Nicole here! I’m squeezing in my last summer project before autumn begins. I have some fun fall projects in the works, but until then...let me share my beach tote bag. This post is for all of my beach loving fans!
To create this Artesprix Tote Bag, you will need the following...
- Artesprix Original and Pastel Sublimation Markers
- Artesprix Tote Bag
- Plain Copy Paper
- Artesprix Heat Tape
- Artesprix Protective Paper
- Mechanical Pencil
- Heat Source: Artesprix Heat Press, Dry Iron, or Home Iron
TCW2418 Sunset Stencil and TCW2431 Beach Rules Stencil (The Crafter’s Workshop)
What are Artesprix Sublimation Markers?
Magic Ink that transfers their beautiful colors from plain copy paper to a polyester product with a heat source. Iron-on-Ink Markers are the way to personalize sublimation, which is specially formulated inks that transfer only when activated with heat.
Step 1: To begin, I taped two letter sized sheets of copy paper together using heat tape so that the paper would be long enough for the stencil.
Step 2: Next, I used a Mechanical Pencil to trace the stencil. The mechanical pencil works best with these stencils since there are several intricate cuts. Make sure you flip the stencil over so that the image is mirrored.
Step 3: Before you start coloring, this is a great time to preheat your heat press to 400℉.
Step 4: Color! I selected a few colors from the Pastel and Original Sublimation Markers that would work well for this Tote.
Step 5: Once you're finished designing it is time to secure your design to your blank. Using Heat Tape, tape down the image onto the tote bag with the design face down. Be sure to be generous and tape all sides so that the paper does not slip in the press.
Disclosure: Artesprix sends us multiple blanks for each blog. I initially made the mistake of not using a lot of heat tape for this larger blank, and had to redo the project because the design shifted and it ghosted because I did not use enough tape. Learn from me and be generous with your heat tape after you spent the time creating!
Step 6: Create Sublimation Sandwich. One piece of Protective Paper at the top (to protect your heat platen) and bottom of the Tote Bag (to protect the other side/keep it white).
Note: Not all tote bags are created equal if you are using a lower quality tote bag you will want to use an additional piece of protective paper in-between your tote to prevent ink from going to the other side.
Step 7: Place Sublimation sandwich in the heat press for 45 seconds at 400℉. Ensure that your design is on the top side of the heat press, so the heat can infuse into the bag directly, top to bottom (as opposed to bottom to top).
Step 8: Gently remove the Tote Bag from the heat press and take a sneak peek to ensure you got a great transfer. If you didn't check your sublimation sandwich, it may have been upside down.
Step 9: Gently remove the heat tape to reveal your vivid design!
If you love this project, check out the Sequin Pillow Case that I made earlier this year for Blank of the Month April! Don’t forget to stop by the shop to pick up yours today! Click here to shop through my affiliate link!
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