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Print Transfers

Introduction

Emphasize the theme of a party by uniting all the elements -- invitations, gifts, place cards, favor tags, and napkin rings -- with a single design or icon, such as the "20" (for an anniversary). It's easy and inexpensive to do with rub-off transfers, which can be made with a black-and-white laser printer or copier and a few supplies. With a colorless marker known as a blender (available at crafts stores and usually used for blending marker colors together), you can transfer the ink from a laser-printed or copied image onto another surface.

Materials

  • Rub-off transfers
  • Black-and-white laser printer or copier
  • Colorless marker (blender)
  • Scissor

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Print a mirror image of the icon or text using the "mirror" function found on certain software programs and copiers; cut out, and place facedown on the surface where you want the design.

  2. Step 2

    Let dry for five minutes. When you peel away the paper, the image will remain in place. This process works successfully on most paper, ribbons, and fabrics; be sure to do a test run first.

Source
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Reviews (9)

  • 11 Mar, 2014

    The most important, fundemental part of this simple 2 step process is missing, and if I hadn't been an engineer and took the language literally, the introductory paragraph was where I should've stopped reading, as that was brilliant if it works. Opening paragraph speaks of a 'blender marker' and a simple reverse image laser print...great! Step 1: print reverse image. Step2: lay down & let dry!? Need to explain: trace over image w/blender, then lay on surface and rub back I assume?! How long?! 5m

  • 10 Sep, 2013

    Hello, may I ask where I can buy the rub-off transfer papers? Also, does this only work for laser printers? How about ink-jet printers?

  • 18 Nov, 2008

    I finally made it back to this page! Thanks for your response...I'm going to do a black and white project as a Christmas gift; once I master the technique I'll try it with color! Happy Thanksgiving...

  • 17 Oct, 2008

    It should work since a color LASER printer is really 4 laser print stations in one cabinet. A print is 4 images (magenta, cyan, yellow and black) printed on one piece of media. For best results use "laser paper" which is coated so the toner doesn't bleed. Standard office paper is more porous and the image won't be quite as sharp. I don't know if the blender stuff will give the same results with the coated paper as it does with plain paper. Try it and let us know what happens.

  • 17 Oct, 2008

    It should work since a color LASER printer is really 4 laser print stations in one cabinet. A print is 4 images (magenta, cyan, yellow and black) printed on one piece of media. For best results use "laser paper" which is coated so the toner doesn't bleed. Standard office paper is more porous and the image won't be quite as sharp. I don't know if the blender stuff will give the same results with the coated paper as it does with plain paper. Try it and let us know what happens.

  • 12 Sep, 2008

    Does anyone know if this technique will work with color laser prints?

  • 26 Jul, 2008

    Just great :)))

  • 26 Jun, 2008

    I tried this last night. Worked great! The blender was found in the wood craft section of my craft store. It has a little bit of a strong odor. I used regular printer paper onto card stock. Be sure to wait the five minutes or the tranfer will not be perfect.

  • 24 Jun, 2008

    I would like to know if anyone could tell me what paper to use with the "print transfers".. i know that you can rub it off unto any paper, but what paper do you use to print the rub off's on?