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I’m one of those people that look at something and say “I bet I could make that”.  But sometimes I say to myself “HOW DID THEY MAKE THAT?”

Sequin projects like pillows and bags that have an image on them has always been one of the things that I’ve wondered HOW about.

Now I know the answer, and it’s sublimation!  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!

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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 the cosmetic bag that we’ll be adding the design to.

Step 2: Next, let’s have some fun!  I just love this layering stencil from Hero Arts (and now I need more!) They are super easy to line up, and the magnetic glass mat that I’m using helps me keep everything in place as I add sublimation ink through the stencils.

I also decided to add a sentiment in the center of the bag using the Hand Lettered Basic Stamps from Artesprix.  These stamps are designed for sublimation and will stamp mirrored so you don’t need to.  How awesome is that!

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Step 3:  Before we press, we need to do a little prep of the blank.  First, make sure all of the sequins are white side up. (or you can do ALL silver side up.  I haven’t tried this…yet, but Artesprix told me that the back of the sequins ARE sublimatable too! )  Then run a lint roller over the entire surface to make sure there is no dust or anything that might mess up our design.

Once everything is prepped, lay the “blank” on top of your design and line it up with your pencil outline.  Be sure to place the image with the colored side touching the bag 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!

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Step 4: Next we create the “Sublimation Sandwich”. Because this is a bag (And I’m being extra cautious ), I added some protective paper INSIDE .  The fabric inside the bag is black, and I don’t think the ink will blead through… but better safe than sorry.

I cut 2 more large pieces of protective paper.  The first will go under the cosmetic bag.  The second piece of  protective paper will cover the shirt. 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)
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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 but not over the zipper!  The zipper is plastic and could melt! Press the Cricut symbol to start the times and wait 45 seconds!

Pro Tip: Check the instructions for your sublimation blank. The Artesprix website gives transfer specifications of 385℉ for 45 seconds. I set the temperature and time on my heat press.

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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. 

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

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Step 8: WOW!  This is just too cool.  Who would have thought it would be so easy to create color changing sequins projects?  This was my first, but it won’t be my last!

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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.

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

~Big Hugs!

Debbie J

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