Image Transfer Tutorial - Part 2 - Victory is Ours
Remember this bread box, all naked and lonely?
Well no more! Check this little cutie out!
I am so happy with how this turned out. It was not an easy feat, but once I figured it out, it worked smooth as butter. I'll spare you all the pain and agony and tell you all my "secrets."
What you'll need:
- Inkjet printer
- Wax paper
- Regular paper
- Painter's tape or Scotch tape
- Reversed image
What you'll do:
- Select your image to size & reverse it. If you're unsure of how to do this, check out this tutorial that uses free software to achieve the perfect reversal. Depending on the size of your image, you may need to print several sections of your image on separate sheets & piece them together on your desired surface. Luckily, wax paper is clear, so this will be easy!
- Cut your wax paper to size using a standard sheet of printer paper as a template.
- Make sure your image has margins of at least 1" all the way around. This will ensure that you won't have this issue:
- Tape your wax paper approximately 1" away from the edge of a standard piece of printer paper. Your wax paper will now be 1" taller than the printer paper. If you don't do this, your printer may make a lot of loud noises, crinkle up your wax paper, and tell you that you need to load paper in the printer (a lesson hard learned).
- Carefully tape the first 3" of wax paper to the sides of the standard paper. Fold the tape edges over & secure on the backside of the standard paper. This will prevent jamming in your printer (another lesson hard learned).
- Insert your paper into the printer with the first 1" of printer paper at the bottom. This way when you print your image, your printer will take hold of the standard paper and feed the wax paper through.
- Print your image, remove the standard paper backing, and place the printed wax face down on your surface.
- Scrape a flat edge (gift card, putty knife, etc) over the text, making sure to keep the image in place. This is the official transfer, so you don't want any smudging!
- Carefully lift your wax paper off of the surface, and voila! You have a finished piece.
This week I will be posting a set of free kitchen printables that you can use for your own pieces! I hope this tutorial helped someone out there :)
See you soon!