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Sublimation Desk Name Plates

Make your own custom desk name plates with your sublimation printer and these metal blanks!
15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Angie Holden

What You Will Need

  • Desk name plate blank These have a groove in the back that will allow you to bend them into shape.
  • Sublimation printer
  • Sublimation ink
  • Heat Press
  • Sublimation paper
  • Lint Roller
  • Heat Resistant Tape
  • Artesprix Protective Paper
  • Heat Resistant Mat
  • Heat resistant gloves
  • Nomex pad
  • Pencil image


Designing in Cricut Design Space

  • I'm going to print these out from Cricut Design Space. You can use whatever program you would like. Upload your image (here I am using one pink and one blue). Add whatever words you would like in any font. The font I am using is called BFC Santa's Candy. I changed my font color to gray instead of black. Locate your words on the image, then pick both the font and the pencil and click “flatten”. This makes it a print then cut design. Repeat for all of your pencils. Then make them approximately 1.75 x 7.5 inches to fit on the front of the desk name plate.
  • Click “make it”. Both of my pencils will fit on one piece of paper but I wanted a bit more room between them. Click and drag them around the page to move them. Then click “continue” and click “send to printer”. Pick your printer, turn off bleed, then turn on use system dialogue, and click “print”. Choose print preferences to make sure you have a matte paper setting, high quality, mirrored image, and turned off high speed. Then click “OK” and print.

Prepping Your Blank

  • Once you have your print, cut each piece out with scissors discarding the black box around the edge. You do not need the black box as it is for cutting on the Cricut machine. You will note that everything is mirrored on these prints.
  • The side of the metal panel with the scoreline is actually the back. The front is plain. We only want to use the top portion of the front because that's all that will be visible when it's sitting on the desk. I like to take two pieces of heat-resistant tape, place it where it's directly on the line on the back, flip that over, and push the heat-resistant tape over to the front. Now I have a guide for placing my design.
  • Clean the blank with a lint roller then put your print on with the ink side down in the correct location. Once located, use some additional heat-resistant tape to hold it in place. You can remove the placement pieces you added above during this stage. Now my plate is ready for the heat press.

Pressing the Blanks

  • Heat your heat press to 385 degrees Fahrenheit and set your timer for 120 seconds. Place the Nomex pad in the press then cycle your heat press a couple of times in order to heat up the pad. You want that Nomex pad to be hot when you start sublimating these custom desk name plates. Set your press to medium pressure during this step. Place the blanks inside the heat press with protective paper on the top and the bottom. The sublimation print should be up in the press.
  • NOTE: I did press two blanks at one time. Once they are done, remove everything using heat-resistant gloves and put it on a heat-resistant mat in order to cool. You can allow this to cool completely or you can do the next steps hot.

Bending the Blanks

  • First, remove your sublimation print. You can see just how cute these custom desk name plates are turning out.
  • To bend each one, you'll just want to bend along the score line along the back. I like to put thumbs on both sides of the score line and just press in.
  • You may do it in a couple of different places, but the panel should bend fairly easily. Just work your hands up and down the panel bending each place equally until you get the look you want.