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Friday, March 1, 2013

Personalized Mod Podge Photo Transfer T-shirt

Mod Podge Photo Transfer T-shirt

I'm a big fan of  Mod Podge, so I was super excited when I was given the chance to play with some of Plaid's new products. As soon as I saw the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium, I knew just what I wanted to create.

If you've been around the Pinterest block, you've seen these fabulous photo collage t-shirts.  I'm always drawn to the mix of black and white and sepia photos that draw the eye to the stunning landscapes.  I always thought it would be fun to personalize one for my oldest son whose spent the first 7 years of his life traveling around the world. Lucky me, Mod Podge Transfer Medium makes personalizing this t-shirt possible. This stuff is just the coolest.  Basically, it can take any photocopied image and transfer it to canvas, wood, glass, and my favorite surface, fabric.

What You Need to Make Your Own:

- printer copy of your favorite photo (make sure all text is reversed)
- t-shirt (pre-washed and ironed flat)
- paint or foam brush
- Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium (available at Michaels)
- wax paper or cardboard
- sponge
- water

Step 1:  Cut your image down to size.  Get as close to the edge of the image as you can because whatever space is around the photo will be transferred. Squirt a good size amount of the Mod Podge medium on the photo side of the paper.

Step 2:  Spread the medium in an even coat over the entire photo.  You want to just barely see the colors.

Step 4:  Turn the photo over (gel side down) and smooth out any bubbles.  Pay special attention to making sure the edges are sealed. If any of the medium squeezes out the sides, make sure to wipe it away with a wet cloth.

Now the hard part . . . wait 24 hours.  I warn you, do not skimp on this time frame. It's hard, but necessary.

Step 5:  Using a wet sponge, wet the entire photo.  You want to see the photo coming through.  Let this sit two minutes.

Step 6:  Wring out your sponge and gently, using a circular motion, rub the paper off.  Word of warning, do not use the scraper side of your sponge.  This is too abrasive and will crack or tear the transfer along with the paper.

Keep going until all of the paper is removed.  It may take you a few rounds to get it all.

If you're sewing your own t-shirt proceed as normal.  If you've used a pre-bought t-shirt, you're good to go!

Mod Podge Photo Transfer T-shirt

Sit  back with your loved one and reminisce about the good times. One more thing to remember, the darker the printed image the darker your transfer.  I wanted a muted, water color look for this project and altered my photo collage for that impact.  I'm seriously in love with this stuff.  Taking into account how many different surfaces this will work on, the medium has so many different applications.  I know I'll be playing around with different surfaces for months.

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  1. Wow! What a cool shirt! That photo transfer medium is a really cool product; I didn't realize it would work on a shirt!

    1. It is the coolest stuff, Heather. I've had so much fun playing around with it. I've got a candle project to share next week.

  2. This is such a great idea! Love the idea of sharing vacation shots on a tee.

    1. Thanks Amy. I love it as an alternative to photos that just sit around in an album.

  3. I'm sure it means so much more because the images are from places where he spent the early years of his life... love this!

    1. Yes, Carolina, we've had a lot of fun looking back on these memories.

  4. What a great tutorial! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there!

  5. Thanks for linking up to I spy refashion this month! I've shared your tutorial on my fb page!


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