September 25, 2021
Endless Summer Iron-on-Ink Coasters
Hello Sunshine! I’m Rita Barakat, a mixed media artist, and I love drawing, painting, color and anything creative! Some areas of the USA, Fall is in full swing, but not in Texas, so I thought we would have fun with a set of Coasters!
What are Sublimation Markers?
Artesprix markers enable you to draw on regular printer paper and transfer it onto sublimation blank materials such as aprons, t-shirts, tumblers and more! Don't you love the idea that anything you can imagine can be transferred to just about any surface? What's nice about the coasters is that you can make a matching set with the same design or four different designs! The hello sunshine coasters were part project and part test - I wanted to see how many times I could use the same design I made with Artesprix markers.
Heat press or Household Iron
Heat press or Household Iron
Step 1: Create a template with pencil for your project, pencil doesn’t transfer, and it will be less likely that it marks up your blank.
Step 2: Create a design and color in using Sublimation Markers. You can use stencils or a lighbox to create mirrored text.
Step 3: Once your design is complete, trim down paper but leave 1 inch around your template for easy heat tape use.
Step 4: Secure your blank, white side to the design, with heat resistant tape. This tape does not melt and keeps your design in place during the transfer process.
Pro Tip: If you are using a Home Iron, it is better to use more tape to avoid ghosting, keep your iron very still.
Step 5: Make a sublimation sandwich. The Iron-on-Ink design should be secured face down on the top side of the sublimation sandwich. Note that your pieces of protective paper should be larger than your copy paper/design and on the top and bottom of your secured design.
Step 6: Double check Time, Temperature, Pressure, and Sublimation Sandwich before pressing before doing your transfer. The most common mistake is putting you Sandwich under the heat upside down. The design is secured face down on the top side of your sandwich, with 2 pieces of protective paper on the outside of your secured design.
Step 7: Press for 90 seconds at 400℉
Step 8: Peek test! Before removing any tape, take a small "peek" to ensure your transfer was successful.
Step 9: Reveal! Pull back the computer paper to reveal your unique and vivid design.
Step 10: (Optional) Add an extra touch of personalization using bakers twine to tie your Coasters together, it makes a great hostess gift!
Can’t you just imagine making Coasters for all seasons and holidays? I would love to hear your ideas! You could even personalize them with family members' names! We would love to hear your ideas! Leave them in the comments below! And if you decide to make some Coasters please leave us a link below, we would LOVE to see it!
See you next time!
P.S. The Inspirational Facebook Group is a great way to see others’ creations and to share yours too!
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