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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 0 O C T O B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 4 3 blue peskies once heat pressed into the substrate. 9. You might want to cut your paper to minimize its size around the image, then place the paper on the substrate, and tape it down. I usually use the amber tape as it doesn't leave lines, but I love the new Artesprix tape as well. 10. Place your substrate/paper assem- bly on the heat press and cover with parchment or butcher paper. Always use a clean sheet of parchment paper. Fold it in half, above and below your substrate, so the paper doesn't shift or lift off the substrate, causing a ghost- ing effect. HEAT PRESSES The Artesprix markers and stamp pad give someone the ability to try out sub- limation, probably in the most affordable way. But with that, you need a heat press or iron that heats up hot enough for sub- limation to take place. If you don't have a heat press and don't want to purchase one, you can look at the Cricut EasyPress as long as it is the one that can heat up to 400 F. If using an iron, it's important that it doesn't have steam holes where steam is released. There are several on Amazon for less than $30 that heat up to the correct temperature. Stamps and markers are one of the best ways to test out sublimation to see if this process is right for you or your business. Besides the stamps and markers being fun to play with, if you want to get your children involved, it can create some great memories and quality time together. GP CHERYL KUCHEK is the owner of Just my Imagination DeZigns Inc. and has been active in the personalization industry for over 10 years. Cheryl has a passion for the industry and a love for helping people; she was the first to start a Facebook group to do just that. Sublimation for Beginners and Beyond is a resource to help those first starting out and those who are advanced. Cheryl can be reached at GR A PHICS-PRO.COM /A DVER T ISE ( 800 ) 669-0424

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