Now that the holidays are behind us and Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us, I decided to craft an ornament for a Valentine gift using the Artesprix Metal Heart Ornament blank. I did not want a flat ornament so I added dimension by making it a mixed media and sublimation project. This allows me to add texture and other craft pieces to the project.
What are Artesprix Sublimation Iron-on-Ink?
You ask “what is sublimation ink or crafting,” well for me I see it as an extension of what I currently use. Artesprix Iron-on Ink offers a complete line of sublimation products that allow artists and crafters to personalize polyester-coated blanks with their own designs.
Sublimation Stamp Pad – Black
Acrylic Stamp Block
Protective Paper Roll
Any Flower Cling or Rubber Stamp
Step 1: Start by tracing the the heart ornament with a pencil on white printer paper. I always rough trace, leaving additional white space for ease of alignment of my design.
Step 2: Stamp the roses, or any design stamp you prefer, as a background image using the Artesprix black sublimation Stamp Ink onto the printer paper template.
Step 3: Use the sublimation red marker to color in the roses stamped as a background for the metal heart blank.
Pro Tip: I usually turn on the heat press during this stage of my creating. This allows plenty of time to get the press to the proper temperature. For this project I set the temperature to 400℉.
Step 4: Center the completed design onto the blank and using heat resistant tape. This will ensure the image does not move.
Pro Tip: Be sure to tape around your blank, not over it. The heat resistant tape can cause the color to transfer unevenly if covering the colored image.
Step 5: Before the actual transfer, we have to make a "Sublimation Sandwich". Cut two pieces of the protective paper larger then the project being heated and place secured design between the two sheets.
Step 6: Heat press the project according to the time and temperature suggested for that specific blank. The Heart Ornament calls for 400℉ for 75 seconds.
Step 7: The most important step of the project is the Peek Test! Do not remove the tape from the Heart Ornament until you lift a corner of the printer paper with the Iron-on-Ink design to verify the design transferred.
Pro Tip: If you did not get a bright and vivid transfer, keep your tape in place, check your time, temperature, pressure and "sublimation sandwich", and repress.
Step 8: Once you know that your transfer was successful, remove your copy paper to reveal your unique Heart Ornament!
Step 9: (Optional) I wanted to beef up the Valentine heart ornament by adding die cut leaves and small flowers. I added half pearls to the flower centers and shading to the leaves. I also die cut the letters to spell love to be placed onto the heart and made a yellow rosette.
Step 10: Lastly, attach the red ribbon hanger that was included with the Artesprix Heart Ornament to finish the project.
I hope you enjoyed my Mixed Media Metal Heart Ornament with Iron-on-Ink project. I am looking forward to creating more fun projects this term with Iron-on-Ink. If you liked this Blog, check out my latest Bag Tag Project! You can find more of my work over on my Instagram at for more crafty inspiration.
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