Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Digital Stamping with Iron Ons

Hello Whimsie Doodles friends! This was posted on yesterday's Whimsie Doodles blog but I wanted to share it with you. Pardon moi if you have deja vu. heehee!

As you may know, I recently ventured (overboard!) into iron-ons, and wanted to share a very simple tutorial with you. Whimsie Doodles' digital images are perfect for this little baby gift!
Here is what you need for this project:

Whimsie Doodles image
baby burp cloth (pre-washed to avoid shrinkage)
Iron-on transfer kit (available in notions and craft sections in major retail stores)
flat sturdy surface
coloring medium

Let's get started.
First choose which adorable Whimsie Doodles image you want to use. I used the new baby bear collection, starting with the boy image.
My computer has an easy print option, so I printed it on a 3x5 size on to the transfer sheet:

Let the image cool for about a half hour, just to prevent smearing.

When cooled down, trim as close to the image as possible while iron is heating up on the highest cotton setting. Ideally a wooden surface will provide a sturdy area for the transfer. I used our dining table and covered the area with a towel.

Remove the backing from the image, it peels off quite easily. Be sure that you have a piece of parchment paper  for the transfer, the kit I purchased had one included but some of them do not. Parchment paper can also be found at your grocery store as it is a popular item used for baking.

Cover the entire image with the parchment paper.

Press firmly on the image, 20 seconds for each time. The parchment paper will prevent any scorching so don't worry about any burn marks! A total of 2 minutes would be perfect, ironing the entire image in portions first, and then over the entire piece in smooth strokes.

Here is the entire image transferred completely:

Now you are ready to color! I chose Copics which are perfect for fabric coloring and safe in the wash. You can also use fabric markers or fabric crayons to complete your project.

Here is my boy baby bear, complete with a stitched ribbon hem:


And the girl version:

This is a very easy and fun project, perfect for baby showers and customizing it to your own nursery colors! My baby's room happens to be in browns and blues which inspired my boy cloth, that wonderful ribbon was a great starting point for my girl cloth.
You can find these new adorable images HERE in the Whimsie Doodles store.

Thank you all for coming by, have a super Wednesday everyone!
♥ and Aloha,


Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

Those are just adorable!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

What a fun project!!!

Courtney said...

What a great idea! These are so adorable!

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Darling project, Joni!! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial with us!!

Scrappin Ashley said...

Joni you are always so creative! These are adorable <3

Debbi said...

Joni, those are adorable!! What a wonderful gift idea. Thanks for sharing!

minerva said...

you read my mind - I was lay in bed wondering how I could colour iron ons.... I only have promarkers or distress... wonderful gift idea. tfs.

Lelia said...

Too sweet, Joni! I just made a t-shirt today using a digi! Woot! ;O)


Michele said...

Hi Joni,
Thanks for the tutorial! I love how your baby burp cloths turned out!! Hmm....I actually do need a baby shower gift...maybe I'll give it a try.

Country Mouse said...

Bought some transfer paper yesterday at WalMart...big plus, it was on clearance!!And I have some of these diapers in my closet, didn't use them on another project! Can't wait to try this out for myself!!!:)

Tammy said...

Oh I saw this yesterday and it's a crazy good idea Joni!
Thanks for the tut.

LORi said...

WOWZA Joni Girl!!! You my friend are a genius!! Love the tut!! A few years ago I drew my little Sugar Sticks and ironed them on tees and tote bags, thanks for sharing and reminding me!!!

Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo said...

WOW! so sweet - thanks for sharing how u made this :)