Valentine’s Day: His and Hers Mug Set

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Posted on January 27, 2022 by Wendy Boulay

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching (already!) and it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to give to that extra special person in your life!

You could just stick with the same old chocolates or cologne, but why not do something a little different this year? This “His” & “Hers” mug set is the perfect gift for the perfect couple!

Valentine’s Day: His and Hers Mugs

  1. Supplies
  2. Digital Products
  3. Photoshop
    • Template
    • Design
    • Print
  4. Cricut Mug Press
    • Prepare your blank
    • Pressing
  5. Finishing

Supplies Needed:

  • Sublimation Printer (I converted the Epson Eco-Tank 2720)
  • Sublimation paper (I used A-Sub)
  • Photoshop
  • Digital products: Country Kitchen Font, Stencil Hearts Graphic, and 11oz Cricut Mug Template (optional)
  • Heat-resistant tape
  • Butcher or parchment paper
  • Lint roller
  • Cricut Mug Press (or other mug press)
  • Measuring tape or ruler (if needed)

Digital Products

Head on over to Creative Fabrica to grab the Country Kitchen Font. I absolutely love the whimsical vibe of this font duo. The all-caps of the skinny sans combined with the delicate swashes in the script make a perfect pair for a set of Valentine’s mugs!

country kitchen font

While you are there, you can also download the Stencil Hearts Graphic from the freebies section of the site. This simple, yet oh-so-pretty, heart graphic is a lovely accent that will help to break up the text design on the mug wrap.

stencil hearts graphic

Another product I recommend that you purchase is this easy-to-use 11oz Mug Template I found on Etsy by Studio Bluehouse. This is a fantastic mug wrap template that you can use in your favorite photo editing software, such as Photoshop. It is a handy tool that helps in simplifying the placement and alignment of your designs – which also means a major time saver! This, of course, is a completely optional product. If you prefer to use your own favorite template, then by all means, please do so!

11oz mug template



For the mug wrap design I used Adobe Photoshop, but if you are not familiar with Photoshop and/or you are more comfortable using Cricut Design Space – then you are absolutely free to do so using either the recommended template or the Design Space version. The choice is yours!

Before you begin, however, it is important to note that this project uses two 11oz sublimation-ready mugs, so be sure to have those blanks on hand before you begin.

Let’s get started! With Photoshop open and all of your digital products already extracted on your computer, open up the mug wrap template file. 

Immediately you’ll see how simple this template is to use:

mug wrap template

There are three main sections to keep in mind:

  • Left Blue Star: This area is the best placement for your designs that will show to the right of the handle.
  • Right Purple Star: This will be where you place your designs that will show to the left of the handle.
  • Center of Mug: This section shows you where the center of the mug would be if you were looking directly at it with the handle towards the back.

Pretty straightforward right? Now that you understand the template, let’s get to designing!


Jumping right in, select the text tool and type out the word “HIS” in the Country Font. Change the color to suit your preference, but if you like the dark red that I used, the HEX code is 8A181A.

text on mug wrap

Insert another text field and type out your “his” first name (i.e. John). Then change the font to the Country Kitchen script. Don’t worry about placement and sizing just yet, first let’s get all of the designs onto the template.

Next, open up the Stencil Hearts Graphic (PNG), and from the Select menu at the top, choose All. Now on the Edit menu, choose Copy and switch back over to the mug wrap template and paste it. Make it a bit smaller so that you can easily work with it.

graphics on mug template

Now all that is left to do is to resize everything and place the graphics.

You can have a lot of fun with this part – don’t feel obligated to mimic the same design that I made. For example, you may prefer to have the “HIS” smaller and the name larger. This is your mug so the choice is completely up to you!

I decided, however, to make the name black, and a bit smaller. I also wanted the heart graphic to act as more of an accent, so I left that black as well. Whatever way you decide to organize the design, when you are happy with the look, select both texts and center them horizontally.

center tool photoshop

Place the stencil hearts in a position that compliments the texts, then choose all three graphics and copy, now just paste them for the other side of the mug.

copy paste photoshop

As you will discover, doing this may make the heart far too close to the handle. Fortunately, you can easily flip it and move it over the beginning of the word “HIS”. Select only the hearts, then from the Edit menu at the top, choose Transform>Flip Horizontal. Now you can move it over to the “H” using the alignment guides to help you place it perfectly symmetrical.

His mug for mug set design

That’s it! The design is now complete. I recommend saving the file as “HIS” in PSD format, and then again choose Save As for “HERS”. All you need to do is repeat the same steps replacing the texts accordingly. You may need to make some additional size adjustments on the hearts in order to adapt for the additional character in the word “HERS”.

hers mug set design

Now you are ready for printing!


Before you print the designs, it is imperative that you remember to hide the template layer, otherwise, it will print and ruin your whole design!

  • 🔔👉 Important! For sublimating on mugs, you MUST remember to MIRROR your design, especially when there is text on it! If you forget to do this, all of your texts will be sublimated backward and nobody likes wasting expensive paper and ink!

To mirror directly within Photoshop, click on Image>Image Rotation>Flip Canvas Horizontal. Alternatively, you can mirror during the print setup. 

When the printer dialogue box opens up, make sure that you choose the correct printer settings for your type of sublimation printer, paper, and ink. This is extremely important so that you get the absolute best results for your sublimation!

After both designs have been printed, allow the ink to fully dry on the mug wraps, then grab your paper trimmer or scissors and cut away any excess paper – you may need to use a ruler to measure the width of your particular cup.

Cricut Mug Press

Prepare your Blank

Using your lint roller, remove any dust particles that could interfere with the transfer on your mug. Try your best to avoid putting fingerprints on the areas where you plan to apply the design.

Using the edges of the mug as your guide, center the printout on your mug. If you used the Cricut mug template, line up the handle markings that are already pre-designed on the wrap. If however, you used my recommended template, just make sure that the edges are equally distanced from the handle.

Use small pieces of heat-resistant tape to secure the design to the mug. This will help not only keep the design in place but will also ensure that the paper is smooth and flat against the mug. Be careful not to cover the ink with the tape as this could also interfere with the vibrancy of the ink as it transfers.

Cover the wrap with two layers of parchment or butcher paper to protect your mug press from any of that dreaded ink blowout. 

Now it’s time to press!


Preheat the Cricut Mug Press and when the machine has signaled that it is ready, place your mug into the press at a slight angle. I find that doing this helps to ensure that the sides of the machine won’t catch any of the paper layers as you are putting it in.

pressing a mug with cricut mug press

Make sure that the design is completely inside the press and adjust the mug as needed by the handle. Do not put your hands inside the machine – it is extremely hot!

Press all the way down on the lever and wait for the transfer process to complete. When the Mug Press beeps, it is ready to be removed, but please be very careful! It is still intensely hot and can easily burn your fingers! Heat-resistant gloves are highly recommended.

Now, let the mug sit on a heat-resistant surface for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.


Once the mug has cooled enough to touch, remove the tape and papers. Wipe off any residue from the sublimation paper with a lint-free cloth and voila! You have an adorable little gift for Valentine’s Day! You can even make your own mug gift box with some of the community projects within Design Space!

Don’t forget to check out some of my other articles on The Artistry for more crafting ideas. 

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! 💕

Keep on Crafting! 💖

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