Packing Tape Image Transfers

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Introduction: Packing Tape Image Transfers

In this instructable, I'll teach you how to transfer laser printed or photocopied images to packing tape.

This process also works with hot glue or clear caulk -- the transfer won't be as clear, though.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:

- packing tape
- scissors
- the image you want to transfer
- a basin
- water

Step 2: Printing and Cutting

Print out the picture you want to transfer. This method works with laser printers, and photocopiers -- I'm just not sure about inkjet printers.

Once you've printed your picture, cut it out to save paper.

Step 3: Tape

Tape over your image. I suggest at least two layers of tape, to prevent the tape from seperating.

Once you've taped up your picture, you can trim the edges of the tape.

Step 4: Soak and Rub

Fill your basin with water, and soak your image in it.

Once you've soaked the image for a while, rub it's back. The paper should come of easily.

Step 5: Finished!

You're finished!

Now, go find a use for your paper pulp.

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    19 Discussions

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    batvanio
    batvanio

    3 years ago

    Be a little more specific. What water use, how long you hold it ...

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    RickS238
    RickS238

    Reply 1 year ago

    I use hot water with a little soap in it. The key is to get the paper wet enough that it will ball when you run your finger over it. Then dunk again in the water and rub some more. Total time to remove paper is less than a minute.

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    batvanio
    batvanio

    3 years ago

    I do not get. I used inkjet printer and keep it in hot water. Friction fell and paper and ink.

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    janey west
    janey west

    3 years ago

    Help ! I tried this, I printed "Treats" soaked it water for couple min. then pealed off the paper and nothing. What am I doing wrong ?

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    rsk11584
    rsk11584

    8 years ago on Introduction

    wow nice idea i will post afterwards that for what i used this :)

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    nickhallen
    nickhallen

    8 years ago on Step 5

    Yes, when they dry they are still fairly sticky.

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    LinuxH4x0r
    LinuxH4x0r

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome! any way to transfer it onto something else?

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    threecheersfornick
    threecheersfornick

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Ok, now that I've said that, I realize that you could stick the tape to whatever you want. So yes, in a way, you can transfer it to "something else".

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    LinuxH4x0r
    LinuxH4x0r

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I was thinking more of the toner transfer method, but yeah, this would work fine.

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    Sunbanks
    Sunbanks

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Good idea! I'm going to try this sometime.

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    Sunbanks
    Sunbanks

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Now to find the packing tape....

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    GorillazMiko
    GorillazMiko

    12 years ago on Introduction

    That's so cool! Great job, I am going to try this out for sure. +1 rating. (added to favorites)