5 Easy Methods for Image Transfers and Stenciling

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Sometimes a project just isn't complete without a little something extra.  An image transfer or stencil is a great way to add some flair and personality, and it is easier to do than you think. There are many different methods for image transfers and stencilling, I would like to share 5 different and simple methods that I have used and loved. Whether you are a hard core DIY crafter or a beginner, one of these methods is sure to work for you!.
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1- Easy Pencil Transfer

This method is one of the easiest and takes the least amount of tools. You can do it with words and pictures you print out, or even words and pictures you cut out from a magazine. 


  

I love using this method for making small signs or putting images onto crates. Start with your image and the object you want to place it on, your project.

Flip the image over and cover every surface you want to transfer with pencil lead. 
Use painter's tape to secure image to project to prevent sliding, and so you can check your progress as you work.  Then proceed to trace around the edge of the image with a pen.  Push hard and firm which will transfer the lead into the project surface, thus transferring the image.

Fill in the image with paint,  markers or whatever you like. 
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2- Artist or Graphite Transfer Paper

This method is used by artists all the time, and is very similar to the pencil transfer method.  Instead of colouring the back of the image with pencil lead, you use  transfer paper between your project and the image, which saves you some time.

It is a simple and effective way to get the image you want.   Place the graphite paper, cut to the same size as your image paper, onto your project surface.

Place your image on top of the graphite transfer paper, and trace over all the edges of your image.

Remove the image and transfer paper and you are ready to paint your newly transferred image.
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3- Ink Transfer

This is one of the fastest and easiest methods, which is why I love it so much. There are two ways to do ink transfer, one is to use wax paper and transfer the image onto another surface and the other way is to print directly onto fabric.   The project possibilities are endless, from making burlap signs to fabric pillows, to prints on wood.  Plus you are not limited to black ink, coloured images work just as well!  Just make sure you use an  inkjet printer

Wax Paper Ink Transfer Use painter's tape to attach wax paper to a normal sheet of computer paper.
Choose an image you want to print and make sure to reverse the image, so it will print backwards.  Feed the wax paper into the printer making sure it will print on the wax paper side.  Print image.
Remove the wax paper from the printer paper and carefully flip the printed side onto your project.  Rub firmly with a credit card over the full printed image.  The ink will transfer into your project from the wax paper. 
Projects using Wax paper ink transfer method.
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Printing Ink on Fabric

Tape the fabric of your choice to printer paper, you could also use  spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the paper or adhere your fabric to a sticky label.
Load correctly into printer so the image will print on the fabric.
Print desired image directly onto fabric. 
Printing Ink on Fabric.
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Tracing a bracket shape to make a photo frame.
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4- Projector Image Transfer

Ah, the old  overhead projector.  Remember those back in the day?  Well they are a pretty cool tool when it comes to DIY and craft projects.  Think of transferring any image on a very large scale.  From tracing shapes onto walls, tracing shapes onto wood to cut out, and creating large signs, this method can be a blast! 

Print desired image onto transparency paper.
Place printed transparency paper onto projector.
Using Projector scale image onto whatever surface you want (wall, wood, fabric) and trace around the image.  
When finished tracing you can cut, paint, glitter, etc...to dress up your image.
Projector was used to make the large sign, 6 foot flapper girl cut out, and large bracket frame.
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Using contact paper to cut an image and stencil it onto wood.
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5- Making Stencils with cutting machines.

The last method, which I use probably most often, is creating stencils from a cutting machine.  If making signs and or vinyl projects is something you will be doing a lot of then investing in a Silhouette or Cricut personal cutting machine is a great option.  You can design your own images, and create anything you want.

Design Image in software that comes with your cutting machine.
Cut the image out, I prefer to use contact paper for making stencils because it is inexpensive.  That way I don't waste expensive vinyl on stencils that are just going to be thrown away after you use them.

Place the cut out stencil on the project and paint over it, using hardly any paint.
Remove the stencil while the paint is still wet, and you are done. 
Projects made from stencils that were cut on a cutting machine
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There you have it!  5 fun and easy image transfer and stenciling methods to take your project to the next level.  The only limit is your creativity!   

I have created a collection for " Must have tools for Image Transfers and Stencilling", which includes all five methods.  I also included some fun  heat transfer paper that allows you to print and transfer images onto fabric.   Happy creating!
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