I'm new to these transfers but think they are AMAZING! This is the first project I've completed with them
I used the kind of transfers for colored fabric but ended up printing it on white fabric in the end, once I realized that it really doesn't work if you use black But I found a way to make it work! I printed it onto the white cotton, then cut around the edges so none of the white showed, and then zig-zagged it onto my skirt, and it worked great, yay!!
And the sealer I use for the record is Krylon's Triple Thick spray sealer, my favorite. I've that it's a no-no to mix acrylics with water-based sealers, but regardless, even when I seal my images with the acrylic spray first, once something water-based hits it it starts smearing, usually not until it's almost dry though, which is extra aggravating. Arg. And I do make sure the edges are sealed before I do anything, by the way.
I will be sure to check out that web page right now Diane, thanks so much!
I'm surprised so many people have luck with regular printer paper....like I said, when I use that for pendants it just can't handle all the layers of sealer. Maybe it's because I usually go for the cheapest paper they have at the store though!! I do use regular printer paper for decoupaging things like boxes and frames and whatnot, for I use just Mod Podge and that's it. It's just the pendants, where I attempt to add liquid sealers like Diamond Glaze to the mix, that is so problematic.
Like I said before, I was starting to use bezels for the first time. I had to scrap a couple first attempts that involved the DG, so in the end I ended up coating them with the "preserve it" and then sealed it, once in the bezels, with Mod Podge. Not the look I'm ideally going for, the ink didn't smudge surprisingly. I don't get it! I've tried Mod Podge in the past, after preserving the images, and it smeared.
I'm at my wits end with this stuff, any help would be VERY much appreciated!!!
The pendants I make involve decoupaging printed-out photos/images (using high quality photo paper) to a pendant base.
I have tried some different styles, including various wood tiles, glass tiles (with the image underneath), and currently metal bezels.
I've had pretty good luck with decoupaging onto the wooden tiles, BUT with every other method I run into one major problem every time! The ink from the image smears and runs.
There is only ONE kind of sealer that does not smear the ink, and it's an acrylic spray sealer, so I cannot use it for bezel pendants in which the whole is to pour the sealer so it has a built-up affect, like with Diamond Glaze. The built-up ones are what I've always liked best, so that's what I want to conquer.
I've done lots of reading and even personally asking Etsy sellers (who sell the supplies for this stuff) for help, and have not had any luck.
I've tried so many different techniques and products for making the ink stay put. Nothing works!
*I've used a protective spray meant to keep ink from running (works GREAT under my acrylic spray sealer, but nothing else) *I've tried Diamond Glaze and 3D Crystal Lacquer on their own *I've tried using my protective spray, THEN a nice coat of my acrylic spray sealer, THEN several coats of Diamond Glaze *I've tried the protective spray, then Mod Podge (like, every kind of Mod Podge too), then Diamond Glaze *I've used a protective anti-smear product called Micro Glaze *I've tried using slightly less ink when I print the images
If you have any ideas I'm all ears. I'm losing hope!
I have a question you guys!! So, I use the kind that you print on, and I made 9 shrinkies the other night, and lightened all of the pics by at LEAST 50% before printing. They were PERFECT when they came out of the oven, I was so happy... But then I applied some sealer...and it darkened them...a lot. GRRR! They still look nice I think, but like I said, they're just way darker then what I wanted. Anyone else experience this?? What should I do next time..maybe lighten the pics by, what, 60% or something? I want to perfect my technique!
Hello! Thanks for the positive feedback, you're too sweet:) I'll be happy to help! Now, maybe it's cause I just woke up and my brain's not working, but I'm a little confused by your problem...Are you saying you're having trouble with the actual sewing of stretch fabrics, like the thread is bunching up?? If so, that's a completely common problem, which you can remedy by using a zig-zag stitch or any "stretch" stitch on your machine, and of course by serging it, and also by NOT stretching the fabric as you sew it. What kinds of skirts are you making? Your thighs make the skirt poof out? Hmm, if so you can just make the skirt bigger. Hehee, sorry, I'm dense.
Ok, here's my report after trying out my Inkjet sheets tonight for the first time!!
I spent about 5 trillion hours fiddling with my printer settings to make sure that when it printed it wouldn't cut off any of the picture (I have bad luck with my printer, dont' ask me why, I'm just dense, haha!) and photoshop settings to make sure I got the pictures I was using light enough. I couldn't get it to look right in my ACDSee program, so I instead used Photoshop and lightened the photos by 50% (I'm a novice with PS, so it took a minute to realize the section I needed to go to was under Adjustments, then under Hue/Saturation).
I fit two pictures on 1 sheet, and it printed out just fine thank god! Then I pre-heated my oven to 275 degrees.
I carefully cut the pictures out with normal scissors, and punched a hole at the tops with my hole puncher, then put them on a cookie sheet with a side of a paper bag I tore off. I baked them for about 5 minutes. Our oven does NOT have a window on it, and I was worried about this, but take it from me, it didn't actually matter luckily! Now, for my first ever attempt at Shrinky Dinks I think my pieces came out ok, but they were both square and rectangle shaped, and they did come out slanted. BUT, I figured it was probably because the paper bag underneath them was a little bumpy and not flat. So then I did batch #2, sans paper bag, instead I used a piece of parchment paper. This time my pieces came out pretty much perfect!! I was so excited!!
But....then....I turned into a complete idiot!
I saw that one of my pieces looked a little splotchy (My guess is I rubbed it without even acknowledging and some of the ink got smudged), so...I..*nervous laugh*....I dampened a towel and tried to wipe it clean. *hangs head* That's not even the worse of my idiocy. I then thought it would be a good idea to use Windex....Yeah, so basically now that piece is ruined, because "apparently" the ink is not smudge-proof....or Windex-proof.
Yeah, and this is after reading everything there is to read on shrink plastic...I KNEW not to go wiping off the ink, but I did it anyway. AHEM, anyway, I can't wait to try more, I'm now addicted, and I have 10 more sheets to play with! I'm gonna seal my one good remaining piece with Mod Podge tonight and see how that looks.