DIY Clear Contact Paper Transfers
Clear Contact Paper Transfers onto Glass – who knew it would be so easy? And in Color too! Hello, fellow crafters! It’s Heather from Thicketworks with a fun method to transfer color images to glass. With this method, you can create small or large transfers, and the colors are vibrant.
This is a variation on the wonderful DIY Packing Tape Transfers method shared by Andrea from The Cottage Market. If you haven’t seen that post, make sure you check it out to learn this simple and fun technique. Visit Easy Image Transfer Methods for DIY Projects for even more inspiration!
Supplies for DIY Clear Contact Paper Transfers:
To follow along with this project, you’ll need a few basic supplies:
- Toner or laser copies of your favorite color graphics, printed onto ordinary printer paper.
Note: Ordinary ink-jet prints will run when exposed to water.
You know your printer/ink best: if your ink is waterproof, then go for it!
- Clear Adhesive Shelf Liner
- A tool to smooth the image to the adhesive – I use a Spreader Tool
- Glass containers to embellish
- A spray bottle of water, or a shallow container large enough to submerge your graphic in water
- A smooth, light colored ceramic tile
- Plain white pillar candles, in glass
- Plastic Page Protectors (for storage of your masterpieces)
Simple collages in Photoshop were created for this demonstration.
To grab your free copy of the pre-made collages, click HERE!
To make your own collages, download the source images by clicking on the image names that follow:
- Gather your supplies, and cut pieces of Clear Shelf Liner to fit the surfaces of your glass containers
2. Now, trim away the borders of your printed graphics.
No need for precision – we’re just eliminating unnecessary white paper.
3. Peel the backing away from your shelf liner, exposing the adhesive. Don’t discard the paper backing – we’ll be using it in just a moment!
4. Carefully place your printed image upside down onto the adhesive, and smooth lightly with your fingertips.
5. Re-apply the paper backing to protect the adhesive that surrounds your graphic:
6. Flip this ‘sandwich’ over and smooth the shelf liner to the graphic, with the Spreader Tool, removing any air bubbles.
7. Burnish the shelf liner onto the image with the handle of your scissors, the back of a spoon, anything with a hard but smooth surface.
8. Remove and discard the backing paper, flip the image over and saturate the paper with water.
For larger graphics, a shallow pan will allow you to soak away the paper more efficiently:
9. Once the image begins to appear through the back of the paper, it’s time for the magic!
10. Place the shelf liner face down on your work surface and begin rolling the paper away from the ink with your fingertip:
11. Continue this process until all of the paper fibers have been removed.
Here, we’re almost done:
12. Complete the paper removal under gently running water at the kitchen sink.
Note: By placing the shelf liner adhesive side up onto a smooth ceramic tile, it’s possible to have a firm surface to rub against while running a gentle stream of water over the work.
This is helpful for larger scale pieces, like this Blue Jay:
13. Once you have removed all of the paper fibers, carefully place your transfers in a safe place to dry.
Avoid attempting to dry the surface with a towel – any fabric will leave tiny fibers coating the surface. Patience is a virtue in this process!
14. When the transfer has dried, you will notice small patches of white paper fibers still clinging on to the ink in some spots. Just re-apply water, rub them away, and allow to dry.
15. When fully dry, you simply place the adhesive side of the transfer directly onto the clean glass surface you wish to decorate!
Our graphic has become a full color transparent ‘decal’, which can be easily removed, but will stay in place securely until you peel it off.
You can adhere these transfers onto any non-porous surface: mirrors, windows, canisters, etc.
Here’s a close-up of the delicacy of the results once applied to glass:
Because the shelf liner comes on a large roll, you can create both small and large transfers.
Here’s a small one, about an inch and a half tall:
These are a fantastic way to create seasonal motifs on plain white pillar candles encased in glass.
When the seasons change, simply create new transfers, and safely store those that you’ve removed.
Placing them on regular plastic page protectors in a 3 ring binder will keep them safe for years!
It’s easy to create an ensemble of containers with a cohesive look:
Have fun creating your own color transfers on glass!
Thanks for visiting The Graphics Fairy today, and I hope you’re inspired to try the Clear Contact Paper Transfers technique!
If you like experimenting with various materials and methods, drop by Thicketworks to explore!