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Some time ago I tried working with transfers and peel off. And while any image transferring techniques are highly appreciated and sought after (especially the fuss free ones 🙂 ), peel off are not so much appealing. Frames, borders – sure, they make nice finish elements in scrapbooking, but it seems they do not play to much of an important role when it comes to decoupage or mixed media altering. Still, they can provide great masking tools for interesting backgrounds.

And for this key box I used a whole sheet of flowery peel offs, painted the background (inside of the box) metallic cooper, let it dry and then arranged individual peel off stickers on top of it. You need to press firmly so that whatever medium you apply afterwards (paint, glaze, paste, bitumen etc.), it does not bleed underneath. Peel them off when your medium is still wet.

I painted the entire key cabinet metallic copper and when applied liquid bitumen in several layers (alternating brush strokes horizontally and vertically) I achieved a tiny cracks effect:

I mentioned image transferring earlier; the front of the cabinet was decorated with a transfer made with a help of a transfer medium. It is a gel that you apply onto an image of your choice in several layers – horizontally and vertically. When dry you dip it into a bowl of tepid water, let the paper soak up the water for a while (up to an hour), and then peel off the paper revealing a transparent film with your image imprinted. Great for intricate details or when you want a background to see through the image/images. Like here for example. It can be used with regular print outs (laser printers only), will not work with napkins and any other fine tissue or glossy pictures.

I used the medium here to layer up several tiny images onto a print out of art deco background:

As you can see, I was left with stained peel offs and it seemed a waste to just get rid of them, so I used several to frame the main picture. I regretted it almost instantly :). They just seem too much, I would have been with better off leaving my little collage as it was initially designed, but since I coated it immediately with a thick layer of glossy varnish it was too late. Well, it does not always come out to your liking, doesn’t it? 🙂

And on the subject of peel offs – a few weeks back I posted a tutorial on crackle glaze. That was the main feature of the post. But before the 2 step crackling medium was applied I decorated the background with lots of distressing (as usual) and relief paint ornaments. To produce an outline for the motifs I was planning to trace with relief paint I used rose pattern peel offs. Here’s a picture of rose motifs showing from underneath the second coat of paint:

And that’s what they looked like when traced with silver relief paint:

If you’re into hot embossing with powders, peel offs can be very useful when ‘drawing’ a motif to be embossed. Instead of using stamps that can be to detailed for crisp effect, you use a peel off as a ‘drawing base’ that you later trace with clear embossing marker.

Any questions? Something does not make much sense? 🙂 Please, ask in the comment box below. And, as usual, thanks for stopping by,