Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Transfer Images Using Label Paper

It's that time again for our monthly Pin Challenge, hosted by Erlene @My Pinterventures! The purpose of the Pinterest Challenge is to motivate us to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month's challenge is all about Winter Projects!

Christmas will soon be over and the new year is just around the corner. We've all been stuck indoors for quite some time now because of the pandemic, and we will once again be looking for different things to do after the holidays to keep us occupied during the winter months. 

And of course crafting is the perfect way to keep us all busy! I discovered a cool and easy way to transfer images! There are so many different ways to transfer images as you probably know just by looking on Pinterest! But I saw this pin and could not believe how easy it is and with no wetting and rubbing, too! So of course I had to try it using a winter image for this month's Pinterest Challenge! 

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Remove the labels from the paper and use them however you can. I tried my best to line them up together for note paper, but I kept getting the paper stuck together with folds and wrinkles! It was impossible to unstick, too! I didn't try applying to other types of paper though. That might work - next time!
Once the labels are removed, you will notice that one side is glossy - that's the side you want to print your image on. And if you have a laser printer, please use it. I tried the transfer using an inkjet printer first, since I needed to buy more color cartridges for my laser printer,  but the image transfer smeared something awful using this method. So I would not recommend using an inkjet printer.
So I found a winter tree scene online. And believe it or not, I changed the dark color on the trees to purple using Microsoft Photo App - 3D Paint. You certainly can't tell looking at this picture.

Don't forget to mirror the image, like I did - or it will be backwards.  I knew I didn't have any writing so it didn't dawn on me that the trees would be reversed, too  - duh!
You will also need to make sure the surface is clean and free of dust and debris before applying a coat of gel medium. Then make sure the gel medium is applied evenly over the wood surface - not too thick or too thin.
Next, turn the paper over so that the image printed side is faced down and gently lay it on top of the gel coated wood.
Begin smoothing out the image by hand, starting in the center then working outwards to force the bubbles and creases out from under the paper. Use a rubber scraper or old credit card to help remove any additional wrinkles or bubbles. 

Once you've smoothed out all the wrinkles and air pockets, let dry for a few hours or overnight. You can speed up the drying process using a heat gun or blow dryer.  But be really careful using this method of drying! 
Once completely dry, start with one corner and carefully peel up the paper to reveal the image transfer! And the transfer is done! It really is as simple as that. There is no need for water or damping of paper. 
You can protect the image by applying a clear top coat sealant!
Since my image is of snow covered trees, I wanted to add a bit of Snow-Tex to give the image a dimensional look.

To do this, use a skewer stick to spread the Snow-Tex on the trees for a 3D effect.
How cool does this look! 
What a fun 3D look!

This is by far the easiest way to transfer images to wood! Imagine all the decorative possibilities using this technique! 

For more Pinterest inspired projects from this month's Pinterest Challenge hosts, check out the links below ↓My Pinterventures • Mom Home Guide

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  1. That's pretty cool. Seen that Snow-tex and always wanted to play around with it. Love how it gives the picture some dimension.

  2. Thanks, Erlene! I love using Snow-Tex! I think it's the best realistic faux snow out there!

  3. Oooh, so cool! Love the trees and the snow you added!


  4. Oh wow! That is so neat! The snow added great depth to your picture too. Pinned.

  5. The trees look great! I love the snow you added to the trees, and the frame is gorgeous.

  6. Wow! Great technique! So pretty, too! Happy holidays! Pinning!

  7. GENIUS! Your project is so inspiring! Thank you for the step by step instructions. pinning -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  8. I wonder who first thought to use sticker backing paper for this (and can it be purchased without the stickers)? Very clever technique. The transfer is very clear. I like the addition of the snow for a little dimension.

  9. I love how that turned out! That is one method I haven't tried yet, because I don't have a laser printer. But I may have to take it to a copy shop or something so I can try it!

  10. Gail, this is such a great idea....using snowtex really made a difference!


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