This roll of transfer paper was sent to me free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.
So initially, when I applied to review this, I had thought this was something you used to line the bottom of your drawers or for your cupboards – when when it arrived I was totally confused, I had totally misunderstood its purpose. It is not for lining cupboard shelves or drawers, but rather to be used for transferring vinyl letters, once cut on a die cast printer, to projects.
This roll is 12 inches wide, and is 8 feet long. There are grid lines to help you make even, straight cuts (wasting less of this roll) and will also help you to align up you design straighter. This is used for transferring adhesive vinyl (also available for purchase from Angel Crafts) to your project, whether it be a coffee mug, CD jewel case, signs, scrapbooking or heavy paper to be framed.
Usually, those who do vinyl will have a computer program to make their design with and then a special printer that will cut out the designs into the sheet of vinyl. Have you ever seen people’s names on their door? That was cut from one of those special printers.
Then you use a tool with a sharp point at the end to help “weed” the vinyl. This means you pull out all the scrap pieces outside and inside that are not part of the design. One you have finished that, you then use the Angel transfer paper. Cut the paper a little larger than your design and peel off the backing. It was a little tacky/sticky but not as much as duct tape or a band-aid. Either align it over your design (the paper is semi-transparent, so this would be pretty easy to do) or put your design onto the paper. Everything I researched and looked at suggested to put the paper over your design. The design should be face up (the non-sticky side up). Then you use a scraper tool, or an old credit card to smooth down the transfer paper to the design, and make sure there are ABSOLUTELY no bubbles.
Next you need to prep the project area. If its going onto paper you can apply the transfer paper to the area you’d like to have the design (again the fact that it is semi-transparent would really help with this aspect and the lines would help you to make sure its actually straight too). If you are applying your design to porcelain, plastic or any other shiny surface you would want to use Windex to clean the surface, then use rubbing alcohol to make sure you have left no oils from your fingers on the surface (or they vinyl won’t properly adhere).
Peel the backing off the vinyl, line up your design where you would like it, press it don carefully onto the surface. Use a credit card or scrapper tool again to remove any air bubbles and to ensure a good seal is established. Carefully peel off the transfer paper. If any of the vinyl peels up, stop and go back over with your scraper tool/credit card, and continue.
The paper is wrapped around a tube with a large core (or paper roll) to help prevent memory issues – – – AKA staying curled rather than laying flat.
I got mine from Amazon.ca (YUP, finally one for us Canadians!)
It is made in the United States (and thus is also available on Amazon.com). Compared to most other brands on the market, you get two more feet per roll of transfer paper!
Go and check it out if you do any projects like I’ve described above or you would like to start a DIY project. Many other transfer papers I was told (a friend of mine explained the process to me since I’d never used before) said that they leave a horrible sticky residue behind, whereas this one did not. I think this would work really well for any projects you have planned; especially compared to other similar products without the lines or transparent backing, making it a ton harder to get everything perfect. *These are not heat transfer papers, no iron or other sources of heat are needed!
You can also do directly to their website: http://angeldirectproducts.com/ to browse all their products.
Have you ever used transfer paper before? How did it work out for you?