My time has been taken up with making cards over the last couple of days but now that my friend has gone back home and I have been good and cleaned up, I decided I was entitled to some play time.
Of course, for me, this means craft room fun. There was an idea that had been simmering in my head for a while, I can't remember where I saw it. Making your own transfers. I seemed to remember it involved spray hair gel and projector film, neither of which I happen to have. Hmm. What to use instead?
Well, the film could be replaced by cutting up one of those acetate paper sleeves and ah! I do have some liquid hair gel but not the spray kind. I don't often do anything with my hair, so it wouldn't be missed! I had a failed attempt at watering it down to spray but it needed to be so thin that it may as well have been water, so that was not a good idea. It would have to be either wiped on with a cloth or brushed on very thinly. I settled for the latter. I also tried just using hairspray but that didn't quite do it. Note - printer ink does not adhere to the acetate unless it is coated...I tried that too!
The side you put the gel on is the one you print on so I was sure to mark it just in case! I used normal print setting to see what would happen. Literally, all I did was to print a design, turn it over, place it on paper and rub the back with a plastic scraper.
It worked. The image was transferred. Now you may wonder what on earth you would want to bother for, so I shall tell you. Quite often I make cards with 3D things on them ( for future use) but have no idea what sentiment I need. Since they are cut out and decorated, I can no longer put them through the printer to add a sentiment and I don't always want to add a stick on. This gives a printed look that I want. One caution - if using for sentiments, don't forget to flip the wording before printing.
Now - if you follow the steps above, you can also make temporary tattoos. Once printed, cut a piece of sticky backed clear plastic and lay it over the ink. Rub well, making sure there are no air bubbles.
Lift the plastic and apply to the skin, hold a wet cloth over it for a minute and peel off. Allow to air dry or whiz a dryer over it. Spray with hair spray to set it. It won't be waterproof but would last for a party!
Disclaimer - don't use if you have very sensitive skin and never on broken skin. Like hair dyes, ink and other chemicals can cause reactions. Try at your own risk!