Hero Arts Layered Stencil Drawstring Bag with Iron-on-Ink

Hello everyone! It’s Mandie, back again with another great Iron-on-Ink project! I love bags, especially little ones. It’s so nice to have a pretty little way to give someone a simple gift, like jewelry, a gift card, candy, or other tokens of appreciation. This month I’m working with the Drawstring Bag. It's small enough to where you can do a quick design, but also double sided in case you want to add more. Artesprix has collaborated with Hero Arts this Term to feature their stamps and stencils alongside Iron-on-Ink. 

artesprix drawstring bag with sublimation stamp pads

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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-Ink 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!

hero arts layered stencil sublimation stamp pad artesprix blank


Drawstring Bag Blank

Sublimation Stamp Pads

Sublimation Block Alphabet Stamps

Stamp Block

Protective Paper Roll

Heat Tape

Ink Daubers

Teflon Sheet 

Hero Arts Color Layering Peonies Bunch Stencil

Heat Source: Heat Press or Craft Press 

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Start by tracing your Drawstring Bag Blank onto a sheet of plain copy paper. Use a pencil because the pencil won’t transfer during the sublimation process. I marked where the strings were because I want my design below them.

drawstring bag template on plain paper

Step 2: Layer the Stencils to make sure they are all facing the right way. Then you will lay them on the traced bag to decide how you want them to lay. Mark the corners, Hero Arts provided holes in the stencil to make this easy. The stencils come with helpful instructions to make it simple. 

hero arts layered stencil directions
Step 3: Start with your first layer of stencil, the base of the flowers, on your paper, lined up with the dots you just made. Then lightly ink them with Sublimation Stamp Pad Ink using a foam dauber to transfer ink from the stamp pad to the paper.

sublimation stamp pad ink with hero arts stencil Pro Tip: You can tack these stencils down with washi tape to help keep them in place while you color.

Step 4: Move to the next stencil, the details of the flowers, again lining up the dots in the corners. Use the same pink ink, by adding another layer or two it will make it a little darker than the first layer.

sublimation stamp pad ink with hero arts layered stencil

Step 5: Now you will use the third stencil layer, the base of the leaves. I did a very light layer of yellow ink and then a very light layer of the green to get a lighter green color for the base.

sublimation stamp pad green ink with layered stencil

Step 6: Use the last stencil, the leaf details, and ink another layer or two in the green. I love how quick this process is!

Step 7: Arrange your Sublimation Block Alphabet Stamps on to your Stamp Block and ink with the Sublimation Stamp Pad in the desired color. Use the gridlines on your block to line up the letters quickly and easily. 

sublimation stamps with artesprix ink pad design

Pro Tip #2: I wasn’t 100% happy with how I aligned my letters at first, the best part about this medium is I was able to just cut the word off and re-stamp another piece of paper to my liking. 

Step 8: 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 45 seconds. 

secured sublimation design to polyester bag
Step 9: Use your Heat Tape and secure the design to the blank, image facing the blank. 

Step 10: Create your "sublimation sandwich" by 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.  

Pro Tip #3: Cut a third piece of Protective Paper to place inside the bag so the ink does not transfer through to the other side.

sublimation bag with protective paper before transfer

Step 11: Move your "sandwich" to the pressing surface and transfer for 45 seconds. For this blank, I put the strings just outside of my press to ensure everything would be flat during the transfer.

artesprix design after heat transfer

Step 12: 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 stamp pad design on artesprix drawstring bag

Step 13: My "peek test" was successful, so I removed my paper. WOW! Look at the difference between the before and after it has been pressed. Everything is much more vibrant, that is a part of the sublimation magic! 

artesprix stamp pad with hero arts stencil on drawstring bag

I love how easy it is to make beautiful gifts so quickly with Artesprix Iron-on-Ink! You can grab this Drawstring Bag Blank in the Artesprix Shop. There are endless possibilities for this beautiful blank, the only limit is your imagination! Don’t forget to join the Artesprix Iron-On Inspirational Group on Facebook and share your ideas too! 

Looking forward to sharing my next project with you!

Mandie Wade 

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