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Packing Tape Transfer: The Easiest Craft Ever!

Learn how to do an image transfer from a magazine using a packing tape transfer. This is SO easy and has so many creative applications!

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you’ll enjoy this project. The process is very easy; perfect for kids as young as teenagers.

Packing Tape Transfer: The Easiest Craft Ever!

I always love learning new techniques. Especially when it comes to creative pursuits, I’m kind of addicted to it. I’m going to really pay attention to a new technique if it’s easy, and that’s what these packing tape image transfers are.

Yep, I recently learned how to do packing tape transfers from magazines via a Creativebug class, and I’m so excited to share the results with you. I’ve been writing a lot of letters lately so I turned my transfers into awesome notecards!

But before I begin, let me tell you about how this class came to be.

This year DIY Candy was selected to be a Michaels Maker – a team of 50 creative bloggers working with Michaels stores who have been assembled to “fuel your creativity” through various projects.

And the program started last week with an amazing Michaels Makers Summit in Santa Rosa, California. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go due to a foot injury . . . but my blogging friends and Michaels are so sweet, they represented me anyway:

The summit looked like such a good time, and I wish I could have gone! My fellow Michaels Makers got to participate in four amazing classes (weaving, watercolor, paper flowers and image transfer) taught by Michaels education partner, Creativebug.

Since I wasn’t able to attend, I was given the opportunity to try one of the Creativebug classes at home. Yes, please! I decided to tackle image transfers with packing tape. Why? Well, it looked cool. And I had magazines . . . and packing tape . . . so why not?

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I opened the Creativebug course on my computer and followed along. I simply selected my chosen images from magazines and smoothed the tape down on the surface, making sure not to get any bubbles within.

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Then I burnished the tape to the surface with a credit card.

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I tore all of my chosen images with tape on top out of the magazines.

rinsing off transfers

Then I soaked them in warm water for a few minutes and the magazines literally FELL off of the tape, leaving behind images (some magazines work better than others, some need to soak longer than others).

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Then I set the image transfers aside to dry.

embellish

I simply trimmed my image transfers and used embellishments I purchased at Michaels to trim out some of their Recollections notecards. Instant gratification!

Learn how to do an image transfer from a magazine using packing tape. This is SO easy and has so many creative applications!

Aren’t packing tape transfer cool? I did just one and now I’m completely addicted! This would be a fun project for tweens and teens too.

Learn how to do an image transfer from a magazine using packing tape. This is SO easy and has so many creative applications!
Learn how to do an image transfer from a magazine using packing tape. This is SO easy and has so many creative applications!

Now I think you should take the Creativebug class and try it!!

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Allison Schnackenberg

Wednesday 30th of May 2018

How is this different than just pasting the image directly from the magazine?

Amy

Wednesday 30th of May 2018

It's pretty transparent - it gives more of a cling effect that a solid page. You can see light through it. Plus it just looks cool! :D

Julie Hibbs

Thursday 8th of September 2016

Hi ~ I love the labels you made for the pantry and would love to make some for myself. I have tried my best to figure out the font that you used, but have been unsuccessful. Would you mind sharing the name of the font? I don't think my eyes can stand another day of looking at fonts! Thank you.

Amy

Thursday 8th of September 2016

Hi Julie! What labels are you speaking of . . . nothing is coming to mind right now!