Friday, April 29, 2011

Photo Transfer Technique


At one of our club meetings this month, we played with a photo transfer technique that I personally thought was totally cool! There are lots of different techniques out there and I'm sure they are all pretty cool. But, this one is easy, with simple supplies that most of us already have, so that makes it easy and cool!

This technique works with newsprint really super well, but also works well with magazine pages. I tried it with my inkjet printer and that didn't work and I know that glossy paper is not preferable. So, you should play with several different kinds of papers to see what works for you and what you like.

You'll need:

  • a magazine picture

  • packing tape

  • bone folder (or something totally flat)

  • bowl of water
Cut a piece of packing tape to whatever length you would like. If you are making a standard card, cut the piece something less than 5 1/2" long. Neatly cover a picture with the tape, being careful when you put it down. Once that tape sticks, you're unable to make any changes. Cut off any extra tape. Burnish it well using a bone folder, making sure you've taken out any air bubbles. Tear off any extra paper. The paper stuck to the tape will not come off, so don't worry about being super careful. Immerse the piece into a bowl of water and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. Remove from the water and dry off any extra water with a paper towel. Start rubbing the back of the tape with your finger. Rub, rub and rub a little more and you will start to see a transparent picture on the tape. If the piece dries before you are able to remove the backing, re-dunk it in the water.

Now you can mat the piece or use it however you would like. Sometimes the tape remains sticky enough on the back to use it as is.

One of our club members made a window in her card front and then used her piece in the window. It allowed the picture to remain transparent which was super cool!

Here's a picture of a card I made using my photo transfer. It's a little "blue" for me, but cute none the less. Plus, there are lots of people would there who prefer blue. I don't understand it, but there are! Yup... probably you!

Hope you like it! Have fun!
Until next time,


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