Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does the ink in the Artesprix sublimation markers last?

Each color behaves a tiny bit differently, but the average distance of continuous ink laydown before drying out is 400 meters/1,312 feet. That’s over 4 football fields!

Can I draw directly onto the substrate with my Iron-on-Ink?

We do not recommend this. For the best results and clearest, brightest image, we recommend drawing on plain paper and then transferring this image to the blank.

Artesprix Iron-on-Ink appears to be “dull” when I draw with them. Why is this happening?

Just like traditional sublimation, the color on the paper will become vibrant once the image is transferred onto the polyester blank.

Do I need to sublimation paper to complete a project with Artesprix Iron-on-Ink?

No! With Artesprix Iron-on-Ink, there is no need for investing in any specialty papers – you can design right on regular copy paper to achieve great results. We don’t recommend trying to use sublimation papers, as the texture of the paper can affect your Iron-on-Ink supplies. 

Can I transfer my design from paper onto any surface?

No, the design must be transferred on a blank that is either has polyester in the material or has a polyester coating.

How durable are the transferred designs when using Artesprix Iron-on-Ink?

Your transferred designs are just as durable and permanent as those achieved by the traditional sublimation process. In fact – that’s what sets Artepsrix apart from other fabric and ceramic ink on the market. Artesprix Iron-on-Ink is manufactured to withstand the lifetime of the polyester items it is applied to, allowing for permanent, precise results on soft and hard poly-coated blanks. 

Are the Artesprix™ Iron-on-Ink washable?

Technically, yes and no. These sublimation supplies are created using water-based ink, so they will wash off as long as no heat is used during the cleanup process. If excess ink finds its way onto upholstered furniture or carpet, DO NOT STEAM CLEAN THE INK. The heat will cause the ink to set and bake in to the fabric weaves of the carpet or furniture. Once the image has been exposed to heat it is permanently affixed. Treat this Iron-on-Ink as you would a Sharpie!

Are there blanks that are incompatible with these markers?

As long as your blank of choice is poly-coated or made of polyester, you should encounter no issues when transferring your designs. We recommend choosing white or light-colored substrates for best results. Artesprix Iron-on-Ink is not intended to be used with cotton materials, and may result in unsatisfactory results.

Is Artesprix Iron-on-Ink flammable?

Although the inks are water based, it is best to keep them away from sources of heat to prevent drying.

Can you transfer designs to dark-colored items or metallic blanks?

You can, but your results will not come out as bright or as vibrant as they would on light-colored blank.  There are other options for sublimation on cotton or dark garmets including glitter vinyl, Siser EasySubli, and Specialty Material’s SubliFlock. 

How can I ensure that I am producing consistent results with Artesprix Iron-on-Ink?

Heat Presses offer consistent heat throughout the heat plate which will result in consistent lay-down. You can use a household iron, but due to the inconsistency of pressure during pressing, as well as steam holes where heat is not being applied, a heat press is the preferred way to transfer your images.

How do I create text-based designs if I can’t write backwards?

There are numerous ways to achieve great text-design results without learning how to write backwards! 

  1. Write normally with a ball point pen, flip the piece of paper over, and trace! Only you Artesprix Iron-on-Ink image will transfer
  2. Use a stencil
  3. Use a lightbox or a window 
  4. Use your Silhouette Cameo®, Brother ScanNCut™, or Cricut™ do the work for you! Create your mirrored text in your design software, then simply pop out the blade and insert a Artesprix Sublimation Marker (you will need the Silhouette pen adaptor or an after-market attachment for your Cricut cutting machine) – then send your design to your cutter, and the software will outline your text-based design for you!
How should my Artesprix™ sublimation markers be stored?

While not in use, your markers should lay horizontally. Before use, place markers tip down for approximately 15 minutes (30 minutes for brand new packs). Leaving your markers tip down for an extended period of time could saturate your marker nib, however, leaving markers tip up could cause them to appear dried out momentarily.

My markers appear to be “dried-out”. What should I do?

Due to the type of material that is used in these markers the position in which they are stored is important. Your markers could have been stored tip up for an extended period of time causing the dye to accumulate at the bottom of your marker. Simply place your marker tip down for 30+ minutes which will allow the dye to saturate the tip of the marker.

There is a “ghost-image” on my finished creation. What happened?

Your design may have “slipped” during the pressing process causing the dye to shift on the substrate. If you are using a craft press or a home iron instead of a heat press, you may want to consider using Artesprix Heat Tape to secure your drawing. Here’s a great tip: if you have a mistake on your initial design that you don’t want to transfer to the substrate, simply cover it up with Artesprix Heat Tape and it will prevent the transfer of the mistake!