Saturday, March 7, 2015

Waxed Paper Transfers

I have several posts coming up using waxed paper transfers.

The French Angel Plaque had one (HERE).


Here is a quick tutorial.

You need an ink jet printer, a reverse image, waxed paper, a sheet of heavy paper, painter's tape, and a brayer.

I like the painter's tape because it is easily repositioned.

You need to make this as flat and thin as possible to go through the printer.

Fold in the sides first.

Wrap the sheet of paper as you would a package.

I do a lot of transfers so I like to have the sheets on hand.

I keep about 10 sheets in a folder ready to send through the printer.

A quick five-minute project.

You pick the image you would like.

I use The Graphics Fairy for most of my images.

Go to her blog , type in "reverse typography" in the search box, and select an image.


Place the waxed paper-wrapped cover sheet in the paper tray of your ink jet printer. (Mine is face down - printers do differ in how the paper is fed for printing.)

I take off the "fit to page" option and choose "best" for ink option.

Have your project ready - these do NOT save.

Do NOT smear the image.

I tape out the position for the image on my project so I can immediately lay the image on the surface and tape down.

Use a brayer - rolling it firmly over the back of the image. I leave the paper taped to the image for strength.  Keep rolling.  A credit card works well also.

Be careful not to move the image while you are working.  

It is probably overkill, but I will finally cover the image with another piece of waxed paper to use a roll of tape to rub the back.

Carefully lift one corner to see if it has worked.

Remove the image carefully.

Let it sit for about an hour.

Spray lightly with a clear matte finish. Then repeat.

Once you start doing this, everything in your house will have an image on it!

(NOTE:  This is my personal method for transferring images. You may want to research other methods and directions.  Try on a practice board first.)

See y'all!

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  1. Thanks for the tute, Donna. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

  2. I tried this a couple of months ago. it is utterly addictive and you are so right... everything will be getting a tranferred image once you satrt doing this. Wax paper isn't easy to find in UK shops but I have just bought some on ebay.

  3. I can't wait to try this, Donna. Thank you much. ~Ginene

  4. Pinning this!! I always wondered how it was done and never bothered to find out. Looks easier than I thought. Thanks.

  5. I love this! Thanks for the instructions. I've never tried it, but I've always wanted to.

  6. I have never tried this method. I'm always amazed at how many ways you can transfer an image. You have made it seem easy!

  7. Thanks for the tutorial Donna! Are you using heavy paper like cared stock?
    I plan on giving this a try.........a new challenge for me!

  8. Miss Donna; Thank-You so very much for Sharing this!!!!!!! I have been Wishing to try this, as I just purchased a heavy, huge, all wood Gun Case, and I want to try this on it, as I think that it will really make it one of a kind and will be too Stunning.
    Thank-You again, for making other folks lives easier by your help.
    I Hope that you and Chucks are doing well, and staying warm!!! Take Care :-)

  9. Looks easy enough ... thanks for the tutorial. Looks like you start transferring immediately while your ink is still wet. I think my ink had dried and I had to lightly dampen the wood before applying it. I love this method. I love that rooster graphic too.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  10. What a great tutorial Donna! Thanks for taking the time to do it. You are such a tease...I thought you would show what you did with that Rooster transfer at the end of the post!

  11. Excellent instructions, especially about the prepping. I constantly need to be reminded about prep work.

  12. I have no idea what kind of printer I have... I need to check that first!

  13. I've been wanting to do this forever--you've inspired me, Donna (as always). I tried a different transfer method ages ago and it was a complete fail, so I've been hesitant. I'll have to give it a try--


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