Hi Everyone, Sarah here. I am so excited about this project. I love picture frames. I have pictures all over my house. I have a whole gallery wall in my hallway (well, it’s actually the whole hallway). My family always tells me I should rotate out the pictures, but instead I just keep adding more.
So, let’s get started!
- Artesprix Picture Frame Blank
- Sublimation Markers
- Protective Paper
- Copy Paper
- Pencil (for tracing)
- Heat Tape
- Heat source (either a heat press or an iron)
- Flower stamps. (I used a rose stamp from Tim Holtz and I made the Sunflower stamp on my Silhouette Mint)
- Stamp pad and Ink refill (I used the ink refill for the sunflower stamp)
- Silhouette Cameo, Portrait, or Curio
- Silhouette Pen Holder (either Type A or Type B depending on your machine)
- The first thing I did for this project was measure my picture frame so I could create a “template,” in Silhouette Studio for my text. I then used that template to curve my text around the edge of the frame. If you are interested in learning how to curve text in Silhouette Studio, check out my blog post on Curving Text in Silhouette Studio.
- Using your Silhouette machine, pen holder with the large adapter, and a black Artesprix Sublimation Marker sketch out your design on the copy paper. To learn how to sketch with your Artesprix markers and your Silhouette, check out my blog post on Sketching with Your Silhouette.
- When it is done sketching, take the page off the mat. I then traced the outline of the blank onto the page, making sure your sketched text fit inside the blank. I did this so I knew where I needed to stamp the roses and sunflower for my design.
- Next, I stamped the sunflower where I wanted it, since there is only one sunflower, I wanted to make sure I liked the placement of it. Then I filled in the rest of the space with the rose stamp from Tim Holtz.
- Once I was done stamping, I colored in my text and flowers. When I was done coloring, I realized I had added some things to my design that I did not care for after the design was completed. So, I took some little pieces of heat tape and covered them up so they would not transfer when I pressed the design onto the blank. If you decide you don’t like something and want to cover it like I did, just make sure the heat tape does not cover any parts of the design you do want to keep.
- Preheat your heat press to 400◦. While the press is heating, I used a lint roller and went over my blank to make sure there was no little particles (or in my case, Siberian Husky hair) on the frame. Then I used heat tape to secure the design to the frame.
- Grab a piece of protective paper big enough to cover your design, fold it in half and place your picture frame with the copy paper in the middle, making a “Sublimation Sandwich.”
- When the Artesprix Heat Press is at temperature, place your “Sublimation Sandwich,” on the press with the copy paper side on top. Be sure that your design is face down to your blank but on the top of your Sublimation Sandwich. Close clamp to press for 30 seconds.
- Once the time is up, open the press. Before you remove the heat tape and take off the copy paper from the blank, you want to do a “peek test”. Pull up a little corner of your page and make sure the design transferred correctly.
- With the design sublimated onto your frame, remove the paper and heat tape, and assemble your frame.
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. I can’t wait to see what you create with Artesprix markers. For more stamp inspiration check out how Rita used stamps on her Zip Case Post, and as always be sure to join the Iron-on-ink Inspirational Group on Facebook. You can see what others are creating and share your projects.
Until next time,
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