Thursday, October 27, 2011

Transferring an Image onto Wood




I have tried several methods to transfer images from my favorite website, The Graphics Fairy, onto wood.  The Citrasolv method works well, I've tried Mod Podge and some others, but also wanted to try using the Woodworker's Transfer tool that I learned about from Dee at A Lapin Life.  I found the link on her site to buy this tool from Amazon. (It costs about $14 and qualifies for their free shipping if your total is over $25)  It was really easy to learn how to use it from the directions right on the package.




I started with a mirror image of a graphic from a laser copy.  (Remember that if you only have an inkjet printer, just take it to Kinko's or anywhere with a big copy machine, copy it and you'll have a laser copy)


I used a simple, small,  beaten up fence board from Lowe's.  I did sand it where I was going to apply the graphic, so it was pretty smooth in that area, but other than that, I left it in its beaten up state.  I taped the graphic to the wood so it would stay in place and rubbed the heated tool over the paper.  It took a couple of minutes of running the tool over the paper for the graphic to transfer onto the wood.   I lifted off the paper and the graphic looked great.





I stained the wood with Minwax Puritan Pine.  I like this color on cedar as it's kind of dark, but still shows the graphics.  Unfortunately, no one seems to carry this color anymore!







After the stain dried, my husband made the box.  












I found some fall bushes at Michael's.  I stuck them in pots with styrofoam, put some spanish moss on top and they were done.



I really love the way the wood transfer tool works!  Dee at  A Lapin Life  has a tutorial on using it to transfer graphics onto fabric as well.  I think that may be my next project!


Thanks so much for your visit!

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59 comments:

  1. I havent heard about this little tool.. got to add that to all the other little gadgets that i want. Your box looks great.

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  2. Esa caja te a quedado preciosa.
    Saludos Inma¡¡¡¡

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  3. That is so cool...would an iron work or does it just need the close pressure to work? Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Pam, this looks great!! I'll have a look at this tool.
    Do you think this would work with a usual iron too?

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  5. I love it Pam, but then again I LOVE all your projects!! Martina

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  6. I haven't heard of this tool, either, but I think it's exactly what I've been looking for!!! Now...just finding time to order it will be the next project!!!
    Thanks for the info!!!!

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  7. I love how that turned out! I'm going to have to try that!
    Thanks for the info.

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time Interiors

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  8. Kpaints and Dina got me wondering if an iron would transfer the image to wood?? I tried it and it did put a little of the ink onto the wood, but not enough that I'd say it would work. Thanks for the questions!

    Pam

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  9. Pam,

    You did a fantastic job transferring the image on the wood! I love it.

    The woodworkers transfer tool is a fun and easy tool to use.

    I'm so glad you enjoyed using it.
    Dee

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  10. That looks awesome, Pam. I've had that tool for quite a while, and haven't used it to transfer yet. I think you just pushed me.

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  11. Wow! That looks amazing like that! I haven't tried CitraSolv or Mod Podge but I'd be game for trying this!

    Jeanine

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  12. Fabulous box, the flowers look so pretty in it. I've got to try this technique.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  13. What a great little tool. I'd love to try it! Your box turned out wonderfully! thanks for linking up to VIF!

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  14. Cool tool! Trasfers are so fun and your's adds so much character to a piece of wood that your husband made into a great vintage looking box!

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  15. Oh my gosh! I love that little tool! I think I need to purchase one! Thanks for the great tutorial and tips. Your box turned out sweet! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  16. Pam, that is fabulous! I looked into this at one time and for some reason i never ordered it! I think I have to look again!

    Carol

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  17. You did such a great job on this project! What a great tool!

    I appreciate your participation in Potpourri Friday. Many thanks!

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  18. Love that! It is just amazing what tools and tricks there are out there and we are so glad you shared them with us at Inspiration Friday! :-)
    Vanessa

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  19. Coming over from Dee's!!! This is gorgeous!!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  20. P.S. I'm your newest follower--nice to meet you!!!

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  21. Hi
    What a usefull tool, need to se if I can find something similar here in Norway.
    Wish you a good weekend!

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  22. Wow Pam! What a great box and technique you've shared! I love it! Seems like doing the transfer this way kind of takes out any guess work! My kind of project!

    Thank you for all you share! You're a joy, and I learn from you!
    Hugs,
    Becky

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  23. Such a Cute & Clever Idea, Thanks for sharing....

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  24. Great project fun idea. :)
    DE

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  25. That is so wonderful...love that tool! You are so good at this!

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  26. This technique was perfect for your project! I need to dig around in my Dad's workshop to see if he has one of these tools. This would be perfect for the pallet turned "Crate side table" that I just made. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Pam, This project turned out wonderful! I have this little tool on my wish list.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  28. Oh this turned out so cute!! I am going to have to check into using one of these.

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  29. I had not heard of this tool before. That looks pretty easy to do. Love the way it turned out.

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  30. Your project turned out great. I've seen other posts about this tool, but your box looks so fabulous, I think I'm finally sold. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this informative and wonderful project.

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  31. Wow, that thing works awesome! LOVE your project! It really looks like a little antique butter crate. So cool.

    Shared it on FB: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150422432656141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  32. I just might have to try that. It looks great!

    Janet

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  33. Amazing! I have not heard of this method -- off to scope out a heat tool and pinning this for future reference!

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  34. Oh my gosh that is soooo cool!! I totally want one of those ~
    Thank you for sharing with us!

    xoxo
    Lori

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  35. I was so inspired by your project that I've ordered one of those little tools from Amazon. Can't wait to get it! Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration. Enjoy your weekend.

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  36. That is amazing; I'd never heard of that method before.

    I don't have a printer here at home, but do have a laser printer at work. Oh no, this means I have to buy another item. LOL

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  37. Looks fantastic, Pam! I haven't heard about this tool. Will look into it more! I love your projects! Hope you had a great weekend!

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  38. Finally, a cool project you can do with a laser printer! The inkjet people have all the fun. The box looks amazing.

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  39. Thanks for this, your transfer is gorgeous, I just might have to take a stack of pictures to staples and get them laser copied.
    Keep smiling and creating

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  40. What a brilliant tool and what a delicious end product! Love it. (Via The Graphics Fairy)

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  41. Very neat project and such a rich color you stained it!

    Looks like I have a new tool/trick to do transfers with :)

    Thanks for sharing :D

    Visiting from BRAG MONDAY at GraphicsFairy today,
    Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

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  42. Wow! That's amazing! Technology blows me away. Great posting!

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  43. Love this idea! I've tried citra solv and acetone, but this looks a little less messy.

    Found you through Naps on the Porch!

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  44. Pam, you are somthing else! You create the most amazing pieces and I sure do love this one! Thanks also for the "how to", great information!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  45. Fantastic. I love it. YOur box is wonderful. Now I really need to order one of those tools. Thanks for the info. Hugs, marty

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  46. That is the neatest too and your wooden box looks great stained. Do you have to seal the design after you apply it?
    Thanks for sharing all the links.
    Babs

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  47. That is so cool and looks fantastic!

    Veronica
    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

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  48. That is really informative. Thanks for sharing the photos too.

    roof trusses adelaide

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  49. Do you think an iron on a hotter setting would work? Does it work on fabric?

    I assume what it does is make the toner "melt" off on to the wood, correct?

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  50. OMG - I wish I had known about this when I was doing my Vintage Crate Stairs! http://compulsiveintexas.blogspot.com/2010/07/vintage-crate-stairs-part-4.html
    It would have saved me WEEKS of work. Great tool. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  51. Home resembles your status of your life and even your personality so we must be creative and productive, thanks for the tutorial and it is really helpful.

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  52. Wow good one really interesting stuff.

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  53. This is my first opportunity to visit this website. I found some interesting things and I will apply to the development of my blog. Thanks for sharing useful information.

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  54. This is also my first visit. I can't wait to read more!
    That little tool looks like a solder iron, which I have. I'm wondering if it's hot enough....

    I build out of palettes and just plain (other people's) crap. I'm excited to add a little more interest to some of these things!

    Thanks,
    Christine

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  55. Pam,

    You did a fantastic job transferring the image on the wood! I love it.

    The woodworkers transfer tool is a fun and easy tool to use.

    I'm so glad you enjoyed using it.
    Dee


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  56. This is my first time i visit here.
    I found many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion.
    From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here!
    keep up the good work.
    Philadelphia Construction Company

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  57. This is great - thanks for sharing.
    Does anyone on here happen to know if this would work on laminate wood?
    Thanks!
    Ruth

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