Hello! This is Terra O'Brien and I am here with a Guest Design project showcasing the Artesprix Pot Holder Sublimation Blank! I am a paper crafter by nature but have fallen in love with Artesprix’s products. I always thought sublimation was a little scary until I tried it for myself. I was impressed the first time I made a project!
What are Artesprix Sublimation Craft Supplies?
Artesprix Sublimation Markers and Ink are specially formulated inks that allow you to use basic copy paper to color, stamp, and stencil anything you wish and turn it into a heat-transferable design. These designs are then applied to a polyester or polyester-coated substrate with heat and pressure. You can use a heat press or a home iron! These designs, through this process of sublimation, will become permanent on your substrates.
Heat Source: Home Iron or Artesprix Heat Press.
Trinity Stamps Love you Bunches Stamp
Stamping Positioner or Acrylic Stamp Block
Step 1: Trace your pot holder blank on your copy paper. Don't worry the pencil will not transfer onto your blank. This will help figure out where you want your design to be.
Step 2: I first put my stamp into my stamp positioner, this made it much easier to be able to stamp it again if needed. With the Black sublimation ink, it stamped my design on the first attempt. I avoided text so I didn't have to worry about mirroring. If you would like to add text there are tools that can make things easier to mirror, like stencils!
Step 3: Time to color! I grabbed a few of my Artesprix Sublimation Markers to color my design in. I love that I had such a variety to choose from. I started with the flowers themselves just in case I went out of the lines since I knew the green for the foliage would cover any little hiccups I made.
Pro Tip: While I am coloring I turned on my heat press! Each transfer specifications are specific to the blank. The Pot Holder calls for a temperature of 400℉.
Step 4: When you're finished coloring, It's time to grab your Artesprix Heat Resistant Tape and tape down your design on your Artesprix Pot Holder blank. Don't be stingy with your heat tape. I tend to add a good bit just because I don't want anything to shift and cause "ghosting". The tape assists a crisp, clear, transfer.
Step 5: Once your design is securely in place, it's time to make your Pot Holder into a "Sublimation Sandwich"! Cut 2 pieces of the protective paper bigger than your Pot Holder. You want to have a piece of the protective paper on the bottom, place your blank down (with the copy paper on top), then you want to add a piece of the protective paper on the very top. It is important to have the sandwich the ink is very powerful and will transfer and be permanent once heat and pressure are added!
Step 6: Set your Artesprix heat press timer for 50 seconds and press. If using a Home Iron/Dry Iron, place “Sublimation Sandwich” on your Artesprix Project Mat and hold stationary while pressing firmly for approximately 3 minutes. If you are using a home iron you want to make sure it is on its highest setting with no steam.
Note: DO NOT leave Heat Source unattended.
Step 7: Now it's time for the "Peek Test"! Before removing any tape, peel back a small section of the design and ensure you got a good transfer. You don't want to remove too much in case you need to press it again.
Step 8: The Big Reveal!! This is the most exciting step!! You get to see your finished design and look at how vibrantly stunning those colors are. The flowers just pop!
My family now calls them WOW holders. I can't wait to sublimate everything! I love the freedom I have by choosing images from my paper crafting stash to sublimate. I was able to add this beautiful floral image! I had such a great time with this project and can't wait to see what the projects you have made! Be sure to check out Adams Bengals Super Bowl Pot Holder post, you can also find more inspiration on the Artesprix Facebook group and YouTube channel.
I hope you have a fantastic day!
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