Hi guys! I’m Debbie from Debbie J’s Crafting Corner. Thank you so much for joining me for today’s fun project. We are creating some fun CHARMS using Artesprix Iron-on-Ink! These are perfect for attaching to your planner, to a piece of jewelry or even at the end of a cord to use as a bookmark.

Custom Charms with Artesprix Iron-on-ink

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: First let’s prep the template.  Using a pencil, trace around the blanks onto a plain piece of paper.  This will show us where we want to add our design.

Step 2: Next, let’s add a design.  Because the Charm blanks are so small, I’m stamped some of the small stamps in this set using Black Artesprix Sublimation Stamp Pad to decorate each charm template.  Then I’m using Artesprix Sublimation Markers to color my design.  (There are four marker sets so you have lots of colors to choose from)

Step 3:  Next we’ll tape the design to the metal Charm Blanks with Artesprix 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 your heat press!

Step 4: For the “Sublimation Sandwich” you need protective paper. I cut a piece and folded in half.  Make sure that each half is larger than your blank and design.

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! I placed my “sublimation sandwich” onto my Protective Project Mat. Always make sure that the paper with the design (The Cheese in our sandwich) is closest to the heat. I set the temperature and time on my Cricut Easy Press and let it heat up. Once it is hot enough, I “pressed” the design with my easy press.  Be careful not to slide the press because you COULD get ghosting. 

Pro Tip: Check the instructions for your sublimation blank. The Artesprix website gives transfer specifications of 400℉ for 45 seconds for the Charms Blank of the Month. 

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! 

Custom Charms with Artesprix Iron-on-ink

Step 8: These charms are just so cute!  In your package are some small bails so you can attach your charm to… whatever you decide. 

Custom Charms with Artesprix Iron-on-ink

I added mine to some leather cord.  They will make some great bookmarks!

Custom Charms with Artesprix Iron-on-ink

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!  

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. (It even comes with several blanks to get you started!)

Share your Artesprix projects with us by using #DebbieJsCraftingCorner, #Artesprix and #IrononInk or post it to the Artesprix Facebook Group.

Because, if I can make it, You Can too!

~Big Hugs!

Debbie J

One Comment

  1. Fantastic website with a wealth of knowledge. I’m sharing it on Delicious and forwarding it to a few pals. Naturally, I value your work.

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