Thursday, January 7, 2010

How To-Packing Tape Transfers

I used a technique called a packing tape transfer to make the fairy wings on this ATC and again for for the goose on my 6th day of Christmas ATC.

Here are a couple pictures to show you how it's done.

You need just a few items...
-clear packing tape (or clear contact paper for larger images),
-color or B/W laser copy- ink jet doesn't work for this.
-background of choice-in this case I have some old book pages.
-bone folder or spoon
-water spritzer

Cut out image you want to transfer and cover with packing tape.
(click on the pictures to see close up)
Burnish with a bone folder or back of a spoon to make good contact between the tape and the image. Flip over so packing tape is facing the table. and spritz back of paper with water. Let sit for a minute or so.
Begin rubbing the back of the paper until it begins to ball up & away from the tape. If at any point while rubbing the paper drys out and stops balling up then mist again and continue until all the paper is removed from your image.
I am always amazed to see the toner stick to the tape and not to the paper. The tape will still be tacky and your image can be adhered to your background right away.

Have fun,


marie said...

Very cool!!
I'm trying this (almost) immediately!! This weekend for sure!

Thanks Angie.

Christine Edwards said...

Another sweet fairy...nice touch using the packing tape transfer for wings.

Frippery said...

I have been wanting to try this. Thanks!

Carla said...

I haven't done this technique in quite a while. I may have to go look for my packing tape and mess around with it again. It is like a little bit of magic at your fingertips, isn't it?!

Very cute ATC too! Thanks for sharing.