Packing Tape image Transfer

How to Create a Photo Transfer With Packaging Tape
November 22, 2015 – 08:36 pm
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  1. 1

    Place a strip of packaging tape across the part of the color copy that you would like to transfer.


  2. 2

    Rub the tape down in both directions with the long edge of a ruler, eliminating bumps and bubbles.

  3. 3

    Apply more tape where desired and repeat.

  4. 4

    Soak the taped image in a bowl of warm water for at least five minutes.

  5. 5

    After five minutes, vigorously rub the white side (the back) under running water in a circular motion with your thumbs to remove all the paper. If no running water is available, continue to rub the paper off into the bowl of warm water.

  6. 6

    Blot dry to reveal the transferred image. It will closely resemble the image you had originally, but will have a transparent quality.

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  • Cut shapes, letters and designs out of the transfer. This will give a neat, one-of-a-kind pattern to any project.
  • Instead of using packing tape, try a piece of transparent contact paper available from many stores where they sell shelf paper. With contact paper, you can transfer much larger pictures.
  • Try this transfer technique with newsprint. Only the words and photos transfer to the tape, making the entire piece transparent! Place the transfer on unique paper. You will see the paper through the transparency, under the words.
Apply more tape Step 3.jpg Soak the taped image to warm water Step 4.jpg Rub the white side Step 5.jpg Dry the transferred image Step 6.jpg
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