ironed or heat press set onto the final blank used for the project. It will appear dull on the printer paper but the final product is beyond belief.
Step 1: Start by tracing your blank. I always rough trace, leaving additional white space for ease of alignment of my design.
Step 2: I usually create a larger design than needed on the printer paper to cover the blank. By doing this, I am able to place the design in what I see as the most attractive arrangement on the wine caddy taking the shape of the blank into account.
Step 3: Using several flower stamps start placing them onto the template to get a feel for how you want to place them in the finished product. Next stamp the flowers onto the template using the Artesprix black sublimation iron-on-ink. Because this project is for beginners I chose to not color the flowers. I like the elegance of leaving it black and white. If you want color this is the time to choose the colors and using the Artesprix Sublimation Markers your results will be beautiful.
Pro Tip: I usually turn on the heat press during this stage of my creating. This allows plenty of time to get the press to the proper temperature. For the Wine Caddy, set your heat press to 400℉.
Step 4: Center the design onto the wine caddy template and using heat resistant tape. Use the heat resistant tape to secure the wine caddy, ensuring it does not shift during the transfer process. The heat resistant tape is important because it resists the heat and does not transfer glue onto the finished product.
Pro Tip: Keep in mind where you should not place tape near or over any designs, because it resists the heat and may affect the colors and design stamped.
Step 5: Make a "Sublimation Sandwich" by cutting two pieces of the protective paper larger than the project being heated. The blank with the colored design taped to it is placed between the two sheets. This protects the heating surface from the sublimation ink being transferred onto it as well as the silicone mat built into the press.
Step 6: Transfer your design to the Wine Caddy in accordance with the specifications for the specific blank. The Wine Caddy has a transfer time of 75 seconds at 400℉.
Step 7: The most important step of the project is the Peek Test! Do not remove the tape from the blank until you lift a corner of the printer paper with the colored design to verify the design did transfer and the colors are more intense than they were on the paper. If the colors are not bright & vivid, re-press and heat for additional time. This could mean the press was not fully heated and just needs a bit more time or item not sandwiched and placed correctly onto the heat press.
Step 8: Always be careful not to burn yourself removing items from the heat press. Unless you are using heat resistant gloves, wait enough time to allow for cooling of the project before handling. Once your design has transferred successfully remove the heat tape and reveal your permanent design.
I hope you enjoyed this Wine Caddy with Altenew Stamps Blog tutorial. Don't forget this Wine Caddy is only available for the month of December so if you are even thinking of getting one be sure to snag it before they are unavailable. If you would like to see more of my work, please connect with me on Instagram for more crafty inspiration.
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