This is a sponsored blog post by Esprix Impressions.
Do you love all things colorful, creative, and magical? Come experience the magic of Artesprix Permanent Thermal Transfer Markers with our Artesprix Team and our special guest Ken Hess, of Ken’s Creations at Booth S-04 at In the MKNG™. We will be hosting a ‘Create and Take’ event where attendees can create their own personalized item to take home.
Not only can you use Artesprix Markers with plain copy paper to create your own unique designs, but our markers work wonderful with a lot of craft items. And now anyone can add a touch of sparkle and shine to their personalized creations for an out of this world look by sublimating on Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl!
In this blog post, we’ll show how easy it is to create shimmery t-shirts, totes, and other totally fun items by sublimating onto White Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl using the Artesprix Markers!
- Artesprix Permanent Thermal Transfer Sublimation Markers
- Silhouette Cameo 3 Vinyl Cutter (or preferred cutter)
- Silhouette Pen Holder attachment (optional)
- Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Plain copy paper
- Heat press
- Thermal tape
- Heat-Resistant Gloves
- Piece of silicone-treated paper
- Protective Teflon sheet
- T-shirt (a dark-colored, cotton t-shirt is a good choice to start)
Heat Press Settings for Glitter HTV Application:
- Medium pressure
- 3-5 seconds
Heat Press Settings for Sublimating Glitter HTV with Markers:
- Medium pressure
- 40 seconds
Determine a Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl Cut
There are a few different ways to approach creating a glitter vinyl cut design, which will act as the shimmery backdrop for the sublimated drawing. Sublimation newbies and those sublimating glitter HTV for the first time may execute their first project better by sticking with a basic heat transfer vinyl shape. This will give you the freedom to sublimate your marker design somewhere within the outline of the shape, as opposed to attempting to line up a complex vinyl cut to a complex drawing.
By cutting a more basic shape (square/rectangle/circle) will help to keep the heat transfer process simple, and you can ideally worry less about the marker design accidentally overlapping the edge of the vinyl and sublimating onto the t-shirt itself (polyester tees, 50/50s and tri-blend t-shirts will allow for the marker colors to transfer).
However – if you’re feeling extra creative and a little daring, and you’d like to try sublimating a more complex drawing on their heat transfer vinyl, encourage them to create their vinyl cut file in their preferred design software (or they can also download a fancier cut file if they’re still learning how to create their own designs). For this t-shirt, we downloaded a free vector design file courtesy of Freepik.
Pro-Tip to share: If you want to attempt lining up their marker design and the cut glitter heat transfer vinyl edge to edge and without worry about the possibility of overlap/accidentally sublimating part of their drawing on the actual t-shirt, you may want to choose a darker-colored t-shirt made of 100% cotton.
Cut + Weed + Press the Heat Transfer Vinyl
Once the glitter vinyl design is determined, the file is almost ready to be sent to the vinyl cutter. You may need to be reminded to mirror their designs – this is a critical step for both the heat transfer vinyl and the sublimation marker drawing to ensure the t-shirt design reads correctly.
Cut the vinyl and weed it, then heat press the glitter HTV to the t-shirt right away (385ºF, medium pressure, 3-5 seconds, hot peel). Since the sublimation process is triggered by heat, it’s good protocol to allow the t-shirt to cool in between applying the vinyl and sublimating the marker design on to the glitter HTV.
Let the Coloring Begin!
Now’s the fun part – it’s time to get coloring! For this extraterrestrial t-shirt, we utilized the Silhouette Pen Holder and the Artesprix markers to trace the full alien design on to a piece of copy paper.
If you don’t own the Pen Holder or you chose a more basic shape of cut glitter HTV, you can still let your imagination run wild! We do recommend tracing/measuring the size of the heat transfer vinyl cut-out (regardless of the shape) before coloring to ensure the coloring is taking place within the surface area of the glitter vinyl.
Ready to Sublimate & Shine
Once the glitter vinyl/t-shirt has had some time to cool down and the drawing is complete, lay the t-shirt out flat on the heat press platen. Using scissors, cut out the marker drawing as close to the outline as possible. Insert a piece of silicone-treated paper inside the shirt, as this will help prevent any excess marker ink from transferring to the back of the inside of the shirt in the event that there is any bleeding during the sublimation process.
Place the drawing directly on top of the pressed glitter vinyl – once you’ve registered the drawing with the pressed HTV to your satisfaction, secure the drawing to the t-shirt using heat-resistant thermal tape. Double-check that the heat press temperature has been increased to 400ºF and before placing a protective Teflon sheet on top of the t-shirt/drawing to prevent any excess color from transferring to the upper platen of the heat press. Proceed with pressing the tee for 45 seconds with medium pressure to ensure that the marker colors transfer vibrantly and completely.
While wearing protective gloves, carefully remove the transfer tape and drawing from the t-shirt after it has finished pressing (hot peel). Pull the silicone sheet out from the inside of the t-shirt – now check out the glittery artwork in its ethereal glory! We guarantee you will love this fun t-shirt trick and the new-found ability to create stellar items using your own drawings and a little bit of glitter vinyl.