Hello! This is Alison Heikkila and today I have a new Artesprix sublimation project using the Drawstring Bag. I will admit, at first I was a little worried that the colors wouldn’t be vibrant because the Drawstring Bag is a natural burlap brown color, but I was pleasantly surprised with the results! The colors are vibrant and beautiful. This bag would be great for wrapping small gifts in, which is what I plan to do with it.
What are Sublimation Markers?
Artesprix Sublimation Markers and Ink are specially formulated inks that allow you to use basic copy paper to: color, stamp, and stencil anything you wish and turn it into a heat-transferable design. These designs are then applied to a polyester or polyester coated substrate with heat and pressure. You can use a heat press or a home iron! These designs, through this process of sublimation, will become permanent on your substrates.
Sublimation Stamp Pad-Black
Original Sublimation Markers
Heat Source: Home Iron or Artesprix Heat Press.
Stampendous: Birds & Berries Cling Stamp
Stamping Positioner/Platform or Acrylic Block
Step 1: Trace the outline of your blank on to a piece of watercolor paper with a pencil. The pencil will not transfer during the sublimation process. Normally, I would suggest just using copy paper, but since we will be applying our color like watercolor, it’s better to have paper that can accept the moisture.
Pro Tip: Indicate where the stitching is for the drawstring so that your design would transfer below those lines.
Step 2: Stamp your designs on to copy paper using the Sublimation Stamp Pad and a stamp "positioner" or an acrylic block. Because watercolor paper has a texture, it’s a good idea to re-stamp your image several times to get a dark, crisp image. I used a large, 6x6" stamp so that it would cover the bag easily.
Pro Tip: Warm up your heat press! I recommend doing it now, while you’re creating. This Drawstring Bag calls for 400℉.
Step 3: Let’s "paint" with Markers! Scribble your chosen colors on to your glass mat or palette. You can paint and mix colors just like you would with watercolors since the markers are water-based. I started off with my leaves, using only the green marker.
Pro Tip: By using more and less water, you can greatly change the value of the green on the foliage, which is what I wanted. I painted my birds in a variety of colors, making sure to blend colors together. The berries were all done with the orange marker, directly to the paper.
Step 4: After you're finished and your transfer has dried. Using Heat Resistant Tape, attach your drawstring bag facedown on to your colored design. This bag is double sided, so technically there is no “wrong” side. You can line up your design easily by using your pencil lines as a guide.
Pro Tip: If you are using a Heat Press, you don’t need much tape, but if you are using a home iron, be sure to use Heat Tape around the entire blank to ensure that it doesn’t move during the sublimation process.
Step 5: It’s time to make our "Sublimation Sandwich". Cut two pieces of protective paper that are bigger than your drawstring bag. Cut a third piece of protective paper that will fit inside the bag, this will prevent the design transferring to the opposite side. (This ink is powerful and permanent once heat and pressure are added!) The two larger pieces of protective paper protect the heat platen and the back side of the bag from getting any ink on it.
Pro Tip: The most common mistake is Makers try to transfer their design with it on the bottom of the sandwich, your design needs to be secured face-down to the Blank.
Step 6: Transfer your design according to the specifications. This Drawstring Bag calls for 400℉ for 45 seconds.
Step 7: It’s time for the "peek test"! Very carefully peel back part of the paper to see how your design has transferred. Be sure to not remove too much, in case you need to press again.
Step 8: The Big Reveal! Look at how vibrant those colors are, even with the natural brown color of the bag! How gorgeous is this?! Look at the variation of colors in the leaves and the birds. They look so good.
I really love this little Drawstring Bag, and I can’t wait to make more of them. By using on 6x6 stamp, I was able to cover the entire bag quickly, and painting with the markers is so much fun. This little bag is perfect for wrapping gifts, and it’s so good for the environment because it’s reusable. How would you like to get more ideas on how to use Sublimation Markers? There’s a Facebook Group that’s just for fans of Artesprix! You can click HERE to join. Also, don't forget to visit the Artesprix store to see all of the available blanks and bundles, so you can get started with sublimation.
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