I've just had what seems to me to be a brain storm. Now since I'm new to
this group, this idea may have already been done, but then again maybe
Call it luck, fate, synthesis, serendipity, synergistic or
synchronicity, but I just read this past few days about using an ink jet
printer to transfer photos by using T-shirt transfers. I tried it and it
worked beautifully. Thank you Dotty McMillan. Then tonight someone
mentioned paper and clay. Then I realized I needed to print out some
more business cards showing my NPCG affiliation. Then.......!!!sparks
flew, gears turned and I've got them baking in the oven. Yes...my own
business cards transferred to polymer clay in living color! I can add a
hole in one corner and it becomes a key chain as well. A permanent,
keepable business card.
I had previously designed my business card background with bright
red, yellow and blue flames by using a software program called Dabbler.
I imported this into Print Shop Deluxe which has a business card layout.
Using that, I completed the card with text over the background. Then
tonight all I had to do was flip it to horizontal in the PrintShop
options menu and print it out onto the T-shirt transfer.
Next step was to prepare some Premo clay. I've used a transparent
layer over a gold layer 'cause I just love the Premo gold. I used the
transparent layer to let the gold show through, but I think I'll switch
to plain white and just back it with gold. After it is baked I'll
experiment with its durability and adding borders or other stuff to it
such as impressions on the back, or interference powders, adding a bead
to the key chain, making it into a magnet, and on and on and.......
This seems to be the first new idea I've had in weeks and it is all
due to reading what everybody is up to in the news group. Thank all of
you for planting this seed which sprouted up just like Jack's beanstalk.
Goodnite to all--see you next time.