Hello! I’m Alison Heikkila and I am excited to share my latest project for Artesprix with you today. We’ll be decorating a wine bag today with our Artesprix sublimation products and a single plaid stencil. Plaid stencils are great because their pattern repeats, so it’s easy to line them up to get a much bigger pattern than the stencil itself, and for something like the tall wine bag, that’s important if you want an all-over design.
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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.
Artesprix Sublimation Acrylic Paint Set
Plaid Stencil: Stamp Anniething’s December Stencil Club
Canson Mixed Media Paper XL
Heat Press or home iron
Palette or Glass Mat for mixing paints
2 Brushes, including a stencil brush
Optional: Plastic Storage Cups
Step 1: Trace the sides of the bag onto a piece of Mixed Media Paper with a pencil. The pencil will not transfer to your final sublimated design.
Step 2: Using the Color Mixing Chart on the Artesprix website, mix up a batch of Chartreuse paint. Apply the paint to the entire area that you traced, and go slightly past your outline. Let dry. You may want to apply a second coat.
Step 3: Tape down your stencil with washi or low tack tape. Using red straight from the bottle (I put some on my glass mat), apply a coat of paint in circular motions using a stencil brush. Keep the brush upright as in my photo to apply the paint evenly and be sure to not have too much paint on the brush so that it doesn’t seep under the stencil.
Step 4: Remove the stencil and let the area dry.
Step 5: Overlap a portion of the painted plaid with the stencil to be sure that things are aligned properly, tape the stencil down and paint the next section. Remove the stencil again and let the area dry. Repeat this process until the area is filled with the plaid.
This is what my completed design looks like. I really like that the colors are just slightly different than traditional Christmas colors. And the plaid looks awesome!
Step 6: Adhere your completed design face down on to the Wine Bag with Heat Tape. The bag can be sublimated on either side. Use plenty of Heat Tape if you’re using an iron.
Step 7: It’s time to make the Sublimation Sandwich. This sandwich not only ensures a great transfer of your design, but it will protect your heat source as well. Your sandwich will be: Protective Paper – Design (face down) – Wine Bag- Protective Paper.
Step 8: Press the Sublimation Sandwich for 45 seconds at 400 degrees.
Step 9: It’s time for the Peek Test! Lift up a corner of the design to make sure it sublimated properly. I love how this turned out, so I don’t need to sublimate again.
Look at those fabulous colors! Even on the brown bag, they are vibrant and really pop! If you wanted to take this a step further, you could mask off some of the lines and add an additional color to the plaid when painting the design. But I am really happy with the way this looks.
I am so happy with this fun plaid design! The colors can be changed up to suit your needs, so it certainly doesn’t have to be for Christmas. It would look gorgeous in shades of blue, for example. How would you like to get more ideas on using Artesprix’s Sublimation Iron-On-Ink? 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!