Hi friend! Are you ready for another sublimation tutorial? Today, I’m excited to share sublimation stickers and how you can make your own, so let’s get started!
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Sublimation Stickers – Are They Waterproof?
I’ve tried lots of sticker paper and I have found really good ones. But I have yet to find a waterproof sticker paper that didn’t need to have laminate on top to make it truly waterproof. So when I saw that HTVRONT came out with some waterproof sublimation stickers, you know I had to give them a try. I created a video to show you the sublimation process and my water test, check it out below…
When I say I loved how these came out, I really mean it! They sublimate beautifully and held up very well underwater. My only criticism is that they do curl quite a bit when you press them, but that’s expected due to the high heat needed to sublimate.
Here is what you need for sublimation stickers:
Now let’s go over the steps a little slower and from the beginning:
Open the design in Cricut Design Space, it’s sized to fit a 8.5×11 sheet of paper and all you need to do is send it to your printer. Do not mirror the design in Cricut Design Space. Using the printer dialog menu, select your preferred printing parameters and mirror there. Print on your sublimation printer on sublimation paper.
Heat up your heat press to 375 degrees. Place your printed sheet on top of the sublimation sticker paper and secure with heat tape. Place down some butcher paper on your press, place the paper on top with the sublimation paper side up and place another piece of butcher paper on top. Press for 40 seconds.
Once pressed, remove the sublimation paper from the sticker paper and place it on your cutting mat. (I used my Cricut Joy Xtra, but you can use your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore.) Select Heavy cardstock from the materials list (I also selected more pressure) and follow the prompts to send it to your cutting machine.
Once cut, unload the mat. Fold back the cutting mat to easily remove the stickers from the mat.
And that’s it! Now you can apply them to your favorite surface and yes they are waterproof as you can see from my video!
I hope you give these stickers a try, I’m truly impressed with them! They came out so great, they repel water wonderfully and don’t even scratch or fall apart. I will say that I did not test them in the dishwasher, because I wouldn’t put my glass cups in the dishwasher, I prefer to handwash. But I imagine they’d do fine on the top rack. I will have to try it and come back with the results.
UPDATE! See the dishwasher results below:
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