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Image Transfers with Altered Pages Collage Sheets and Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer

Welcome to Altered Pages! Susan here bringing you a NEW but old technique to use with your Altered Pages Digital Download Collage Sheets. I have ordered several collage sheets from and today I am using some of these to make image transfers using the Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.


I love making image transfers, yet the process of it is so dragged out unless you do a box tape transfer {with this you are limited to the width of your tape and you get a super high gloss sheen from the tape}. I will be doing this so much more now! So sit back and watch how I've made a couple image transfers using some Images from I will say - with Crystal Lacquer - this process is accelerated by not only hours...but days!

Via the magic of Ustream...
I bring you a step-by-step on making an image transfer!

There are several ways to go about making an image transfer. I like the method of using an acrylic gel medium. But it is too time consuming! So since I couldn't find any info doing this using Crystal Lacquer, I followed the same process as you would if using an acrylic gel medium.

Images dried after applying 5 coats of Crystal Lacquer in alternating directions.

After paper is rubbed off, I removed transfers from water and rinsed the excess pulp in a dish of clean water. Then set to dry on wax paper with lacquered side face up. I also gently patted the excess water off with a paper towel. The image will look cloudy again. Let images dry until they are no longer cloudy and they will probably curl up - this is OK. I can't guesstimate how much time it will take to dry - but I promise this is so much faster than alternative methods. When the Crystal Lacquered side is completely clear - it is dry. 

When dry your image transfer is ready to use. It will have a nice canvas-like texture and is pretty durable. You can trim around it and adhere over patterned paper, metallic sheets or on acetate. Whatever your creative heart desires. Use Crystal Lacquer to glue the image transfer down. I have a couple small tears in my transfers, but when glued down they are barely noticeable and will add to the altered charm of the piece.

While these are drying - I have to prepare some items to apply these lovely transfers to. Come check back this evening for what I've done with a couple of these. See you after dinner!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to go and alter something. Please visit the Altered Pages website for Collage Sheets, Ephemera, Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers, Rubber Stamps, blank items ready to alter, Project kits and more! If you would like to see more of my work please Click HERE.


  1. I'm DEFINITELY going to try this - thanks for the excellent video tutorial.

    I love finding new techniques for supplies I already have!


  2. Do you have a picture of this used in a completed project? I think it's cool technique, but I need to see soemthin that it was used in, please.


    1. Thanks for viewing the how-to! Check back in later on tonight and I will have something completed with some of the images created in the video : ) Susan

  3. The finished project is's the link:

  4. That is so interesting Susan, must give it a try. I have used other similar products to crystal lacquer ie Diamond glaze and Glossy accents on ink jet paper and the ink has just run all over the place, never learn, have done it a couple of times!! So I am sure it would do the same using this technique. Such a shame they don't think of these things whilst the product is in development. I do have a product that you can use in this way on ink jet printed paper, so it is possible. Great video Susan, thank you

  5. I am always on the lookout for alternative ways to do image transfers. I never would have thought of 3D Crystal Lacquer, so thanks for the wonderful tutorial.


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