Hi again! Today I’m excited to share a product that has been around some time, but is new to me. It’s called a Chartpak Ad Marker Colorless Blender and with it I was able to create these fast and oh-so-easy image transfer tags.
There are just a couple of things to keep in mind when doing these image transfers:
- This will only work with photo copier or laser jet printed images. This will not work with ink jet images.
- Use in a well ventilated area.
- If the image you want to transfer has lettering that you want to be able to read, you’ll first need to flip it to create a mirror image in Photoshop or some other photo editing program. You can even ask them at your local copy place to flip it before printing.
Ok, so depending on the size of your image, cut it to size and select your substrate. For this demo I’ll be using a tag.
I decided to first give my tag some color with some Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pads.
I also added a strip of my own washi tape that I recently made to give my tag some visual texture.
Side note: I’ll have a video demo up on the blog this weekend showing you how you can create your own “washi” tape as well… Stay Tuned!
I positioned my image, face down, onto my tag and secured it with a bit of tape.
Using long strokes, rather than a back and forth motion, I colored over the back of the image. You can see that the image will show through the paper, making it easy for you to make sure that you saturated all of it.
The next step is very important. It’s time to burnish the back of the image, helping the saturated image to transfer onto your substrate. You can use something like the back of a spoon, a piece of slick paper, or a bone folder, which is what I used.
Burnish it a bit and check to see if your image has transferred. If so, remove the tape and image and you’re done, easy as that!
To finish off my tag I added some stitching along one edge, pen marks along the others, a stamped sentiment, some sari ribbon and called it a success!
This image transfer was made with the gorgeous artwork of Therése Rosier. She is an amazing artist, just check out her Face Book Page. I just added some distressed inks, a stamped sentiment, some embellies and ribbon.
I included this one so you can see what it looks like if you don’t mirror the image before doing the transfer, if it has lettering.
Because the lettering isn’t the focal point here, It doesn’t bother me that it’s reversed. You can decide for yourself if it’s an issue. If it is, flipping it is really easy and it can even be done on PicMonkey, a free photo editing site.
Thanks for reading!