Today, we are going to make sublimation luggage tags! These are super fast to make and turn out so well. Sublimation luggage tags are a slam dunk beginner sublimation project. These tags are a faux leather. They have more of a hardboard, smooth texture to sublimate on versus a true leather texture. The smooth surface is a wonderful receptacle for sublimation ink at even pressure, resulting in exquisite results.
What can you use these for?
Sublimation luggage tags allow you to personalize luggage tags however you desire. Because sublimation is permanent, you won’t have to worry about it rubbing off in baggage handling like vinyl could. These make great gifts for the adventurers in your life. You could personalize family vacation luggage tags, honeymoon Mr. & Mrs. tags, and they would also be really cute favors in a save the date for a destination wedding!
Let’s dive in!
What You Need To Make Sublimation Luggage Tags:
How to Sublimate Luggage Tags:
Step 1: Prep Design
I use Silhouette Studio as my design software. These tags are about 2.5″ x 3.25″. In Silhouette Studio, make a box about the size of the tag to be a template. Then add the design and size it to the box. One of the designs that I’m using today is space themed so of course I am taking the opportunity to use fill patterns to add a touch of the galaxy to the design.
Step 2: Print Design
Currently, I print my sublimation designs from Silhouette Studio using a converted Epson WF 7720 with Cosmos Ink. For more details on how to print with Silhouette Studio and an Epson WF printer, plus settings, check out this post on How to Print Sublimation Designs from Silhouette Studio. As always, remember to mirror the design before printing! The printed colors will look muted when you print, but they will pop post pressing.
Step 3: Prep Luggage Tag Blank
If you are using the same sublimation blanks that I’m using, they require very little prep. Use a small amount of rubbing alcohol to clean the surface of the tag. Allow it to dry completely before adding the transfer paper. Use the heat resistant tape to secure the transfer paper. Then tape a piece of butcher paper on top of the design to absorb excess ink. The blank is now ready to press!
Step 4: Sublimation Luggage Tags
Preheat a heat press to 385F. Set the heat press to moderate pressure. It should take a little oomph to close it and open it with a blank inside. Once preheated, put a piece of butcher paper down, then place the blank on the press with the transfer paper side up. Press for 60 seconds. Remove from the platen and then remove the transfer paper/butcher paper.
See how fast and easy that was? And how amazing it turned out? These are super easy and fast to crank out! Thanks for crafting with me!
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