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Acetone Transfers ATCs

Acetone can be found in nail polish remover, I got mine from Tesco, just look at the ingredients and see if acetone is listed, if it is, this is the stuff you want, it isnt expensive.

To make this technique work you need fresh laser or photocopier printed artwork – it doesnt work so well on older copies so make sure its fresh! The prints I used were a day old and they worked.

To make a transfer you trim round the image, place it image faced down towards the surface you want to transfer the image onto, get a cotton wool ball and soak up the acetone, and rub and dab the back of the printed image to transfer it. Lift off a corner to make sure its all transfers and then remove it to reveal your image transfer.

I transfered my image directly onto an atc which Id already added colour onto using inks and it worked fine, if your worried about messing your background up- you can always add colour afterwards.

A is for Acetone Transfer ATC

A is for Acetone Transfer ATC

I found this video on youtube for Acetone Transfers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv4d2zRPbG4 In the video they transfer the image onto a block for carving but I decided to transfer it onto an already inked background just to see if it would work.

I first found out about Acetone Transfers in the following book below and decided to give it a whirl, I love how this technique turned out and must do some more:

altered imagery


This background technique is another idea I have been playing around with recently, as you may well have already guessed I am a bit of a backgrounds addict:)

This technique utilises the use of clear sticky back plastic, the types used to back school books with, to create a clear protective covering. Sticky back plastic is available by the roll very cheaply from most stationers such as: office world, woolworths, partners, stationery box and many more.

What You Need

White Card
Archival Inkpad
Rubber Stamps
Clear Sticky Back Plastic
Blunt Object: I used the back of a spoon
Acrylic Paints

How To Create

1. Stamp your image onto the white card, for this technique you need to use non gloss card. Allow to dry.

2. Cut a piece of sticky back plastic to size, you want it to fit exactly over the image you have stamped. Peel off protective backing and stick over the image on the cardstock.

3. Next you need to rub over the entire surface of your sticky back plastic you have just laid down onto the card. I used the back of an ordinary kitchen spoon. Literally rub over the entire surface, the reason you are doing this is because it creates a stronger bond between the plastic and the card which you need for the next step.

4. Take your plastic covered stamped image to the kitchen, and place it inside a bowl of water for a couple of minutes to wet the card. Next hold under a running tap, and gently with your fingers push the card off the back of the plastic. Continue working until you have removed all of the card stock.

When you have finished you will have a semi translucent image which has been transferred to the front of the sticky back plastic. As if by magic! Allow to dry.

5. Using acrylic paints, squirt, stipple or sponge on different colours onto the side which you removed the card from, set aside to dry.

Once dry you can trim your plastic and attach to the front of a card blank!

Here are my creations: