Sublimation Watercolor Santa Star Ornament with Heffy Doodle Stamps

Hello all, it's Design Team Member Lori here back for another Term with the Artesprix Design Team! We are kicking this term off with a collaboration with Heffy Doddle! I am traditionally a paper crafter but I have grown to love sublimation through Artesprix Iron-on-Ink. This month's featured blank in the Artesprix Shop is a Star Ornament. The below tutorial will walk you through how to use a simple mask technique to create a layered stamp transfer that shines forever!

sublimation star ornament with Heffy doodle Christmas stamps

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What is Sublimation Iron-on-Ink? 

It is an interesting and fun product that allows you to create a design on standard copy paper that can then be heat transferred onto surfaces (must have polyester in it or have a polyester coating). Once the project is transferred to the blank, it is lifetime permanent. Before Artesprix, you would need a fancy printer to experience this level of personalization, but not anymore!

sublimation star ornament Heffy doodle stamps plain paper


Sublimation Stamp Pad - Black

Sublimation Stamp Ink Refills - Red, Blue,, Yellow, Black & Green

Protective Project Mat 

Star Ornament 2ct

Heat Tape 

Protective Paper

HeffyDoodle: Santa Village Stamp Set, Starfall Stencil

Regular Stamp Ink 

Craft Mat

Paint Brush


Computer Paper

Heat Press, Craft Press, or Home Iron

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Start by stamping designs with regular ink. "Fussy Cut" them out as we will be using them as a mask.

regular ink stamp designs on plain paper

Step 2: Trace the Star Ornament using a pencil on plain copy paper.

star ornament template on plain paper

Step 3: Stamp the focal points, Mr. & Mrs. Claus in this case, onto the center of the star template using Blank Sublimation Stamp Pad Ink.

sublimation stamp inked Heffy doodle designs

Step 4: Cover Mr. & Mrs. Claus with the “stamped masks” and stamp trees into the background. 

sublimation stamp inked design with mask technique

Step 5: Apply Blue Sublimation Stamp Ink Refill onto craft mat (or non-porous surface) and dilute with water. Using a brush, apply to the design as desired.

sublimation stamp pad refill blue ink on craft mat

Step 6: Dilute other Sublimation Stamp Ink colors with water to complete the watercolor design. 

sublimation stamp ink refill watercolor design

Step 7: (Optional) On a craft mat, dilute Black Sublimation Stamp Refill Ink. Use a fan brush to add paint splatters. 

finished artesprix sublimation design before transfer

Step 8: Place Star Ornament onto inked paper and secure with heat tape. 

secured star ornament to finished design before transfer

Step 9: Make a "Sublimation Sandwich" by placing the secured project between two pieces of protective paper.

Step 10: Heat set in accordance to the blank speficiations. Star Ornaments call for 75 seconds at 400℉. 

sublimation stamp design on star ornament after transfer

Step 11: After heat set, take-a-peek at the ornament to ensure transfer was successful Do not remove tape until transfer is confirmed so you can re-heat if needed.  

before and after artesprix watercolor Heffy doodle stamped design

Step 12: Remove paper to reveal the transferred design.

artesprix stamped sublimation star ornament with Heffy doodle stamps

Step 13: Allow to cool before personalizing the opposite side. Add the included red ribbon to ornament for easy hanging. 


These Blank of the Month Star Ornaments are perfect for the holiday season. Whether it be for a Christmas Tree or gift wrapping accent, these blank ornaments are something you'll want to have on hand when holiday inspiration strikes. They are only available for the month of November so don't wait to grab yours! 

The Artesprix Sublimation products make it so fun and easy to transfer designs created with my paper crafting supplies, the possibilities are endless! If you decide to try this project please share it with us using #Artesprix & #IrononInk, or post it to the Artesprix Facebook Group

Looking forward to sharing more inspiration with you all for the next 6 months.

Happy Day! 

Lori Warren

**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.** 


  • That water color technique and the masking are really cool. Ok going to give it a try.

    Posted by Naomi on November 03, 2023

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