Design Transfer Methods

After you print your design to any size with Rapid Resizer, here are techniques to get your design onto material.

Transfer Methods

  • Carbon or graphite transfer paper
    Place the transfer paper between your pattern and the material then trace the pattern's lines.
  • Light box 
    If your material's transparent, such as glass, place it on the printout, both on top of the light box.
  • Iron-on transfer paper 
    Print onto the transfer paper then use an iron to transfer your design to fabric
  • Chalk or a pastel stick
    This is especially good for transferring a stencil to a wall. On the back of your printed design, with chalk or pastel rub where the lines are on the other side, tape the pages to the wall, then trace the lines with a ballpoint pen. That will transfer the lines using the chalk/pastel.
  • X-Acto knife
    If the material you're transferring to can be cut, attach your printed design to it, then trace the design's lines with an X-Acto knife cutting a copy of the lines into the surface underneath
  • Metal photo-etching
    With a photo etching kit, a chemical bath cuts your stencil out of metal.
  • You may also be able to just glue, pin, or clamp your paper pattern onto the material.
  • LaserJet iron onto wood
    Print out the mirror image on a LaserJet printer. Inkjet won't work. Ensure the wood is sanded smooth. Using a clothes iron on its hottest setting, rub the tip along the lines, then peel off the paper. (Contributed by Philip)

Strong Reusable Stencils

How you can make your pattern or stencil more durable:

  • Transparency, mylar, or acetate sheets 
    You can print or trace your design onto the transparency then cut it out with an X-Acto knife or an electric stencil cutter. Printing directly to transparency sheets can be tricky: printer compatibility problems and smears.
  • Glue the printout to cardboard or bristol board.
  • "Laminate your paper template and then cut out your stencil with a craft knife. You can get different quality laminating pouches that vary in rigidity." - Maxine 
  • For plasma cutting, transfer the design to plywood and cut it out with a jigsaw.

If you have transfer tips for any craft, comment below so other readers can use them.

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