Cute DIY Key Chains with Iron On Ink Sublimation Markers

Why blend in when you can stand out?  Create some cute DIY key chains with Iron on Ink Sublimation markers!

Hello, my crafty friends! I am back today with another cute project for Artesprix creating my own DIY key chains.

Here’s what you’ll need to create the project.

Materials:

Tools:

Artesprix Heat Press.

Step-by-step Tutorial:

Step 1.

Place the metal key chain on a piece of plain copy paper and trace the outline using a pencil to determine the area that you have to work on.

Helpful tip: By tracing the outline, you’ll be able to center your design onto your blank.

Step 2.

Mount your stamp on an acrylic block (or stamping tool) and stamp the image on the copy paper using Artesprix Sublimation Ink Pad. Repeat this process for the rest of the images that you need to use for your key chain.

I used a stamping tool to stamp the images three times to create a good impression.

Step 3.

Next, color your stamp design using your Iron-on-Ink sublimation markers. I used the Artesprix Original, Gnomie Botanical, and Pastel Sublimation Markers to color my images. The colors may look a little muted at first.

Step 4.

Place the Mirrored Sublimation 6×6 Stencil on top of the design and trace the letter with the Medium-point Black Sublimation marker

Step 5.

Using Artesprix Heat Tape, tape your blank down to your design. If you are using the Artesprix Heat Press, you only need one on each side to hold it down. If you are using an iron, you will need more. Sometimes the iron will cause the image to slip and you will get a ghost image. [Only use Artesprix Heat Tape on the outer edge of the design (not over it).]

Step 6.

Now, it is time for a sublimation sandwich. Cut two pieces of Protective Paper to cover your project on the top and bottom. Make sure that your design is facing up. Place it inside the Heat Press and close the machine.

Step 7.

The Heat Press will beep indicating that your project is finished! While wearing protective gloves, lift the handle and take your project out. Place it on top of the project mat and wait for about 20 minutes to cool down.

Step 8.

Gently remove the paper to reveal the design.

Step 9.

Repeat the process mentioned above and create another design.

I absolutely LOVE how both projects turned out!

If you like this DIY key chain, consider checking out some of the design team’s DIY on the blog. Here is another cute key chain project by Ivy

You will find all the blanks and other supplies available for purchase on the Artespix website. I have also listed and linked them below. Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!

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Mass Producing Cards with CAS-ual Fridays

Hello my crafty friends! Maria here on the blog with you, with 3 simple cards that you can mass-produce, showcasing the This Sucks stamp set.  
 
 
 
I have been receiving some requests to do simple cards with no “image-coloring” or “die-cutting” and thought that this stamp set would be perfect for the cards.  Besides, I think almost every sentiment on this stamp set is basically what I feel these days!  Here’s an example:
 
First card – we were supposed to travel and see my mom and siblings for a family reunion.  We were also supposed to travel back to Egypt for a nice vacation with my daughter.  Both things didn’t happen because of the “it shall not be named” virus!
 
 
 
Second card – I think I lost my crafting mojo so it has been difficult to craft these days.  I am just not feeling inspired.  I must have made a ton of cards this month that I just put in the trash!  They just weren’t good enough.  Sometimes, I will just give up and call it a day!
 
 
Third card – a lot of my design team packages are stuck in New York for a few weeks now.   The only reason I receive from the shipper is that everything will be delayed because of the current virus.  There is no timeline on when they will ever get here and it is adding to my misery.  It’s hard to craft when you don’t have the things you need to complete a lot of projects.  I don’t even know if swearing helps because I have been doing a lot of those and it’s starting to scare my cat! haha! 
 
 
Those are my cards today.   I apologize for being Miss Debbie Downer but I just really hope things will get back to normal soon.   I’m sure the rest of you feels the same way.
 
I hope you like the cards.  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code “MARIASENTME” to get 15% off your order.  Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!
 
 
 
 

LDRS Creative Summer 2020 Release

Hello my crafty friends!  The new SUMMER COLLECTION by LDRS Creative is now available at the shop and we are celebrating it with a bang giving you a discount code “SRJ10” for 10% off at the shop (valid until midnight, eastern time of June 26).

 

 

I couldn’t even pace myself when I saw this release and I honestly cannot even pick a favorite.  For my card today, I am showcasing the Country Kitchen stamp set.

 

 

I am not a one-layer card kind of girl but this stamp set is so amazing, it doesn’t even need anything else.  

 

To begin, I stamped the images with Raven Hybrid ink and colored the images in with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

 

I used my Copic black multi-liner and t-ruler to draw the floorboards, coloring it after with some light gray alcohol markers to create dimension between the kitchen wall and floors.  I used my white gel pen and drew some lines to the kitchen cabinets for added texture and details to make it look like glass.

 

 

I finished my design by stamping the sentiment using Kiss Me Red Hybrid Ink.

 

 

I hope I have given you some inspiration with the Country Kitchen stamp set.  I have listed and linked all the stamps, dies and stencils available at the LDRS Creative if you’re interested.  Order now and avail the discount.  Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

 

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Funny Coffee Card with Spectrum Noir

I have a really funny card to share with you today, featuring the Coffee Riley cling stamp set along with Hating Everybody cling stamp set and Alcohol Markers by Spectrum Noir.

To begin making the card, I stamped the image on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored the images in with my Spectrum Noir Classique alcohol markers and TriBlend markers.

Next, I used the Trendy Tag Die-namics to die-cut the tag and the frame. I also used this die to die-cut my image.

Since I basically wanted a simple background with cheerful colors, I cut a bunch of strips from my scrap card stock in rainbow order. I adhered the pieces on some A2-size card base.

I adhered the tag with my tape runner. I also added the bow with some liquid glue for added texture.

I stamped the sentiment using the Spectrum Noir Finesse Alcohol Proof ink in black. The word “coffee” was die-cut using the Coffee sentiment from the Coffee Cup Fri-die set and adhered on the card with liquid glue. Here’s another look:

I hope you like my project today. The supplies I use are listed and linked below in case you’re interested. Thanks for stopping by and happy coloring!

 

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Funny Birthday Card with CAS-ual Fridays

 

I hope everyone’s doing well!  I have a funny birthday card to share with you today, showcasing the Happy Birthday and Mon Amie stamp sets by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

 

In honor of Michele’s son, who turned 21 yesterday the 21% off sale continues today until 6 pm (mountain time) only.  You can also use my coupon code below for an additional 15% off so that’s HUGE!  Hurry up and order your favorites now!

 

I started by ink-blending an A2 size panel of Bristol smooth white card stock with some distress oxide inks.  I waited for about half an hour for this card panel to dry.

I used my stamping tool and stamped the flower image and the sentiment with Versamark ink.  I sprinkled some white embossing powder and heat-set with my heating tool.

I used my white color pencil and Sakura white gel pen to add more texture and details to the flower.

I finished my design by die-cutting the circle Happy Birthday sentiment using a die from my stash and adhered it on the card.

Isn’t that sentiment so funny?  I must have done that a couple of times already while I was driving my car, haha!

Don’t forget to use my coupon code below for 15% off your order.  You can use this coupon on top of the sale.  Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

 

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DIY Bag Tags with Artesprix Sublimation Markers

Hello my crafty peeps! I am back today to share another fun project using Sublimation markers to create your own Bag Tags!

 

I am also sharing a process video to share some tips on how to get a clear impression of your images. The first Bag Tag that I made turned out cute but I had some bleeding issues with my marker. I created a second one to show you the difference between the two bag tags.

 

Materials:

Tools:

Step-by-step Tutorial:

Step 1.

First, place the bookmark on a piece of plain copy paper and trace the outline using a pencil. This will then determine the area that you have to work with. Don’t worry about the pencil lines because this will not transfer to your bag tag.

Step 2.

Mount your stamp on an acrylic block (or stamping tool) and stamp the image on the copy paper using Artesprix Sublimation Ink Pad. Repeat this process for the rest of the images that you need to use for your bookmark.

Helpful TIP No. 1: Stamp the sentiment first and trace using the Fine Point Sublimation Marker in Black before coloring the image. Use a heating tool to speed up the drying process before coloring everything to avoid bleeding on your images.

Step 3.

Next, color your stamp design using your Iron-on-Ink sublimation markers. I used the Artesprix Original, Gnomie Botanical and Pastel Sublimation Markers to color my images. Don’t worry if the color looks a little muted, it will come to life when the heat is applied to your project.

Step 4.

Take your Bag Tag and place it against the ink. Use the Artesprix Heat Tape and tape it down so your design doesn’t shift. If you are using the Artesprix Heat Press, you only need one on each side to hold it down. If you are using an iron, you will need more. Sometimes the iron will cause the image to slip and you will get a ghost image. [Only use Artesprix Heat Tape on the outer edge of the design (not over it).]

If using an Artesprix Heat Press, set the temperature to 400 degrees F and timer to 45 seconds. If using a dry iron, set to linen or highest setting. [For a home iron, set to linen and “no steam.” Note: The holes in your home iron do not allow the heat to pass through evenly.]

Step 5.

Now, it is time for a sublimation sandwich. Cut two pieces of Artesprix Protective Paper to cover your project on the top and bottom. Place it inside the Heat Press and close the machine. You’ll want your Artesprix Project Mat handy because your project will be hot, and you don’t want it to damage your work space.

Step 6.

When the Heat Press beeps, this indicates that your project is ready. Pull the handle up and use protective gloves or oven mitts to protect your hands before taking the project out. Place it on top of the project mat and wait for about 20 minutes to cool down.

Step 7.

Gently remove the paper from the Bag Tag to reveal the design.

As you can see, I didn’t get a good impression on the sentiment for the first bag tag. The second one looks a lot better.

For the Bag Tag on the right, I stamped the sentiment first and traced it on the other side. I also used my heating tool to make sure that the sentiment is dry before I colored the entire background and the images. Here’s a closer look at the second tag.

I love being able to stamp or draw and color my designs on a plain piece of paper and transfer onto a blank to create a unique DIY project!

Helpful TIP no. 2 – If you are using an image printed out using your laser printer (traced using your sublimation marker), make sure to use the heat tape to “cover” any image or marks that you don’t want to get transferred onto your blank. I didn’t realize this until I heat press the tag. Take a look at the photo below:

For Tag No. 2, I used the Photopolymer Stamps – Hand Lettered Basics for the back of the Bag Tag.

 

The back of the second tag is what’s shown on the right in the photo below:

I absolutely LOVE the second tag. I am quite happy how it turned out and I think it looks really cute! I am planning on adding some iridescent gem stones to cover the bubbles and make it look 3D. For that, I think I will have to use a strong adhesive like E-6000. I will let you know how it turned out.

Here’s my process video:

 

You can FOLLOW this tutorial to create more than just Bag Tags. You will find all the blanks available for purchase on the Artespix website. The supplies are also listed and linked below. Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!

 

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Caution: I’m a Little Prickly Before Coffee with Newton’s Nook

Hello Newton’s Nook fans!  I hope you are all doing well.  I’m back today to share some Southwest-themed cards, showcasing the Cuppa Cactus stamp set and coordinating dies along with the new Circle Frame Die Set.  I also made a one-layer card today (for those of you who loves  simple cards), showcasing the Cultivated Cacti stamp set.

 

 

To begin, I stamped my images on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored them in with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I used the coordinating dies to die-cut them out.

 

 

I used the Circle Frame dies to die-cut some white card stock three times, and die-cut three colors of patterned paper.  I adhered the pieces together with some liquid adhesive.

 

 

For my background, I die-cut a neutral patterned paper and adhered this piece on an A2-size, side-fold card base.  I adhered two of the circle frames with some glue and foam-mounted the third piece for added dimension.  I added the colored images on the center of each circle frame.

 

I finished my design by using my white gel pen to add some dots on the cacti and stamped the sentiment with some Versafine ink in Onyx black.

 

 

My next project is very simple and can be easily mass-produced.   I want some cheerful cards to donate at the local nursing homes so I actually made 30 of these cards.

 

I stamped the images using some Quick-dry ink by Spectrum Noir.  I used my mini sponge dauber to add a deeper shade on each image.

 

 

I didn’t do any measurements for this card.  The images are very easy to line up and I love that I didn’t have to color them because of the solid stamping.  You can easily get more depth and dimension by adding a deeper shade of the color that you used.

 

 

 

The sentiment was stamped using a light brown-gray ink.  

 

 

I hope I gave you some inspiration today to create something beautiful.  The supplies I use are listed and linked below.  Thank you for stopping by and have an amazing day!  Happy stamping!

 

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You Are Capable of More Than You Know

How’s everyone doing?  Maria here on the blog with you today and I am back to give you more inspiration using products from the last release.  

Lately, I have been making more clean and simple cards that can be easily mass-produced to send to friends.  For my project today, I am showcasing the Terrific Flowers stamp set, along with the Blossom Bubble stencil.

 

To make the card, I started by using my anti-static powder tool and dabbed this on some Neenah solar white card stock.  I used my Misti stamping tool to stamp the flower images with some versamark ink.  I then sprinkled some white embossing powder and used my heating tool to heat-set the image.

I used pixie spray on the Blossom Bubble stencil and placed it against the stamped image.  The spray will make the stencil a bit tacky so that it doesn’t shift while you’re coloring the image.  This is a must-have tool for anyone who loves to use stencils.

To color the images, I used my mini sponge dauber and some hybrid inks and started pouncing lightly until the colors are well-blended, putting more pressure to the bottom of each flower for added dimension.  Easy peasy!

I stamped the sentiment from one of my favorite stamp sets from Cas-ual Fridays called “Be”, using some light gray dye ink.  To add texture, I used the same gray dye ink and watercolor brush to add some splatters to the card.  I finished my design by adding some iridescent jewels to the card, giving it more dimension.  Here’s another look:

I hope I have given you some inspiration today to create some clean and simple cards, using stamps and stencils from the shop.  The supplies I use are listed and linked below.  Please don’t don’t forget to use my coupon code (below) to get 15% off your order.   Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

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DIY Bookmarks & Happy National Hamburger Day! with Artesprix

Happy National Hamburger Day! Is everyone excited for summer? Memorial Day kicked off this week and kids are excited that summer is finally almost here! Even though they’ve been doing homeschooling for the past months with their teachers on Zoom, they are now looking forward to just chilling out! No more schoolwork!

I have some fun projects to share with you today! You can create these DIY bookmarks with your kids, and they are going to LOVE it! Even if they don’t like reading, they will certainly have fun creating these bookmarks with you. I remember when my kids were little, they read books for hours during summer! Sometimes they even begged to stay up for another hour or two, so they can finish a few more chapters! These bookmarks are not only fun to make, but they will also help your kids remember where they stopped before they went to bed.

Materials

Tools:

Step-by-step Tutorial:

Place the bookmark on a piece of plain copy paper and trace the outline using a pencil. This will determine the area that you have to work with. Don’t worry about the pencil lines because this will not transfer on your bookmark.

Mount your stamp on an acrylic block and stamp the image on the copy paper using Artesprix Sublimation ink pad. Repeat this process for the rest of the images that you need to use for your bookmark. Note: If your kids would like to draw their own image, they can first use a pencil and trace their designs with the Artesprix Iron-On ink sublimation markers later on. Make sure they are doing a mirror image so that when their design applies to the bookmark, they wouldn’t look backwards.

Since I didn’t use any sentiments for the hamburger-themed bookmarks, I didn’t need to flip the images to trace it on the other side. I used the Artesprix Original, Gnomie Botanical and Pastel Sublimation Markers to color my images.

Don’t worry if the color looks a little muted, it will come to life when the heat is applied to your project.

Take your bookmark and place the “white side” against the ink. Use the Artesprix Heat Tape and tape it down so your design doesn’t shift. If you are using the Heat Press, you only need one on each side to hold it down. If you are using an iron, you will need more. Sometimes the iron will cause the image to slip and you will get a ghost image. [Only use Artesprix Heat Tape on the outer edge of the design (not over it).]

If using an Artesprix Heat Press, set the temperature to 400 deg. F and timer to 45 seconds. If using a dry iron, set to linen or highest setting. [For a home iron, set to linen and “no steam”. Note: The holes in your home iron do not allow the heat to pass through evenly.]

Now it is time for a sublimation sandwich. Cut two pieces of Artesprix Protective Paper to cover your project on the top and bottom. Place it inside the Heat Press and close the machine. You’ll want your Artesprix Project Mat handy because your project will be hot, and you don’t want it to damage your work space.

When the Heat Press beeps, this indicates that your project is ready. Pull the handle up and use protective gloves or oven mitts to protect your hands before taking the project out. Place it on top of the project mat and wait for about 10 minutes to cool down. Gently remove the paper from the bookmark to reveal the design.

I absolutely LOVE the two hamburger-themed bookmarks that I made that I decided to create another one. I did the same steps above to stamp and color my image. However, I wanted a sentiment for my design. I turned the paper and stamped the sentiment on the other side using the Artesprix Sublimation Ink Pad. I flipped the paper back and placed it onto a tracing pad. I used the Artesprix Iron-on Sublimation Black Fine-Point marker and traced the sentiment.

Here’s the other bookmark. Isn’t this adorable? It turned out so cute!

I love being able to stamp or draw and color my designs on a plain piece of paper and transfer onto a blank to create a unique DIY project! Your kids will certainly LOVE it! Here’s another look at the bookmarks:

You can FOLLOW this tutorial to create more than just bookmarks. You can also create coasters, keychains, bag tags, picture frame, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Be sure to check out Artesprix’s YouTube channel, Instagram, Facebook group and blog for design team inspiration. The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

 
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