Thursday, September 29, 2022

Come sublimate on wood with Polycrylic finish & We r memory keepers heat transfer coating with me!

 Come and sublimate on wood with me

I bought a cup sublimation kit that included some heat transfer coating in it and I use sublimation products often so I had not tried it as a treatment.  I also heard you can sublimate on wood with Polycrylic finish too.

I decided it was time to try it out.  I have 3 wood pcs from the dollar tree, they are all similar and they are all unfinished.  I wanted to try the following types of finish to see how the sublimation would work.

  1. Polycrylic finish
  2. Polycrylic finish diluted with water in a spray bottle
  3. We R Memory Keepers Heat Transfer Coating
  4. No Treatment

First I had to treat the wood with the coating.

We R Memory Keepers 

I did 2 coats and let it dry completely before adding the 2nd coat.  I pressed these all at 280 for 60 seconds with a cricut EZ press.  I think they all would have come out better if I had not used the EZ press pad underneath.  I think they needed a hard base underneath them and no cushion.  The cushion seemed to allow for ghosting by not putting enough pressure under the wood item.





Polycrylic and water spray
I sprayed a ton of this on the frame until it was running off and let it dry.  The paper did not stick at all when I removed it after heat pressing.  There was some ghosting but I think this is due to the heat pad as well.



Polycrylic
I used a generous amount and put 2 coats letting it dry between coats till it was not sticky.




The paper did stick to this one once I pressed it.  I ran it under water and washed the paper off with a cloth.  It came off easily.  

This time, I just used wood without any treatment and it seemed to come out pretty decent.


Next blog I am going to use Polycrylic because it did show the best color, however, I am not going to use the heat pad.  That way I have a harder, flatter surface to work with and I will post a blog!  I think they all came out pretty good though and I plan on hanging them in my scrapbook room.  They were so easy to use and so inexpensive to make.  The hardest part is deciding which image to use!

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Embroidery and creating your own patterns with your Silhouette and Sublimation Printer

Come make an embroidered quilt square with me 


My family makes quilts for the new babies.  My cousin Shirley and my late Aunt Maddie would send out quilt squares to our family members and ask them to embroidery something on a square of quilted fabric and put their sur names on it, then mail it back to them.  They would then put the squares together to make a beautiful quilt for the baby.  My daughter received one when she was a baby and it was the most wonderful gift.  She still has it (at almost 26 years old) and knows that her family loves her very much.  I wish more people had participated on my husbands side of the family, however, its still a very special gift and she and I will cherish it forever.  One day I hope that she has a child of her own and I will continue the tradition, as well as, use this quilt on her child.  (if she chooses)

Below is a picture of my daughters quilt.  Shirley and Aunt Maddie even made a few squares for family members that were no longer with us and made a few from us.  At the time I didn't really embroider and had my hands full getting ready for a baby.



My cousin Shirley asked me to make a couple squares for her great grand babies over the last few years and I have made the following 2 so far.  My grandmother is gone so I also added her last name "Smalley" to them.  I was so excited to be a part of this family tradition.  It is a lot of work but it seriously just blesses my heart to help out.




My cousin Shirley is having a great grand son so I thought....I am going to make a square that looks like our 1971 bus.  I wasn't quite sure how to do the pattern and then it came to me!

I'll create the image and sublimate it on the square, then embroidery on top of it!  What a great idea!  Plus I think this square is cotton and if it is, it will wash out anyway.  

I created the image on my silhouette software, added the names to the top and bottom.



I then printed it out on regular copy paper since its just the pattern and I don't need it to be the best of quality and you won't be able to see it once I'm done embroidering.  Usually for sublimation I use quality sublimation paper.  I made the print in gray so it would easily be covered.  I cut around the image so I could center it easily, and taped it on my square with high heat tape made for sublimation.




I decided to use the Cricut easy press because its a small project and didn't want to heat up my room with my giant heat press.  Covered the print out it with some butcher paper, set my press on 400 degrees and used it for about 40 seconds. 





 I lifted up a corner just to check it and it transferred perfectly!  



Now there is a pattern  for me to follow and its custom to me.  Exactly what I want instead of buying an iron on that is already designed.  Now I can make my own custom patterns anytime I want!  


Next, to start embroidering.  There are lots of YouTube tutorials out there with fancy stitching but honestly, I usually just use a regular stitch.  Just search for embroidery and you will find so many videos on it.  Its a basic stitch, you start from underneath your fabric and put the needle up through the fabric on the line of your pattern.  Then take it over just a little, put it back down through your fabric (it makes a subtraction sign) then come back up through the middle of your subtraction sign and there is your first stitch.  When you are done tie it off with a double knot underneath your finished project.

I use a circle hoop to keep the fabric tight, it makes it easier to stitch.


Below is my finished square for the baby blanket!  I think it turned out adorable and I will use sublimation for patterns moving forward.  It worked out so well!


I know my cousin is going to be thrilled to receive this square for her great grandbaby boy.  :)  

I am excited to send it to her.

If you have any tips for embroidery, or just want to send a comment, please do!
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Monday, September 5, 2022

Come see me paint my very first water color ever.


Come and water color with me!


 So, I've been watching Andrea.Nelson.art on TikTok forever and she makes everything look so EASY!  Follow her if you get a chance, she does some really fun water colors and has really cute ideas.

I decided I was going to paint a bus with water color.  It is not that great but I'm glad it looks like a bus.


Supplies:

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolors-I used CTMH
  • Paint Brushes
  • water bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Painters tape to tape off your paper
  • Printer
  • Pencil

Okay, here goes nothing!  I have never water colored in my life so I knew this wouldn't be my best work.  I really wanted to try this out.  

I covered the edges of my water color paper with painters tape to leave a boarder.  I've seen people do this so I just did it.

Spray your water colors with water from your water bottle before you get started so that your paints are ready to use.




I printed a pic of a bus.  I then flipped the print over and covered it with pencil.









I traced along the image so that the pencil on the back transferred to the water color paper.  It does, the lines are just very faint.

I wet a brush and then swept water all over the first area I wanted to paint.  I then dipped my brush into the paint and painted it.  

I don't thing I did that terrible but obviously, I haven't done this much.



I decided I needed some grass and sky.



Took the tape off.  Ummmm be very careful to not rip your paper taking the tape off. (from experience)......



It may look like a kindergartener did it but hey, it's my first try ever!  Next, I will be trying this with black glue.  You take white school glue, mix black acrylic paint into it, and your outline your image before you start painting.

That one may come out better.  We will see!!!!

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Friday, September 2, 2022

Sublimation on Keychains and luggage tags

 Come Craft Sublimation Keychains and luggage tags with me

You can buy the keychain blanks and luggage tags at a lot of different places.  I usually just buy them on Amazon.  This time I used a Cricut Easy Press 2 that I recently purchased.  The 9x9 inch size and now its my favorite tool.  For sublimating small items it makes the process easier.  Your room doesn't get hot by the large press and it heats up fast!

I have gone over sublimation in so many of my blogs that I'll highlight instructions.

Supplies:

  1. Sublimation Key Chains and luggage tags
  2. Sublimation paper printed with your images
  3. Cricket Easy Press
  4. Cricket heat mat or towel folded up for cushion under your item
First heat your easy press 2 up to the desired temp and set it to the desired time.  For mine I use 365 degrees F for 80 seconds.
Then, tape your paper image to the sublimation item.


Cover your heat mat with a piece of copy paper to protect your mat.

lay the item and sub image down so that it gets the most heat.  I usually make a sandwich of:

  • 1 pc of copy paper
  • My blanks with the sub paper on top (to get most of the heat) 
  • A pc of copy paper or butcher paper on top of that.  
    • The copy paper is really to protect your heat press and your table or mat you are using.

Put the easy press on top of the sublimation paper (or you can use a Teflon sheet or paper to protect your press, but I didn't.)




Hit the Cricut button and it will begin the countdown.

Lift off the easy press when it beeps and set it in the cradle.

Your keychain will be hot.  Let it cool for a second or use heat gloves before touching it to remove the paper.

You are all done and look at these amazing items?  I have some luggage tags, earrings, and keychains and they are sooooo adorbs.



I even made some that has my friend's car pictured on them.  You can use any image you can print out in sublimation ink.  If you can print it, you can sub it.











Sublimation is so much fun and produces such amazing color.  I usually use a large clam heat press and I love it for t-shirts.  You can certainly use a large heat press for any of the sublimation items.  I decided to try out the Easy Press on the smaller items and I LOVE IT.  The Easy Press 2 or 3 will work on sublimation.  The easy press 2 is not Bluetooth while the 3 has an app you use on your phone and can control the heat press with your phone.  I landed on the 2 because it was less expensive and it's so portable with controls on the actual machine, so I don't feel I need Bluetooth.  


In imginbugcrafter form, I then immediately bought the mini, and 10x12 so I had all the sizes.  I also recently bought some different felt type sublimation earrings and I am so excited to try them.  I will be posting a blog on that soon!


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Come sublimate on wood with Polycrylic finish & We r memory keepers heat transfer coating with me!

 Come and sublimate on wood with me I bought a cup sublimation kit that included some heat transfer coating in it and I use sublimation prod...