It was purely by accident that I figured out this method of transferring a printed image. It is simple to do and you don’t need any special paper or products! If you can print it from your computer then you can transfer it to a fabric or wood surface.
Now, this project I am about to show you is not very exciting, but it will give you the idea of how the transfer is done…so here it goes.
I decided to cover my old and dirty mouse pad that looked like this:
I used canvas and cut a piece a bit larger that than the mouse pad.
Then I cut a piece of “Heat n Bond” the same size as the canvas and, following the instructions, adhered it to the back of my fabric. When it cooled, I removed the paper backing.
I then centered the mouse pad onto the back of the canvas and, again, using my iron, adhered the canvas to the top of the mouse pad. I then wrapped the excess canvas to the back of the pad and used my iron to attach the edges.
I cut a piece of macramae jute and secured it to the edge of the pad using hot glue.
So, now you know how I covered the mouse pad…onto how to do the transfer.
You will need freezer paper, 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, spray adhesive, ink jet printer and your imagination.
Cut a piece of freezer paper a bit larger than your standard-sized paper. Spray your paper with spray adhesive and lay on the “paper side” of your freezer paper leaving the waxy side exposed.
Trim the excess freezer paper using sissors. You now have a “reusable” sheet of transfer paper for all your projects.
I found the italian postage image from “The Graphics Fairy” and set my printer to “mirror image”. You will need to print the image on the “waxy” side of your paper. (be careful not to smudge the image)
Now, wet the surface you are transferring too, however, your only want to “slightly” dampen the surface, not soak it! I dampened the top of the mouse pad with a sponge. Place your image on the surface and “burnish” using the back of a spoon until you have rubbed the entire image surface. Carefully lift the paper off and there you have it…an image transfer!
I kinda rushed through this project because I was excited to share it with you so, as you can see, I didn’t quite center my image onto mouse pad. Also, my pictures are not very good…very dark and they don’t show the true colors. Sorry, but I hope you get the idea! Oh…and before I forget I mentioned that the paper is “reusable”… once you transfer your image you can simply wipe the “waxy” side with a damp cloth to remove any remaining ink. You now have a clean surface to print a new image for a new project.
As I mentioned, this method works well on wood as well, so I will be sharing a wood transfer project in the next day or two. Until then, thank you for stopping for a visit!