Free Project! Experience the Magic of Artesprix Permanent Thermal Transfer Markers at In the MKNG


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!

Materials Needed:

  • 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)
  • Scissors

Heat Press Settings for Glitter HTV Application:

  • 385ºF
  • Medium pressure
  • 3-5 seconds

Heat Press Settings for Sublimating Glitter HTV with Markers:

  • 400ºF
  • 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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Out-of-This-World Poured Art with DecoArt


This is sponsored content by DecoArt.

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Out-of-this-world galaxy canvas art

DecoArt’s Acrylic Paint Pouring Program enables anyone, from the novice crafter to the expert artist, to create unique pieces by layering and pouring acrylic onto almost any flat surface. By combining specially-formulated products with DecoArt’s premium acrylic paints, painters will catch on to this new approach to creating stunning art without even touching a paintbrush!

See how easy it is to create out-of-this-world galaxy canvas art with DecoArt Pouring Medium and Americana Premium Acrylics. Finish the piece off with DecoArt Clear Pouring Topcoat for an unbelievable, high-gloss, artistic finish.

Supplies Needed:

Instructions:

Step 1

Use a medium brush to paint the canvas in Carbon Black. Let dry.

Step 2

Prep the dirty pour by mixing one part paint with three parts pouring medium into separate cups. Use Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Primary Magenta, Cobalt Teal Hue, and Carbon Black. Stir well.

Step 3

Combine all paints into one single cup.

Step 4

Pour the paint onto one side of the canvas and tilt until the entire canvas is covered.

Step 5

Let dry completely.

Step 6

Pour Topcoat onto canvas. Tilt until the entire canvas is covered. Let dry according to label instructions.

Step 7

Make several tiny pours on freezer paper to create the planets. Do this by repeating the dirty pour process using your choice of colors. Let dry and remove by peeling.

Step 8

Use various sized cups and/or lids to trace circles (planets) in various sizes. Use scissors to cut them out.

Step 9

Arrange the circles on the canvas. Once you are happy with the layout, use a small brush and Americana Decou-Page to adhere the planets to the galaxy background. Optional: Get creative by adding rings to one or multiple planets.

Check your local craft stores for these products, or pick them up in the DecoArt store, and get started on your own poured art. Make sure to share your work with us on Facebook and Instagram using #decoartprojects.

Get Inspired with Paper House at In the MKNG™


This is sponsored content by Paper House Productions.

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Paper House Productions is excited to be bringing our own flair for creativity of many kinds to In the MKNG. Located in the Hudson Valley’s scenic small town of Saugerties, Paper House is an eclectic group of artists, poets, painters, and musicians who are passionate about creating and inspiring others to create. We absolutely love to meet the people who use our products, which range from scrapbooking papers to washi tape, puffy stickers to planners, and so much more! Attendees of the festival will have the opportunity to experience all of the interesting things that we have to offer through make-and-take projects, a crafting class, an exciting Mystery Creative Challenge, and conversations with us – the Paper House team that makes it all happen!

Among our favorite items that we’ll be showcasing at In The MKNG are our new officially licensed Harry Potter products! As a company full of Harry Potter aficionados, we’re especially excited to be bringing you these beautiful stickers and washi tapes featuring all of your favorite magical elements! Craft a card for your favorite Gryffindor with our Faux-Enamel stickers or deck out your planner page with some gorgeous Patronus washi tape. These amazing embellishments will be available for purchase at In the MKNG along with many other licensed products: Wizard of Oz, Justice League, and Wonder Woman, just to name a few!

There will be many chances to explore Paper House products throughout the festival. We will have quick and easy make-and-take projects going on in our booth so that everyone has a chance to touch, feel, and use our various products. We will be teaching a class where participants will make a fall wreath adorned with beautiful paper flowers. We are also so excited about our Mystery Creative Challenge! Contestants will receive a selection of our products and be tasked with quickly combining them into the most impressively creative end result to impress our judges! The most creative, resourceful, and quick-thinking crafter will win!

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Crafters of all kinds will be sure to find something interesting in our product line. Our beautiful papers are perfect to feature in any scrapbook or card-making project. We have a huge variety of stickers with diverse styles, subject matter, and material. Planner enthusiasts will find plenty to browse in our Life Organized line. We can’t wait for September to get here, can you? We’ll see you at In the MKNG… make sure you stop by Space S-17!

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In the MKNG, the creativity festival by the Association For Creative Industries (AFCI), will take place September 29-30 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York. To buy festival and workshop tickets and to learn more, visit www.inthemkng.com.