Gnome for the Holidays Artesprix Ornament

Hi everyone! It’s Design Team Member Mandie, back again with another fun idea for your next Iron-on-Ink project! The holidays are quickly approaching and what better gift is there to give than a handmade ornament, straight from the heart? Hopefully this quick and easy ornament will inspire you to create some fun, personal pieces to gift (or keep for yourself!) this holiday season. These ornaments come in a set of 2 from the Artesprix Shop and are double-sided, giving you lots of options to get creative!  

artesprix metal ornament with sublimation iron-on-ink

What is Sublimation Iron-on-Ink?

Iron-on-Ink is an innovative craft sublimation medium to create unique designs that you can transfer to a endless selection of blanks. You can create some amazing one-of-a-kind gifts that will last a lifetime. When the finished sublimation design is combined with heat and pressure, the ink turns into a gas and binds to the polyester fabric or poly-coated blank leaving you with a permanent transfer. Between Artesprix's plethora of Iron-on-Ink products and the endless amount of compatible sublimation blanks, the possibilities are endless! Iron-on-Inks is fabulous because you don’t have to invest in an expensive sublimation printer to create some high quality projects right in your home! Plus, if you’re more “hands on” or “hands inky” like me, I feel you can get so much more creative with the Sublimation Inks, Paints and Markers that Artesprix offers!


Ornament Blanks

Sublimation Stamp Pads

Sublimation Marker Set

Protective Paper Roll

Heat Tape

Gnome Stamp

Stamp Block

Ink Daubers

Teflon Sheet 

Paint Brushes

Heat Source: Heat Press or Craft Press 

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Start by tracing your ornament blank onto a sheet of plain copy paper. Use a pencil because the pencil won’t transfer during the sublimation process. 

metal ornament template on plain paper
Step 2: Grab a Black Artesprix Iron-on-Ink Stamp Pad and ink your stamp.

stamped design with sublimation ink

Step 3: Take your Artesprix Markers and color in your stamped design. I decided to color a few in different colors. You can also use your daubers and inks to create lighter colors. I made a mask from an uncolored design to give a little color to one of my gnomes noses and also did a light background on that same design.

sublimation marker design with stamp ink

Pro Tip: Be sure to color a outside of the ornament template line so that it is guaranteed the entire blank will be covered when you transfer. 

Step 4: We are ready to transfer! You’re going to want to adjust your heat source to the recommended settings. For this blank it’s recommended 400 for 75 seconds. 

sublimation blank secured to marker design with heat tape

Step 5: Use your Heat Tape and secure the blank to the design, white side to the design. 

Step 6: Create your "sublimation sandwich" cutting 2 pieces of siliconized  Protective Paper bigger than your design and layering your secured blank in between. Be sure the blank is positioned with the paper side on top so the heat only has to go through the paper.  

sublimation blank between artesprix protective paper before transfer

Step 7: Move your "sandwich" to the pressing surface and transfer for 75 seconds.

sublimation marker design after transfer on ornament

Step 8: Once you’ve pressed your blank you can now do a "peek test". Simply lift up the corner and see if your design has transferred. You’ll want to keep the tape in place in case you need to re-press. 

sublimation artesprix ornament with markers and stamp pad

Step 9: My "peek test" was successful, the colors looked great, so I revealed my finished project and WOW! Look at the difference between the before and after it has been pressed. Everything is now much more vibrant, that is a part of the sublimation science/magic! before and after artesprix sublimation ornament

Step 10: Once cooled, add the ribbon included in the packaging or add your own! I decided to personalize the other ornament that comes in the set. If you choose to personalize both sides of one ornament, add your ribbon after you transfer to the other side so it doesn't melt during the transfer process.

I have several ideas for this, besides hanging on the Christmas tree. You could tie it to a bottle of wine as a hostess gift or use it for a gift tag on a present, design on one side and "To & From" on the other. You could also have kids or grandkids create their own design and add the year to the back for memories from year to year! So many possibilities! 

artesprix iron-on-ink ornament with markers and stamp pad

I love how easy it is to make beautiful gifts so quickly with Artesprix Iron-on-Ink! You can grab this Ornament Blank in the Artesprix Shop. There are so many ideas you could use to personalize blank this holiday season, to make special gifts for your loved ones or yourself. You can check out the Artesprix Iron-On Inspiration Group on Facebook for more ideas.

Looking forward to sharing my next project with you!

Mandie Wade 

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