Image Transfer Methods: Choose Your DIY Print Project!
Imagine being able to print your own very own images onto a wide range of textures such as wood, metal, glass and textiles to create stunning home furnishings or personalised gifts for friends and family. Using just a few household items and an inkjet printer, you can transfer images onto almost any surface and create a flawless finish. If you’re looking for a clever way to give your DIY projects a more professional touch, then the following image transfer methods will add a touch of style to your craft projects.
Mod Podge Method
Mod Podge is an essential item for every crafters tool box and is available to buy online from hobbycraft. The mod podge method is excellent for printing images directly onto wood, fabric and ceramics and can be used on almost any smooth surface. For this technique you will need:
- Inkjet printer
- Mod Podge
- Craft glue
- White card
- Soft paint brush
- Wood or other surface to print on
Start by brushing a thin layer of craft glue onto one side of the white card, and leave it to dry. Print your image onto the side of the card that has been brushed with glue using an inkjet printer. Be sure to use high quality ink cartridges such as those available from StinkyInk.com to ensure a professional result. Next, brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the surface you wish to print on, and immediately press the image down and smooth out the edges. Leave to dry overnight. To remove the card, soak it in plenty of water, and then gently peel away the edges to reveal your image.
Wax/Baking Paper Method
Another great way to print on wooden surfaces is by using a single sheet of wax paper. Some people prefer to use baking or freezer paper for this method. It is worthwhile experimenting with different types of paper to see which one works best for you. For this method you will need:
- Inkjet printer
- Wax/baking/parchment paper
- Wooden Surface
Gently sand the wooden surface using coarse sandpaper. If you would like your image to be dark, then wipe the wood with a wet cloth so that it is damp when transferring your image. Trim your paper to A4 size (21×29.7cm) and load it into your printer. Print your image onto the shiny side of the paper so that the ink is not absorbed. Immediately remove the paper and press the image down onto the wooden surface. Take care not to move the paper once it is in place as the ink might smear. Remove the paper, and apply a layer of top coat to preserve the image.
If your image contains text, then you will need to reverse the image before printing it to be sure it prints the correct way. You can reverse or flip images easily using a program such as Paint or use an online photo editor. Make sure you print your image using an inkjet printer as images produced with a laser printer will not transfer easily onto other surfaces.
John Sollars is a business owner of many years. When he gets the time, he likes to sit down and share what has worked for him. Look for his informative posts on a number of websites and blogs today.
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