Flowery Bookmarks Using Iron-on-Ink

A Fun Artesprix Project Using Artesprix Products

Hey there, Courtney here enjoying my time creating with these Sublimation Markers. I love to read and when I saw Bookmarks were available I had to have them. I’m a “crease the page corner” kind of reader and I thought it would be nice to have a pretty flowery bookmark to take the place of that habit. I love a good mystery that will get me thinking and wondering what’s going to happen next. Unlike that, this is an easy step by step tutorial that’s explained in simple steps and leaving you with fun Flowery Bookmarks Using Iron-on-Ink.

What are Artesprix Sublimation Markers?

Fancy inks that magically transfer their beautiful colors from plain copy paper to a polyester product with a heat source. At least that’s how I like to look at it. Iron-on-Ink Markers are the handheld way to personalize sublimation which really is specially formulated inks that transfer only when activated with heat.

A picture of supplies needed for this bookmark project (not pictured: heat source)

Supplies:

  • Markers
  • Blank Copy Paper
  • Pencil
  • Bookmarks
  • Clear Stamps
  • Stamp Block
  • Stamp Pad
  • Scissors
  • Project Mat
  • Protective Paper
  • Heat Tape
  • Heat Source (Press, Iron, Etc.)

Step-by-Step Tutorial 

Step 1: Start off by tracing your Bookmark with a pencil. Using anything other than a pencil may leave an unwanted line around your Bookmark.

A tracing done by a pencil of a bookmark on plain copy paper

Step 2: Go ahead and design with stamps and color with the Sublimation Markers in all areas traced in step 1. Going outside the lines is encouraged here. Coloring can be messy and free-flowing but keep the main key elements well inside of your traced lines. 

 A stamped design and colored outline for a bookmark, post cut

Step 3: With your design complete add the Bookmark (white side) against your design and use Heat Tape to secure your design to the Bookmark.

A close-up photo of how you should place the heat tape on your bookmark

Step 4: Now place a piece of Protective Paper in your work area and then the Bookmark taped to the design on top of that and then top it all off with another piece of Protective Paper. Add your “Sublimation Sandwich” to your heat press or place it on your Project Mat while using an iron. Press the Bookmark for 45 seconds at 400ºF while using a heat press and with an iron use firm constant pressure on the highest setting (no steam.)

An example of “Sublimation Sandwich” placed in a heat press

Step 5: When your seconds of heating are complete carefully open the heat press or set aside iron and let your Bookmark cool a few minutes. It will be hot and can burn ungloved hands. When it’s cool to the touch reveal your Bookmark by peeling back the copy paper and heat tape. 

A cooled down heat pressed sublimated bookmark project revealed

Step 6: Enjoy your newly sublimated Flowery Bookmarks Using Iron-on-Ink with your very own creative touch.

Did you enjoy this tutorial?

Are Flowery Bookmarks an interest of yours? You can check out more great tutorials on the Artesprix website blog, like this beautifully designed Artesprix Picture Frame by Design Team Member Nicole.

Now with my personalized Flowery Bookmarks Using Iron-on-Ink project complete I can save my book corners from the creasing lines. In the book’s defense, it would somehow come undone and I’d lose my place.

Books 1 – Courtney – 0.

Not anymore! Bookmarks for the win!

Courtney  

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Furry Family Member Project Using Artesprix!

Pet owners alike would go the extra mile to have a cute collar or neckwear for their furry family members and I am no different. 

This Thanksgiving (as far as food goes) will be my dogs first and I’m not sure she is prepared for all the yummy foods she will be smelling and wishing to eat. So I think it is only fitting to create a bandana with a funny saying for my furry family member project using Artesprix.

What is Iron-on-Ink?

Iron-on-Ink is just that. No reading in-between lines here. These sublimation markers (the ink) are handy and readily available to any person wanting to try out sublimation. The iron is that heat source you need to activate that ink. For this project I am making for my furry family member Artesprix has most of the things needed already. Their bandanas are not limited to furry friends either. Maybe a pig would love to sport a fancy bandana? I’d love to see that. All you need is a little creative time, a plain sheet of copy paper, and maybe a furry family member? You could always create one for a friend or for your local animal shelter. 

Project Supplies:

  • Artesprix Sublimation Markers (so, so many colors to choose from)
  • Pet Bandana (small, medium, xlarge sizes, whichever size your pet is)
  • Plain Copy Paper
  • A Pencil (for tracing)
  • A Tracing Light Pad (used for mirroring letters/words)
  • Artesprix Heat Tape 
  • Artesprix Protective Paper
  • A Heat Pressing Pillow
  • A Heat Source (home iron, heat press, etc.) 

Step by Step Tutorial:

Step 1: First while using a pencil trace the Bandana loosely onto a plain sheet of copy paper.

Step 2: Next use the Artesprix Sublimation Markers to color the area traced. Make sure to keep any mirrored letters/words well inside of the traced area. A Light Pad can be a great tool to help along with the tracing of mirroring letters.

Step 3: After design is complete adhere the Heat Tape to the Bandana and the copy paper.

Step 4: Now place a piece of Protective Paper down, the design taped to the bandana on that (design facing up), and another piece of Protective Paper on top of the design. A perfect Sublimation Sandwich. While using a heat press lay your sublimation sandwich down as is (if using Heat Pressing Pillow lay it down on that) and press for 30 seconds at 400º F.   

Step 5: After your heat pressing is complete gently take your Sublimation Sandwich out. Pull back a corner slightly to see that all of the design transferred. 

Step 6: Now reveal the design transferred to the Bandana. A Furry Family Member Project Using Artesprix completed!

Would you like to see more?

Go see lots of great tips and projects on the Artesprix website. Look at this adorable furry family member project using Artesprix created by Jenn Powell or check out Ivy’s creation for a not so furry but still 100% cuddly cute pet.

This is Penny, our Beagle mix at age 7 months.

Look at that face!

I think this Thanksgiving is going to be a tad bit more special with a new furry family member experiencing all the smells. I can’t wait to see her reaction. Have a furry friend to show off? Make them a sublimated Bandana and be sure to show it off! You can join in on the fun over on Facebook at the Artesprix Iron-on-Ink Inspirational Group where you can share, ask questions, and be inspired to create while using Artesprix.

Courtney

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An Artesprix™ Plastic Keychain Float!

A simple DIY craft using sublimation on a plastic keychain.

A cute way to display upcoming birthdays, personal notes, or photos.

Having a fun way to show off your events and photos is always nice. A place to look at for memories and reminders. Here is a cute way to display those using a plastic key chain and a few other materials.

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Have you worked with sublimation before?

Have you considered trying out sublimation but the process seems complicated or too pricy? Well, Artesprix Sublimation Markers is a great way to start experimenting with sublimation. It’s a handheld way to transfer your creative creations onto polyester items. Try them out!     

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Materials and tools you’ll need for the key chain:

  • Iron on Ink Markers
  • Blank Plastic Key Chains
  • Plain Copy Paper (a few sheets)
  • Heat Tape
  • Protective Paper
  • Heat Source (home iron, heat press, etc.)
  • Scissors

Materials and tools you’ll need to complete the keychain float (all of the above plus:)

  • Wood Hearts
  • Mini Clothes Pins 
  • Yarn/Hemp String
  • Hot Glue Gun 

Additional tools (I used:)

  • Silhouette Cameo

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Start by tracing the keychains onto a plain sheet of copy paper.

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Step 2: After that, draw, stamp, color and create what you’d like to see on your keychain using Artesprix Markers. I used a Silhouette Cameo to outline my images. Meanwhile, you can set a home iron to the highest setting (no steam) or a heat press to 400º F.

*To have my tracing line up with the Silhouette Cameo I scanned my traced copy paper and opened in Silhouette Studio.

Step 3: With your design complete cut around it leaving space to secure with heat tape to the keychain. Place the keychain over your design and tape it down. (See photo)

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Step 4: Now create a “sublimation sandwich” by placing protective paper down, your heat taped keychain (design up), and then finally another protective paper on top.

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Step 5: With your heat source prepared place the “sublimation sandwich” down and press for 60 seconds or 3 minutes with an iron. After pressing time is completed, let cool.

Step 6: Reveal your design by pulling the protective paper off and heat tape away from the keychain. Add the key ring tab.  

There you have it, a sublimated plastic keychain.  

To create the rest of the keychain float:

Step 7: Using a glue gun glue the mini clothespins to the wooden hearts. 

Step 8: Glue yarn/hemp string to the back of the keychain and the wood hearts down the yarn/hemp string. I braided my strings.

A fun way to display memories or important dates.

That completes the keychain float. Hang it on a decorative hook or a push pin and add personal notes and photos! This could be a great small gift to gift someone also. You can find all of the materials on the Artesprix website. If you liked this project and would like to see more visit all of the fun tutorials the Artesprix Design Team has done here. Remember you can always connect with Artesprix by visiting them on FaceBook, Instagram, or joining the Artesprix Iron-on-ink Inpiration Group.

-Courtney

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Thinking about browsing through Artesprix products? The link below will take you to their website and if you do make a purchase it gives me a little kickback while being an affiliate for them. Thank you. 

website: Artesprix