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DIY Magnets That Make Great Gifts in No Time

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DIY magnets are quick and easy to make with sublimation markers and a little creativity. Let me show you how!

Three hexagon magnets on multicolor background with text which reads "DIY Sublimation Magnets, Makes great gifts!"

Some products in this tutorial were provided by Artesprix. All opinions are my own.

The Artesprix July 2021 Blank of the Month is: 4 count Magnets (hexagon)!! Use code Jessie10 to get 10% off.

I got experimental with the Artesprix ink pad refill and various background techniques this month. I’m going to share what worked with you, and I even have a video to help you along.

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flat lay photo of markers, stamps, ink pad, stamp block, and hexagon magnate blanks
Flay lay photo if many stamps and an ink pad


DIY Sublimation Magnet Video Tutorial

If you can’t see this video, try watching it on YouTube HERE.

DIY Sublimation Magnet Tutorial

Backgrounds

I used a few different techniques to make the backgrounds of my magnets. You can see them all in the video tutorial, and find descriptions of them below.

For my “Love” stamp, I simply colored/scribbled with my Artesprix markers. I traced the magnet blank in pencil, then scribbled in a rainbow. Finally I stamped the “Love” mirror image stamp on top of the background.

For a few more of the magnets, I colored on plastic. I used the plastic bag section of the packaging for the magnet blanks, but you could also use plastic wrap. After coloring a background I liked, I flipped the colored plastic over onto the paper and pressed it with the acrylic block or my fingers. I used one of these for the “Hello” magnet.

I also tried the plastic technique with spraying it with water just before flipping it over. This really made the colors blend together more. The moon magnet has one of these backgrounds.

After all that, I thought I should try out some freezer paper. I colored on the shiny side of the freezer paper, then flipped it onto regular paper and pressed it with my fingers. It worked awesome! You can see how great it worked on the “Happy” magnet.

Four hexagon magnets that say "Love", "Hello", "Peace" & "Happy", all on a colorful background

The ink pad refill ended up being super fun to play with. First I sprayed the paper with some water, then added one drop at a time to the paper. I then added a bit more water and a few more drops, and resprayed the original drops. Finally I put some drops on the dry part of the paper and then sprayed those.

Each technique came out with a different look, and I loved them all. It’s certainly worth experimenting on your own. I used this background for the “Dirty” half of my dishwasher magnet.

hexagon clean / dirty magnet

Stamps and Letters

I made the “Clean” and “Dirty” for the dishwasher magnet the way I often do, I printed the words with my printer, and then flipped the paper over and traced the words with my sublimation markers so they were backwards.

The rest of the black ink images on the magnets were made with stamps and the Artesprix ink. Some of them I stamped right on the background, and others I stamped on blank paper and then sublimated in layers.

For the sleeping bunny under flowers, I used a stamping trick I love. I colored the raised sections of the stamp with my Artesprix markers. Then I breathed on the stamp (this warms up the ink a bit in case it has dried out at all while coloring), and then stamped it on the paper.

As you can see, the stamp worked and the various sections are each in different colors. After stamping, I colored in the image as well.

three hexagon magnets on aqua background


Sublimation Time!

Of course, once I was done with all the background and stamping fun, it was time for sublimation! Some of my magnets were made with just one layer, and others had two or three.

First I taped all the bottom layers to the magnets. When taping the paper to the blank, be sure the tape is not over any of the image that needs to transfer. The best way to do this is to have the paper larger then the blank and to lay the paper ink side up, then put the blank face down on it, and tape it all from the back. Be sure to flip it over before sublimating.

Next I layed some protective paper down on my heat-safe surface, then put down the blanks with the paper, paper side up, and lastly I covered it with more protective paper. I pressed it all at 400 degrees for 75 seconds with my Cricut EasyPress.

I repeated this process for each addition layer on the magnets that had multiple layers. Now I have the prettiest fridge in the neighborhood!

The hexagon magnet blanks will only be available from Artesprix this month (July 2021) so be sure to grab them before they are gone!

Don’t forget to use code Jessie10 to get 10% off your Artesprix order – not valid on the Heat Press or sale items.

Happy sublimating my crafty friends!

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