We’re continuing down our path of bringing together our Glowforge lasering with sublimation. While we previously gave you the Ultimate Guide to Sublimating on Acrylic, we’re taking it a big step forward with this tutorial and exploring how engraving fits into the acrylic sublimation picture.

That’s right – in this tutorial, we’re going to test all of the different scenarios we could think of when it comes to engraving on sublimated acrylic, addressing whether to sublimate or engrave first, how it looks to sublimate on the back of an engraved piece and more.


If you’re considering buying a Glowforge, we’d appreciate it if you use our GLOWFORGE REFERRAL LINK. You can get up to $500 off, and we’ll get something too, which will enable us to keep creating content!

Check out our tips for bringing together sublimation and engraving on acrylic:

🛒 Tools and Materials (most links = affiliate links):

Glowforge Pro: https://glowforge.us/f/MJVAZMME

1/8″ Cast Acrylic: https://shrsl.com/3ib6h

1/4″ Cast Acrylic: http://shrsl.com/3ib6k

16×20 Heat Press: http://shrsl.com/3mmhx

Sublimation Printer (Converted): https://amzn.to/3KONC0h

StarCraft Sublimation Ink: http://shrsl.com/38nlo

Sublimation Paper: https://link.justmightdiy.com/JPP-paper

Heat Resistant Tape: https://amzn.to/3MW1ZBe

Heat Resistant Gloves: https://amzn.to/3yiiyTN

Magnetic Board (for flattening): https://link.justmightdiy.com/MichaelsMagBoard

Silicone Mat (for flattening): https://amzn.to/3MZLR1T

Kettle Bell: https://amzn.to/3OUzE09

Sponge: https://amzn.to/3yiAePw

Masking Tape for Laser: https://amzn.to/3si6aPX

Scraper: https://amzn.to/3kLjGHG

Keychain Pieces: https://amzn.to/3yyzDJF

UV Resin: https://amzn.to/3KQiSMq

White Pigment: https://amzn.to/3MS9GIK

Popsicle Sticks: https://amzn.to/3w0TXA8

Mixing Cup: https://amzn.to/3ynz9pD

UV Light: https://amzn.to/38WbHoL

Toothpicks: https://amzn.to/3MVcVPD

Face Mask + Filters – https://amzn.to/333IS6I + https://amzn.to/3FZfahR

Cricut True Control (Exacto) Knife: https://amzn.to/3i64AfJ

Self-Healing Cutting Mat: https://amzn.to/33lYqTy

Designs Used:

Tye Dye Keychain Bundle: https://designbundles.net/adelineco/1245418-acrylic-keychain-tye-dye-sublimation-bundle?ref=PiheTd

Flower Letter: https://designbundles.net/plusstore/1856019-flower-letter-svg-floral-monogram-svg-flower-monog?pref=PiheTd&ref=PiheTd


We are a participant in a few affiliate and influencer programs, which means that we earn a commission when you click on certain links. You don’t pay anything extra for the items you buy; we just get credit for referring you! Here’s an overview of the companies whose programs we participate in: Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, Brilliant Vinyl, Creative Fabrica, Cricut, Cosmos Ink, Design Bundles, Etsy, Heat Press Nation, Home Depot, Johnson Plastics Plus, Michael’s, Pro World, Swing Design and xTool. For more details, see our Affiliate Disclosure Page.

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