Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Come and Sublimate with ME!

 Convert an Epson ET-2720 into a Sublimation Printer!

For my birthday this year my husband got me a printer that will use sublimation ink.  This has opened my eyes to a whole world of craftiness.  I did the research to find my best possible options and found a really good deal.

What is Sublimation you ask?

It is the process in which ink gets turned into a gas and infuses into the fabric or treated item causing the item to dye.  Its pretty awesome because there is no vinyl to deal with or weed.  You simply print an image and heat press it on with a heat press.

Items you need to do this:

  • Epson Eco Tank printer
    • Most models will work, I bought the Et-2720
    • Sublimation ink, I bought the hiipoo brand found on amazon at this link
    • Sublimation Paper, I bought the paper on amazon at this link
    • Something to sublimate on.
      • Must be 60% or more polyester or special treated items for sublimation purpose.  There are a ton of them on Amazon.
    • A heat press or easy press but it must get to around 400 degrees
Its super simple to convert this printer. First DO NOT put the ink that comes with the printer into the new printer.  Throw it away or sell it on offerup or FB.  Get rid of it!

Second, ink up your printer.  The brand of ink I purchased fits right onto the ink tanks of the printer and literally flows right in.

Make a few settings tweaks and print.  Its that simple.

Use this link for a great video from Cosmo Ink, they make sublimation ink as well and have a great video on how to do this, all the settings, and it comes out perfect.

Click here to find the video on conversion and the settings you will want to use to ensure a good print.

I bought some socks from the .99 store to practice on and decided to do a fun tie-dye print with my VWs on the top.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  I pressed on 400 for around 60 seconds.  They are not perfect, but for my first try, I think they turned out pretty nice.

Now I am on the look out for cheap 60% or better polyester items to sub on.  There are so many fun things at the dollar store like kitchen towels, shop rags, and hot holders.  

Once I start doing more, i'll keep blogging on them.

Leave me a comment if you have any questions!

💓 ImGinBugCrafter

Friday, July 9, 2021

Come and Make Shaker Cards with Me and Queen & Company!

 I LOVE Queen & Company shaker cards.  One of my best friends started showing me their products years ago and I fell in love with the ease of making them.

They have so many kits available to purchase.  To find them visit Queen & Co (queenandcompany.com)

Come Craft Queen & Co. with Me!

I recently purchased their hot air balloon shaker card kit and their suitcase shaker card kit.

The hot air balloon kit includes enough product to make 4 cards minus the shaker toppings or shaker bits.  Once you are done with their precut shaker components, you can purchase more or make your own with the dies included in the kit.

You get:

4 envelopes
4 cards shaped as hot air balloons
4 acetate covers
4 shaped foams
3 dies (The hot air balloon, outline die, and basket die)

I love that you can use any color paper and it comes out beautiful.

All the sentiments were done with different die sets that I own.

As you can see below I used some floral papers, bakers twine, sequins for my toppings,  inked the sides with walnut distress oxide, and used my shimmer brushes for a touch of glitter.

I love the way they turned out.  You can add any sentiment, I chose birthday cards because I have a ton of birthdays coming up.

Below are some suitcase shakers I made as well.  Again, the kit came with the cards (6 cards in this kit), and dies but not the outline die.  You can purchase that separately but being a rectangle I am pretty sure I can just cut some acetate if I want to make a few more.  I wasn't sure how much I would like a suitcase but I think its super cute.

Queen and Company have a ton of shaker kits and they add more very often.  If you own any, which are your favorites?  

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Adhesive Castor wheels for my ink tower? What?!?

 As I was browsing youtube I noticed that people were buying castor wheels and similar rolling things to put on the bottom of their trash cans so that it rolls around.  I thought hmmmm I could put these on the bottom of my ink tower instead of using a lazy susan.

I found these on Amazon here.

For a box of 8 pcs I paid 6.49.  They come with a circle tape pad to adhere them to your item.  

They work very well, they allow my ink tower to slide and turn on top of my desk and that is exactly what I was looking for.  I love it!

There are so many things I can think of to use these wheel castors on in my craft room, I am so excited!

If you have used them for something, leave me a comment and let me know!  



Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Come and make earrings with me out of printable shrinky dink plastic!

 Come and make earrings with me!

I am so excited, I figured out how to make earrings of anything I want.  I am especially excited to make earrings out of pics of my vintage VWs.  This opens the door to make earrings out of my pets, my husband, any picture I would like!

Items you will need:

  • Ink Jet Shrink Film found on Amazon here
  • Earring studs with backs found here
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Heat gun
  • Ink Jet printer
  • Scissors or a cutting machine to cut them out

I used my cameo to design, print, and cut out the images below.
You can print from a printer and cut them out with scissors as well.  You can print on either side of the paper.  If you want a matching necklace or dangling earrings, don't forget to add a hole.

I used a flat cookie sheet and placed the shrinky dinks on some wax paper.  I preheated the over to 250 and put them in until they were shrunk and flat.

They will curl during the process just let them keep shrinking and they will flatten out.

Once out of the oven, I put another piece of wax paper over the pieces and use a flat pan to push down on them to ensure they stay flat.  I leave the glass pan there until they are cool to keep them flat.  (don't mind the old nasty glass pan)

Glue the earring backs on with the Gorilla Glue or E6000 would work as well.  I let them dry overnight.

I decided to seal them so that they would last.  I sealed them with clear embossing powder by first inking them up with the VersaMark in pad, sprinkling the embossing powder on and using my heat gun to emboss the image.  Instead of using a heat gun, I noticed some people were putting the embossing powder covered shrinky dinks back into the oven and that seemed to melt the embossing powder if you do not own a heat gun.

This is what the earring looks like after embossing, its slightly shiny and protected from any scuffs.

All done!

Below I wanted to show the difference between regular shrinky dink paper and the ink jet printable paper I used.  As you can see the regular shrinky dink paper was more clear and did not perform to my expectations.

I hope you enjoyed making earrings with me!  If you have any tips, let me know!  


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Friday, June 4, 2021

Create a ink tower from Dollar Tree supplies with me!

 Come and Create an ink tower with me!

This is not my idea, in fact, the youtube I got the idea from is located at the following path.  I did modify the design a bit so I will post instructions below:


  • 12 Crafter's square rectangular wooden crates from the Dollar Tree
  • 48 wooden clothese pins from the Dollar Tree
  • Snippers, sharp scissors, or a box cutter
  • Gorilla glue (white) or some kind of wood glue
  • Spray paint
  • Velcro to adhere ink blending pads
  • Ink blending pads
If you want to make a Lazy Susan, 2 cake pans and some marbles to fill the bottom of a cake pan

First, you will want to prep your items.

Separate your clothes pins.  Throw away the metal centers.

Next, measure your clothespin by placing it inside one of the crates.  It will need to be the size of the crate.  This piece will later be glued inside to make a holder for each ink.

Mark with a marker the part of the clothes pin that sticks out, you will want to cut that part off.

I then simply used one as a template and marked all the clothes pins so that later I can snip them all off.

I then made a paper template marking 1 and 1/8th inches on each crate.  This is where you will glue your clothes pins to make little ledges for your inks.  

Now grab your husband, dad, brother, boyfriend, or neighbor and ask if they have any wire snippers.  These worked so much better than scissors.  I snipped all the ends off my clothespins.

Glue in your clothespins.  Make sure the flat side is up (I did mess up on one of mine but it holds fine.)  Eyeball to make sure both sides look even and the clothespins are straight.  Also, if you notice on mine I flipped the middle tier upside down so that it would look better, if you do this make sure you glue your clothespins the appropriate way.

I let this dry until the white glue turned clear and took them outside.  I chose to spray paint mine so that they were a nice color of yellow, I did not spray-paint the backs because it will not be showing.  I let them dry and then glued them together.

I used a lot of glue but I want them to hold up

I put them all together, let them dry for about an hour, and then glued each tier to each other.

This is my finished ink tower.  I have not added a lazy susan to it, I may do that at a later time.  For now, I am going to put all my awesome inks in it.  I also added a couple bins to the top to hold reinkers and my ink blending tools.  This one is going to be strictly for my Distress Oxides!

If you make one, let me know!

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Come Make a Stamp Chuckie With Me!

Have you used a Stamp Chuckie with your MISTI or Stamp Platform?

You may be asking...."What is a stamp chuckie?"  I am sure a few of my friends are reading this blog right now about to text me and ask me if I've gone crazy and if I've started to imagine new products for stamping.

Nope, I have not and yes this is really a thing.  

Now, a stamp chuckie is used with a MISTI or stamp platform and instead of using your hand to rub the door of the stamp platform you use the handheld apparatus to smoosh the door down.  It gives you more pressure than your palm.  

I'll show you!

This is my handmade chuckie or helper for my stamp platform.

Supply List to make your own 

  • Candle or Jar lid
  • Gorilla Glue or E6000
  • CTMH ink refill
  • ModPodge
  • Circle Furniture moving pad

it is made of a yankee candle lid, I took the plastic pc off the lid, colored the lid by painting it with ModPodge and I mixed a few drops of a Close to My Heart ink refill in it to make it look like sea glass.  I then glued a furniture slider that had a felt covering on the bottom so that it wouldn't scratch my MISTI.

Furniture slider looks like this.  You can find them on Amazon or even at the .99 only store.

I got this idea from a video that Nancy Stamps put on YouTube, check her out, she shares a lot of great ideas.  

Trying out my tool.

I used Distress Oxide black soot and a close to my heart stamp set. (Bear Hugs)

Especially with stamps that are solid, its important to rub the outside of your MISTI when you press down on the stamp to get a really good impression.  This new tool helps with that.  

Don't want to make one?  There are commercial versions as well.  

Thanks for making a Chuckie with me!

Do you have any other ideas for these or any tips/tricks stamping?
Leave me a comment!


Monday, May 24, 2021

Come Prime Your Stamps With Me!

 Prime your stamps with me!

Do you ever get a brand new set of clear stamps and they do not stamp well?

its not you, or your stamps, or your ink.  During the manufacturing process of clear stamps a thin layer of something is applied to the surface of the stamp.  Sometimes that causes a stamp to stamp a blotchy image the first few times you use it.

I am going to show you a few ways to prime your stamps so that you do not have this issue.

It is best to get into the habit of priming your stamps the first time you use them.  

There are a few ways to prime your stamp.  Try them all and see which way you like?

Lets prime those stamps!

1. Versamark

I saw this tip from Jennifer McGuire and it really is a cool trick.  Check her out on YouTube as she is a wealth of knowledge.

You can stamp once with a Versamark ink pad and your stamp should stamp clearer.

Simply stamp on a scratch piece of paper, wipe off the excess versamark with your hand and it should be primed.  

The left side was primed with Versamark.  You can see the right side has more of a spotty look.  

I will definitely be using this way to prime my stamps in the future.

2.  Try using an eraser.  It will erase that top film that often stays on your brand new stamps.  I think it turns out great and its super fast.  Just give your stamps a quick erase and you should get a nice clean stamped image.

3.  Nail File

I did not try this because I just don't like scratching up my stamps.  Some people use a nail file and gently file down the top of the clear stamp.  I have ruined some of them before so I just do not prefer this way at all.

4.  You can just keep stamping on a scratch piece of paper until you get a clear image.  

Sometimes you have to try multiple methods.  Not all stamps are made the same way so if you don't get a perfect impression the first time, try another method to prime your stamps.

Now you have a few ways to prime your stamps.  Most of the time you have to prime all clear stamps.  Initially you may think your stamps or ink is bad but that is not the case.  

How do you prime your stamps?  Leave a comment below and let me know.  I am always looking for new tips and tricks.

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Come Craft Distress Oxides With Me!

Come Craft Distress Oxides With Me! 

For Mother's day my husband always asks what I want.  It is almost always a crafty item that I've been wanting but something I wouldn't just go out and buy.  When my kid moves out and becomes her own person I probably won't buy things for myself anymore LOL its just something we do.  I do the same for Father's day and he gets something he wants.  Its really just an excuse to buy things.  His is never "crafty" LOL

This year I chose Distress Inks because I love them but buying a ton of them would be expensive.  I bought mine at Joann mostly because they had a door buster for 50% off.  I also bought some colors on Amazon, at Michaels, and you can also find some of them at my Close To My Heart website for purchase.

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You can check out my organizing distress oxides for an idea on how I personally organize mine but this blog is going to be about using them.  

Its so easy!  They blend so nicely you cannot mess up!

I bought the Tim Holtz blending kit and it comes with some really cool stuff.  A mini ink blender, some ink blender pads, a mini water bottle, tags to practice on, an instruction booklet, and 3 distress oxide inks.  Now if you want to learn more about the inks vs the oxides, check out my distress inks blog post.  For this blog I am focusing on using the oxide inks.

 My favorite colors are blues/greens so the first ones I wanted to try out were the colors Broken China and Peacock Feathers.

I started off the tag on the glass matt and in a circular motion simply blended the colors onto the mat back to the tag.  You do not want to use the same blending pad for different colors. You can, I just prefer to keep them separate so that the colors don't mix up. I have been told that you really don't have to clean your stamps off as well when using these oxides as the ink will wipe right off your stamp. 

These two colors blended beautifully and you cannot see where one color starts or one ends.  If you do get any harsh lines simply keep blending.  I cannot express how easy it was to blend these.  Its like the color stays on top of the paper so it moves around easier than regular ink pads. 

Next I dribbled water on top.  I didn't even use a squirt bottle but check out how the color lifts up and gives this tag so much more dimension.

Then I used a stencil from Tim Holtz to build up another layer.  I used the color Faded Jeans for the top layer and I loved the way it turned out.  This is definitely going in one of my Beetle scrapbook layouts.

I could honestly blend for hours and make such adorable tags.  Next I used Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, and Squeezed Lemonade.

I dribbled water with my hand over the tag and it lifted the color all by itself.

And then used another stencil to finish off the mixed media look.  I used the color Antique Linen with the stencil so it was a naturally lighter color.  I blew the image up a bit so you can see the stencil effect.  It was slight but still very beautiful on this tag.

Stamping with Distress Oxides!

Since I LOVE these new inks, I wanted to find out if they performed with my CTMH stamps.

I used the Fossilized Amber and Rusty Hinge Distress Oxides.  They performed great.

Lets stamp on black paper.  

Regular inks do not stamp well on black paper because the ink absorbs into the paper and they are usually water based.  Just inking the outsides of your card would look great with these inks.  It is more of a chalky look.  

Did you know you can emboss with this ink too?

I tried it and it worked nicely.  For the top pic I used silver embossing powder by Izink bought from HSN.

The next pic I used clear embossing powder by Izink to show the color of ink underneath.  The technique is great and I need to brush up on my embossing skills. 

As I continue on my Distress Oxide journey I will post additional blogs.  This was actually the first time I've blended with Distress Oxides and I have found them to blend much easier than traditional ink pads.  I am hooked!  You will be too when you try them.

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