Hello! I’m Artesprix Design Team Member Sara, and today we will be customizing the September Blank of the Month Necktie. I love this project because it shows how easy to create a permanent design with Sublimation Stamp Pads, blending brushes, and a stencil! With everyone excited for the Fall, I thought it would be a great idea to create a Fall themed necktie! It is such an easy project and you could do the same idea with any stencil you have on hand!
What is Sublimation Iron-on-Ink?
Artesprix’s sublimation stamp pads are made with sublimation ink or as Artesprix calls it, "Iron-on-Ink". Iron-on-Ink is a specially formulated ink to be infused into polyester-coated substrates, or polyester fabrics, when it is subjected to heat and pressure. Any design we create with Artesprix’s ink can be transferred onto any sublimation blank once heat is applied. The ink turns to a gas, and you will end up with a permanent design that is embedded into the substrate, it will not need any sealing and will not fade over time.
Multi-mixed Media Paper
Step 1: Place your necktie on a mixed media paper and trace it with a pencil. I am planning to sublimate on the entire necktie, so I traced it into multiple sections to ensure I created enough designs to transfer to all the white space on the blank.
Step 2: Let’s create our design! I’m using a leaves stencil by Stamp Anniething. We’ll be using the stamp pads in colors green, yellow, orange and red. Place your stencil on the paper, tape the edges with masking tape. Then, press your blending brush on your stamp pad very gently to grab the color on the brush. I started with a hint of green and I blended in the yellow, orange and red.
Pro Tip: I like to have a blank piece of paper while I work to apply my blending brush after I add ink to it to ensure I like the intensity of the color I'm applying. You should have a blending brush designated for each sublimation stamp pad color, separate from your non-sublimation stamp inks.
Step 3: Once you have created your first design with the stencil, carefully lift up the stencil and masking tape and reposition appropriately to create a continuous pattern for the entire necktie.
Step 4: After you are finished creating, it is time to transfer. For the Artesprix Necktie, set your Heat Press to 400℉ for 60 seconds.
Pro Tip #2: It is a good idea to "pre-press" and lint roll fabric blanks. Lint roll the fabric to remove any dust that may be hiding. Then "pre-press", this wicks out moisture, checks the pressure on your press, and gets rid of any wrinkles that may be there. This is a quick 5 second process.
Step 5: Place your necktie face down on your colored design. Then, secure it to the paper with heat resistant tape. Just like when we created the design, we will be working in sections.
Step 6: Let’s make a "sublimation sandwich"! Use your siliconized protective paper to sandwich in your design with the necktie secured to it. We will repeat this for each section as well.
Step 7: It is time to press your design! Your heat press should be set to 400°F and with a transfer time of 60 seconds.
Step 8: After your first press it is a good practice to do a "peek test"! Do not remove the tape and slightly peel one corner of your design to see if the transfer was successful. Let me tell you that with such a quality product, you’ll mostly get a very vibrant design. However, in the slightest chance you didn’t get a good transfer, you could go ahead and re-press your design.
Step 9: If your transfer from the first press was successful, reveal your Fall design!
Step 10: Repeat steps 5-9 for the entire necktie. You can reuse the siliconized paper if there is no ink on it but for our design, these pieces most likely have some Iron-on-Ink residue due to the type of design we used.
I absolutely love how this necktie turned out! The blending brush with the stamp pads worked perfectly to create this Fall leaf design! This necktie would go great with your fall wardrobe, and is 100% unique! This necktie would make a wonderful handmade gift for your kid’s teachers as we go back to school!
Customizing this necktie was easy and I hope this project inspires you to try it yourself! The necktie blank is only available for this month so make sure you grab one! You can find Artesprix sublimation stamp pads in the online shop so you can try it in your next sublimation project!
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