These are easy and add some interest to what otherwise would or could be, a very boring life...
Start with photos of your choice, printed from a LASER printer.
If you don't have a LASER printer, take your photos and get them photocopied.
It's the TONER in the photos that transfers using the solvent.
I have a laser printer, so i printed off a sheet of photos just for the purposes of this S&T.
A sheet of [printed on my laser printer], photos
This photo is AFTER i used my blender pen...the solvent will make it see-through just until the solvent dries which is very very quickly. I also taped this one down using washi tape (it's the only tape I could find with such short notice hahahaha!!!)
I laid the tag down onto the picture so I could ensure the portion of the photo I wanted to transfer, covered the tag. You can tape it down and then flip it over to do the transfer. That way the photo won't move when you flip it over.
In the sample below, you can see my transfer DID NOT WORK!! my recipient tag obviously has a "glossy" sort of finish on it, making the toner from the photo actually run and smear. SOMETIMES transfers JUST DON'T WORK. Choose a new recipient and you'll be fine :)
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I used paper from a vintage note book for the following transfer and resulting "layout"
I have never really talked about "burnishing" a transfer but it really does help!! I just always use really hard pressure with my pen, but you really should burnish it and it does make a big difference.
To check to see the success of your transfer, DO NOT lift the photo right off the paper!!! Just lift a corner and slowly lift it to check to see if the transfer results are satisfactory. IF you lift it right off and want to lay it back down, it is virtually impossible to get it positioned properly. SO, peek cautiously and if you want more of a transfer, lay the lifted portion back down careful not to move the overall positioning of the photo.