Hello! I’m Alison Heikkila and I have the June Blank of the Month from Artesprix to share with you today. Just in time for planting, it’s a set of Garden Stakes! They are a great size, they’re made of metal, and have a really pretty shape. Plus, there’s plenty of room for decorating. I have a fun set of veggie stamps from AALL & Create that I knew would be just perfect for these Garden Stakes. The focal stamp I’m using has numbers and words on it, so we will need to use the new Mirror Stamping Plate from Artesprix, so that they’ll be facing the correct way when they’re sublimated.
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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.
Black Sublimation Ink Pad
Original Sublimation Markers (Green and Orange)
Bold Sublimation Markers (Pine, Teal, Cinnamon, and Marigold)
Acrylic Stamp Block
Mirror Stamp Plate
AALL & Create: Basic Veggies Stamp Set
Stampendous: Sweet Song Stamp Set
MISTI Stamping Tool or other stamping platform
Heat Source: Home Iron or Heat Press
Cup/Jar of water
Step 1: Apply your focal stamp to the door of Step 4: Place your copy paper on top of the Mirror Stamp Plate. Keep in mind, we’re using our MISTI differently than we normally would. The way we’re getting our stamped impression onto the paper is the same way we’d be pulling a monoprint. If you need to add more ink, you can do so, since we haven’t moved the stamp or the Mirror Stamp Plate, our MISTI or other stamping tool. Be sure to leave room around where the stamp will be for the entire Garden Stake, so don’t position it too high, low, or off to the side.
Step 2: Position the Artesprix Mirror Stamp Plate on the stamp. My stamp is a bit large, so I angled my Mirror Stamping Plate to fit it properly. Affix the Stamp Plate on to the base of the stamping tool.
Step 3: Ink the stamp with the Black Sublimation Ink Pad and press it into the Mirror Stamp Plate. Don’t press too hard.
This is what the stamped design will look like on the Mirror Stamp Plate.
Step 4: Place your copy paper on top of the Mirror Stamp Plate. Keep in mind, we’re using our MISTI differently than we normally would. The way we’re getting our stamped impression onto the paper is the same way we’d be pulling a monoprint. If you need to add more ink, you can do so, since we haven’t moved the stamp or the Mirror Stamp Plate.
Step 5: Here’s what the stamped image looks like. You can see that because of the Mirror Stamp Plate, our letters and numbers are now backwards. At this point, place your Garden Stake on top of the stamped design, and draw an outline around it with pencil.
Step 6: Fill in the gaps with smaller stamps. I used 2 stamps from the Sweet Song stamp set and the Black Sublimation Ink Pad to do this.
Step 7: Continue to fill in any open areas. I decided to stamp all the way down the Stake.
Step 8: Begin to color in the design. I colored the carrots with the Green, Pine, Orange, and Marigold markers.
Step 9: To color the rest of the Garden Stake, scribble some Cinnamon on to your craft mat or a piece of acetate. Dip a wet brush into the scribbled marker and paint the edge of the Stake loosely, being sure to go over your pencil line.
Step 10: Do the same with the Teal marker as you did with the Cinnamon. This time, paint the rest of the Stake. This is what my finished design looks like.
Step 11: Tape the Garden Stake, white side down, to the dry design with Heat Tape.
Step 12: 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 from any ink transfer as well. Your sandwich will be: Protective Paper – Design (face down) – Garden Stake – Protective Paper.
Step 13: Press the Garden Stake for 90 seconds at 400 degrees. Don’t forget that this is a metal Blank and it will be HOT when you take it out.
Step 14: It’s time for the Peek Test! Lift a corner of the design from the Garden Stake to be sure everything sublimated properly. This looks great, so we can peel the copy paper away.
Here is my completed Garden Stake with the original design. I love how this came out!
The colors are so vivid! I’ve got to get this into my garden right away!
Ok, so I haven’t planted my carrots just yet…but you get the idea. I love that this Garden Stake has its design permanently bonded to it, so I don’t need to worry about it getting rained on or anything. I’m really looking forward to making more of these. But don’t forget…the Blank of the Month is ONLY here for June, and then it’s gone, so get some for your own garden while you can. 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!