Sublimation Affirmation Sign using Star Ornaments & Iron-on-Ink

I’m Designer Naomi, back for another term with the Artesprix team! Daily affirmations are more than just words. For me, being able to actually see inspirational words is helpful on so many levels. I want to show you how I used the Artesprix Blank Of The Month for November to make a Star Ornament affirmation board.  The blank is an aluminum star ornament. These Star Ornaments are super easy to personalize, elegant, and evergreen.

sublimation star ornament positive affirmation sign


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What is Artesprix Iron-on-Ink?

Artesprix Sublimation Markers, Ink, and Paint are specially formulated to allow you to use basic copy paper (something we all have) to: color, stamp, stencil, and monoprint anything you wish and turn it into a heat-transferable design. Anyone can make amazing designs, regardless of your artistic skill level. You can then use heat (either  a heat press or a home iron) and pressure to apply these designs to a polyester or polyester coated substrate.  Your designs will then be permanently printed onto your substrate.

star ornament block stamp alphabet Heffy doodle stencil

Star Ornaments 2ct

Sublimation Stamp Pads - Yellow, Blue, and Orange

Sublimation Stamp Set: Block Alphabet

Acrylic Stamp Block

Heffy Doodle Twinkle Twinkle Stencil

Sponge, dauber, or blending brush

Heat Press, Craft Press, or Home Iron

Protective Paper

Heat Tape

Copy Paper

Washi Tape


Decorative Board

Embellishments as desired (glitter, gems, etc.)

Craft Glue

Foam Tape

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Use a pencil to trace around the outside of your star ornament blank on a sheet of copy paper.

Pro Tip: If you're personalizing more than one star, create multiple templates on one sheet of copy paper. This will save you time and paper if you are making more than one star design or if you happen to “mess up” on your first try. I made 3 stars all together for this project.

stencil with yellow sublimation stamp ink blended

Step 2: Use washi tape to tape the stencil to the copy paper. I used the Heffy Doodle “Twinkle Twinkle” stencil, but you can use any stencil you have.

Step 3: Use your blending brush to add your choice of Sublimation Stamp Pad Ink to the paper over the stencil.

Pro Tip #2: Use a light hand when add the ink, especially around the edges to avoid ink bleeding,

sublimation stamp pad ink stenciled design on plain paper

Step 4: When you are finished, remove the stencil and tape from the copy paper. 

Step 5: If creating multiple transfers, repeat steps 2-4 with the other templates.

Pro Tip #3: Trim the printed design down. But leave a 1 inch border around the outside of your star to ensure you have room to tape. 

sublimation stamp block alphabet with black artesprix ink

Step 6: Arrange the Sublimation Stamp Block Alphabet letter stamps on the acrylic block to spell out your affirmation words.  My words were “loved”, “brave”, and “me”. 

stamped sentiment with sublimation stamps

Step 7: Stamp each word on a different star template.

Pro Tip #4: If you do not have sublimation stamps, use the Artesprix Mirror Stamp Plate to achieve the mirrored text on paper with your traditional text stamps. 

Step 8: Place the finished design on the star ornament and secure using the heat tape.

sublimation star ornaments with protective paper before transfer

Pro Tip #5: Use a lint roller to clean the stars  before putting them on the design.

Step 9: Make a "sublimation sandwich" using protective paper and your design in this order: protective paper, star, design, another sheet of protective paper.

Step 10: Press the panel at 400℉ for 75 seconds.

sublimation stamp pad design on star ornament after transfer

Step 11: Once the timer is up, before removing the design from the star, lift a corner of the design to make sure the design transferred correctly.

If the design is transferred well, you are done and you can remove the tape and paper from the star ornaments. If it is not, check your time, temperature, pressure and "sandwich", and re-press. 

artesprix star ornaments with sublimation stamp ink

Step 12: Allow your star to cool before transferring to the other side, adding ribbon, or adding any embellishments like glitter or gems.

Step 13: (Optional) Add any lettering to your decorative board.  I added the words “I am” at the top and “grateful” at the bottom of mine.

Step 14: Add your stars to your board using foam tape for dimension or glue for a flatter look.

Artesprix affirmation sign with sublimation star ornaments

After making my affirmation sign with the star ornaments, I decided to add a bow to the top. My kids were immediately drawn to this sign and it is such a joy to hear them reading and repeating these positive words each day. Since I used foam tape, the stars are interchangeable, which is a plus. Also, since these blanks are double sided, you can add even more words of affirmation.

artesprix affirmations sign with sublimation stamp ink

For more outside-of the-box and seasonal ideas for your next Iron-on-Ink project, check out the Artesprix Blog. Let us know if you try out this project by using the #Artesprix & #IrononInk or post your project to the Artesprix Facebook Group. Be sure to order your Star Ornaments soon because they’re only available during the month of November.

If you want to learn more about me, visit my About Me here.

Now, go make something inspirational!

Naomi Garcia

**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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