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Image transfers are magic to me. The ability to produce perfect lettering on a piece of wood without having to do it freehand is wonderful. There are many ways of transferring, but most use either heat or solvents which won't work on a painted surface. This will work. Think rub-ons.

Lori Barker helped me with this. You can view her fantastic artwork here.

Materials
overhead transparency film
2 painted boards (9"x 12")
scotch tape
clear spray paint
carpenter's glue

Tools
ink jet printer
wooden stick (popsicle stick or bone folder)
drill



Download "All You Need is Love" here or "Love is All You Need" here. Print it using a borderless letter size on a piece of overhead transparency film. Set your print command to "transparency" or "glossy photo paper".

You can compose your own lettering and reverse it (important). The command for reversal in Photoshop is "flip horizontal". You need to save your image as a picture in Word then flip it (goggle for instructions). Some printers will reverse. Look for the commands of "flip, reverse or mirror" in your computer application.


The lettering on the film will be very wet when it comes out of the printer. Handle carefully. I heat the lettering with a hair dryer (a heat gun may melt the film) and let it sit for awhile.

Turn it over so that the printed side is down and lay it gently on your painted surface. Tape it in the middle of each side so that the film won't slip. Rub with your wooden stick. Lift to see if everything has transferred leaving the tape in place. Continue to rub until everything has transferred. Remove the film. The lettering will be gray.

The image is water soluble so any mistakes can be removed with a damp Qtip. If you accidently remove something you want to keep, place the film back on the surface and rub again. (it may work)

Start with a very light coat of clear spray to seal and protect the image. Spray several coats after the initial one is dry to fully waterproof.

Drill a hole partially through the middle of your board and insert the dowel from your carved heart, using carpenter's glue. Attach a sawtooth hanger on the back and let everyone know that you have a romantic soul and you like the Beatles.

Update:
check out this post for an update on transfers

78 comments:

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, it's beautiful! What a fun project. Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking. Off to check out Loris' site!

Tabitha said...

What a great idea! Thanks!

Erin said...

Okay, that is super cool! Thanks for sharing!

KeLLy said...

Transfer sheets are wonderful for embedding in resin, also. Thats how you get those "floating" words!
Very nice project.

SisterDG said...

You're on fire this week, Gail! I love this, the carving, and the cloche - and I shared links to them all on twitter, crediting you of course. Thanks for all the great inspiration!

Gail said...

Kelly-

Tutorial please!

Jenni said...

Wow, this is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us! I love it! as with all your other projects!

Miranda R Mueller said...

You could do the same thing by making a photo copy of anything (reversed) and using a nasty liquid substance called "Xylol" available in most hardware stores. Lay the paper down on whatever you want to transfer to (tshirts, wood, other paper) paint the back with the xylol and rub hard.

Noel Giger said...

Great project! Thanks for sharing!

Marfa (Crafting Marfa) said...

Terrific! I always wanted to make my own rub on letters. Thanks for sharing the secret.

Gail said...

Miranda-

Thanks for the info on Xylol. I'll have to try it. If it is like most transfer liquids (acetone, xylene, etc), you can't use it on painted surfaces as it interacts with the paint. Solvents are great on paper, fabric and raw wood, but not on paint.

Jan said...

Great project and it's so nice of you to share so we can play too :)

kimberly2366 said...

Thank you for the tutorial. Can the overhead transparency film be used more than once?

Gail said...

Kimberly-

Yes, transparencies can be used over and over. Just wash the ink off and allow to dry.

giolou said...

will it work with color inks? or only black?

Gail said...

giolou-

It should work just fine with colors. If they behave like the black, which transfers (on the painted surface) as gray, the colors should be subdued. Experiment!

{Deonna Jane} said...

Can't wait to try this! oh the possibilities.

KeLLy aNN said...

{gail~ its really simple. Use color inkjet transparencies in your printer {i get mine from office depot}, and print your image/words, same as you would on paper. Trim to fit your piece. Play around with embedding in resin.

I saw this in a magazine and thought many of you would be interested in it:

http://www.goldenpaints.com/mixmoremedia/digiground.php

Gail said...

KeLLyaNN-

Thanks for the info. I love the Golden Paint co. My track record with resin is less than stellar so I'll have to do a bit of experimenting.

My mind is spinning as we speak.

KeLLy aNN said...

Resin is very persnickety....you really do have to spend time playing with it. Have fun!

Sandi said...

That looks great. Did you use "regular" transparency film or the ones designed for ink jet printers that have a gummy coating that keeps them from smudging?

Gail said...

Thanks for all of the wonderful comments. The questions made me look at this again. Can you transfer colors? Which transparency film do you use? Which side?

Check out this post. http://www.cantstopmakingthings.com/2010/02/transfer-update.html.
Hopefully I've added to the information highway.

(sorry I don't know how to imbed the post URL. It's not the next post, but the one above that)

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Margaret said...

I am so excited about this idea. I just ran out and bought the ink jet transparency film and printed some words but they dont transfer off. I have tried different surfaces, paper, painted surface, even my desk top. Soooo what am I doing wrong? Help please

Margaret said...

OK I figured out the answer to my last question ( use smooth side) Its all in the details LOL. Now I have a new question Im trying to print white on black paint. The printer seems to not see white so I have shaded it a but But the pale colors dont show up on the painted surface. Any Ideas???? How about does anyone know of a font that is outlined like sports letters. I had some for the embroidery machine but its all gone now.
TIA I love crafting!!!!!

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