Packing Tape Image Transfers

How to make image transfers with packing tape via

I love image transfers.  It’s something I’m always using in my journals but there are so many other fun uses for them.  All you need to make a transfer is a photocopy of an image or words and packing tape.  You can also use printouts from a laser printer or magazine pages. Inkjets will not work because they are not heat based toner.  So take some photos to the copy machine or tear some pages out of your favorite magazine to get started.


How to transfer images (materials) via

First, take a strip of packing tape and place it over the images you want to transfer:

Packing Tape Transfers via

Then use the back of your scissors or the side of your fingernail to make sure the tape is adhered firmly:

Packing Tape Transfers (burnish tape) via

Next, dip the tape and paper into a bowl of water to wet the back:

Packing Tape Transfers (water) via

Using your fingers, start to rub off the paper from the back of the tape:

Packing Tape Transfers (removing paper) via

Like magic….your image is left behind on the tape!

Photocopy transfer via

I like to use the transfers to wrap special letters before I mail them.  If the back isn’t as sticky as you need use a little tacky adhesive spray:

Adding tape transfer to mail via


It’s like having custom tape:

Fun way to embellish mail via

Another idea is to take a small canvas and use the images for artwork:

Mini canvas via

I used a paint brush to add craft paint to bubble wrap to use it as a stamp:

Bubble wrap as a stamp via

I just used my hand to press it down:

Printing with bubble wrap via

An easy printed pattern!

Printing with bubble wrap (art journal) via


More stamping with bubble wrap in this fun video:


Then I added my packing tape transfers:

image transfer onto canvas via

A little embellishment with a crayon….

Crayon Heart via

….and a Sharpie:

Sharpie Embellishment via

And it’s a cute mini canvas to decorate a desk or wall:

Home Decor using tape transfer via

I love the photo booth at the mall:

Heat based tape transfer via

You can also use magazine pages. Here is a page I tore out and applied packing tape across a few words:

Heat based toner image transfer via

An easy way to add transparent wording to a journal page:

Magazine image transfer via

It works for color or black and white!

Magazine image tape transfer via


Other image transfer tutorials to check out below or click here for all image transfer tutorials!

Transfer an Image using Contact Paper via


Transfer Image using Gel Medium to Wood or Canvas via


Glittery Leather Cuff with Transfer DIY Tutorial and Download via

Also check out:

How to Make Your Own DIY Glass Clings Using Tape via for party decor, home decor, table decor etc.

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  1. says

    This could be really cute for wrapping Christmas presents! Especially since I bought a huge roll of brown paper last year that I have to use heavy tape on :)

  2. Heather H says

    This is genius. Thank you!
    P.S. GUESS WHAT?? I just got my Choose Joy necklace in the mail. I LOVE IT!!

  3. says

    Love it! Thanks for sharing. I’m amazed people are so creative they can come up with things like this! Good thing for the internet I dont have to come up with creative things:)

  4. says

    This is an awesome project! And I still have a bunch of tape lying around from our recent move. I didn’t know it could be so useful that way!

  5. says

    Very useful tutorials! I’ve never known packing tape could do this! Love the bubble wrap and crayon idea as well, the result is so pretty! Thanks for sharing these tutorials!! 😀

  6. Beth says

    Just did these transfers with a cute halloween photo to put on the envelopes of my Thanksgiving cards! Thank you! It worked beautifully!!!

  7. Tiffanie says

    I tried the packing tape transfer and wasn’t pleased. First of all it’s a lot of work getting the paper backing off. second of all it just looks like a glued the pic to a piece of paper, might as well just have done that because that would take less time. Cute idea, dissapointing results.

  8. says

    I tried this and had a big flop with a class I was teaching. We were using scotch brand and the paper completely separated from the tape once it was wet. I think I’ll try it with office max brand (or maybe something similar)…all tapes are not created equally!

    • says

      It probably wasn’t the tape Heather….I’ve used almost every brand of tape. Did you use a laser printer or an inkjet? It must be dry toner as the ink. Any other ink will not work.

  9. Ariane Linnemann says

    Packaging Tape Image Transfer.
    It works.
    It’s amazing.
    Love it ♥
    Thank you.

  10. Diana says

    does the transfer work with an officejet??? most of the printers now a days are officejets.

  11. says

    This is super creative! Love it.

    I am loving the art journaling over the book pages. Can you tell me what the “paper” is you modgepodge to the page?


  12. ally ledezma says

    hello ! saw the cute tape idea and tried it but failed miserably :( im not sure if im using the wrong tape or what can be going wrong. I followed all your instructions exactly. please help really want to do this for my wedding. thanks :)

  13. ally ledezma says

    hello! so many cool ideas ! I tried the image transfer with tape and failed miserably :( I followed all your instructions precisely as you instructed but still they did not come out. please help ! I really want to do this for my wedding favors. :)

    • says

      It’s probably the printer you used. Can you try another one? Or take your printout to a copy machine and try that ink! It has to be dry toner ink. Usually the older the machine the better.

  14. risinghawk says

    I etch glass with a dremel and I’ve been trying to figure out a way to add something very special to their items. For example, possibly adding a design from their wedding invitation to their toasting glass then etching around it, but transfer machines are too expensive. This will work very well for me ! Thank you for sharing this :-)


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