Are you familiar with sublimation? You’ve probably seen it often, whether you realized it or not – on garments, mousepads, puzzles, and even coffee mugs. It’s very popular right now and was the topic of this month’s Creative Cutters meeting!
Scientifically speaking, “sublimation is a chemical process where a solid turns into a gas without going through a liquid stage.” (Source: https://www.yourdictionary.com/sublimation)
Most of the time, sublimation designs are created in a software program (like Silhouette Studio), then printed onto sublimation paper using a dedicated sublimation printer and sublimation ink. The design is then heat-pressed onto the substrate and becomes embedded into the substrate, rather than simply adhered to the surface. But you can also create sublimation designs by hand using thermal transfer markers, which is exactly what we did at Creative Cutters!
“Sublimation is a chemical process where a solid turns into a gas without going through a liquid stage.”
Before diving into our project, we took some time for Show & Tell. I always enjoy seeing what crafty things everyone has been doing.
We also had a surprise guest who did a quick interview for the local radio station!
Then it was time to get the creative juices flowing! Following a brief discussion about the sublimation process, we broke out the markers and started to color. I had printed out several designs ahead of time (most of them from the Silhouette Design Store), but also had blank paper available for those who wanted to create their own. Since there’s no need for special paper when using sublimation markers, everything was done on plain white copy paper.
Sublimation Instructions for Cork-Backed Coasters
- Peel off protective film from coaster. (Hard-backed coasters generally do not have a protective covering.)
- Clean the coaster using a microfiber cloth or a paper towel and alcohol or all-purpose cleaner.
- Center the coaster face-down onto the transfer paper. Using high temp tape, tape the coaster to the transfer paper in 2 places.
- Place a piece of butcher (or parchment) paper on the bottom platen of the heat press. Then place the coaster with the transfer on top (face-down), covered by another piece of butcher paper.
- Press at 400 degrees Farenheit for 1 minute.
- Carefully lift the transfer off the coaster and allow the coaster to cool.
Don’t you love how vibrant the colors are???
When using the markers, the hardest thing to remember is that the image must be mirrored. This can be especially tricky when adding text by hand, but Gwen did a great job!
Sublimation markers are fun for kids too! You can even create “coloring pages” for them by placing a marker in your Silhouette tool holder and tracing
We’re always learning new things at Creative Cutters and would love for you to join us if you can!
Until next time,
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Lycia is a lifelong crafter whose goal is to help others find value, confidence, and joy in whatever they create. She geeks out on using technology to supercharge craft projects with Silhouette Studio, Design Space, Glowforge, sublimation, etc.! Lycia teaches these skills and more through online tutorials and videos as well as in-person classes at both the local and national levels.