Dark Sea Hero Arts Water Bottle with Iron-on-Ink

Hi everyone! It’s Design Team Member Mandie, back again with another fun idea for your next Iron-on-Ink project! I’m a huge ice water junkie, and I always have a water bottle with me so I was super excited to get this Water Bottle Blank to work with! And what better way do decorate a water bottle than with a gorgeous stamp from Hero Arts? You don't need any fancy heat presses to personalize one of these, I'll show you how. 

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stamped art sublimation artesprix water bottle

What is Sublimation Iron-on-Ink?

Iron-on-Ink is an innovative craft sublimation medium to create unique designs that you can transfer to Na endless selection of blanks. You can create some amazing one-of-a-kind gifts that will last a lifetime. When the finished sublimation design is combined with heat and pressure, the ink turns into a gas and binds to the polyester fabric or poly-coated blank leaving you with a permanent transfer. Between Artesprix's plethora of Iron-on-Ink products and the endless amount of compatible sublimation blanks, the possibilities are endless! Iron-on-Inks is fabulous because you don’t have to invest in an expensive sublimation printer to create some high quality projects right in your home! Plus, if you’re more “hands on” or “hands inky” like me, I feel you can get so much more creative with the Sublimation Inks, Paints and Markers that Artesprix offers!


Water Bottle, 20 oz

Heat Tape

Iron On Ink Basic Markers

Iron On Ink Pastel Markers

Sublimation Wrap

Acrylic Block

Hero Arts Stamp – Dark Sea Bold Print

Heat Gun

Copy Paper

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Using apiece of copy paper, measure out your space to ensure you do not create a design too large for your blank. 

Step 2: Place the  Dark Sea Stamp on your work surface and use the Basic and Pastel Sublimation Markers to color randomly on the stamp. I just pulled out the blue, green and purple shades from both sets of markers to color. 

colored stamp with artesprix markers

Pro Tip: I work on a non stick mat to protect my surface when coloring. 

Step 3: Once the whole stamp is colored, I used a mister to re-wet the stamp with water. It blends the inks and gives watercolor effect.

finished Artesprix design with hero arts stamp

Step 4: Leaving the stamp on the table I brought my paper to it, smoothing it over with my hand and then the stamp block

Step 5: Carefully lift the paper to reveal your design and let it dry.  

Step 6: Remove the lid, adhesive labels and loose parts from the Artesprix Blank Water Bottle, 20oz. 

Pro Tip #2: Set your Craft Convection Oven to 350  to preheat while you prepare your water bottle for transfer

Step 7: I trimmed off the very bottom of my design to fit the height of the bottle. Then I used the Artesprix Heat Tape to position my design on the Water Bottle Blank. If you have multiple designs, cut them out individually and tape as needed. 

Pro Tip #3: Only use Heat Tape on the outer edge of your design, not over it, as the heat resistant characteristic of the tape could affect the consistency of the transfer. 

sublimation water bottle with wrap before transfer

Step 8: Place the Water Bottle into the Artesprix Sublimation Wrap and use the Heat Gun to shrink the wrap to fit the bottle. Work quickly and move from area to area so the wrap doesn’t overheat, we just need the heat to shrink the wrap so it acts as our pressure during the transfer process.

Step 9Place the Water Bottle into the designated Craft Toaster/Convection Over. Place vertically and bake for 5 minutes. Safety first, do not leave your craft oven unattended. 

sublimation water bottle with design after transfer

Step 10: I could clearly see the design through the Sublimation Wrap when the design had fully transferred so I am confident I got a great transfer. Then I carefully removed the Water Bottle from the oven. 

Pro Tip #4: If you have Heat resistant gloves, it is easier to remove the Sublimation Wrap warm than cool.

sublimation artesprix design after transfer

Step 11: "Peek Test" time. Remove part of the Sublimation Wrap and see if you can see your design on the inside of your wrap. If you didn't get a good transfer, check your temperature time, remove the wrap, leave your design taped, use another Sublimation Wrap and bake again. 

sublimation water bottle with hero arts and iron-on-ink

Make sure to turn off your oven when you’re finished. Once the Water Bottle is completely cool, fill with some ice cold water and enjoy your beautiful new creation! I hope you enjoyed this project and if you have not tried personalizing any non-flat objects yet, what are you waiting for? Make sure you check out the Artesprix Inspiration Facebook Group for even more great project ideas! 

Until next time,

Mandie Wade

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