Hi guys!

I use coasters all the time and having a custom set is just so cool!  Today, I’ll be making a set using some fun stamps from the Not2Shabby Shop.  So YES!  We can use our favorite card making stamp sets to make fun sublimated projects!  And I’m gonna show you how you can do it too!

What is Artesprix Iron-on-Ink?

Artesprix Iron-on-Ink is specialty sublimation ink in craft form. Traditionally sublimation ink is found in a fancy (expensive) printer. However, Artesprix hit the crafting scene in 2018 giving Makers, like me, the ability to experience sublimation without high-end equipment. Sublimation is when ink transforms to a gas and then binds to a compatible blank once combined with heat and pressure. The big deal? Once the design is infused to the polyester coated blank or polyester fabric, it is lifetime permanent!


Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Let’s get out template ready for the design. To make sure that we get everything placed correctly, I’m using a pencil to trace a line around each of the coasters.  I’m going to do all 4 coasters to create a matching set. 

Step 2: Now I’m stamping lots of fun images onto the space for each coaster.  Once the stamping is done, I colored them all up using Artesprix Markers

Step 3:  Before we press, we need to do a little prep of the blank. I ran a lint roller over each coaster blank.  Then, we’ll need to lay the “blank” on top of the design and line it up with our pencil outline.  Be sure to place the image with the colored side touching the coaster and tape it down with Heat Tape.  You want to make sure to use Heat Tape, and NOT Scotch Tape or washi tape.  The other tapes will NOT protect your project or heat press!

Step 4: Next we create the “Sublimation Sandwich”. I placed one large piece of protective paper onto my Protective Project Mat. Then I placed two of my coasters on top.  You could do each individually to be on the safe side. I decided to press then 2 at a time.

A second piece of  protective paper will cover the coasters. The protective paper is used to “protect” your heat press from the ink.  The ink is transferred by heat.  And, if you transfer some to your press, you MAY transfer some to your NEXT project.  And in areas that you don’t want. 

Make your sandwich like this: 

  1. Protective paper on the bottom (bottom bun)
  2. Your blank with taped design (the blank is the burger, the design in the cheese)
  3. And another layer of the protective paper on top. (top bun)

Step 5: Now it’s time to transfer! Always make sure that the paper with the design is closest to the heat. I set the temperature and time and let it heat up. Then I placed my “sublimation sandwich” on a Protective Project Mat.  

I’m using a Cricut Easy Press today and it is super easy.  Place the Easy Press onto the sublimation sandwich and hit the Cricut symbol to start the timer.  Now we wait for 90 seconds!

Pro Tip: Check the instructions for your sublimation blank. The Artesprix website gives transfer specifications of 400℉ for 90 seconds. I set the temperature and time on my heat press.

Step 6: “Peek Test” time, this can be a project saver! Before removing any tape, peel back a small part of your design to ensure the transfer was successful. 

Step 7: Once you confirmed your transfer was successful, remove your design for the big reveal! 

Step 8: I just love how cute these coasters turned out! I’ll have to check my stamp stash to see what other designs I can come up with. 

Check out the video!

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I really appreciate you hanging out with me today and would love to see what you create using your craft supplies and Artesprix Iron-On Ink!  

After all, if I can make it, You Can Too!

If you do not have any in your Maker’s toolbox yet, head on over to the Artesprix Shop, right now. They have a “Starter Kit” that I highly recommend. Share your Artesprix projects with us by using #Artesprix and #IrononInk or post it to the Artesprix Facebook Group.

~Big Hugs!

Debbie J

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