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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)
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer
Inkjet print on DASS Transfer Film
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once the wood has dried you will want to put a protective finish on it. We recommend using Krylon Crystal Clear spray.
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.