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Decorating Envelopes: Alcohol Transfer

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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 alcohol transfer on an envelope.  If you haven’t tried the alcohol transfer before, it might be easier to follow along with our previous tutorial first.

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. 

Alcohol Transfer to an envelope (Beginner Skill Level)

Materials Needed:

materials needed for alcohol transfer to an envelope

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer
Inkjet print on DASS Transfer Film
envelope

Transfer Directions

1.Since this application does not require a brush, you can just apply the Purell with your finger. You will need to apply the hand sanitizer evenly to the surface of the envelope where you want the transfer to go. If there is too much, the image will run and if there is too little, the image won’t transfer. Also note that with most envelopes, this transfer method will leave a water stain behind. It really depends on the envelope, so you might want to practice on different thicknesses of papers until you are happy with the result.  

Quickly position your print face down above your paper surface and once you have it lined up, lay it straight down onto the surface. Avoid rubbing the print as it can blur your image. Just make sure it has made full contact with the paper surface. 
 

Placing the DASS Transfer Film down onto the surface.

After letting it set for about 30 seconds, slowly begin to peel the film back at one corner. If the image has transferred to the envelope, keep removing the film. If it is still stuck to the film, press it back down. Then try again until it is ready. If it refuses to transfer, that may mean you did not apply enough Purell hand sanitizer to the surface. If this happens and your print is not damaged or unusable, apply more Purell and try again. If not, you will need to get a new print and start over. 

Removing the Transfer Film from the envelope

At this point, let your transfer dry for at least 2 hours before spraying it with a protective finish. Leaving the extra time will make sure that your image has set into the envelope and that the ink has fully dried. At first, the envelope will look dark because it is wet. Once it dries, there will most likely be a water stain left. You can come up with a creative way to make it look purposeful. You can see what we did for our envelope below.
 

Once you are happy with the result of the transfer, we recommend using Krylon Crystal Clear spray to seal it.

This is the end of the fourth tutorial in our holiday gift idea series. Be on the lookout for our next tutorial. Consider signing up to get notified when it is out! You can also see all of the posts from this series here.

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Super Sauce Transfer to Tile

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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)

Materials Needed:

Materials Needed for the Super Sauce Transfer to Tile

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)
mason jar
super sauce (Supersauce Gloss Concentrate & 91% Isopropyl alcohol)
inkjet print on DASS Transfer Film

Transfer Directions

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.

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Holiday Gift Ideas Using DASS Transfer Film: Alcohol Transfer to Wood

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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 how to perform the alcohol transfer, which is great if you are a beginner.  Once you complete this transfer method and decide you are looking for a challenge, we recommend trying the super sauce transfer.

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. 

Think about how you want your images to be presented. Will it be a wood ornament? They have wood slices pre-drilled with holes on Amazon which would be perfect for this! You could even make a wood block that hangs on the wall. 

Alcohol Transfer to Wood (Beginner Skill Level)

Materials Needed:

 Alcohol Transfer to Wood
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer
Rubber Glove
Inkjet print on DASS Transfer Film

Transfer Directions

  1. Since this application does not require a brush, we suggest that you wear a rubber glove to avoid getting splinters. Using a gloved finger, apply the hand sanitizer evenly to the surface of the wood. If there is too much, the image will run and if there is too little, the image won’t transfer.
         
  2. Quickly position your print face down above your wood surface and once you have it lined up, lay it straight down onto the surface. Avoid rubbing the print as it can blur your image. Just make sure it has made full contact with the wood surface. 
    DASS Transfer Film laying print side down onto the Purell covered wood surface. Gloved finger gently applying pressure to make sure that the print has made full contact with the wood surface
  3. After letting it set for about 30 seconds, slowly begin to peel the film back at one corner. If the image has transferred to the wood, keep removing the film. If it is still stuck to the film, press it back down. Then try again until it is ready. If it refuses to transfer, that may mean you did not apply enough Purell hand sanitizer to the surface. If this happens and your print is not damaged or unusable, apply more Purell and try again. If not, you will need to get a new print and start over. 
    Hand slowly peeling the DASS Transfer Film up from the wood surface. Hand slowly peeling the DASS Transfer Film up from the wood surface.
  4. At this point, let your transfer dry for at least 6 hours before spraying it with a protective finish. Leaving the extra time will make sure that your image has set into the wood. At first, the wood will look dark because it is wet. Once it dries, the color will go back to normal. 
    Image transfer immediately after the DASS Transfer Film has been removed. The wood is still wet and looks darker. The image after it has successfully been transferred. It is still wet and needs to dry.
  5. Once the wood has dried you will want to put a protective finish on it. We recommend using Krylon Crystal Clear spray.
    The image transfer after the wood has dried.

This is the end of the first tutorial in our holiday gift idea series. Our next tutorial will teach you how to complete the super sauce transfer. Consider signing up to get notified when it is out! You can also see all of the posts from this series here.

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Transferring Your Images to Metal Surfaces with SuperSauce

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Here you will find the steps needed to complete the Super Sauce Transfer Method to a metal surface. This tutorial will show how to transfer an image to an aluminum sheet metal which is a non-porous surface.

Creating the Transfer Solution: The Super Sauce mixture will need to be made using the following directions.

Ingredients: 4 oz 91% isopropyl alcohol (must be 91%)
1 TBS supersauce gloss concentrate

Mix these two ingredients in a mason jar. Let the jar sit for at least 6 hours, periodically shaking the jar vigorously during that time.

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 are printing the image yourself, It is important to be sure that the image is flipped horizontally before it is printed because once the image is transferred, it will flip back. This is especially important when text is involved.

A good metal to start with will be the one shown below.

Performing the Image Transfer:

Step 1: Rub the metal gently with a scrubby pad and spray the surface with degreaser.

Step 2: After leaving the degreaser set for a minute, rinse it off in the sink and dry it with a paper towel.

For Step 3 (Please note this is only really needed when using the Gloss concentrate and non porous surfaces; example: metal). I use a 1:1 ratio mixture of the Supersauce Concentrate and water. So for example take one table spoon of the SuperSauce Concentrate (WITHOUT THE ALCOHOL mixed in) and take one table spoon of water and mix them together. You will apply this to your surface with a brush and let it dry. Then you can continue on to the next step.

Step 4: Tape the surface to the table below and then tape the film with the print side down to the table, ensuring that the print is lined up properly to the surface.

Step 5: Using a brush, apply the super sauce mix evenly to the surface. If there is too much, the image will run and if there is too little, the image won’t transfer. It’s a good idea to do a practice transfer first. Kirkpatrick & Co. Specialty Printing can print test prints for you to practice with. Email us for a quote! Do not wash off the brush in a sink. The Super Sauce mixed with water will cause issues with the plumbing. Instead, put the brush in a cup filled with isopropyl alcohol and cover it with plastic wrap so that the brush can be kept for future use. After letting the super sauce sit for 1 minute, move on to step 6.

Step 6: Flip the film down so that the image is print side down on the surface. press lightly to ensure that the film is making contact with the entire piece. After 3 minutes, move on to step 7.

Step 7: begin to lightly pull up on the bottom corner of the film. If the image has stuck to the surface, continue to remove the film carefully. if it hasn’t transferred, put the film back down and press lightly. Repeat this process until the entire image has transferred to the surface. This step should take about 2 minutes.

Step 8: Once the image has been transferred, it takes two days for it to dry and cure. Once two days have passed, spray the piece with crystal clear fixative. For this, we highly recommend using Krylon Crystal Clear spray.