Parcel (packing) tape transfers

Parcel tape (clear packing tape) can be used for image transfers! Did you know?

Packing tape transfer - copyright Susie Jefferson

Here's how...


This won't work with inkjet transfers: it needs a permanent ink such as laser prints, newsprint, photocopies etc, as it's the toner that makes the magic.
  • Choose your piece of artwork and lay transparent tape over it (the wide clear packing tape) and burnish it down well. Cut off any excess.
  • Soak in a bowl of cool to warm water for a minute, then rub gently on the back of the image with pad of your finger (not the nail, or you'll scratch the image).
  • All the paper 'nibs' will rub away, leaving the image on the back of the tape!

  • Let the tape dry - if there's a whitish 'bloom' showing, this means there's still more excess paper left on the back of the tape. Soak again and have another go. Unless you want that effect of course (it's more Shabby Chic...) as my example above.

  • If the tape won't stick to your page, use gel medium or Diamond Glaze to adhere it.

  • The excess paper could block your sink, so dispose down the loo or an outside drain.

  • Have fun with this - images look great in journals etc!

  • If you want a matt finish, go over the tape with matte medium (a very thin coat).

Have fun!


  1. Anne Huskey-Lockard2 September 2011 at 18:38

    I actually tried this with inkjet prints soaked with workable fixative, then covered with matte gel medium.
    Dampened an area at a time and gently worked the paper off.
    Not perfect, but if you're in a pinch and don't have a laser or color copier, works!
    Glad you're back! ;-)


  2. Gabriela Delworth2 September 2011 at 18:40


    We missed you! Welcome back!


  3. Bless you both! How NICE to actually be missed!

    Sending virtual hugs & kisses...

  4. Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage2 September 2011 at 19:29

    Hi Susie,
    How sweet of you to stop by. Glad you're back! The packing tape transfer is so very cute. I'm amazed at the different mediums and artworks you artists come up with. Happy Pink Saturday weekend to you.


  5. Hey there, Ms Susie! What a fun project. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. HPS!!!

  6. Hi, Susie..what a cute transfer. I am always in awe of artist like yourself..I can't do a single solitary craft...I just enjoy seeing yours. ;0)

  7. Thanks for you ideas and suggestions. I will leave all that good stuff to you.

  8. Great idea. I should try it! Thanks! Happy Pink Saturday!

  9. I have only an inkjet and it seems to work pretty well most of the time. After the initial rub off with my finger, I gently swirl a soft wet stencil brush, held at a slight angle, over the image to get the last bits of paper off, if that's the look I'm going for.

  10. Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio3 September 2011 at 00:56

    What a great technique ! I was awol for a while myself so it's gooood we are both back.

  11. Great post - I really appreciated the bit about getting a matte finish, which has been my one hang up about these kind of transfers. Love it! Glad you're back!
    Happy PS

  12. Stephanie Suzanne ♥ Queen of Dreamsz3 September 2011 at 06:49

    Hi Susie,

    I like this technique and I have a laser printer so I must try it.

    I'm glad to see a post from you. I do miss you when you are absent. ♥

    Stephanie ♥

  13. Thanks for the tutorial. Nice to have you back on PS!

  14. Happy...Happy Pink Saturday..I pray that God will bless you all through out the coming week...
    I love your help and blog...
    God Bless You...

  15. Hi.... thank you so much for this technique. I thought it would only work on ink jet printers. Will try it this afternoon!
    Thanks again,
    Sweet Blessings


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