Blank of the Month Sequin Make-Up Case

Hi guys! I'm Design Team Member Debbie from Debbie J’s Crafting CornerI’m one of those people that look at something and say “I bet I could make that”. But sometimes I say to myself “HOW DID THEY MAKE THAT?” Sequin projects, like pillows and bags that have an image on them, has always been one of the things that I’ve wondered, HOW did they do that?! Now I know the answer, and it’s sublimation! And I’m gonna show you how you can do it too! This Blank is only available in the Artesprix Shop for the month of February 2023, so don't wait to grab yours!

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sequin zip case with artesprix sublimation stamp pads

What is Artesprix Iron-on-Ink?

Artesprix Iron-on-Ink is specialty sublimation ink in craft form. Traditionally sublimation ink is found in a fancy (expensive) printer. However, Artesprix hit the crafting scene in 2018 giving Makers, like me, the ability to experience sublimation without high-end equipment. Sublimation is when ink transforms to a gas and then binds to a compatible blank once combined with heat and pressure. The big deal? Once the design is infused to the polyester coated blank or polyester fabric, it is lifetime permanent!

sequin zip case heat tape artesprix stamp pads


Sequin Cosmetic Case

Hero Arts Color Layering Peonies Bunch Stencil

Artesprix Sublimation Stamp Pad

Artesprix Hand Lettered Basics Stamps

Ink Blending Brushes


Protective Project Mat 

Heat Tape

Protective Paper Roll

Cricut Easy Press

Reverse Tweezers

Magnetic Glass Mat from - use discount code DEBBIE20 for 20% off

Plain Paper or Card Stock

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Let’s get our template ready for the design. To make sure that we get everything placed correctly, I’m using a pencil to trace a line around the sequin bag that we’ll be adding the design to.

sequin zip case sublimation template on plain paper

Step 2: Next, let’s have some fun! I just love this layering stencil from Hero Arts (and now I need more!) They are super easy to line up, and the magnetic glass mat that I’m using helps me keep everything in place as I add sublimation ink through the stencils.

finished sublimation artesprix stamp design

Step 3: (Optional) I decided to add a sentiment in the center of the bag using the Hand Lettered Basic Stamps from Artesprix. These stamps are designed for sublimation and will stamp mirrored on the paper. How awesome is that!?

Pro Tip: If you have any smudges or Iron-on-Ink marks that you don't want to transfer, put heat tape over it!

Step 4:  Before we press, we need to do a little prep of the blank. Make sure all of the sequins are white side up. (Or you can do all silver side up. But the white sequins will allow all your colors to shine!) 

secured sublimation sequin case with heat tape

Once everything is prepped, lay the sequin zip case within the pencil outline. Be sure to place the Iron-on-Ink design touching the white sequins and tape it down with Heat Tape

Step 5: Next we create the "Sublimation Sandwich". Because this is a bag it is good practice to add some protective paper INSIDE. The fabric inside the bag is black, and I don’t think the ink will blead through… but better safe than sorry. Plus, if there is no ink on my Artesprix Protective Paper after transfer, I can reuse it on a future project.

sublimation project with protective paper before transfer

I cut 2 more large pieces of protective paper.  One will go under the cosmetic bag. The second piece of  protective paper will be placed on top to protect the Heat Platen. 
Step 6: Now it’s time to transfer! Always make sure that the paper with the design is closest to the heat. I set the temperature and time in accordance with the recommendations for this material which is 385 for 45 seconds. Then I placed my "sublimation sandwich" on a Protective Project Mat.  

cricut easy press

I’m using a Cricut Easy Press today and it is super easy.  Place the Easy Press onto the sublimation sandwich but not over the zipper, you want to ensure your heat platen is flat against your blank, and the zipper could inhibit that ability. 

sublimation stamp pad design after transfer

Step 7: "Peek Test" time, this can be a project saver! Before removing any tape, peel back a small part of your design to ensure the transfer was successful. 

before and after artesprix sublimation stamp pad project

Step 8: Once you confirmed your transfer was successful, remove your design for the big reveal! 

Step 9: WOW! This is just too cool. Who would have thought it would be so easy to create color changing sequins projects? This was my first sublimation sequin project, but it won’t be my last!


finished sequin zip case with artesprix stamp pads

I really appreciate you hanging out with me today and would love to see what you create using your craft supplies and Artesprix Iron-on-Ink! If you do not have any in your Maker's toolbox yet, head on over to the Artesprix Shop, right now. They have a "Starter Kit" that I highly recommend. Share your Artesprix projects with us by using #Artesprix and #IrononInk or post it to the Artesprix Facebook Group.

Because, if I can make it, You Can too!

~Big Hugs!

Debbie Jenkins

**This post may contain affiliate links. That means that I may receive compensation if you purchase through the links I have provided. The price you pay for the product or service is not higher, but I may get compensated.** 


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