Hello and welcome my crafty friends! This is Design Team Member Terra O'Brien here and I have a quick project that you can make using the Artesprix Sublimation Stamp Ink Refills! The re-inkers are primarily designs to re-ink your sublimation stamp pads, but I enjoy using them in as many ways as I can from using them to watercolor and so much more!
What are Artesprix Sublimation Arts & Crafts Supplies?
If you have never heard or Artesprix you are in for a treat! I am a paper crafter by nature and had heard of sublimation before but it seemed very intimidating until I found Artesprix. I love that I don’t have to buy an expensive sublimation printer to make amazing projects! Artesprix’s products from the markers to the blanks are so easy to use and makes it fun and projects you create are lifetime permanent.
Artesprix Sublimation Stamp Ink Refill
Artesprix Canvas Zip Case 3ct
Artesprix Protective Paper
Artesprix Heat Tape
Heat Source: Home Iron or Heat Press.
Copy paper or I used Bristol Smooth for blending
Step 1: The first step in the process is to trace your Artesprix Canvas Zip Case 3ct blank, for me it really helps in the placement of my designs and allows me map out my color palette. I like to use either Bristol smooth or a mixed media paper since I will be adding water.
Step 2: Once I have the Artesprix Canvas Zip Case 3ct blank traced I used my paint brush (or you can use a mister) to dampen my paper. I did go outside of where I traced my blank just to ensure I cover the whole area, and there would be no white showing. My idea is to lay out the colors I will be using on my glass work surface and paint with them. I only used 4 colors for this design and didn’t need but 2 drops from each bottle.
Step 3: After I had my paper dampened, (you don’t want it to be dripping wet) I first added the yellow, so my lightest color was added first, then the red and the blue. While it was still damp I swapped the colors. With the tip of my brush, I added a bit of red and dotted the color, allowing it to spread on it's own. I love how this pattern turned out.
Pro Tip: You can always add more water, via a spray bottle or brush, to add more movement to the colors.
Step 4: Once you are happy with all the color placement let your design dry completely. This is very important, if you do not your transfer may not look as intended.
Step 5: After your design is dry, its time to tape your Artesprix Canvas Zip Case blank down to your paper using the Artesprix Heat Safe Tape. I am always very generous with my tape because I do not want my blank to move or shift while transferring.
Step 6: Now it is time make your "sublimation sandwich". Cut two pieces of Artesprix Protective Paper bigger than your design. Place one piece under your Artesprix Canvas Zip Case 3ct blank and the other piece on top of your canvas case. Because the Artesprix Zip Case is high quality you do not need one in-between your blank.
Pro Tip #2: If your Artesprix Protective Paper stays clean during transfer, you can reuse it for your next project.
Step 7: Set your Artesprix heat press timer for 45 seconds and press to 400℉. If using a Home Iron/Dry Iron, place “Sublimation Sandwich” on your Artesprix Project Mat and hold stationary while pressing firmly for approximately 3 minutes. Don't forget to ensure your zipper is on the outside of your heat source, to ensure it stays functional and does not affect your transfer.
Step 8: Time for the "peek test". Carefully lift a corner of your design to ensure your design transferred. Be careful not to remove any tape during this step in case you need to repress. Look how vibrant those colors are!
Pro Tip #3: I use tweezers for my "peek test", since the blank is hot and helps only lift a small corner of my design.
Step 9: The "big reveal"! Once you have confirmed your transfer was successful, remove your design from the blank.
I am so in love with how the Artesprix Canvas Zip Case 3ct blank came out. For me this is such a quick and easy way to add a bit of the tie dye effect to a sublimation blank! The Artesprix Canvas Zip Cases are one of my favorite blanks, I use these bags all the time. As soon as I finished with this project my daughter grabbed it and threw it in her bag for her little essentials. With great dimensions of 5x7", it truly has so many uses!
Thank you for joining me for this project, I can’t wait to see what you create with Artesprix Iron-on-Ink! Don’t forget, you can find more inspiration from the other designers on the Artesprix Blog, you can also find more inspiration on the Artesprix Facebook Group.
I hope you have a fantastic day!
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