I love custom DIY gifts! This week I was asked to create some fun personalized gifts for an event. I was excited to do so. The only problem. I didn’t have fancy equipment needed to make this easy. I tried for hours to make it work with my Circuit. Literally hours workin on making this image into a cut file. Figuring our how I would layer each color. I would need to cut each piece by color for each one. There was no way that was happening! With this particular image is was almost impossible. I was stumped. What I really needed was a sublimation printer. But that was not in the budget so I had to find another option that would allow me to transfer images without a sublimation printer. I found a way and had to share it!
How To Transfer Images Without a Sublimation Printer
Image Rights: What is very important to note is that you must have the license or right to use an image. DO NOT go find an image on Google and use it. That is not ok. I was given this image with permission to use for this project.
DO NOT USE THIS IMAGE!
So let’s get started with how to transfer images on gifts without a sublimation printer.
- Standard printer – I have an HP DeskJet Printer (This printer is fabulous) This does not have special ink or features of a sublimation printer. I used the standard ink cartridges.
- TransOurDream Tru-Iron on Heat Transfer Paper for Dark Fabric (Find it here on Amazon) NOT sublimation paper!
- Iron or Heat Press
- Parchment Paper
- I used drawstring bags for this project
So to get started I put the image in a google doc and made it the size I wanted using the image edit option. I choose 4 in. I was able to fit 2 on a page.
Next I sent it to the printer. Make sure it is set to color and best quality if it has that option. No need to mirror. Simply print.
Make sure your Heat Transfer Paper is blank side face up. The back will have heat transfer words on it. Or however your printer is set up, just make sure it will print on the blank side.
Next cut out your images. Anything that you cut will show up on your image. It will not be see through. So cut out exactly as you want it to on your products.
Peel off the back of the heat transfer page. It feels off like a sticker. But the top will not be sticky.
Place your image on the product. Make sure it is exactly where you want it to be. You can use a heat transfer tape if you would like.
Now you want to use heat to transfer your image. MAKE sure you use parchment paper to cover your image before adding heat.
If using an iron on medium heat for 20 seconds. Take off for 10 seconds. Return for 10 seconds.
If using a heat press, use 200F for 15 seconds. Take off for 10 seconds. Return for 10 seconds.
That’s it! Now you have a beautiful, vibrant image on your products using what you have!