Bag tag with vacation images and Life is Best Traveled With Friends next to a pair of sunglasses

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Bag tag with vacation images and Life is Best Traveled With Friends next to a pair of sunglassesBag tag with vacation images and Life is Best Traveled With Friends next to a pair of sunglasses
Item #5503
Two-sided plastic bag tag with white gloss finish

Checklist

Before you get started, prep your work station with the following:
- Bare substrate & printed transfer
- Heat tape, cleaning cloth & all-purpose cleaner
- Heat gloves, scissors & blowout paper
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Tools needed for the project, substrate, printed transfer, heat tape, cleaning cloth, cleaner, heat glove, scissors, and blowout paperTools needed for the project, substrate, printed transfer, heat tape, cleaning cloth, cleaner, heat glove, scissors, and blowout paper

Step 1

First, turn on your heat press and set the temperature to 385°F / 195°C (temperatures based on prints made with small desktop sublimation printers). Strong pressure is recommended (settings may vary based on equipment).
Add a sheet of protection paper (blowout paper) on the bottom plate of the heat press.
Illustration of temperature setting on the heat press for step 1Illustration of temperature setting on the heat press for step 1

Step 2

Clean the surface with all-purpose cleaner, a cloth, and compressed air.
Illustration of the items used for cleaning in step 2: cloth, compressed air, and all-purpose cleanerIllustration of the items used for cleaning in step 2: cloth, compressed air, and all-purpose cleaner

Step 3

You should have two images printed on your transfer paper.
Cut the corners of one of the transfers about 5mm away from the edge of the image in order to have plenty of space to tape the first transfer to the second.
Illustration of how to cut the transfer paper to separate the 2 images printed on itIllustration of how to cut the transfer paper to separate the 2 images printed on it

Step 4

Next, line up and center one side of the blank bag tag to the transfer with the cut corners.
Pick up the bag tag and crease the transfer paper along the edges of the bag tag so it will stay lined up with the outline of the image or graphic.
Illustration of how to attach the substrate to the transferIllustration of how to attach the substrate to the transfer

Step 5

Make sure the transfer is at the edge of the table, and hold the first transfer in place by tightly gripping the bag tag and transfer with your thumb and finger.
Illustration of how to attach the substrate from step 4 to the other transfer for step 5Illustration of how to attach the substrate from step 4 to the other transfer for step 5

Step 6

Carefully flip it and line up the bag tag with the second transfer, keeping the first side of the transfer slightly peeled back so you can see where you’re placing the bag tag.
Illustration of lining up the ornament for step 6Illustration of lining up the ornament for step 6

Step 7

Once secured on the second transfer, peel back the edges of the first to double check that all the sides are even. Make small adjustments as needed.
Illustration of how to check work and to make adjustments as neededIllustration of how to check work and to make adjustments as needed

Step 8

Next, place four pieces of tape on the corners to secure the transfers to the bag tag. Avoid placing the tape on the bag tag outline.
Carefully slide the prepared bag tag the table and place in the heat press.
Illustration of how to tape and secure the transfers for step 8Illustration of how to tape and secure the transfers for step 8

Step 9

Add everything in the center of the bottom plate of the heat press. Be sure that your printed transfer is face-down on the bottom plate.
Add a layer of blowout paper or Endura on top of your printed transfer and set the time for 0:50 seconds per side.
Close the heat press so the sublimation process starts. Repeat on side two.
Illustration of placing the item into the heat press for step 9Illustration of placing the item into the heat press for step 9

Step 10

When the sublimation process stops, remove immediately the transfer paper off both sides of the bag tag and allow the product to cool down.
Attention: Item will be hot, wear protective heat gloves.
NOTE: If you press 1 side at a time:
1) Let the first side cool completely before sublimating the 2nd side
2) Be very careful about where you place the tape when pressing your 2nd side.
Place tape where you are not likely to see color loss when re-heated; as close to the edge as possible is our recommendation.
Illustration for removing the item using a heat safe glove or mitten for step 10Illustration for removing the item using a heat safe glove or mitten for step 10

Step 11

Attach the bag tag loop (sold separately) and enjoy!
Illustration of how to pull loop through tag opening to attach itIllustration of how to pull loop through tag opening to attach it