Hi again, Sarah here with a fun new post! So I know it’s August…but I completed this project in July so that still counts as Christmas in July right? As you may or may not know, I have three little kids at home (all under 5). So before they started asking about how Santa gets in the house because we don’t have a chimney, I created a Santa key. My first version was just a cardstock tag tied to a key. But over the last couple of years that tag has seen better days. So when I saw that the blank of the month was a door hanger I knew it was time to update my Santa Key!
What are Sublimation Markers?
Artesprix Sublimation Markers have endless possibilities. They are so simple to use and you don’t need any fancy equipment. All you need is the markers, some copy paper, a heat source, and a sublimation blank. My kids love using them to make gifts for people.
Step 1: For this project, I did not trace my blank until after I sketched the wording with my cameo. I measured the blank and sized my design to fit within the measurements. I made sure to position my wording toward the bottom center of the page, so I had plenty of room to trace the blank after it was sketched.
Step 2: 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.
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. 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 and start coloring. This is always my favorite part.
This is also a good time to turn on your heat press to 400℉ for 90 seconds.
Step 4: Once I was done filling in the font, I added reg & green dots. Lots and lots of dots. Once I was satisfied with my design, I lined up my blank and taped it in place with heat resistant tape.
Step 5: Once it’s taped in place, 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 6: Place the sublimation sandwich on your press. Once your heat source reaches temperature, press your door hanger for 90 seconds. When the time is up, do a peek test to make sure you got a good transfer.
Step 7: 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 8: Once it was done I tied my key to the blank using a ribbon.
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. I can’t wait to see what you create with the August Blank of the Month. Be sure to 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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Love this so much!