Handmade Card & Matching Gift Bag with Artesprix Stamp Ink

Hi guys! I'm Debbie from Debbie J’s Crafting Corner. I am super excited to share with you my project today. My main type of crafting project is handmade cards… and sometimes I have trouble finding ideas for other crafty projects. Do you ever have that problem? Well, today, I’m using one of the cards I made recently as the inspiration for a fun tropical drawstring bag that I’m creating using Artesprix Iron-on-Ink!

artesprix drawstring bag with stamp ink

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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!

artesprix stamp pad sublimation drawstring bag


Artesprix Drawstring Bag Blank

Spellbinders Clear Stamp & Die of the Month Club “Let’s Get Together”

Artesprix Sublimation Stamp Pads

Protective Project Mat

Heat Tape

Protective Paper Roll

Reverse Tweezers

MISTI Stamp Platform

Cricut Easy Press

White Cardstock

Watercolor paintbrush

Water (for cleaning brush)

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Normally you would trace your blank onto a plain piece of paper. For my project today, I’m using a stamp and die set. The image, when cut out, will fit perfectly because it is smaller than my blank. Before die-cutting, I cut an 8 ½ x 11 piece of cardstock in half so that it will be easier to manage and fit in my MISTI Stamp Platform for a perfectly stamped design.

cardstock paper in stamping platform

Step 2: I placed the cut cardstock into my MISTI Stamp Platform and positioned the tropical stamp onto the cardstock before picking the stamp up with the lid of the platform. Then I inked and stamped the image Black Artesprix Sublimation Stamp Pad.

stamp in stamping platform before ink

The great thing about the MISTI is that it allows you to restamp in the same spot if you don’t get good enough coverage the first time.  

stamped design on cardstock paper

Step 3: Remove the paper from my MISTI and used some ink from various colors of Artesprix Sublimation Stamp Pads, along with some water and a paintbrush to “watercolor” my design. I even did a little color mixing to give a little variation to the coloring.

sublimation watercolor with artesprix

Step 4: Secure the design to the Drawstring Bag Blank with Artesprix Heat Tape.

secured design to sublimation bag

Step 5: For the "Sublimation Sandwich” you need protective paper. I cut a piece and folded in half.  Make sure that each half is larger than your blank and design to place around your project during the transfer process. The protective paper is used to “protect” your heat press from the ink. 

sublimation project before transfer

Step 6: Now it’s time to transfer! I placed my "sublimation sandwich" onto my Protective Project Mat. Always make sure that the paper with the design is closest to the heat. I set the temperature and time on my Cricut Easy Press to 400 for 45 seconds for the Drawstring Bag Blank. 

sublimation design on drawstring bag

Step 7: "Peek Test" step, 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 drawstring bag

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

sublimation artesprix drawstring bag

I’m in love with this little bag!  The watercoloring technique is one I’ll be using a lot more. The bag would be perfect to hold a “Summer Survival Kit” and matches my card so well! I just love it! Thanks so much for hanging out with me today while I Get Crafty with Artesprix.

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. It even comes with several blanks, including some drawstring bags similar to this one, to get you started!

I would love to see what you create using your craft supplies and Artesprix Iron-on-Ink!Share your Artesprix projects with us by using #debbiejscraftingcorner, #Artesprix and #IrononInk or post it to the Artesprix Facebook Group.

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

Big Hugs!

Debbie J

 **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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