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How to Make It: Work of Heart Clipboard

Whether it be for a teach or a coach, this clipboard is the perfect thank you!

Written by Sawgrass
on April 11, 2024
in Design & Make

Skill Level: Beginner

Tools & Supplies to Make It:

  • DesignMate+ Membership
  • Sawgrass SG1000 Printer
  • Flat Press
  • “11×17” sublimation paper
  • Clipboard with flat clip
  • Alcohol and a lint free cloth
  • Heat Tape 
  • Blowout Paper

How to Create It:

  • Log into the Sawgrass Exchange and start a new creation in DesignMate.
  • For this project, we’re going to use a custom canvas. At the bottom of the Select a Blank Product  panel, choose Open Custom Canvas.  
  • On the Design Your Canvas Panel, click on Die cut shapes.  Choose the  Square. 
  • Set the width to  9” and height to  12.5”.  Set the bleed to .125”.
  • Click  Design your canvas.
  • On the Create Your Design Panel, click on Designs.  Click on the filter icon and then select Thank You and click apply.  
  • Choose the Work of Heart design.
  • Use your mouse as a lasso to select the entire image.  Then use the  Move Icon and Resize Icon to re-size and center the design.
  • In the Create your design panel, click on Elements and then Backgrounds. 
  • To add the background, in the hex code field add code FFCD00.  
  • If the clipboard is for a teacher, click on the text and use the box on the left to change it.  
  • When your design is finished, hit the Print button to send your job to PrintMate.
  • Make sure that you are seeing the popup to Open PrintMate and are hitting Open PrintMate.  If you are not seeing this, you’ll need to disable your popup blocker.

How to Print It:

  • In PrintMate, start by scrolling down and making sure  your print orientation is set to Portrait.
  • For this project, you can use the preset Hardboard Sign/Plaque.
  • Make sure that the media size and type match what you have in the printer. 
  • On the Color Management Tab, we suggest having the Color Mode set to Vibrant.
  • When you’ve confirmed all of your settings, Hit Print.

How to Press It:

  • Turn your press on and set the temperature to 380 degrees Fahrenheit and the time to 1 minute (60 seconds).  
  • Prepare your clipboard with a lint free cloth and alcohol to remove any fibers or fingerprints. 
  • Place your design face down on the clipboard and tape it down.  
  • Place the clipboard on the lower platen of the press with the printed page on top. 
  • Place a piece of blowout paper on the bottom and top.
  • Close the press and wait 60 seconds before opening the press and removed the pressed clipboard.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Please read assembly instructions on the dealer page.  Most clipboards need tools to add in the clip portion. 
  • This would make a great gift with some favorite snacks tied to the clipboard with a ribbon and a note from the student.