Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fun Transfer Technique -- Creating A Bird Cushion

I have been having great fun with a new transfer technique using CitraSolv that many bloggers are doing right now.  Citrasolve is a cleaner degreaser that  I was able to find in a health food store.
Graphicsfairy has wonderful graphic pictures and I downloaded a few of her bird pictures.  For this transfer technique you need to use a laser printer and not an inkjet printer.  Something about the kind of ink in the laser.  I cut the bird pictures to size.

I chose a plain white cotton fabric and placed it on a pile of newspaper.  Then I placed the bird picture upside down on the fabric and taped it to the fabric very close to the edges of the picture. 
I used a brush to brush the back of the picture with the Citrasolv.
I used a good heavy spoon to rub the back of the picture VERY hard, all over and over.  Don't miss any areas.
When you remove the tape voila the picture is transferred to the fabric.
I got so excited with this first attempt I tried it again with this sweet pair of birds.  This time I made sure I really rubbed hard (but don't tear the paper) and the end result was even better.
When the fabric dried I placed an older cloth under the transferred fabric and ironed on the right side of the picture to set it.  There are so many things you can do with this fabric.  With one of the transfers I made a cushion which I edged with a light green fabric and sewed a lightly patterned white fabric for the rest of the  front and back.
I made it such that the opening at the back overlaps and a cushion slips in nicely..
This was so fun!  Dancing with the Stars and American Idol won me over tonight so I didn't get a chance to get creative with this further because I HAD to watch them both tonight.  
 I guess I'll have to wait until these shows are over for the season. 
Hope you've had a fun day... Judi xoxo


Nancy McCarroll said...

What a great idea, and the results are excellent!! I have tried this with another product (can't remember now) and an ink jet printer but those results were not good.

Glad to find this information, Judi, and know you will find lots of uses and more fun with your laser printer!!

Theresa said...

Oh dear Judi... GORGEOUS! I will have to try this when I get a little extra time:) Have a blessed day, HUGS!

pchickki said...

Oh my goodness Judi. This came out just fantastic! I tried transfers a few years ago (paper transfers using modge podge) and I loved it but for some reason I haven't done one for awhile. Probably because I do most of my creating in Photoshop now. These are just lovely.
Hugs to you

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Thanks for sharing this information Judi. Your pillow turned out great! Connie

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Judi
Your cushion looks gorgeous. I have not heard of this technique so thanks for explaining it. I will have to try it myself.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Judi, I LOVE this! Thank you for sharing the info. Yours turned out so pretty. laurie

Anonymous said...

WOW, Judi! This is great. I haven't heard of this but look at how it works! Love how the transfer turned out! Your little pillow is darling! You have too much fun! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

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