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Father’s Day Bottle Opener with Iron-on-Ink

Bottle opener with the word DADDY across the front

Transcribed from the Artesprix Blog of the same title: May 24, 2022.

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Hello! My name is Chelsea Rose and I am a military spouse, mother, baker and crafter currently living in Japan with my Navy husband, our two boys and our doggo. I love being able to make my own gifts and crafts. Using Artesprix products let’s me create permanent designs on so many things (like this bottle opener)! For this Bottle Opener I tried out a stencil and stamp from Stamp Anniething and the new blue Artesprix stamp pad. The main blue stenciled design combined with the metallic sheen from the stainless steel bottle opener reminded me of diamond deck plating like on Navy ships. Perfect for a project just for my Navy husband for Father’s Day! Throw in the stamped rose designs (perfect for our last name) and some details with the Artesprix markers and the gift is made!

bottle opener with sublimation iron-on-ink

What are Artesprix Sublimation Arts & Crafts Supplies?

Sublimation is the process of fusing a design to a blank (or substrate) by using heat. You make a design using ink or markers (and now paint!) in the mirror image of what you want. Then you attach the poly-based blank and apply the appropriate level of heat for the correct amount of time to make sure the design fuses to the poly-based product! Perfect for anyone who has an iron or heat-press at home. You can even use a designated craft oven for many products. Artesprix offers loads of blanks. They make super pigmented ink and they just launched a rainbow of colors in stamp pads and refill bottles as well as the brand new industry game changing sublimation acrylic paint!

sublimation stamp pad stamp anniething stamps and stencils

Materials for the Father’s Day Bottle Opener with Iron-on-Ink:

Step-by-step Tutorial:

Step 1: 

To get a good idea of how much you should design on your mixed media paper; trace the object in pencil. I wanted designs on both sides so I made two templates.

sublimation bottle opener template

Step 2: 

Next, using the stencil, inverted the stamp pad over the secured stencil. I did it a few times over each area to get an even distribution of the ink. Then, I shifted the stencil over to finish filling the template, but forgot to line the stamp pad up! So a tiny portion of the design got some extra color.

sublimation stamp pad ink with stamp anniething stencil

Pro Tip:

I prefer to wear gloves so the ink stays off my fingers, but it’s not necessary as all Iron-on-Ink is water based. :) 

Step 3: 

After using the stencil I wanted to incorporate some of the rose stamp from Stamp Anniething with the black ink pad for three reasons. (1) To add interest to the design (2) To incorporate our last name (3) And to slightly disguise my stenciling hiccup. 

stamp anniething floral stamp with sublimation design

Step 4: 

Place the stamps around to add interest to the bottle opener . Remember watch for the “holes” and don’t put the good bits of your stamp design there! I noticed that the “hiccup” wasn’t quite covered enough and would not blend in enough so I used my Artesprix markers in blue, green and brown to make it more involved. And one side is done!

stamp anniething sublimation design and iron-on-ink markers

Step 5: 

For the side with a word on it, write the word the correct way on the back in pencil or pen. Then, flip the page over to your template side and use a light source (like a window or light pad) to trace the text with the Artesprix markers. This way your text will read the correct way when you sublimate. After the letters, I stamped in blue this time just lightly.

sublimation design with iron-on-ink stamps for bottle opener

Step 6: 

After my design was done, I waited for my project to dry. When ready to transfer, turn on your heat source to 400℉. 

Step 7: 

Cut out the design with a little bit of extra space, and tape it with heat resistant tape to the blank. If you are worried about fingerprints or smudges on the bottle-opener, wipe with rubbing alcohol and let dry before taping to the template.

secured bottle opener to sublimation design with heat tape

Step 8: 

Sandwich your template and blank between two pieces (or one big folded piece) of protective paper (this paper is so much better than butcher paper, it is what professional sublimators use!). It will protect your heat press, both the heating source and the pad, from getting a design on them – otherwise all your future projects on the machine could have evidence from this sublimation project as the ink reheats and turns to gas to solid over and over again!

sublimation siliconized paper with bottle opener before transfer

Step 9: 

Once you have your secured transfer between the protective paper, press for the recommended amount of time. For this project, it’s 75 seconds at 400℉.

Step 10:

Time for the “peek test”! Be careful this blank if HOT! Before undoing any of the tape, peek at your product to see if the color is vibrant enough and sublimated successfully. If it’s too dull, press for a bit longer. I love the reveal of sublimating on metal – the shine comes through the design and the design just will not come off.

sublimation design on bottle opener after transfer

Step 11: 

If you have heat resistant gloves you can reveal you unique design, you also have the option to allow to cool before handling. This blank of the month is just so pretty and shiny, right!?

sublimation double sided bottle opener with iron-on-ink design

Step 12: 

It is very important to allow the blank to cool before repeating the steps above to personalize the other side. 

sublimation double sided bottle opener for Father's Day

Thank you for your time and I hope you’ve got some ideas on how to personalize a metal bottle opener, and some tricks for how to add interest to a project with layers of design. For a limited time only, there is currently a deal on the blank ink pads and their black ink refills with Artesprix. My next project will be with the paint – I’m so excited! If you’re new to sublimation ink, a wonderful way to get in on the action is to get the Artesprix Sublimation Starter Kit.

Check out other bottle opener projects for the May blank of the month over on Artesprix’s blog. Or check out my other projects (including some baking projects and life in Japan blogs) on See you around the webs! I’d love to see what you create with sublimation iron-on-ink so be sure to use the #artesprix and post your projects so we don’t miss them. 

Happy Creating! 

Chelsea * Rose 

**This post may contain affiliate links. That means that I may receive compensation if you purchase through the links I have provided. The price you pay for the product or service is not higher, but I may get compensated.** 

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