Hello crafty friends! I hope you have been enjoying the Heffy Doodle Artesprix collaboration! When I saw the Fall Leaves Stencil from Heffy Doodle, I knew it would be perfect for the December Blank of the Month Maple Ornament. We will be using multiple colors of Sublimation Stamp Pads that will compliment the natural background of the wood. The Sweetie Pie Stamps were too perfect for this time of year so we will be incorporating text stamps using the Artesprix Mirror Stamp Plate.
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What is Artesprix Iron-on-Ink?
Artesprix sublimation stamp pads and sublimation craft supplies are formulated with iron-on ink. Iron-on ink is a special ink that gets printed onto poly-coated substrates once it is subjected to heat. The inks are always muted on paper, and they become vibrant after they’re heat pressed onto your sublimation blank. Once it is heat pressed, the ink turns to a gas leaving you with a permanent design. The design will be infused into the blank permanently and the sublimated design will not need to be sealed and it will not peel or fade.
Step 1: Place your ornament on mixed media paper and trace it with a pencil. This blank is double sided so, trace it twice if you’re planning to sublimate on both sides. Using a pencil is key since it will not transfer when the design is heat pressed.
Pro Tip: After tracing the ornament, feel free to cut your paper into 2. It’ll be helpful to have each design separate for later!
Step 2: Use masking tape to secure your stencil on top of your traced template. For colorful leaves, I went with brown, red, orange, yellow and green sublimation stamp pads.
Designer Note: I love this stencil because it would create lower scattered leaves at the bottom. This provides a nice space in our design to add a word or a sentiment to whoever you’re gifting it to! So, for the face of the ornament, I made sure I have enough space at the bottom of my design.
Step 3: Repeat the process to create the back of the ornament. I chose to only do leaves for the back.
Step 4: Now, it is time to add wording to our design using any stamp, a stamp positioning tool, and Artesprix’s Mirror Stamp Plate. Here are the simple steps to get a mirrored text for your design using a stamp positioning tool:
Open your stamp positioning tool and place your mirror stamp plate on the lid.
Place your clear stamp on the bed of the stamp positioning tool.
Close the lid and make sure that the mirror stamp block covers the entirety of your stamp. If not, adjust the placement of either one.
Ink your clear stamp with your favorite Artesprix sublimation pad.
Close the lid of your stamp positioning tool and give it a slight push to make sure the ink is transferred to your mirror stamp plate.
Re-Ink your clear stamp and re-transfer if you didn’t get a good transfer at first.
Now, remove your clear stamp from your stamp positioning tool and insert your design instead.
Secure your design on the stamp positioning tool with a magnet, and make sure that the wording is centered within the design.
Close the lid of your stamp positioning tool and push slightly to transfer the mirrored text onto your design!
Step 5: (Optional) I went over the text with my black fine point sublimation marker, but it is not necessary.
Step 6: Place your ornament face down on your colored design. Secure in place with heat resistant tape. This will prevent ghosting and ensure you get a crisp design!
Step 7: Use your protective paper to cover the top and bottom of your sublimation design and ornament. This creates what we call a "sublimation sandwich".
Step 8: It is time to press your design. Your heat press should be set to 400°F and you’ll need to press it for 45 seconds with heavy pressure.
Step 9: After you press your design, it is time for the “peek test”! A peek test guarantees a vibrant transfer without wasting materials. Do not remove the tape and slightly peel one corner of your design to get a peek of how well the design transferred. If you find that you got a vibrant transfer, then remove the tape and reveal your amazing design! In the slightest chance you didn’t get a good transfer, you could go ahead and re-press your design.
Step 10: Let’s reveal our design! Allow blank to cool and repeat steps 6-9 for the back of the ornament. Finish with the red ribbon that was included with the set.
I love how this ornament turned out! The falling leaves turned out great with the color palette we chose, and now I’ll add this ornament to a gift for a friend!
It is always so much fun to create with Artesprix’s sublimation supplies. Crafting with my sublimation stamp pads and stencils is one of my favorite techniques to use, and I hope you got inspired to try it out! When you use Artesprix sublimation stamp pads in your next sublimation project, please don’t forget to share your creations with us on Instagram or Facebook!
Keep on crafting!
Sara**This blog post contains affiliate links; I may receive a small commission with no extra cost to you! I only vouch for products that I love and use whether I would be compensated or not! Appreciate your support!**