Sublimation: One more tumbler

Yesterday, I met up with my friend Julie for lunch. We had a great time together, and the time flew by.

Completed sublimated 20oz skinny tumbler placed onto its side
Mickey and Minnie design was placed onto sublimated paper

I didn’t arrive at the restaurant empty-handed; I came bearing sublimation gifts. I made J a sublimation shoulder bag, tumbler, and hoodie. The theme was Mickey and Minnie Mouse for all the items gifted to her. I had wanted to make these things for her when I surprised her with the Mickey and Minnie Mouse stickers almost a month ago now. However, due to time constraints, I was unable to create those items at that time, and so they were placed on hold.

But, back to the tumbler. I chose the design I wanted to make for Julie printed out the design on A-Sub, the sublimation paper I use. I placed it into the convection oven that I use exclusively for sublimating, and five minutes later, I had an awesome tumbler.

Sublimated tumbler with shrunken shrink film

Sublimating Skinny Tumblers

  1. Print design on sublimation paper, use mirror image.
  2. Allow a few minutes to dry.
  3. Apply lint roller to tumbler to remove any dust
  4. Try not to touch the exterior of the tumbler to reduce transferring oils to the surface of the tumbler.
  5. Wrap tumbler with sublimation paper, secure with sublimation tape
  6. Place shrink wrap tumbler sleeve over tumbler
  7. Use a heat gun to shrink the shrink wrap
  8. Place oven thermometer inside the oven
  9. Set convection oven on bake.
  10. Set temperature to 350 F
  11. Set timer for five minutes
  12. Place tumblers into the 350 F oven
  13. Turn tumbler at 2.5 minutes
  14. Take tumbler out of the oven, and submerge into a pot of cool water
  15. Remove from water
  16. Peel off sublimation paper
  17. Dry and enjoy your sublimated tumbler

I linked to Snazzy Moon’s design on Youtube in my last video. I’ve found their youtube videos to be very helpful for tumbler sublimation, and they are my go-to videos for creating sublimated tumblers. Additionally, the owner is amiable and responds to comments left on their Youtube page.

Sublimated Hoodie

Friday, I created the sublimation hoodies. Yes, I said hoodies. I made her two; however, one of them did not turn out well, so I’ll be redoing that. And I finally had time to complete everything I wanted to create for her this past weekend. I made her two shirts. One turned out great, the other? Meh, I need to remove the vinyl and try again. I’ll have to write a post about that and show the before and after.


In other news…

Heat resistant gloves for sublimating

I purchased two pairs of heat-sensitive gloves. I have several pairs; however, a few are used for our wood stove, and I also have a few sets for baking. So I’m not using those for sublimating.

Portable Project Case

I purchased a few more project folders. I have eight of them which I use for my sticker papers, shrink film, and sublimated paper. Since my stock-pile is growing, I discovered that I needed a few more.

T-Shirt Folder

I also purchased a T-shirt folder; three sizes. I actually think I do a great job folding t-shirts; however, I must say that I’m wanting to check this tool out for myself.


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