Iron Orchid Designs
Decor Transfers Tips and Directions
IOD Décor Transfers are a little delicate, need a little extra care, but are so worth it. With a little instruction, they are easy to use and add instant style to your projects. (Make sure to check out our new White Transfers for a beautiful design on your deeper richer colors! )
PREPARATION IS KEY.
Keep your transfer with its backing sheet until you are ready to apply. Keep free of dust or debris, which will interfere with adhesion. Do not allow the adhesive side of transfer to touch anything prior to application. When handling the transfer, avoid letting the adhesive side touch itself (don’t do in a windy environment). Do not store transfer in extreme temperatures or humid conditions, which can affect adhesion.
Start with a clean, dry, matte surface. If painted, make sure it’s well cured, and if you have sanded the paint make certain there is no residual dust. All of these things will interfere with adhesion.
Carefully remove the transfer from its white backing. Slowly and carefully lower the transfer onto your intended surface, making sure that it does not touch until the placement is correct. Use small pieces of low tack tape to hold it in place.
Using the provided tool, or one of your choice, start at one end of the transfer and rub firmly to adhere the image to the surface. Do this until the entire image is transferred. You are welcome for the free arm workout as well. If any parts aren’t transferred when you lift, simply lay it back down and rub more on that portion. After it is transferred, with a clean dry hand, smooth down any bits that aren’t flatly adhered.
We recommend sealing with a water based (or not harsh solvent based) sealer (waxes created for chalk type paints also work well if they don’t contain harsh solvents).
As well as all mentioned above, we find that a well sealed surface works best for application. Actually, transfers love glass/mirrors. Be sure to work with your stockist as far as if your paint brand works best sealed with IOD transfers. Not all paints require sealing for application.
When applying, try to get a tiny air bubble (gives your a "plasticy" sound). This surface tension is key for easily transferring the image from the carrier sheet to surface. You can also carefully pull back carrier sheet periodically to create tension when you can't get an air bubble. Be careful to not get too much of an air bubble! Too much will move your transfer greatly.
If you get "boo boos", don't worry! Use another small piece or a remnant you have lying around to cover up any mistakes or shortfalls. You can also distress to help disguise them too. OR - just distress for a whole new look. To distress, use a fine grit sand paper to lightly sand and distress to your heart's content.
You can layer them as well. It's fun to distress the top layer/s to expose the hint of layer/s below.