|Directions for Cold Laminate
*Cold Laminate sheets (C-Line or JM Brands are available at Sam's
Club or Office Depot)
*Photocopied, laser printed, or magazine images (Ink jet images won't
*COLD water (even lukewarm water can weaken the adhesive)
*Card stock for finished art
*Two or more of the following:
Magic Leaf Flakes
Gel pens (Y&C Gel xtreme work best)
Paint pens Marvy Metallic Markers
Thin exotic paper scraps
Other thin embellishments
- Cut laminate to the size you want, I like 1/4 sheets. I also
cover the back of the piece with laminate when I am done
decorating, so I use 1/2 sheet for each piece.
- Trim images closely if you want to include more than one. I
have used both small and large images, and overlapped as well.
The images need to be photocopied or printed with a laser
printer onto inexpensive paper. You can copy a full sheet of
single images or stamp a collage and photocopy it. Magazine
images will change or lose color when they transfer. Mary
Hackney told me that she used ink jet images printed on glossy
- Peel backing from laminate and place images FACE DOWN onto
the adhesive side, carefully rub image to be sure it is all
stuck down. Be careful that stray hairs or lint don't get on
the adhesive, they may not come off.
- Fill container with COLD water. If the water is warm, the
adhesive softens and can come off the laminate, also warm
water will cloud the adhesive.
- Soak the piece in the cold water until the paper is
completely wet. Most copy paper will turn a grayish color when
soaked. Once the paper is soaked, leave the paper in the water
and gently rub the paper off the adhesive. When the adhesive
is wet, it is not sticky. The paper should roll off in small
pieces leaving the black lines of the image. This takes a bit
of practice and patience. Sometimes the paper is stubborn and
needs to be rubbed several times. I use just my fingers, but a
soft sponge will work also. If you rub to hard the image will
get scratched as well. As long as the piece is wet, the paper
can be removed. When you think all the paper is gone, remove
the piece from the water.
- DO NOT use a cloth to dry it!!! It must air dry because it
will dry sticky and the cloth will leave lint. DO NOT use heat
to dry it either, the laminate will melt. I lay out a towel to
lay the piece on (laminate side down) and continue to rub it
gently to remove any left over paper.
- Once the piece is dry, it will regain its original
stickiness. Hold it up to a light to see if all the paper is
off. If not rewet it and rub more.
- Once the piece is dry you can start to decorate it! Here are
decorating tips: -put magic leaf flakes on all of the image or
just on some areas. -color the images with gel pens (be sure
you let the ink dry) -use a paint brush to add pearl-ex,
Powdered Pearls, or Angel dust. You can actually paint these
colors onto the image. -- The powders will stick anywhere you
put them, so be careful of crumbs. -sprinkle glitter on the
piece, I use different colors on the same piece, but remember
that you cant just tip it off, it will stick to anything it
touches. -add scraps of paper to different areas. -add
confetti -just be creative!
- Once the piece is done, cover the back with another piece of
laminate to seal it and trim to the size you want.
- I use clear double stick tape to put it on cardstock. Since
light will shine through, a window card would work also.
decorated stick pens. I tried a couple of techniques to make
these. The 4 on the left are made by applying clear double sided
adhesive to the pen then rolling it in foil, next I added another
layer of adhesive and rolled them again in clear holeless beads
until completely covered. The next one was rolled once in
transparent purple beads only, and the one on the right was rolled
once in Beedz brand beads.
This tutorial was contributed by: Lorrie Oreck
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