BTS Blank of the Month Iron-on-Ink Heart Ornament

Hello! I’m Alison Heikkila and I have a fun gift idea to share with you today using Artesprix’s January Blank of the Month, which is the Heart Ornament. I’m not personally into Valentine’s Day, so I needed to find a way to use the heart that was more my style. I wanted to make a gift for a fellow BTS fan (the fan base is known as ARMY), so I decided the heart was the perfect item for the job. I opted to do a technique with shaving cream and Artesprix’s Sublimation Ink Pad Refills that I’ve done in the past, as well as use a stencil I had custom made for BTS projects like this one. Don’t worry, even if you don’t know who BTS is, you can still apply these same techniques to your sublimation projects. And if you want to learn about who BTS is, just do a Google search and try not to fall down the rabbit hole. 

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sublimation artesprix heart ornament

What is Iron-on-Ink?
Artesprix Sublimation Markers, Ink, and Paint are specially formulated to allow you to use basic copy paper to: color, stamp, stencil, and monoprint 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 ornament heat tape artesprix paint stencil

Supplies:

Artesprix Heart Ornament
Artesprix Stamp Ink Refills: Purple, Blue, and Red
Artesprix Acrylic Paint: Blue and Red
Heat Tape
Protective Paper
Stencil of your choice: A Colorful Life Designs
Stencil Brush
Paste Spreader: I prefer a metal one but you can use an old gift card in a pinch
Home Iron, Craft Iron or Heat Press
Pencil
Copy Paper

Shaving Cream: The cheap stuff
Optional: Small mixing cups for paint storage

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Add shaving cream to a plate or small container. I used way too much here, start with less.
Step 2: Add several drops of each of your Sublimation Stamp Ink Refills to the shaving cream.

sublimation ink and shaving cream

Step 3: Swirl the colors through the shaving cream with the back of a paintbrush or pen. Don’t over mix, we want a marbleized look.
Step 4: Dip your paper into the colored shaving cream. Push the paper into it to get the colors to transfer. 

sublimation ink and shaving cream on paper

Step 5: Hold your scraper at an angle at the top of your paper, and swipe down to remove the shaving cream. You should be left with a marbleized design.
Step 6: Take the Heart Ornament and find the areas you want to use for it. Trace the outline of the heart with a pencil. The ornament is double sided, so I traced it twice.

heart ornament template for sublimation

Step 7: Mix up some purple paint using Artesprix’s Sublimation Acrylic Paint. According to the Color Mixing Chart, you use a 1:1 ratio of red and blue. 

Step 8: It’s time to stencil! If your stencil has letters or numbers like mine, ensure the stencil placed to create mirrored text.

Pro Tip: Tape the stencil down so that it doesn’t move. I used Heat Tape, since I know it won’t tear my paper, but you can use washi or other low tack tape.

sublimation paint with stencil

Step 9: Add a small amount of paint to your stencil brush. Rub off any excess onto scrap paper or a paper towel. You do not want too much paint on the brush, as it could seep under the stencil. 
Step 10: Using a circular motion, apply the paint to the stencil. Again, be sure there isn’t too much paint on the brush.

finished sublimation design before transfer

Step 11: Repeat the stenciling process to create the design for the other side of the ornament. This is what my finished designs look like. I love how bold the stenciling is!

sublimation design secured to heart ornament
Step 12: Tape your first design to one side of the Heart Ornament using Heat Tape.

Step 13: Let’s make the "Sublimation Sandwich"! Put down a layer of Protective Paper that is bigger than the overall design piece. Then, lay the ornament with the taped design on top, followed by another layer of Protective Paper.

sublimation heart ornament project before transfer

Step 14: Sublimate the Heart Ornament for 75 seconds at 400℉.

sublimation heart ornament design after transfer

Step 15: Let’s do a "Peek Test". We need to make sure our design transferred well, so pull up a small piece of the paper to check without removing too much tape. This looks great, so we can finish pulling off the paper.

before and after sublimation heart ornament

This is what my completed first side looks like. I am really happy with it! Now, we can repeat Steps 12-15 to sublimate the other side.

before and after sublimation ornament

The other side came out great too! Now I just need to add some ribbon. The ornament comes with red ribbon, but I wanted to use purple.

I really like how this turned out. The marbelizing is a bit more subtle than I wanted, but that’s because I used too much shaving cream. I need to remember that for next time.

artesprix sublimation ornament craft project

I love how striking and bold the stenciling is. That purple is such a great color and it stands out so nicely. I am happy to say that the person I made this for really loved it. How would you like to get more ideas on how to use Artesprix’s Iron-on-Ink Stamp Inks, Paints, and 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.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila  

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