Technique: Week 2 – Easy Transparency Alternative

May 23, 2006 at 1:59 pm (Altered Art, Announcements, Art, Art & Crafts, Collage, Contests, Crafts, Hobbies, meme, prize, Scrapbooking, Tuesdays, Tutorials)

As time goes on, we will explore a variety of techniques.. some you may have seen before, some will be brand new.. but the common thread that they all hold, is there is something to learn. If you've tried a technique, or a variation of it previously .. I encourage you to try it again. Apply it to a new surface, try the following technique on old book pages .. push your own limits, and see what you discover in the process. Whether you have the same results as our contributors, or something completely different .. it's about the exploration and somehow making it all your own.

This technique was chosen this week because I am amazed at how many people are intimidated to try transfers, and even more afraid to ask. Besides, with the holiday weekend coming up, I thought a faster technique would be more appropriate. Enjoy! – Chrysti

Try It Tuesdays: Week 2 – Easy Transparency Alternative
Heather Bradley aka Molly
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Approx. Time Involved:
5 -10 minutes
© 2006 Heather Bradley, All Rights Reserved.

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Heather Bradley is a multi-talented artist whose passions for handmade soaps, mixed media collages, handmade jewelry, and .more have made her an inspiring, and respected artisan. She has launched her own bath line, in addition to her gift store. You can see more of her work and read more about her at her blog as well.

Try It Tuesdays - Week 2 Technique Examples 

The Eiffel Towers, and the flowers on these ATC’s were done using this method!


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Here are some more examples of Heather's wonderful collages done using this simple, yet fabulous technique. In parenthesis, are the elements that have been done with the Easy Transparency Alternative.

 Try It Tuesdays Week 2 Technique Examples

1. Sisters 2 ATC (Text, Swirls & Paris ) 2. Sisters 1 ATC (Swirls)
3. Geisha ATC (Chinese Text) 4. Stationary ATC (Woman & Compass)
5. Lina Cavallini (Lina) 6. Eiffel (Eiffel & Text)

Materials List: 

  • Clear Full Sheet Labels *
  • Laser or Toner Copy Image (Separate Images, do not print on labels)
  • Bone Folder or Burnishing Tool
  • Gel Medium (Matte Finish Recommended)
  • Water
  •  2 Towels

TIP! *(Clear Packing Tape, Clear Contact Paper and Laminating Paper would also work)


  • Cut out laser printed / toner copy image.
  • Dampen one towel
  • Put water into a small bowl, or cup.

Similar to the packing tape method, here is an easy alternative to those expensive transparency sheets. I ran out of tape on my last project and found a whole pack of clear, full sheet labels in the cupboard.  If you have any clear label sheets (Avery or any brand) they work just as great! Avery labels have a frosted coating but this will come off.

 Let’s Play!:

1.      Cut a piece of the label sheet slightly larger then your image.

2.      With the image facing up, apply the sticky side of the label directly to it.

3.      Burnish the entire surface of the label with your bone folder until it has adhered well. (no bubbles)

4.      Dip your fingers in water and start rubbing the paper in a circular motion to remove the paper.  Add more water and continue rubbing until all the paper is removed.  If there are still flecks of paper continue rubbing to remove them.

TIP! * If there’s a frosted coating, rub the surface with damp towel to remove it.

5.      Give it a quick rinse in clean water to remove any additional little bits of paper.

6.      On a dry, clean countertop place the sticky side down. Using a dry towel, squeegee any water off.

7.      Now trim your image, and glue down to your project with Gel Medium.

There you have it! An easy, inexpensive way to make transparencies!

 Try It Tuesdays - Week 2 Technique Examples

The Flowers on the first ATC, and all the Eiffel Towers were done using this easy method.

Be sure to visit Heather’s wonderful stores – she has AMAZING jewelery &  gifts, and her bath line is to die for! She has some more of her work at Flick’r and in her fabulous blog as well!

This document, (all images and text included) are not for distribution. Try it Tuesdays has the authors permission to share this technique for use on . You may use this document for reference, and personal use only. Not to be shared on email lists, message boards, or by any other electronic or print means.

© 2006 Heather Bradley, All Rights Reserved.


Paper Relics has the perfect image CD’s for you to use in your transparencies!

Tried The Technique? Finished Your Entry?
Want a chance to win this week's prize?

  • Upload your entry's photograph(s) to your Flickr account or Blog. In your description, please state it's part of Try It Tuesdays and link to the site. (On flickr you can link, or add the tags tryittuesdays & tryittuesdaysweek2, or do both!)
  • Go to the Entry Submission Page and follow the instructions
  • It's that easy! See the FAQ for additional help & rules.

    Now start creating!! I can't wait to see what everyone makes! – Chrysti

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    1. Try It Tuesdays » Try It!! .. Then Win It!! Week Two Info said,

      […] Try It!!! – Week Two Week Two's Technique – Easy Transparency Alternative By: Heather Bradley aka Molly […]

    2. Art by Chrysti » Blog Archive » Try It Tuesdays: My Week 2 Results! said,

      […] So, I made time today to try the latest technique over at Try It Tuesdays… Week 2 is An Easy Transparency Alternative, and it only took me 20 minutes to do a bunch. I had done variations of this transfer previously with packing tape, but it's seldom I am pleased with the result.. I really don't care much for the shine on packing tape, or the limitations in it's width. […]

    3. dawn said,

      This was the first time that I fully understood this method and how to apply the finished transparency to your art piece. Thanks so much, just the technique I was looking for for a few unfinished projects. And you are right, quick and easy!

    4. Try It Tuesdays » And the week 2 winner is… said,

      […] Week 2 – Easy Transparency Alternative by Heather Bradley […]

    5. Art by Chrysti » Blog Archive » More fun with TIT Transfers! said,

      […] Earlier this week, I discussed my experiences with the TIT (Try It Tuesdays ya perv!)Week 2 Transfer Technique… Since then, i have somehow managed to complete a few more transfers. Keep in mind, none of these are finished works of art..I just wanted to share the transfers with you. These were a perfect fit to my insane schedule this week, thanks so much for sharing Heather! […]

    6. chrysti said,

      I”m so glad it was easy to follow! I take alot of time editing these, to make them as simple as possible 🙂

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      […] Week 3- Easy Plantable Seed Paper by Urban Debris […]

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      […] …. Easy Transparency […]

    9. FrurocoarMunk said,

      Amazing… very interesting theme. I am going to blog about it also!

    10. I just want a little passion to hold me in the dark « Secure Images « OCR Software said,

      […] used this technique transferred laserprinted image with 2 pieces of packing tape and used gel gluestick to secure image […]

    11. Jamel Ricker said,

      Your content is seriously useful. Thank the author so much for keeping a plenty of Positive blog.

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