Monday, October 4, 2021

Come and make your own sublimation spray with me!


Come make some sublimation spray with me!

You are asking yourself what is sublimation spray and what is it used for?
Well, as you may or may not know, you have to sublimate on polyester.  The higher the % of polyester the higher chance your image will stay on the item you are subbing on.

Well, I found a way to make some spray that you can spray on cotton or any other fabric and it will sublimate.  

For instance, I tried sublimating on this random patch I have.  I don't know what it is made of so i wanted to see if it would work.  It didn't.  

Random Patch with no sub spray:

Then I made the sublimation spray.

Items you need:

  • Polycrylic protective finish, I used clear satin but you can use clear matte as well.
  • Spray Bottle
  • Water

Then your usual sublimation products:

  • Sub paper
  • Sub printer
  • Heat press
  • Fabric to sublimate on
To make the spray, use 8 ounces of water and 2 tablespoons of Polycrylic.  Mix them together into a jar (I used a mason jar to keep the excess available.)  Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.  I would use a fine mist spray bottle so that you get good coverage.

I sprayed 2 sprays onto the patches, then let it dry completely.  To speed up the process you can use your heat press and press for 10 seconds.  This will dry it pretty well.

This is the first image I got which turned out very well.  I just used a scrap image I printed last week.  It came out nicely with bright vivid colors.

Next, I printed the logo image (which should be a bit smaller) but I didn't allow the image to dry thoroughly.  You can see that it bled a bit.  I really wanted to see what would happen if it was not dry.  It didn't turn out terrible but again I need to make the image smaller to fit better.

The next image I used the heat press for 10 seconds to dry the material before I sublimated.  The image looks more crisp to me.

I had found these patches at Goodwill and I'm pretty excited about everything I can do with them now that I can sublimate on them.

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Come craft with me and Heartfelt Creations. And a few coloring tips!


 Heartfelt creations flower mold!!!

And a couple coloring techniques! 

I was at a crop one day and a woman asked me if she could borrow a spray bottle.  I then asked why because I am nosey and knew it had to be a fun craft.

  She showed me the flowers she made with her Heartfelt Creations Flower Mold and I thought they were so pretty.  I knew I had to have at least one set.

I looked online and they were expensive so I waited for the expo hoping for a bundle sale.  There was sadly not a bundle sale and I found them on amazon cheaper so I went with Amazon.  

I bought the classic rose set.  I got all 3 pcs today so I had to try them out.  The set includes a Die to cut the paper out, stamps to stamp the image on them, and a mold to shape the flowers.  I did buy them all separately and the cost ended up around 53.00 for all three items.  (at the expo is was like 90.00)

I did not watch a YouTube video and I probably should have but they came out cute anyway. 

First, stamp your images, I used a Close To My Heart Ink because its my favorite.  It is called Intense Black, its a nice black and will not bleed when colored or when it gets wet.  This is important because we will be spritzing with water later.

Next, color your stamped images.  I use Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Markers (again can be found on my website at CTMH)  I love them, they take the guesswork out of color matching and blend perfectly.  Next time I will use a color so that the black isn't so obvious.

I am not happy with the white showing so I may color outside the lines next time.

Next, die cut your images or cut them out with your Cameo if you want.

Place your cut out flowers in the corresponding flower mold.  I was a little confused as to where to put them but it ended up okay.  If you keep moving around the flowers you can tell where they are supposed to match up.  It takes a little practice.  Heartfelt Creations does say you can put 3 flowers in each mold, I found that they can stick together so I suggest one per slot.

Spritz them with plain water, just a few spritz will do.

Put the lid on your mold and run it through your die cutter.  This process shapes your flowers, you can put them forward facing or backward and you will get a different effect.  These were done image forward facing.  You can see I didn't do a very good job lining them up in the mold but the end result is still beautiful.

Again, not sure I love the white edges.  

I put them together with Tombow glue.

I have added Nuvo Drops in place of the stamen and added glitter with the Close To My Heart shimmer brush in clear.  I like the yellow one a lot better as you cannot really see the white areas so much.

Another tip I learned from the Scrapbook Expo is to put your glue into a nail polish bottle, it is super handy.  The empty nail polish bottles are available on Amazon.

I made this card for my daughters bday and she loved it.  I used the yellow flowers because that is her favorite color. :)

Next I thought I would try another coloring technique and I wanted to see how it would look NOT using the stamps.  I just really didn't like the way they didn't line up and I am not sure I would use black for the stamped images next time.

I also decided to use CTMH ink to color the die cut flowers along with a water color brush.  As I colored I also made sure to tap some darker color on the edges to give the flower more color dimension.  I also colored both sides of the flower so that the white paper did not show through.  I used Raspberry because I love the bright vibrant pink color.  CTMH inks blend very well with water and end with a really pretty watercolor effect.

I tried a few colors from CTMH including scarlet, eggplant, pixie, and green apple for the leaves.

They turned out beautiful.  In fact, I may buy a few more flower sets and just not buy the stamps.  I would be willing to use the stamps with a nice color though, that edge just really bothers me.  I really like the way they turned out though without stamps.

This is without any glitter.  I have been using Nuvo drops for the center or stamen of the flowers.

I will likely not use the stamps in the future because I think the flowers turn out way prettier without the stamps.

To help shape the flowers I also bought a Sizzix Paper Sculpting Kit.  It comes with 3 styluses, some scissors, and a couple matts and it seemed to help make the flowers stand up a bit more.  Its not needed to make these flowers, but it helped me a little by using a stylus and pushing in the middle to lift up the petals a little.

Flower shaping is very new to me so if you have any tips, please put them in the comments.  I am hooked and love the look of these flowers.  I would love to learn new tips and tricks to make my flowers even prettier.  I mean if I can make flowers my first try, you can too!

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Come and shop with me.

I went to the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Mesa AZ!

I have been to the scrapbook expo quite a few times but I wanted to share my purchases with you.

I bought the following from Tall Mouse.  This is actually one of my favorite stores.  You can find them on facebook here:

Below you will see some shaker bits I bought, aren't those little dog bones sooooo cute?  

The item in the shaker is foil bits for foiling, then they make a teflon bone folder so I had to get that too.  The pencil picks up tiny bits and places them exactly where you need it!  I just love their products and ingenuity.  Tall mouse is usually the first booth I go to.

Got some sparkly glittery paper for cards.

I also took a class called cool tools and in that class you also make 2 cards that can be made out of the tools you received.

The two cards are below:

The tools we received are below:

Box card die by Stephanie Barnard and stacking dies from Spellbinders.  Then we got the flower punches from We R Making Memories, and the powder brush from them as well. I had  lot of fun making these cards and I will have a lot more fun with the cool tools I received.

Of course it doesn't end here.  

I got these at the eyelet outlet and you can find them here:

I had to have this beer stamp set, it was just too cute and will be perfect for EVERYONE.

These Mickey heads were just so fun and will look great in my mickey cards or my scrapbook!

I got all these at Photo Play, you can find them here:

These paper packs come with paper and coordinating stickers. I didn't know really what this company was all about till this year.  I really like the fun designs.  I also got a free stamp set for spending over 30 bucks!

I got some really fun stuff and had a lot of fun crafting and shopping.  I didn't get to do any make n takes,  I felt like there was not a lot of them and they were always full with a lot of time to wait.  That was kind of a bummer and some of my favorite shops did not participate this year.  Oh and the buttons are all from 2020 so I thought that was odd but it was fun as usual.

If you ever get the chance to go, you should.  Its a really fun event.

Have a good day and please leave a comment with any suggestions you would like to see or with any feedback!


Sunday, September 5, 2021

Come and sublimate with me again on wood!

Come and sublimate with me again on wood!

So I am in love with sublimation.  I found out a way to sublimate on wood! 

Supplies needed

  • Sublimation printer
  • Sublimation paper
  • A flat wooden item
  • Heat Press
  • Thermal laminating pouches
First you need to treat your wood so that the sub ink will adhere.  To do this you need to heat press your thermal laminating pouch on the wood.

You only need half of one pouch.  Cut it in half and heat press it onto your wood at about 15 seconds.  You can also do this on top of flat canvas too.  I cut my lamination sheet to match the wood or you can cut the lamination off the wood once you are done.  Whichever is easier for you.

Let that cool and print out your sublimated image.  Lay your sub image on top of the coated wood and press your image on.  Its that simple.  I man by simple I mean you have already uploaded a design, changed it, made it work with the wooden item.

Here you have it!  I made a few things at lunch today from the dollar tree.

This really opens up so many more items I can sublimate.  I am so excited to keep it up.

Thanks for reading, leave me a comment!


Thursday, September 2, 2021

CTMH Cupcake and Purse Cards

  Check out the new Thin Cuts!  I just love the cupcake and the purse cards.

I like to cut out a bunch of different colors and play when I get new dies.  I took a bunch of random paper and cut out some of the cupcake dies and put them together. 

In the CTMH catalog I noticed they also used the same color but different shades so I tried that too!  I think they turned out so cute and they were not hard to make at all.

I used shimmer pens, distress oxides, pop up dots, and the dies to make these cards.

Next I made some purses.  I am in love with them!

How cute are these purses!  They can be customized and used for almost any occasion!

You can find either of these on my website:

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Come sublimate a 30 ounce tumbler with me

Let's Make a 30 Ounce Tumbler!

I bought some 30 ounce tumblers off amazon and decided I needed to sub them.  
I have an 8.5x11 printer so I knew I would either have to tape the paper together or just have an image that took up most of the cup.  I decided for my very first tumbler I would just use an image that was smaller than the entire cup.

Items you need:

  • Sublimation printer
  • Cricut mug press
  • Sublimation treated tumbler 30 ounce
  • Sublimation paper
  • Parchment paper
  • Heat resistant tape
  • Heat resistant gloves

First design and print your image.  I use silhouette studio but you can print it with whatever you have on sublimation paper with your sublimation printer.

This is the image I decided to print.

Once you have printed it, cut as close as you can to the image.

Wrap it around your cup and use your heat resistant tape to put it on your cup as tight as you can.  Do not try and save tape, the more tape the better image you will get.

Next turn your Cricut mug press on until it beeps.
Put the cup wrapped in parchment paper into the mug press and shut it.
Wait 1 minute then turn your cup so that you can get all sides heated up.
Wait 1 more minute then flip your cup.  Be sure to elevate the top of your cup just a little to prevent ghosting.

Ghosting is when you see white marks on your cup.  I did end up with a little but for my very first cup ever, I am so happy with it.

Pull your cup out with your heat resistant gloves and take tweezers and peel the tape off revealing your new cup image.

I love how it turned out. Its vibrant and has good color.  I had a little ghosting at the seam so I think next time I will use way more tape.  That should fix the ghosting issue.

Do you make cups?
If you do, how do you make them?  Leave tips in the comments!

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Come and make your own sublimation spray with me!

  Come make some sublimation spray with me! You are asking yourself what is sublimation spray and what is it used for? Well, as you may or m...