DIY Coloring Puzzle with Iron-on-Ink

Hey Everyone, Sarah here. I love this month’s blank of the month. This puzzle blank has so many possibilities. My kids LOVE puzzles. We always have a puzzle “in progress” and I typically get new ones (with lots of pieces) as gifts for my birthday. My kids do puzzles at least a few times a week. With this blank, I can create each one of them their own special puzzle or a puzzle with the picture of their choice. 

sublimation puzzle with iron-on-ink markers

What are Artesprix Sublimation Markers?

Artesprix Sublimation products give you endless possibilities. You can use the sublimation markers or stamp pad on their own to complete a project or you can use them in conjunction with a sublimation printer. The best thing about Artesprix products is that you don’t need an expensive setup to get started. You just need some plain copy paper, a heat source, and the markers or stamp pad. The possibilities are endless.

Materials:

Puzzle blank

Sublimation Markers 

Copy Paper

Heat Tape

Protective paper

Heat Press or Iron

Sublimation Printer (optional)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: The first thing I did when doing this project was pick my design. I used a free coloring page that I found on Google. There are tons to choose from, just search for Free Coloring Pages.

Step 2: Once I chose my design, I opened the file in Silhouette Studio and sized it to fit how I wanted it to on the puzzle blank.

sublimation coloring page with Iron-on-ink markers

Step 3: For this project, I used the “cheat” method. I printed the outline of my fonts using my sublimation printer. I just printed it onto plain copy paper. If you don't have a sublimation printer, you could print this with your regular printer and trace for the same affect. 

sublimation coloring page with Artesprix Markers

Step 4: Now it’s time to color in your design. This is always my favorite part. I love being able to sit and relax while I’m coloring.

Step 5: Heat your press to 400°F. 

Step 6: While the heat press is heating, get the design ready to press. The first thing you want to do is use a lint roller to make sure there is nothing that will interfere with the image transfer. You will want to lint roll because the puzzle blank is felt and can pick up little fibers. 

secured sublimation puzzle to artesprix design

Step 7: Tape your design in place using Artesprix Heat Resistant Tape that won't melt. 

Step 8: Now create your sublimation sandwich. A sublimation sandwich is made up of a layer of protective paper, your blank with the design secured to it, and another piece of protective paper.

protective paper with sublimation puzzle before transfer

Step 9: Place the sublimation sandwich on your press, with the coloring page on the top. Once your heat source reaches temperature, press your puzzle for 60 seconds. When the time is up, do a peek test to make sure you got a good transfer.

sublimation puzzle after transfer with Artesprix Markers

Step 10: If you got a good transfer, remove the project from the heat press. And remove the copy paper and heat tape.

sublimation puzzle with Artesprix Iron-on-Ink Markers

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. I can’t wait to see what you create. My kids are already picking more designs for puzzles. For more inspiration don’t forget to check out other blog posts. These magnets by Adam are some of my favorites or this zip case by Nicole.  As always, be sure to join the Iron-on-ink Inspirational Group on Facebook. You can see what others are creating and share your projects. 

Until next time,

Sarah Clark

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