How to Make It: Día de Los Muertos

This 20oz skinny tumbler features popular Día de Los Muertos imagery.

Written by sawgrass
on September 1, 2023
in Share

Skill Level: Intermediate 

Tools & Supplies To Make It:   

  • DesignMate Plus Membership   
  • Sawgrass SG 500 or 1000  
  • Tumbler or Mug Press with 20 oz skinny tumbler attachment  
  • 8.5”x11” sublimation paper   
  • 20 oz Skinny tumbler  
  • Heat Tape   
  • Blowout paper   

How to Create It: 


  • Once you are logged in, start a New Creation.  
  • In the “Blank Products” window in DesignMate click on the “Drinkware” Icon then scroll down and click on “20oz Stainless Steel Skinny Tumbler.” Click on “Apply” to continue  
  • Go to the “Designs” tab and click on the “Dia De Los Muertos” folder.  Select the Sugar Skull DesignMate Plus pattern.   
  • Click on the design to “select all” and resize the design on the tumbler.  Then click outside of the design to deselect.  
  • You may need to move, expand, or duplicate the design to get the best fit in the area.    
  • Once you are done, choose “CONTINUE” from the top right panel.    
  • Give your design a name and add it to a category. Then click “Save”   
  • Add a description about your design or product.   
  • Now we are ready to print, click on the “Print” Icon at the top right. 

How To Print It: 

  • Click on the “Print” Icon at the top right this will open PrintMate.  
  • The printer should be set on the Sawgrass SG 1000. 
  • Select the preset for “Tumbler.” 
  • Set your paper size to “US Letter.”  
  • Change Print Orientation to “Landscape.”  
  • Under the Color Management tab, select “Vibrant” for the Color Mode.  
  • Click on Print.   

How to Press It: 

  • Turn on and set your tumbler heat press to 365F and your time to 60 Seconds.  
  • Place your design face down and center on the sign, tape down the printed design with heat tape on all sides.  
  • Since this design is a full wrap, you need to rotate during pressing.  Place it in the press and press for 60 seconds the rotate and press for another 60 seconds  
  • Slowly open the tumbler press and quickly remove the printed design. 

Tips & Tricks: 

  • Wipe your tumbler off with an alcohol wipe or alcohol on a lint free cloth to remove fingerprints and dust before pressing.  
  • Make sure to rotate the tumbler at least 45 degrees after the first sixty seconds to get an even result on a full wrap design.