Happiness Held Decorative Panel with Hero Arts & Artesprix

Hello all, It’s always a great day when I can work on a new Artesprix Sublimation project. This week's project features a Sublimation Decorative Metal Panel as well as stamps and stencils by Hero Arts. The design focuses on blending Sublimation Acrylic Paint over a stencil using blending tools. It’s a fun method for creating a colorful design with smooth color transitions. Check out the instructions and Mixed Media Quick Tips Video below for the step by steps.

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 sublimation metal panel sign with artesprix iron-on-ink

What is Sublimation Iron-on-Ink?

It is an interesting and fun product that allows you to create a design on standard copy paper that can then be heat transferred onto surfaces (must have polyester in it or have a polyester coating). Once the project is transferred to the blank, it is lifetime permanent. Before Artesprix, you would need a fancy printer to experience this level of personalization, but not anymore!

hero arts stamps artesprix paint sublimation metal panel


Sublimation Stamp Pad –Black, Rose, Violet
Sublimation Refill ink –Black 
Sublimation Acrylic Paint –Red, Yellow 
Sublimation Acrylic Lightening Medium -White
Protective Project Mat 
Decorative Metal Panel 
Heat tape
Protective paper 
Multi-Purpose Cleaner 
Hero Arts, Color Layering Dragonfly 
Hero Arts, Lacy Floral Stencil
Emerald Creek, Lori’s Cards & Creations –Sublimation Life Quotes
Tonic Studios, Tim Holtz - Stamp Press
Computer Paper 
Heat Press

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Trace your panel on copy paper with a pencil or create a template the dimensions noted on the packaging, 6x6".

sublimation paint by artesprix

Step 2: Apply two nickel sized dollops of Acrylic Lightening Medium to a non-porous material. Next add a dot of Yellow Acrylic paint to one pool of Lightening Medium and a dot of Red to the other.

sublimation paint stencil design

Step 3: Mix each pool of paint. Apply paint over Hero Art’s Lacy Floral Stencil with blending tool, blending the colors where the two paint colors meet.

sublimation paint design with hero arts stencil

Step 4: Add a bit of water to the red pool of paint and then apply paint splatters with fan brush. Secure stenciled paper to stamp press.

hero arts layer stamp with sublimation ink

Step 5: Stamp first layer of Hero Arts Color Layering Dragonfly with Rose Sublimation Stamp ink.

Step 6: Stamp the second layer of Hero Arts Color Layering Dragonfly with Violet Sublimation Stamp ink.

sublimation stamp ink with dragon fly stamp

Step 7: Stamp the third layer of Hero Arts Color Layering Dragonfly with Black Sublimation Stamp ink.

Step 8: Stamp Emerald Creek Lori’s Cards and Creations Sublimation Life Quotes saying with Black Sublimation Stamp Ink.

emerald creek sublimation stamps

Step 9: On a craft mat, water down a small amount of Black Stamp Refill ink and then apply ink splatters to project with a fan brush.

final design with artesprix iron-on-ink

Step 10: Once dry, place Metal Panel over the section of treated paper that you would like to transfer and secure with heat tape.

secured sublimation ready panel to design

Step 11: Make a "Sublimation Sandwich" by placing the Metal Panel between two pieces of protective paper.

sublimation project with protective paper before transfer

Step 12: Heat set using appropriate settings for the blank. These Decorative Panels call for 90 seconds at 400℉.

sublimation artesprix design after transfer

Step 13: After 90 seconds, conduct a "peek test" to ensure the transfer was successful (do not remove tape until transfer is confirmed). Re-heat if needed.

before and after sublimation panel with artesprix ink

Step 14: Once you confirmed your transfer was a success, remove paper to reveal the transferred design.

decorative metal panel easel

Step 15: Allow panel to cool. Remove adhesive backing from top portion of easel stand and secure to panel placing as shown. Bend the bottom portion out as desired.

I hope you enjoyed my Decorative Metal Panel project. I love being able to get creative with multiple mediums, all while doing a sublimation project. if you're looking for more inspiration, check out Alison's latest project here. The Hero Arts collaboration continues for another month so stay tuned!

Happy Day!

Lori Warren

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