Hi again, Sarah here with a fun new post! I’m back at it with my camper décor. I think I’m wearing him down and we will have one sooner rather than later, lol. This project was so fun, even he had to admit it was perfect for a camper we don’t even own yet!!
What are Artesprix Sublimation Markers?
Artesprix Sublimation Markers have opened my eyes to a world of new possibilities. They are simple to use and the ideas just keep coming! If you haven’t already, you really need to try these markers.
Gel Press Reusable Printing plate
Heat press or iron
Step 1: Using your Silhouette machine, pen holder with the large adapter, and your Artesprix Sublimation Markers sketch out your design on the copy paper you traced your blank on. To learn how to sketch with your Artesprix markers and your Silhouette, check out my blog post on Sketching with Your Silhouette. I measured the blank and sized my design to fit within the measurements. When I sketched my design I made sure to center it to the page so I had plenty of room around all sides, so I could trace my blank after.
Step 2: Text needs to be mirrored (or flipped horizontally) so the text reads backwards. This is because when you press it, it will press the correct way. I did not trace my blank until after I sketched the wording with my Cameo.
Step 3: Unload the design from your machine, remove it from the mat, and trace the blank around the design.
Step 5: I then used my Gel Press Printing Plate, I colored directly on the gel press with my markers, going from darker colors at the top to lighter colors at the bottom.
Step 6: Then I went over it with a brayer to blend the colors a bit. Then placed my stencil on top. With the stencil in place, I put the sketched design face down on the gel press and rubbed the back of the paper with my hands to “transfer” the exposed ink onto the paper.
Step 7: I removed the paper and the design of the stencil was transferred to my page. I then finished coloring in the sketched design with black.
Pro Tip: Set your Heat Press to 400℉ while you put the final touches on your design.
Step 8: When my design is ready I lined up my blank and taped it in place.
Step 9: Create your sublimation sandwich. A sublimation sandwich is made up of a layer of protective paper, your blank with the design secured to it, and another piece of protective paper.
Step 10: Place the sublimation sandwich on your press. Once your heat source reaches temperature, press your metal panel for 90 seconds. When the time is up, do a peek test to make sure you got a good transfer.
Step 11: If you got a good transfer, use heat gloves to move the case to a heat resistant surface. I just my Artesprix Protective Project mat. Once cooled enough to touch, remove the copy paper and heat tape.
Step 12: Now attach the included “stand” simply peel off the adhesive and stick it to the back of your panel. Make sure you line up the bottom of the panel with the bottom of the stand or it will not stand up right!
I love the Decorative Metal Panel. I have a ton more ideas for them. I can hardly wait to get started making more. I love this one Rita did. And be sure to check out the other fantastic blogs on the Artesprix blog. Oh! and join the Iron-on-ink Inspirational Group on Facebook. You can see what others are creating and share your projects.
Until next time,
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