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Vendor Spotlight: C&T Publishing TAP Transfer Artist Papers

Reported by Wendy Jordan


When I was a child, I never used iron-on transfers, or had dreams of designing my own t-shirts. The closest thing to ironing anything “on” was a knee patch!!

Today I am reviewing Lesley Riley’s TAP Transfer Artist Sheets. TAP Transfer Artist Papers are top-of-the-line transfer sheets that can transfer images to virtually any surface using the heat of an iron. Using your inkjet printer, images can be transferred to any surface. The possibilities are endless!!

Included in the box I received were a very detailed instruction sheet with tutorials using the TAP on many different surfaces, one reusable silicone release paper and five sheets of TAP. The sheets of TAP are a light gray on one side and white on the other. The white side of the paper is where the image will transfer on to. You can see below my image printed from my inkjet printer.

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TAP Transfer Artist Papers were very simple to cut with scissors. The scissors going through the paper felt like I may have been cutting a sheet of 120 lb. card stock. Below you can see the precise cutting I was able to do with TAP.

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I wanted to really put TAP to the test. When I was researching C & T Publishing website, the description of TAP said that you can transfer images to virtually any surface, including but not limited to fabric, paper, wood, glass, canvas and metal.

The instructions said to put your iron on the highest setting. I could not find any instruction on the C & T Publishing website saying if you should use the highest setting with a steam iron. I took a guess and thought against it. I figured you wouldn’t want your transfer sheet with your ink on it all wet.

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I wanted to create a personalized shell pendant for a friend. I got started by placing the reusable silicone release paper over the cut out TAP ”S” and the shell piece. The silicone release paper is used for protecting your iron and any surface that can’t withstand high heat.

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There weren’t any included instructions for transferring onto a shell surface. The closest instruction I found would be transferring onto a non-porous surface. The instructions said that it would take longer for the TAP to adhere to the surface when using the reusable silicone sheet. I began ironing and ironing. The surface of the shell is smooth, but it is ever so slightly curved. I moved my iron all around the ovals slightly curved surface. I ironed for close to 15 minutes. The directions said that a transfer depending on its size and surface being transferred would take no more than 30-45 seconds and non-porous surfaces would be even faster.

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I was finally able to adhere the TAP “S” to the shell surface.

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When I attempted to take the backing off of the TAP while still hot, the entire image came off with the backing. You can see some kind of residue on the shell. I am not clear what that residue is from, the TAP or the silicone sheet.
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After doing more internet research, I called C & T Publishing and reached a really nice woman who gave me the email address of a gal who had the answers to my questions. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard from that gal as of the date I wrote this. When I get the answers I am looking for, I will do another article, showing where I made my mistake with my little fabulous idea. Luckily, my friends birthday isn’t until December.

I wasn’t ready to give up on TAP yet, so I thought that maybe I would try something a bit more beginner TAP level. I printed a photograph onto the TAP Transfer Artist Paper. It turned out perfectly. I used my inkjet printer; the only setting I had to adjust was to turn “mirror image” on.

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I chose a sheet of canvas to transfer my image to. I cut out the image from the TAP Transfer Artist Sheet.

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I placed my image where I wanted it on my canvas and started ironing.

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This time the ironing only took about 30 – 45 seconds. I could tell that the image was starting to transfer because I could see it around the edges of the TAP Transfer Artist Papers.

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Once the back of the TAP Transfer Artist Paper was removed I could see that the image didn’t transfer as well in some areas as other. It gave the image a worn, distressed look. This isn’t exactly the result I was looking for. I was looking forward to images like in the projects in the instructions and tutorials on the C & T Publishing website, their images were very clear and crisp. This is one of the questions that I have asked in the email that I send to C & T Publishing.

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Canvas layout, with the distressed image:

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Lesley Riley’s TAP Transfer Artist Paper is very innovative and fun product, that I plan on continuing using to perfect it’s uses. I have emailed C & T Publishing with a few of my questions regarding the projects that you saw today.

Pros:

  • Each package has five sheets of TAP Transfer Artist Papers.
  • Each sheet is 8.5″x 11″ which will fit any printer
  • No special ink needed.
  • If you own a printer, you can get started right away

Cons:

  • Laser printers can’t be used.
  • Need more tutorials and Q & A’s on C & T’s website.
  • A learning curve that needs to be overcome, but fun enough to use that you will continue trying.

Do you have any ideas that Lesley Riley’s TAP Transfer Artist Papers would work fabulously on? Have you used TAP Transfer Artist Papers before? If so, please tell us about your experience.

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One Response to Vendor Spotlight: C&T Publishing TAP Transfer Artist Papers

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    Karla Anderson April 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    I do no think that TAP is the best medium for what you are trying to achieve in your two examples. My understanding of TAP is that is used for mixed media type applications and the expected results are not crisp perfect images. Most examples I have seen and made using TAP give a worn, aged vintage look. Not sure about the shell, but I would say the picture turned out how I would have expected. IF you are wanting a crisp clean image then perhaps iron on ink jet sheets are better suited. I have used TAP and love it for the ease of use in my mixed media art for creating cool looking worm, aged, vintage images.