Hello, crafters. I’m Designer Naomi here for some more fun with Artesprix Iron-on-Ink. This time, I’ll be showing you how I used the Sequin Pillow Case along with Artesprix stamp pads, markers, and paint to make a fun and interactive pillow for my classroom. I took inspiration from a popular children’s book and I cannot wait for my students to enjoy this sensory addition to our classroom, perfect for our reading nook!
What is Artesprix 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 (like the sequin pillow case) 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.
Step 1: Use a pencil to sketch out your design on a sheet of copy paper.
Pro Tip: If your design is larger than a standard piece of copy paper, tape together two sheets of legal size copy paper using heat tape. But keep the heat tape away from your design will go.
Step 2: Use the sublimation markers to trace the outline of your design.
Step 3: Create your paint colors in accordance with the Color Mixing Chart and fill in your design.
Pro Tip #2: If using stamps in addition to the paint, allow the paint to dry first. Keep in mind Artesprix inks are translucent, meaning light can pass through to the color underneath, making it partially visible.
Step 4: (Optional) Ink up the stamps of your choice using Sublimation Stamp Pads in your preferred colors and add them to the design. I used Artesprix's Sublimation Stamp Block Alphabet set as it went perfectly with the theme I was going for.
Pro Tip #3: If you are using a text stamp or a directional design stamp, the Artesprix Mirror Stamp Plate is a great tool to use.
Step 5: Place the sequin pillow case on a flat surface with the white sequins facing up.
Pro Tip #4: Tweezers are a great tool to ensure all of the sequins are white side facing up.
Step 6: Place your design face down on the white sequins and tape down using heat tape.
Pro Tip #5: If your heat press is large, use a pressing pillow inside of the zip case to raise the surface of your case above the zipper seam.
Step 7: Now we’ll make a sublimation sandwich with our design in this order: protective paper, pillow case, design, protective paper. The idea is to ensure the heat only has to go through the paper to press it onto the sequins.
Step 8: Press the sequin pillow case at 400℉ for 60 seconds using firm pressure.
Step 9: Before removing from the heat press, do a little “peek test” by lifting a corner of the design to make sure the design is transferred correctly. If your transfer is not bright/vivid, double check your "sublimation sandwich" and press it again.
Step 10: If the design is transferred well, you are done and you can remove the tape and design rom the pillow case. Add standard 16x16" a pillow inside and you are done.
I can’t tell you how much I adore this pillow case! It’s fun and makes a great interactive teaching tool as well as a cute decoration. You can grab your Sequin Pillow Cases from the Artesprix website. They come in 3 fun color choices: black, silver/white, and rose gold/lavender.
For more fun ideas for your next Iron-on-Ink project, check out the Artesprix Blog. Let us know if you try out this project by using the #Artesprix & #IrononInk or post your project to the Artesprix Facebook Group.
If you want to learn more about me, visit my About Me here.
Now, go make something fun!