Pink and Main Blue Wildflower Sublimation Ribbon

Hello! I’m Alison Heikkila and it’s time for me to share Artesprix’s September Blank of the Month with you. It’s white ribbon, over two inches wide, and 10 yards long! You can do a lot with that much ribbon. Last year I made THIS bow using 3 yards of it, and this time, I decided to go with a smaller bow that uses only about 1 yard. For my next few Artesprix projects, I’ll be using products from Pink & Main. I was inspired by their Wildflowers 2 stamps, and they made me think of one of my favorite albums from the past year, Indigo by RM. The album uses cyanotype art, so I thought I’d do my own version with Artesprix’s Sublimation Acrylic Paints and their Black Sublimation Ink Pad. 

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sublimation ribbon with pink and main stamps

What is Artesprix Iron-on-Ink?
Artesprix Sublimation Markers, Ink, and Paint are specially formulated to allow you to use basic copy paper to: color, stamp, stencil, and monoprint 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.

pink and main stamps satin ribbon sublimation stamp pad


Satin Ribbon
Black Sublimation Ink Pad
Sublimation Acrylic Paint: Blue and White Lightning Medium
Acrylic Stamp Block
Protective Paper

Heat Tape
Pink & Main: Wildflowers 2
Large Paint Brush (I used a 1”)
Copy Paper
Heat Press or Handheld Heat Source 

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Apply some of the Blue Sublimation Acrylic Paint and the White Lightning Medium to a pallet. Mix them together a bit with your brush, but not too much. We're going for a wide variety of blue shades, as you can see on my paper. Apply the paint to the paper.  

blue sublimation paint on copy paper

This is what my finished painting looks like. I made two sheets using these same techniques. 

Step 2: Cut the papers into strips. I opted to not use all the strips, so I can save them for another project. 

cut pieces of paper with artesprix sublimation paint

Pro Tip: I cut these to 2 ¼” but I really should have made them wider to make things easier when I was attaching my Heat Tape to the ribbon and paper. 
Pro Tip #2: I numbered my strips in pencil so that I could have a continuous design on my ribbon.  

black sublimation ink on painted design

Step 3: Use the Black Sublimation Ink Pad to stamp the Wildflowers on to your paper strips. Keep the bottom of the strip relatively empty until the next step. 

Step 4: Line up strip 1 and strip 2. Stamp a wildflower across the two strips. Repeat as you wish. 

finished artesprix design with paint and stamp pads

I decided to decorate 3 strips. This is how they look when they’re completed. You can see the variations in the blue paint, which I love.

Pro Tip #3: Because I used copy paper, it curls after being painted. If you want to avoid this, use a heavier paper or cardstock. 

secured sublimation design on ribbon

Step 5: Tape one strip of the completed design to the ribbon, on the shinier side.

Pro Tip #4: I recommend keeping the ribbon attached to the roll until you’re done sublimating all of your strips.  

secured artesprix sublimation project before transfer

Step 6: Let’s make our "Sublimation Sandwich"! Add a layer of siliconized paper to the top and bottom of your Blank. The Protective Paper prevents any images accidentally transferring to either side of your Heat Press or to your home iron.  

Step 7: Let’s sublimate that first strip! We’re going to have our heat press set at 400℉ for 90 seconds.

sublimation artesprix ribbon after transfer

Step 8: It’s time for the "peek test". I lifted up part of the ribbon to make sure my design transferred well. It looks amazing, so I can remove the rest of the paper from the ribbon and move on to the next strip.

before and after sublimation artesprix transfer

Here you can see the beautiful variegation of the blue. I love comparing the original art to the finished sublimated piece. The colors come to life once they’ve been heated. 

Step 9: I’ve taped the next strip down with Heat Tape. You can see that I have it butted up against the end line of the first sublimated area. Be sure to make your Sublimation Sandwich and then you can press your next strip. 

before and after artesprix sublimation ribbon

Here is my second sublimated strip. You can see where the two strips meet, and while it’s not perfect, it’s not distracting either. I like having the design continuous along the ribbon.
Step 10: Continue the sublimation process until you’ve done all of your strips.  

Here is my finished bow! It’s so pretty, and can be used on lots of things!  I thought that since I used wildflowers on my ribbon, I’d add my bow to a plant. Wouldn’t this make a wonderful gift? I love seeing how that ribbon shines with my transferred design.

sublimation ribbon with artesprix iron-on-ink

What ways can you imagine using this ribbon? I can imagine using it to wrap gifts, perhaps as a garland, etc. How would you like to get more ideas on using Artesprix’s Sublimation Ink Pads, Markers, and Paint? There’s a Facebook Group that’s just for fans of Artesprix! You can click HERE to join. Also, don't forget to visit the Artesprix store to see all of the available blanks and bundles, so you can get started with sublimation.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 

Alison Heikkila 

**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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