Hello! I’m Alison Heikkila and I am going to share an Artesprix project today that makes a fantastic gift for newlyweds, new home owners, and hostesses. It’s a Pot Holder, and it’s such a great size to work with! I decided to use a 6×6 stamp with a stencil, and the result is really cool!
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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.
Sublimation Markers- Bold Chisel (Yellow, Orange, and Green)
Sublimation Markers- Pastel Chisel (Periwinkle, Blush)
Sublimation Stamp Pad-Black (Pine, Ruby)
Pinkfresh Studio: Lemon Lush Rubber Stamp
Simon Says Stamp: Diagonal Stripe Stencil
MISTI Stamping Tool or an Acrylic Block
Heat Source: Home Iron or Heat Press
Navigator Copy Paper
Optional: Therm O Web: Pixie Spray
Step 1: Trace the outline of the Pot Holder onto a piece of copy paper. I added the seam too, but you don’t need to do that.
Step 2: Stamp the Lemon Lush stamp in the middle of the outline using the Black Sublimation Ink Pad. Repeat if you need to add more ink to some areas.
Step 3: Begin to color in the stamped design. I figured out which color I wanted each fruit to be, so I notated it in pencil.
Step 4: I wanted the full fruits to be limes, but since there is no lime marker, I mixed Yellow and Green together on my craft mat with water, and then I painted the limes.
Step 5: Continue coloring the rest of the design. I didn’t mix any other colors. I used Blush for the large flowers, Periwinkle for the small ones, Pine for the leaves, and Ruby for the berries.
Step 6: Tape off the edges of the stamped and colored design with washi tape to prevent accidentally inking on top of it.
Step 7: Lay your stencil on the paper (I used a light coating of Pixie Spray to keep the lines from shifting), and ink with the Black Sublimation Ink Pad. I chose a stencil that can be lined up easily as I work my way around the perimeter. Be sure to go past your pencil line to ensure you get a full design when you sublimate.
Step 8: Continue to work your way around the edge of the design. I didn’t want to clean my stencil each time I moved it, so I put a piece of scrap paper on my central design so that I didn’t accidentally get inky fingers or ink from the stencil on it.
Here is our finished design!
Step 9: Tape the Pot Holder face down onto the design. This is a thick Blank, so you’ll want to tape it the way I did to ensure it doesn’t move. I also taped down the loop so that the design wouldn’t transfer to it, but that’s a personal choice.
Step 10: Flip the Pot Holder and design over to make the 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 11: Let’s sublimate! Press the Pot Holder for 60 seconds at 4oo degrees.
Step 12: Let’s do the Peek Test. This is when we lift a corner of the paper off of our design to make sure it sublimated correctly. We should always use a lot of Heat Tape, so it shouldn’t shift the design off the Blank if we need to re-sublimate. I am already loving how this looks!
Take a look at how vibrant the colors are on our completed Pot Holder! This is such a fun and useful project!
I am excited to use this citrusy Pot Holder in my kitchen! I may just make coordinating Dish Towels to go with it! 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%. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!