Making Packing Tape Image Transfers
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This is a fun (and free) project. Using packing tape and warm water, you can transfer any newspaper image (or laser/toner printed image) onto the surface of your choice. I made gift wrapping for my girlfriend, Lizzie, just using an image from a free weekly paper and printer paper. The great thing about this is you can apply these sticky images onto anything, even glass. I think it looks awesome!
Total Time: 20 minutes
- newspaper image or laser/toner printer image (not standard Inkjet)
- packing tape
- warm water in a bowl
- paper or any surface you want to transfer your image on
- Choose your image(s). I went with this cute and colourful vintage image of a woman and birds. Place your packing tape over the area you'd like to transfer.
- Using the back of your scissor handles (or the edge or a ruler) firmly press down on the tape to burnish your image. This is very important in order to get your image to stick onto the tape.
- Cut out the taped and burnished area.
- Put your packing tape burnished image into the bowl and soak for a few minutes.
- The image will stick to the tape and the paper will be left behind in the bowl. If you use a printed image, the paper will be thicker so you will have to rub the paper off the tape with your fingers. The image will be left on the tape.
- Repeat with more images, if you like!
- There will still be a good amount of adhesive on the packing tape, even after the warm bath. Let the the pieces of tape dry, then apply to your surface.
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This is a good way to make labels, but I use them for my beautiful journals. This is a fun craft to do with any age.
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