Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Acrylic Image Transfer Technique

Hey peeps! I hope you're all having a wonderful day :)
Got lots of good things done so I'm a happy camper.

I mentioned on Sat. that I had another image transfer technique to share with you and I'm so excited about it...this was another happy accident technique discovery during play time - LOL!!

Actually I was sorting through one of the boxes of projects from the book ~ you know...sorting supplies, putting 1/2 finished projects in a box, sorting out finished examples, etc. I came upon the bags of items I had from one of the charm sections on acrylic charms.

As I was sorting I noticed I had gotten some Glossy Accents on the front of a couple of the acrylic pieces sometime during the repacking at the photo shoot. I decided I was going to clean it off. I squirted the charm several times with water and tried to get the GA off... Needless to say once GA is on something it's sort of hard to get it off. Well during this process the back of the charm became saturated with water - DUH!!!

I was so mad, I tried to wipe the excess water off but some of the backing paper peeled off!!!!


I put it in my "pitch pile" because I was sure I had ruined it but then I noticed that I could see through the area where the paper came off!

Shazam ~

Acrylic Image Transfer was born!!!!!


SNAP-O-RAMA, jump for joy, do the happy dance,

another image transfer technique to share - LOL!!!

I know some of you out there are thinking what a ding dong getting so excited about an image transfer technique. Well, the reason I'm so excited is I have such a tough time making a neat edge on some of the acrylic pieces when I'm trying to trim off the excess paper. I don't know how Tim Holtz does it and makes it looks so nice and even...one of life's little mysteries. Anyway, mine never look that great so this is a savior! It doesn't matter how nasty my edges look....I can fix 'em right up with this technique. ;)

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Now one word of caution before you begin....you MUST I repeat MUST let the charms dry for a few hours before begin with the water step. If you don't let the Glossy Accents cure the whole image will wipe right off. Trust me on this....once I figured out it worked I got impatient and messed up more than one charm getting in a hurry.

(Note: Sorry ~ a couple of these pics are a bit blurry but I wanted to get this on here at a decent hour and didn't have a chance to re-take them.)


Acrylic Charms - Tim Holtz Ideaology

Collage Image (examples used - Southern Blackberry Designs, Altered Pages)

Glossy Accents - Ranger


Finger (borrow one if you don't have one handy)


1. Apply a bit of Glossy Accents to the back side of an acrylic charm.

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2. Place the charm Glossy Accent side down onto your chosen collage image.

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3. Let the charm dry at least a couple of hours to let the GA cure.

4. Once the charms have dried completely, trim the excess paper away. Now this doesn't need to be perfect so don't freak out if you can't get the edges to look nice. As you can see, mine are FAR from perfect!

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5. Saturate the paper backing with water and let it set for a minute or two so the water has a chance to soak into the paper (less if you're collage image was printed on thin paper).

6. Now begin to rub! Keep rubbing until most or all of the backing paper has been removed. You can add additional water if necessary.

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7. Wipe off the charm and let it dry. If you notice there are left over paper fuzzies simply rewet and rub till they are gone.

8. Once you're satisfied with the image, apply a thin layer of Glossy Accents over the image with your finger. This just helps protect the image from scratches and dings.

Now here is what the charm will look like after it's finished!
Way cool huh?

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You can see by the sunset charm (center right) what happens if your charm isn't fully glued down to the image. I wasn't going for the look but it does add some character being distressed and all ;)

Now the charms are usable as is OR you can take it a step further and add some cool paper to the charm. I just slid a piece of sheet music under a few of the charms to show you what they might look like.

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Like I said...very easy and way cool :)

NOW, since I'm so excited about this way cool image transfer technique I want to share in the fun....

I have a baggie of collage images and acrylic pieces waiting for a new home.

All you have to do is post what you think of the technique and you'll be entered to win!

You have until May 3rd to post.

Good Luck and Happy Day!!!


  1. Great technique! Thanks for sharing, love all your inspiring ideas.

  2. I want to tell you this, your blog has changed my world. I have learned so much from you. Oh, I can't express the words to tell you how much I love your techniques and the knowledge I get is unfounded.

    I read this new technique and I rushed to try it!! I'm waiting to see my results.

    But thank you so much for bringing your talent to the web. Again you just don't know what a difference it has made my scrapbooking.

  3. This technique is fantastic! I can't wait to try it out. Thanks for all your great tutorials, photos and tips.

  4. Way super cool! You made that seem so easy. Ive been trying to figure out how transfers work and no matter what book I read, it all seems like rocket science! lol...you even gave me a great art idea to work with (thanks for the inspiration). Very happy you figured it out and shared with all of us :) Have a good day

  5. Ok that is seriously cool! I love happy accidents! I love the Eiffel Tower one!

  6. Absolutely fantastic.. I can't wait to try this out.. Oh what fun
    Thank you for sharing, you are very generous with your knowledge

  7. Roni...how I luv your accidents! I cannot wait to try this! I have everything ...so again ...NO SHOPPING which makes the hubster happy! I just have to have your book! Ty for sharing another great technique...Cher

    Note: Was it an error that I won the ice cube tray?

  8. I love the technique! You have the greatest ideas and share!! I cant wait until your book is out.

    Thank you for all you share.

  9. Fantastic technique. Image transfers for the most part have me beat, but this seems very do-able. Thanks for sharing and thanks for a great blog. Love coming by to see what you are up to.

  10. I love it!! But when can I make something uber like this?? :)

  11. Brilliant technique. The charms would look brilliant on jewellery or added to a piece of art work/ATC. I think I have some clear acrylic pieces somewhere. I must search them out

  12. That is so cool ... I already do the first part to glue images onto fragments, but now can not wait to make another to rub off the paper.

    Thanks !

  13. Great technique to make lovely charms. Will certainly try this. Thank you.

  14. Fantastic! Who would have thought....now you've got my mind racing!

  15. Love this techinque Roni! I am going to have to give this a try as your results are just fabulous...love that sheet music behind your transferred images!!

    Take Care - Robin

  16. I love it when "mis-steps" turn into magic.
    I am anxious to try this one. As with all that you share! How can I keep my day job? Oh, that's right, I need to pay for the supplies!
    Thank you!

  17. That's is a great technique! I think I'll try it on glass, too.

  18. This is brilliant!! I also have a horrible time getting the edges nice and this is perfect. I love the distressed look too. Thanks for sharing!

  19. I think this is the coolest image transfer I've ever seen you do! Love it! Could you print your own images to transfer, too?

  20. i loveeee it....you have the best happy accidents!! genius...thanks for sharing them with us less fortunate accident prone!!

  21. What a cool technique! This looks like something I could actually do. I love reading your blog and being inspired by your talent.

  22. It's great how a lot of discoveries made by accident. Love the see thru look. I would love to try it!

  23. Thanks, I think I know what I'm going to do with my remaining glossy accents. : )

  24. These are SO cool!! you're a genius :)

  25. Another great technique! Those fragments are great! Love your work!

  26. Absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Thank you soooo much for this transfer technique. I have a project I think it will work very well for. If it does, I'll post it on my PictureTrail site and send a link if you'd like.

  28. Love this, especially the thought of able to create some vintage look charms makes me excited!

  29. Sweet! Very cool idea! IMO it looks way cooler semi transparent like that than with the paper on it.

    BTW I think Tim Holtz sands around the images instead of cutting them, doesn't he?

  30. WHoa! thank looks fantastic.. thanks for sharing Roni!

  31. Ooh actually.. what if you can't get Tim Holtz fragments? Is there something you could use as an alternative?

  32. This is fabulous! Among what father Christmas brought me last December there was a box of these charms. I now jnow what I'll do with them first thing next weekend. Thank you for sharing.

  33. This is beyond cool! Looks like I've got something new to try. Thanks!

  34. this looks great. Will this work on canvas too ? Or do you have any other recomandations for transfer on canvas ? Have a great day ! Mona

  35. I love your happy accidents! Do you know if you can do this with images printed on an ink jet printer?

  36. Go girl go! I have discovered your blog a bit by accident and I am so happy!! It is very difficult for me to find some of the materials needed to do nice altered art here in Spain and your tricks really play it for me. You are really talented!

    Congrats, you have a new fan from the other side of the globe!



  37. This is great. Thanks for sharing. Does the surface/paper you use matter? I know some transfer techniques require a laser jet print. I've tried image transfers before, generally with so so success. This looks so easy and thanks for the hint on letting it cure. Patient is a virtue I keep telling myself.

  38. another great technique - I had been reading about acrylic transfer with paint and pan scrubbers. this neat little version is so much more "do-able". Thank you!

  39. You never cease to amaze ... I can't wait to give this a try ... fabulous results.

  40. Way fun, Roni!! I love how the image is translucent when you're done!!

  41. at! I really like how transparent the images come out! Thanks.

  42. Holy S%&T!!!!!
    You rock my world Roni!
    Cant wait to get your book!!!
    Tammy McGonigle

  43. Holy S%&T!!!!!
    You rock my world Roni!
    Cant wait to get your book!!!
    Tammy McGonigle

  44. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeep! Must. Go. Try. This. NOW.

    *beep beep* Zoooooooooooom!

    {dust settles}

  45. Trine from NorwayApril 30, 2009 at 3:38 AM

    Hi Roni!
    Woow..this is fun. I just sat here and work with my TH-fragments...and become so frustrated..I couldn't make it...
    I drop it and take a brake... jump to my computer and find your web-site..because I always know that I find something fun there.
    I what did I find.....exactly what I need....a perfect transfer-technique!!!

    Now have I made five perfect charms for my grungepaper-album.
    THANKS A LOT for this great idea.
    Big hug from Trine

  46. Hi Roni,

    you are amazing!
    Just love the transfer technique, now this is something i can try myself right now, got some GA and Acrylic pieces in the house now i'm of to find some cool images.

    Thank you so much for sharing all your great ideas.


  47. Hi Roni,
    What a fantastic idea!!!!! I adore it and cannot wait to try it. I've just ordered some Glossy Accents just need to find out where I can get the charms from and then I am off and running. I gotta say I love the charm bracelet, it has to be my fav so far. I also agree with Angela that your blog has changed my world. Thankyou so much Roni for sharing what you know with us.
    Bohemian Gypsy

  48. OMG I would love to try this. What a fantastic teqhnique.

  49. I love the sun set one the best!!! I think this is a cool idea! I might have stuff lying around my room, I'll just have to work with,insted!!

    Happy crafting!!


  50. Just read your transfer technique - WOW! That is on my list to try tonight. Thank you for sharing!

  51. This is very cool!! Thanks so much for the inspiration! April

  52. Sounds like a fabulous technique. Am certainly going to give this a try! Thanks so much for sharing.
    BTW love your blog - check it everyday before work.

    bigsister_val at hotmail dot com

  53. Thanks so much for all your examples and "classes" on your blog. I have learned so much and am not so intimidated trying new products, techniques, etc.

    Peggy Sweeney
    Kerrville, TX

  54. I love making Packing Tape Transfers and I love making Fragment Charms with paper, but I've never put the two together like this~ You are BRILLIANT! Thanks again for sharing your discoveries with us, Roni!
    Have a great May Day, Erin Glee

  55. That is very cool. I love learning about all your great discoveries. You are doing the experimenting for us. Thanks so much!

  56. thanks for sharing with us your great talent in experimenting and exploring new techniques. we learn a lot from you. i cant wait to try it on sepia accents too. hopefully they would work on it. thanks for the tip.

  57. I have just recently found your blog and you are awesome! I have been so inspired and learned so many things in just the few days I have been poking around. Thank you so much!

  58. Girl - I have a big of these little plastic things I didn't know what to do with - I'm headed off now to play with them. Yipiee!!

  59. Roni, I LOVE these!!! I'm so behind on my blog reading, so I just now saw these posts. Thank you so much for sharing! ~Lori


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