Hi everyone, it’s Mandie from the Mandie’s Scrappin Blog and I’m so excited to have been asked to join the Term 6 Artesprix Design Team! I have really enjoyed making Guest Designer appearances over the past couple of years and always have so much fun playing with their AMAZING Iron-on-Ink. I am looking forward to sharing all my ideas with you over the next 6 months. I got very excited when I saw the November 2022 Blank of The Month is a Decorative Sign Blank because I just got some gorgeous new stamps that I’ve been wanting to play with. I was originally intending them for cards, but that is one of the great things about Artesprix, it allows you to use your paper crafting supplies for sublimation!
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!
November Blank of the Month Decorative Sign
Heat Source: Heat Press or Craft Press
Step 1: Start by tracing your blank onto a sheet of plain copy paper. Use a pencil because the pencil won’t transfer during the sublimation process.
Step 2: Grab some Artesprix Iron-on-Ink Pads and ink your stamp. I used my some brown ink and stamped it onto the paper to create outlines.
Step 3: Stamp the Sublimation Pad colors you want to use onto your Teflon sheet to lay down some color. Then use paintbrushes with some water in the ink to create a watercolor affect within your stamped designs.
Step 4: Keep painting until the design is filled to your liking. Keep in mind, the colors will not be fully bright until after they are transferred. You can also mix the colors just like paints. I layered more color in spots to create light and dark colors.
Step 5: Add “Gnome Sweet Gnome” to the sign by using the Artesprix Modern Alphabet Stencil and my ink daubers. I started at the bottom of the design with the center letter to help line things up. Don't forget to mirror your text!
Step 6: I decided I wanted my upper words to curve around my design, so I lightly penciled in a curve to follow.
Step 7: 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 105 seconds. Lay your finished design flat and lay the blank on top, lining up with those pencil lines you made earlier, white side to the design. Then use your Heat Tape and secure the blank to the design.
Pro Tip: If you’re using a handled Craft Press you will want to use a lot of Heat Tape to make sure nothing shifts, with a heat press you won’t need as much tape with this flat blank.
Step 8: Create your "sublimation sandwich". Layer your secured design in-between two pieces of Protective Paper.
Step 9: Move your sandwich to the pressing surface. Ensure your "sublimation sandwich" is not upside-down by positioning it so the heat will hit the paper and transfer it to your blank underneath.
Step 10: 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 incase you need to press for longer.
Step 11: 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.
Step 12: Once cooled, add the ribbon included. I found the perfect spot to hand my newest creation!
I love how easy it is to make beautiful home décor so quickly with Artesprix Iron-on-Ink! Don't forget, this Decorative Sign is only available in the Artesprix Shop for the month of November 2022, so don't wait to grab yours. There are so many possibilities to use this blank this holiday season. If you're looking for more inspiration see what Debbie did with her Decorative Sign.
Looking forward to sharing my next project with you!
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