Last week we shared with you our tutorial for transferring large graphics onto furniture, and today we want to show you one way we transfer small graphics onto craft projects.
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To make these French wall plaques, we first painted the wood plaques with Annie Sloan “Old White” chalk paint.
We wanted the image to completely cover the front of the plaque, side to side and top to bottom. When we sized the graphic to fit side to side, it still wasn’t long enough to go top to bottom. To avoid having a blank gap at the top and bottom of the image, we decided to use a script stamp under the image.
We used this StazOn ink* to stamp the script onto the wood. Once dry, it’s permanent and will not smudge when you transfer your image.
Print your image onto regular copy paper. You’ll want to print it in mirror image so it’s backwards on the paper. On my computer, in the printer options, under Layout, I can choose “flip horizontally” and that prints in mirror image. Everyone’s computer is different though. Cut out your image and have it ready to go before you do the next step. My image has background graphics, but if I were transferring just the dress form, I would cut very closely all around the dress form.
Once the ink is dry from your stamp, put a medium layer of Mod Podge over the entire surface. Too thin and your image won’t transfer. Too thick and the paper will smear all over the place and tear. This part takes a little trial and error to figure out the right thickness, but a little too much is better than not enough. We used a foam brush to apply the Mod Podge.
Immediately place the image face down onto the Mod Podge. Take care to get it centered and exactly where you want it because you won’t have much time to make adjustments. Use your fingers to firmly rub all over the back of the image and get any air bubbles out, then leave it to dry completely (or overnight).
Once the Mod Podge is completely dry, you’re going to use water to remove the paper. Depending on the surface we’re transferring the image to, we either put it under running water or use a wet rag to gently rub the paper away. Take your time with this part. The paper will come off leaving the image. Don’t scrub aggressively. Once the paper has a minute to absorb the water it will pull right off.
When you’re done removing the paper you’ll be left with this:
This next step is not mandatory, but for the wood plaques we sealed it with a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax. We’ve done transfers on other objects like flower pots and don’t seal it. The wax just gave the plaques a glossy, smooth finish. If you don’t have clear wax but feel it needs to be sealed with something, put another coat of mod podge over the entire surface.
You could even use this process to transfer large graphics using a website such as blockposters.com to blow up your image to the size you need.
Have you used Mod Podge to transfer a graphic? If so, I’d love for you to share with the group any tips for success you have.
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