Hi again, Sarah here! This time I’m doing a fun project with the September blank of the month. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE tote bags. I am always on the lookout for a cute and fun tote bag. I have 3 small kids at home, so I always have to carry extra stuff with me, whether it’s kid necessities like wipes or snacks or if it is toys for them to keep them occupied. Since the fall season is quickly approaching, my kids have a lot of activities starting, from soccer to hockey. So, I know I will need to keep stuff with me for these events. This tote bag is perfect for those items. It is the perfect size so I won’t feel the need to “overpack” for any events we have going on.
What are Artesprix Sublimation Markers?
Artesprix Sublimation Markers are by far one of my most favorite items in my craft room. They are so versatile and easy to use. I’ll even let you in on a little secret, sometimes I carry some of them with me (and some plain copy paper) when we go places where I know we will be sitting around for a bit (doctor appointments or visiting family), so if I need to pass the time, either just me or my kids) we can color and press it on something later.
Step 1: For this project, I did not trace my blank. The tote bag is larger so I knew my 8x11.5" copy paper would be perfect. Because my design has text, it 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.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: Once the design is sketched, unload it from your machine, remove it from the mat.
Now all you have to do is start coloring in your design. This is always my favorite part. Just remember that the colors on the page will be more muted on the paper then it will be after you press, this is also a great time to pre-heat your heat source. For this blank, set your heat press to 400℉
Step 5: Once I was done coloring, I lined up my blank and taped it in place using heat tape.
Step 6: After your design is secure, 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. For this project I put one piece of protective paper INSIDE the tote. This will also prevent any bleeding to the other side of the tote. Although, this tote is such high quality that was not really a concern. But like they say, it’s better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.
Step 7: Place the sublimation sandwich on your press. Once your heat source reaches temperature, press your tote for 45 seconds. When the time is up, do a peek test to make sure you got a good transfer.
Step 8: If you got a good transfer, remove it from your heat source and once cooled enough to touch, remove the copy paper and heat tape.
I can’t wait to use this tote to haul around everything that doesn’t belong to me. I am so excited to see what you create for your Blank of the month this month. Don’t forget to join the Artesprix Facebook group and share all your fantastic creations!
Until next time,
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