- 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 paper.
- 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
- 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.