We recently celebrated my mom’s birthday and she loves all things beach and ocean. So, my son drew and colored the coolest octopus for her. I took that image and converted it to a sublimation file (and an SVG file) to share. And, I hope you love this free octopus summer sublimation file as much as I do!
f you decide to make a purchase through my links, I will be paid a small commission for it. This doesn’t cost you anything additional.
What is Sublimation?
Sublimation shirt printing is a specific process of printing that first involves printing onto a special sheet of paper, then transferring that image onto another a polyester mix product with a heat press.
Sublimating costs more than other methods, but it will last longer, without cracking or peeling over time.
I bought an Epson EcoTank Printer and filled it with Hiipoo Sublimation Ink. You need to do this with a new printer that hasn’t ever been filled with traditional ink. (Pineapple Paper Co. has a great post on converting your printer!) You will also need special sublimation paper, shirts or cups for sublimating, and a heat or mug press.
Free Octopus Summer Sublimation File
I have a surplus of everything I need at home to make all the things, but in case you don’t, here’s an Amazon list for you!
- Octopus Sublimation Image, use code SUMMEROCTOPUS to download it FREE
- Epson EcoTank Printer
- Heat Press Tape
- Hiipoo Sublimation Ink
- Sublimation Paper
- Heat Press or Mug Press
- Sublimation Mugs, Cups, or Shirts
- Lint Roller
Make a Custom Octopus Shirt or Mug
After you set up your printer, download the Octopus Image from the shop. Then, print it, be sure to MIRROR the image before you print it!
Next, use the lint roller on your pressing surface. Then, use heat press tape to tape your image where you want it to be. (If you are pressing a shirt, place card stock or butcher paper between the shirt, under the shirt, and on top of the shirt) Finally, press the image onto your shirt or mug!
Once the shirt or mug has cooled, remove the image and enjoy!
Check out The Country Chic Cottage for more DIY’s and tips on sublimation.
If you don’t have a sublimation printer, you can find the Octopus SVG in the shop, here. Use the code SUMMEROCTOPUS to download it FREE!