Laura Burch Inspired Iron-on-Ink Buttons

Hey there, crafty friends!  It’s Kelly Nagy, back to share my latest project using Artesprix Sublimation Buttons, along with their Craft Iron-on-Ink. Follow along for steps on how to create a feline frenzy of your own with these buttons spotlighting an old school Stampendous wood-mounted stamp by fashion designer, Laura Burch. I thought it would be fun to use the button with her image, as she is pretty famous for these fantastic felines, being incorporated in jewelry, bags, and other fashion items.

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What is Artesprix Iron-on-Ink?

"Sublimation Made Simple" as Artesprix puts it! Sublimation is like magic for your crafts. It transforms solid ink into a gas without any liquid in between! With a range of coated blanks from Artesprix, made to accept their specially formulated, sublimation ink under a combination of heat and pressure, the possibilities are endless. The ink comes in a variety of forms, from markers, stamp pads, and ink refills to acrylic paints, which can be mixed and matched to create any color you can dream up. These, along with your own personal arsenal of crafting supplies, the sky’s the limit! This fascinating chemical process is not just for commercial use anymore. It is available to home crafters just like you and me! We are now able to create vibrant, long lasting prints, using this amazing technology, thanks to the innovative products tailored for us crafters by Artesprix! Let your creativity soar using sublimation magic, and bring your designs to life in new and exciting ways!

Artesprix Markers, Rubber Stamp, Sublimation Button


Button 2ct

Sublimation Stamp Pad- Black

Sublimation Markers

Heat Tape 

Protective Paper Roll

Project Mat

Mounted Rubber Stamp



Plain Copy Paper


Distress Sprayer

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Trace button blank with a pencil on a piece of standard copy paper. 

button template on plain paper

Pro Tip: Create multiple templates to create multiple transfers to choose from. 

stamped design with sublimation black ink

Step 2: I took a wood-mounted block stamp from my stash featuring artwork from Laura Burch. I decided what part of the image I wanted to have showing on the button and stamped the image within my template using the Black Sublimation Stamp Pad. 

Step 3: Color the stamped design with Artesprix Sublimation Markers. To get a water-colored look, I lightly misted over the entire image, which caused the ink to bleed.

artesprix marker watercolor design on plain paper


This was a happy accident because I had dripped water accidentally on my project which reactivated the pigment, but loved the result. What I thought ruined my image, made it even better! 

Pro Tip #2: That is also the beauty of designing on plain copy paper, make and try as many as you want before you transfer.

finished artesprix design before transfer

Step 4: Add Sublimation Marker ink to a non-porous surface and use a paintbrush to create a softer look. I used this technique to help blend the colors. Don’t forget to allow the paper to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 5: Cut out and trim down the designs to get ready to transfer. Leave space around each template, about an inch for Step 6.

secured sublimation design to button before transfer

Step 6: Apply the finished design to the smooth side of the Button (the wrong side is marked up) with Heat Tape. If using a handheld press, be generous with Heat Tape to prevent ghosting. 

secured sublimation project with protective paper before transferring

Step 7: Now it is time to create your "sandwich". Cut one piece of Protective Paper slightly bigger than your blank, then add the secured button with the design on top, and then a second piece of the Protective Paper on top to complete the "sandwich". This will allow the heat to be closest to the colored paper, which then sublimates to the specially coated button surface.

Step 8: Transfer at 400°F for 75 seconds.

sublimation button after transfer with artesprix inks


Step 9: Without removing any tape out of place, do a "peek test" to ensure the color has transferred. If not, you can simply re-apply and press again, and repeat this process until you are satisfied with the outcome. 

artesprix button design before and after transfer

Step 10: If Step 9 was successful, remove your design completely. Allow buttons to cool.

Step 11: Remove adhesive paper from pin and apply to the back of the personalized Button once cooled. 

Get ready to unleash your creativity with these purr-fect feline buttons! Whether you’re a seasoned crafter, or just starting out, this DIY Artesprix sublimation project is a must try. Don’t miss the chance to showcase your own unique style and join in the fun! Check out the Artesprix Iron-on-Ink Inspirational Group for more inspiration and connect with fellow ‘“at home” creators. Visit the Artesprix Shop more blank options and unleash your inner artist.

Keep creating, keep exploring, be kind and always trust the magic of handmade!

Kelly Nagy

**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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