How To Create Fast & Easy Image Transfers

 

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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.

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  • 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.

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I decided to first give my tag some color with some Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pads.

2015-06-24 20.28.55I 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!

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I positioned my image, face down, onto my tag and secured it with a bit of tape.

2015-06-24 20.37.53Using 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.

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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!

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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!

2015-06-25 08.36.04This 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.

2015-06-25 08.36.30I 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!

xoxo

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4 Comments on How To Create Fast & Easy Image Transfers

  1. Arianne
    June 25, 2015 at 10:59 am (3 years ago)

    Could this also be done with medical alcohol

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    • Belen Sotelo
      June 25, 2015 at 11:23 am (3 years ago)

      Ooh I don’t know, I’ve never tried it. You can do it with Citra Solve, you can Google the particulars. The thing with using Citra Solv is that you need to be very careful about how much you apply or it can result in a blurry transfer.

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  2. Krisje Tordoir
    June 26, 2015 at 11:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Sorry, pressed enter too soon! I love this product, really, it seems so much easier then the rubbing your fingers off method… I have bad paper for it too. I have never seen this product IRL, got to keep my eyes open for it. I love your blog Belen, I want to be just like you when I grow up 😀 <3

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    • Belen Sotelo
      June 27, 2015 at 1:29 am (3 years ago)

      Haha, thanks Krisje. I agree, I’ve tried other methods and this is a much easier way to do image transfers.

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