For Christmas, my husband gave me a laser printer. He couldn't understand why a printer would be at the top of my list, but I'm sure some of you creative people understand!
I do a lot of projects where an ink jet printer just won't do. Now I don't have to print, then drive to Staples to make laser copies. I'm very excited about that!
I've made a lot of stone coasters over the years using the technique where you apply a transfer medium, apply an image face down, let dry, then wet the paper & rub it away. Here are a couple of my first projects with my new printer using that technique...
For these coasters I used a photo I took at night of our old courthouse
For this one I used a photo I took of Starr's Mill. You might recognize it from the movie, Sweet Home Alabama (even though this is Georgia).
For the courthouse and Starr's Mill coasters I used Dixie Belle's Gator Hide as the transfer medium.
But then I heard about SRTransfer Paper and had to try it.
I found an image on the Graphics Fairy website that I liked and I resized it to be 4" x 4". I then printed the image in reverse so that the writing wouldn't be backwards once transferred.
For this project, I used ModPodge photo transfer medium.
I coated both the paper & a 4" x 4" stone tile with the medium...
I laid the image printed side down onto the tile and let dry for several hours.
I saturated the paper with water, then laid wet paper towels on it and let sit for 15 minutes.
Then I pulled the paper up and it left the image. No rubbing away paper involved!
I gave the coasters 3 coats of Gator Hide to protect them and make them water repellent.
I tested them out by letting a glass sweat on them and they held up perfectly.
I tested them out with a hot drink too. No problem!
It was so easy!
One thing I like better about the other technique is that you see more of the stone. So there will be times when I prefer one technique over the other. But for this project, I give the SRTransfer paper a big thumbs up!
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