by Laura of Tuktu Paper Co
One of the best and most budget-friendly ways to customize your wedding is a monogram. From save the dates and invitations to table numbers and even your wedding favors, a personalized monogram will give everything a designed feel that your guests will definitely notice. One of the easiest and most impressive techniques is called transference. By using a handful of materials, you can transfer any printed material onto a wooden surface.
What you’ll need:
- Scrap wood that has been sanded smooth
- Wedding monogram (or a photograph, special words, or whatever else you like) printed reverse with a LaserJet printer.
- Glazing medium (found at your local craft store)
- Sponge brush
- Water-soaked cloth
- Mod Podge (optional)
Purchase one of Tuktu Paper Co.’s online monograms or create your own design using a typeface from Fairgoods. Once completed, make sure to “mirror” your artwork so that it’s reversed. This is necessary because the artwork is going to be placed face down to transfer the image. Scale to desired size and print using a laser printer (inkjet printers tend to bleed and smear). Don’t have a laser printer? Most local print shops will be able to help you.
Using a sponge brush, apply glazing medium liberally to the wood surface and spread evenly. Take your printed image and carefully place down onto the wood. Smooth any surface bubbles with your fingers and press firmly to ensure the entire image gets transferred. Let dry for at least eight hours.
When it’s completely dry to the touch, use a damp cloth to get the surface of the paper saturated. Once the paper starts to dissolve, begin rubbing the soft paper off with your fingers in gentle circular motions. The transfer will begin to emerge from underneath. It takes a while remove all of the paper, so patience is definitely required. If some of your transfer comes off, don’t worry — it will just add to the beauty of the process.
That’s it! You can Mod Podge the design for a glossier look and to ensure longevity. This process works for black and white as well as color images. Play around with different porous surfaces and see what works best. You can also experiment using this method for bunting, personalized wooden hangers, signage — the list is endless.
Note: While the methods we used are non-toxic, please read labels carefully if you’re going to be using on areas that could come in contact with food or children.
DIY & Wood Craft Design: Tuktu Paper Co.
Photographer: Studio 1079 Photography
Planning & Styling: French Kiss Events
Videographer: Cassie O’Neil Cinematography