Friday 29 May 2015

Transferring and Colouring Digital Stamps onto Fabric - Tutorial

Hi there!

Today I come with a tutorial on how to transfer digital stamps onto fabric for then colouring with Copic markers. It's a very effective technique. It's easy, looks nice and I love it!

Hope you like it and try it yourself.

This is the picture of my finished project. 
In it I used: a plain sweat top, Steampunk Girl by Alicabel, 
a sheet of transfer paper for dark clothes and my Copic markers.

First I printed the image at the desired size on the transfer paper.

Then I fussy cut the image.

Then I removed the backing paper (very important!)...

...and placed the image centred on the top. 

The next step was to heat transfer the image onto the fabric with my iron.
The image needs to be covered with backing paper. 
I recommend you to carefully read the instructions of your specific transfer paper.
For mine, it was recommended to use the cotton settings with no steam and apply heat for about 30 seconds, but with continuous movement of the iron to not burn the spot =P

Now, my image is transferred and it's time to start colouring.

Colouring on the fabric is not like colouring on paper. 
I guess I could say that the lighter colours wash the darker ones.
However, blending is quite good and it does not take to long to get used to the differences.
Maybe a good trick would be to apply always a coat of the lighter shade 
before adding the darker ones.

Once the image is completely coloured you need to repeat the ironing process 
to make sure the colour gets fixed onto the transfer paper.

And this is my image completely coloured.
Colouring details:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21, R81 (blush)
Hair: E31, E35, E37
Skirt: E40, E41, E42, E43
Shirt and Hat: RV10, R81, R83
Apron: R81, R83, R85
White collar and gloves:W1, W3
Corset: E35, E47

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Challeges I am entering:


  1. this is so cute tfs how to do it. thanks for joining the challenge at dtc. hugs

  2. Great tutorial and project! Thanks so much for joining us at our new blog! If you’ve not had a chance to become a follower, please do so as soon as you can. To be a winner, one must be a follower. If you’ve already followed us, thank you so much and thanks for sharing and joining us today at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog. Hope to see you again next week and good luck!
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  3. Great creation and a wonderful tutorial. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter.


  4. Fun song and a great tutorial. Thanks for joining us at Open Minded Crafting Challenges this fortnight for our "Inspired by a Song" Challenge.

  5. What a gorgeous idea. Thank you for the step by step tutorial. And thank you for sharing this with us over at Crafting from the Heart. Sue DT xx

  6. This is really lovely. Thank you for joining the challenge at Creative Fingers. Hope to see you again next time.

  7. What a great project and so beautifully done.Your colouring looks super.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week.
    Lisa x

  8. Wonderful project and tutorial! So happy you could join us at ATSM!

  9. Guau, Aurora! Me encanta este proyecto-tutorial! Creo que puedo aprender mucho de él y por supuesto gracias por participar en Open-Minded Challenge. 1 abrazo.

  10. Wonderful project and tutorial - thank you for playing along at TPS this week hugs Judith x

  11. Sadly your fabulous project has exceeded our challenges entered limit.

    Thanks for the great tutorial however. Could you colour the transfer paper and then iron in place?

    Dream Valley

    1. Oh, sorry. Didn't realised =P.
      Regarding your question, I find that if you colour before transferring the paper kind of melts with the ink and gets damaged. But you can always try on a scap.

  12. Beautifully coloured.Thanks for sharing with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun
    Julie DT
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  13. Great tutorial! Nice technique! Have to give it a try! =)
    Thank you for joining us at Decorate to Celebrate!

  14. This is amazing! I saw your work on another blog and followed the link over. What happens if you colour before ironing on? Does it smudge? I would love to try this out!

    1. Hi Kerri, I'm glad you like it.
      I find that the transfer paper before ironing is like a gel, so when you colour it kind of melts with the ink and gets damaged. Instead, after ironing it becomes like plastic and is very resistant. But you can always try yourself on a scrap.

  15. Oh.. wow fantastic. Great idea and your coloring is beautiful as usual. Love it. Thanks for sharing with us at Art by Mi Ran challenge. MI Ran xx

  16. Wow amazing project.. thank you so much for the tutorial.. love your colouring on her.. Thank you for joining our Anything Goes Challenge #33 at Art by Mi Ran Blog.. Hope to see you again in our next challenge.. and good luck at the draw ;)


  17. What a super sweet project you have for us today, so well thought out and put together a fabulous Creation Beautiful in every way, we are so lucky you have entered our art by miran challenge
    so beautiful to look at good luck hugs Tracy x