Sublimation for Beginners: Printers, Ink, Paper, and EVERYTHING You Need to Get Started!

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Sublimation is a really fun and useful crafting technique that creates vibrant, full-color objects, such as shirts, mugs, tumblers, signs, and so much more. Today I want to take sublimation a step further and tell you how you can print your own custom sublimation transfers to make more beautiful things for your home décor and family… or even start a small business selling custom sublimation items that everyone has to have!

So now I know you’re wondering … “Jennifer, how does dye sublimation work? What things can I use it for? And what can I put it on? And how do I get started already?” I have answers here in my ultimate guide to getting started with dye sublimation for beginners!

Topics covered in this Sublimation for Beginners video:
0:00 – Introducing sublimation
1:22 – What is sublimation?
5:36 – Sublimation printers
7:09 – Sublimation ink
8:28 – Sublimation paper
9:17 – Sublimation heat presses and ovens
10:51 – Protective covers and gloves
12:06 – Sublimation blanks
13:00 – Sublimation projects
14:30 – How to sublimate onto cotton and dark surfaces
15:59 – Sublimation designs
18:17 – Sublimation Startup
18:50 – Sublimation Group

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MATERIALS LIST (contains my affiliate links):

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* Sawgrass SG500 printer:
* Epson SureColor F170:
* Epson EcoTank:
* Epson Workforce:

* Sawgrass sublimation Ink:
* Epson sublimation Ink:
* Hiipoo sublimation ink:
* Cosmos sublimation ink:
* Printers Jack Ink:
Note: If you have an Epson Workforce printer, you also need empty refillable cartridges:

* A-Sub paper:
* TruePix sublimation paper:

Cricut AutoPress:
Cricut EasyPress 2 or 3:
Cricut Hat Press:
Cricut Mug Press:
Traditional heat press:
Tumbler press:
Convection oven:
Air fryer:

* White Polyester T-Shirts and Colored Polyester/Cotton Shirts — look for polyester count of at least 65% or higher
* Satin ribbons – Print dimensions: .8 inch wide 
* Sublimation coasters, white polyester and rubber, – Print dimensions: 4″ circle
* Mason jar tumblers, 17 oz. white stainless steel – Print dimensions: 3.4″ tall by 17.8″ wide 
* Glitter sublimation tumblers, 20 oz. insulated stainless steel skinny – Print dimensions: 8.07″ tall by x 8.89″ wide 
* Mousepads – Print dimensions: 7.9″ tall by 9.6″ wide
* Keychains, squares, hearts, circles, rectangles
* Kitchen towels – Print dimensions: 15″ tall by 26″ wide
* Flour sack towels – Print dimensions: 28″ tall by 28″ wide
* License plate blanks – Print dimensions 6″ tall by 12″ wide
* Sequin pillow covers – Print dimensions 18″ tall. by 18″ wide – sunflower
* Polyester door mats – Print dimensions 29.5″ tall by 17″ wide
* Throw Blankets – Print dimensions 7.9″ tall by 9.8″ wide (for each blank * spot on the 40″ x 60″ blanket)
* Jigsaw Puzzles – Print dimensions 7.5″ tall by 9.8 inches wide
* Glitter iron-on vinyl (to transfer onto something cotton or something dark)

SUBLIMATION Protective materials
* white cardstock (to protect mat)
* white butcher paper (to protect platten)

* tape measure
* heat-resistant tape
* tweezers,
* heat-resistant gloves

Designs # 385 and 388 (available in my free resource library at )

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Introduction: PixelBytes (my child!)
Music: Cute by Bensound (licensed, royalty and copyright free)
Videography: Jennifer Marx on a Panasonic Lumix FZ-1000 DSLR 4K camera
Design: A Jennifer Maker original!

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