Hello! I’m Alison Heikkila and I am happy you stopped by. My latest Artesprix Iron On Ink project uses the Blank of the Month, which is a Bottle Opener, as well as the brand-spankin’ new Ink Pads. Have you heard about these yet? There are 9 colors, and they are all fantastic! You are able to do so many amazing techniques with them, and my project today will show you one that’s perfect for a beginner.
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What is Iron On Ink?
Artesprix Sublimation Markers, Ink, and Paint are specially formulated to allow you to use basic copy paper to: color, stamp, stencil, and monoprint anything you wish and turn it into a heat-transferable design. These designs are then applied to a polyester or polyester coated substrate with heat and pressure. You can use a heat press or a home iron! These designs, through this process of sublimation, will become permanent on your substrates.
Ink Pads (I used Black, Green, Blue, and Purple)
Heat Source: Home Iron or Artesprix Heat Press
Stamp Anniething: Geo Triangle Stencil
Blending Brushes (I have a dedicated brush for each color)
Step 1: Trace the bottle opener on to a piece of copy paper with a pencil. Your pencil lines will not transfer during the sublimation process.
Step 2: Ink up a Blending Brush and apply a color in a circular motion. I applied the green in random spots.
Step 3: Repeat the inking process with the blue and purple inks. Cover the entire traced outline and be sure to go past the line…just in case your Blank shifts when you tape it down later. If you need to retrace the outline to darken it, you can.
Step 4: Tape down your stencil. I chose a stencil that works at any angle, since I needed to tape it at a diagonal to fit the traced line.
Step 5: Ink up the stencil with black ink and another blending brush.
Here’s what the completed design looks like. We’re almost ready to start sublimating! Make sure your Heat Press is set to 400 degrees and 75 seconds or if you’re using a home iron, that it’s on it’s highest dry setting.
Step 6: Tape your Bottle Opener Blank to the finished art. You can print on either side of it, which is awesome because you can do two different designs!. If you are using a Heat Press, you don’t need to use too much tape. If you are using a Home Iron, be sure to tape around the Bottle Opener Blank completely so that it doesn’t shift while you’re doing your sublimation.
Step 7: Let’s make our Sublimation Sandwich! Add a layer of siliconized paper to the top and bottom of your Blank. Your sandwich will be: Protective Paper-Colored Image-Blank-Protective Paper. The Protective Paper prevents any images accidentally transferring to either side of your Heat Press or to your home iron.
Step 8: Press the Sublimation Sandwich (art side at the top) for 75 seconds.
Step 9: It’s time for the peek test! This is one of my favorite steps. Very carefully peel back part of the paper to see how your image has transferred. Be sure to not remove too much, in case you need to press the item again.
Here is a comparison of the original art with the finished Bottle Opener. I love how vibrant the colors are, and that the design covers the entire piece. Remember, you can do the other side too!
This Bottle Opener would make an awesome gift! Be sure to grab yours while it’s still available. How would you like to get more ideas on using Artesprix’s Sublimation Ink Pads, Markers, and Paint? There’s a Facebook Group that’s just for fans of Artesprix! You can click HERE to join. Also, don’t forget to visit the Artesprix store to see all of the available blanks and bundles, so you can get started with sublimation. You can use my code, ALISON10 to save 10% off of your purchase. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!