INSTRUCTIONS - As easy as Print, Press, Peel
1. Print photos on WHITE side of paper, in your inkjet printer (does not work with laser printers), using a plain paper setting and a mid-range photo quality setting. Always print photos and especially text in reverse or mirror image when transferring. Trim any excess white areas from image. All white areas transfer as clear polymer.
2. Pre-heat iron to highest setting for best results. When ironing to a fabric that cannot withstand high heat, chose an appropriate setting and iron for a longer period of time. Transfer time will depend on the size of your transfer, the heat of your iron and the surface you are transferring to. Small transfers (i.e. 2x4" } can take as little as 6-10 seconds. A full sheet transfer should take no more than 30-45 seconds. Non-porous surfaces may transfer even faster. Experiment with time & heat for each surface. A piece of parchment paper or regular copy paper between TAP and your iron will keep your iron clean. Work on a smooth, firm surface (ironing board). Uneven areas or stray threads in the transfer area can interfere with a perfect transfer.
3. Place paper, image side down and iron entire surface of image, keeping the iron moving over the paper to keep it uniformly hot. TAP paper will easily lift from the fabric or other surface when the transfer process is complete. You cannot over-iron TAP.
TO ENSURE WASHABILITY, be sure to iron until transfer is 100% complete. The image side of the paper should be very smooth when the transfer process is complete. Do not look at the transferred image to determine when the transfer is complete, check the paper by peeling back a corner and checking for smoothness before removing the entire paper.
Fabric will feel stiff after the image is transferred due to the polymer coating that locks in the inks and enables washability. As you wash your transfer the excess polymer will wash out, though the image will not impacted. It should render a softer hand after a small number of washes, but it does not get softer every time you wash it.
TRANSFER YOUR OWN DRAWINGS AND DESIGNS - Use markers (Pigma, Coptic, Marvy, Zig, etc), crayons, or any soft materials that will not scratch the polymer coating on the paper to draw on the paper for transferring your own designs. Markers are more brilliant in terms of color, while crayons tend to have more of a pastel appearance. Apply a bit more pressure with crayons and pencils to make the color bolder, but be careful not to tear the paper or scratch off the coating. Higher quality markers render the best results. Keep in mind that ail original art will transfer in reverse or mirror image, including any text.
Always store both printed and unprinted sheets in poly bag and keep away from moisture. TAP has a shelf life of 2 years when stored in poly bag.