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Making handmade gifts for your loved ones can be a fun and rewarding process. Receiving a unique and personalized item can feel amazing and really add to a gift recipient’s holiday cheer. This tutorial is part of a DIY holiday gift idea series where we teach you different methods of using Inkjet Prints on DASS Transfer Film. Today, we will show you how to perform the super sauce transfer to a tile surface.
Preparing the Images for Transfer: Images must be printed to DASS Transfer Film using an Inkjet Printer. Through our company, Kirkpatrick & Co. Specialty Printing, we can print your images to this film for you. Order your print today.
If you have your own inkjet printer, make sure that you flip your image horizontally before printing. If you don’t, your image will be flipped the wrong way when you transfer it. Also be sure that the ink is printed on the rough/textured side of the DASS Transfer Film.
For this, we will use 4 x 4 inch tiles that can be found at any hardware store.
Super Sauce Transfer to Tile (Intermediate Skill Level)
4 x 4 inch tile
paint brush for applying the primer
foam brush to apply the super sauce
primer (1:1 ratio of super sauce gloss concentrate (WITHOUT ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL) & water)
super sauce (Supersauce Gloss Concentrate & 91% Isopropyl alcohol)
inkjet print on DASS Transfer Film
Using a brush, apply the 1:1 ratio of super sauce concentrate & water evenly to the surface of the tile. After it dries, it will act as a primer that the image can transfer to. Without preparing the tile, it will be too smooth and your image will not stick.
Once the primer has dried, your surface is ready for the image transfer. Dip the foam brush in the super sauce once and apply it to the surface. We recommend applying it left to right from top to bottom and then top to bottom from left to right. This will help you get the proper consistency of super sauce on your surface. You should not need to dip your brush more than once for this transfer. If you do, it is possible you will apply too much and your image will run.
After applying the super sauce, you will want to wait about 30 seconds to place your image print side down onto the super sauce coated surface. After waiting 30 seconds, line the image up print side down above the tile. Carefully lower it down until it makes contact with the super sauce. After a few seconds, gently press along the top of the transfer film to be sure that the film has made full contact with the surface.
Let the film set for about 3 minutes while gently pressing down on the film to ensure full contact and to push out any air bubbles that may occur. Don’t press or rub the film too much as it could blur your image. After 3 minutes, your image should be ready enough to begin peeling the transfer film away. Start with one corner and pull it up slowly. If the image is sticking to the surface, that is a very good sign! Keep slowly peeling the film away until it releases from the surface. If the image hasn’t stuck to the surface yet, lay it back down for a little longer and press down slightly to help it transfer. This process often requires a give and take when removing the film.
Once the film has been removed, let the transfer dry for 24 hours before you put any protective coating on it. This will allow the proper amount of time for your ink to set.
After it has dried, we recommend spraying your transfer with Krylon Crystal Clear.
This is the end of the third tutorial in our holiday gift idea series. Our next tutorial will teach you how to decorate envelopes with alcohol transfers. Consider signing up to get notified when it is out! You can also see all of the posts from this series here.