Challenge #3 for my Altered Books group was to try a Tape Transfer. I hadn't done one for awhile, and I had never done one with words, so I thought I would do a quote. At first I thought I had to print the quote out backwards, but after going through the process realized that no, I don't! The sticky side needs to be on the back, so I need to print out normally. Also, the transfer kept coming out very faint, so I tried printing out in bold. While I was rubbing the paper off of my 4th try, I realized that this would probably work much better with a toner print (rather than an ink-jet), and didn't I read that somewhere? I don't know. I'll try that next time. But I liked the effect (subtle) of the quote that I ended up with, and it worked perfectly on my page. So here is what I did:
I started with packing tape.
Then I covered the words I wanted with the tape, overlapping.
I cut out the words
Then I burnished the words. First I used the edge of my scissors, by the 4th try I used the back of a spoon. I don't think it made much difference.
I placed the piece into a sieve, and ran warm, almost hot, water over it, and rubbed the paper off the tape. You don't want any of the paper to go down the drain.
Than I laid the pieces on a paper towel, sticky side up.
In the meantime I painted the page in my book sky blue with cheap acrylics
And then, using Stampscapes stamps and some sponges, created the right side of my layout. I also made some clouds on both sides using a mask (before I stamped).
I added my tape transfer to the left side of the page. The stickiness from the tape sticks the words right to the page.
Then I added 3 snowflakes to the right hand corner, and some blue-white fiber. It reminded me of a cold day waiting for snow. I like the whispyness of the words. Done!
You can still see some bits of paper stuck to the tape, I could have gotten them off if I worked at it, but I like the effect.