Hi There! I’m Lynda from Scrapbook with Lynda and I’m thrilled to be the Artesprix guest designer for November. I’m here to share a fun stamped bookmark project with you. Artesprix bookmarks are the perfect addition to any junk journal. And with so many colors of sublimation markers it’s easy to find colors to match any journal.
What are Sublimation Markers?
Sublimation Markers contain specially formulated iron on ink. Use them to draw on plain copy paper, then heat transfer your creation onto a variety of polyester items. There are so many accessories for your junk journal that can be created with these markers.
Plain Copy Paper
Sublimation Markers - Gnomie Botanicals
Clear or Rubber Stamps
Heat source: Home Iron (Artesprix Heat Press is great option)
Step 1: Trace the bookmark on plain copy paper using a pencil. Don’t worry your pencil won’t transfer to your project.
I like to use a mechanical pencil, because it’s always sharp.
Step 2: You can draw your design in sublimation marker, but I’ll be using a stamp and the sublimation stamp pad to create mine.
Mount the stamp on a stamp block, ink with the Sublimation Ink Pad, then stamp on the paper. You can repeat stamp to get a crisper line, but my junk journal is shabby chic, so I like the uneven image.
Step 3: Now comes the fun part - color in the image with your favorite colors. I used the pinks and greens from the Pastel Sublimation Marker Set to color my roses.
I used very light pressure to create a more shabby chic look, but you can add more color for richer tones.
Next I used the Almond Sublimation Marker from the Gnomie Botanicals set to color in the background. Colored the background very uneven to create some texture and movement.
Step 4: With your design facing up, place the white side of the bookmark facing your artwork, then tape the bookmark in place with Heat Tape.
I’ll be using a home iron to transfer this image, so I used extra heat tape to be sure the paper doesn’t shift.
Step 5: Now make a sublimation sandwich by placing a sheet of Protective Paper under and over your project.
I’ll be using a home iron to transfer the image, so the Project Mat is ideal to protect my work surface. Here’s the order from bottom to top:
Artwork on copy paper
This order protects both my iron and the Project Mat from the sublimation ink.
Step 6: While I was working on my design my home iron was set to the highest temperature and heating. When it’s fully heated I placed the iron directly on the sandwich. Don’t move side to side, just press down and hold for 3 minutes. And remember not to use steam, just a dry iron.
Step 7: It’s time for the peek test to see if 3 minutes was enough time to transfer my image.
And it was!
Step 8: Let your project cool, then peel off your design to reveal your new bookmark.
I love it! It’s just the shabby chic look that I was hoping for.
I noticed there was a lot of ink remaining on my copy paper, so I wondered if I could make a second bookmark from it. Sort of like the double stamping technique used to get a softer image. So I decided to give it a go.
Taped the same artwork onto another bookmark, created my sublimation sandwich and applied heat just like the first time.
Here’s the result. A softer version with the same exact design. But one odd thing happened. The black lines transferred as brown as there was not as much ink left on the paper for the the second bookmark. This was a bonus for me, because the brown is the exact brown in my junk journal!
I love how both of them look with my junk journal.
I hope you enjoyed my debut on the Artesprix Blog. Can't wait to make more magic with Artesprix Iron-on-Ink in the future. If you're looking for more Bookmark inspiration, check out this blog by Guest Designer Susan Brown.
Lynda from Scrapbook with Lynda
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