This antique advertisement for Hartford Tires has such pretty typography and would be perfect as a framed print for a “man cave”, but I’ve also come up with a fun and useful image transfer project that would be a perfect gift!
laser copy of reversed image
block of wood
image transfer medium (I used Fusion Transfer Gel
1. Doing an image transfer requires a reversed image, so you’ll need a laser copy of this image.
2. Select a block of wood that you’ll transfer your image to. I used a piece of scrap wood that my husband cut off the bottom of a door. I sanded it a bit, and applied dark wood stain on it to darken it up a bit. Remember forget to stain (or paint) all sides of it.
3. Drill holes into the top to hold pencils.
4. Cut out your image, and apply the transfer medium to the FRONT of it. Use care not to get the transfer medium on the back side.
5. Position the image on your wood, and smooth in place. If any excess transfer medium comes out the sides. wipe it away carefully. Allow it to dry completely. You can use a blow dryer to speed up the process.
6. Dampen the image, and use a rag to gently rub away the paper. Once it dries, you’ll see the image still looks cloudy, like the photo below. Dampen it again, to remove any remaining paper, but don’t worry if you don’t get it all.
7. Once the image is dry, apply furniture wax or another sealer over the top. You’ll notice that some of the image rubbed off when I removed the back side of the paper. I like that it adds to the old look of the image, but if that kind of thing bothers you, you could also get a laser copy of the image (not reversed), and decoupage it onto the wood.
Many of my antique graphics would look good on a project like this. I think a sewing image would look great on a wooden holder for scissors for a quilter or seamstress. You can find all my graphics HERE.
A bit more about Fusion Transfer Gel. I am SO glad to have discovered it, because I’ve used several different types of transfer mediums, and all of them worked great, but they are all expensive compared to Fusion’s transfer gel. It costs less than $15 for 16 ounces, which is an incredible deal, compared to other transfer mediums I’ve used.
PIN IT now, and make it later!
More easy DIY projects can be found HERE.
You can find many more antique advertisements HERE.