As you may recall from my WOYWW, I got a sample pack of Safmat transparent film to play with. I looked at the link on the site and they had some nice projects there, but nothing I personally would do. I don’t struggle to print on small pieces of card, I just stick it with temporary adhesive to a bigger sheet and it goes thru my printer fine. I don’t have candles, except for emergency use when the power goes out. Most of what I saw on t’internet all seemed to focus mostly on using Safmat as a sort of rub-on substitute. Fine, too, but I have 1000s of rub-ons and I never think to use them. So it got me thinking about the properties of Safmat – what makes it unique? What can you do with it that you really can’t do some other way. And then I got one of those brainstorms (all too few and far between)
OK, so Safmat is clear. Fine, so is acetate. But acetate is a pain to attach invisibly. And you use your printer…
The key to this is your printer does not contain white ink. It assumes that you are printing on white paper, and ignores any white areas of your design, so they “print” clear. Well, I had seen the Stampotique challenge, and mistakenly got it in my head that the challenge was CLEAR, not acetate (DOH!) so was thinking also about something to do for that. I wanted to do some sort of cage, with a figure inside, on a background that was scenic, like clouds and grass, place the gazebo over the background and the figures, sandwiching them between the Safmat and the background, with some extra stamping at the bottom of the gazebo. I had a couple of images from The Graphics Fairy already on my Mac. While browsing my files I picked out the gazebo and a pair of wings. And shifted firmly into Safmat experimentation mode. I knew the gazebo would work perfectly but the wings intrigued me more.
As you can see, the images have a white background. Fine if you want to print on white or patterned paper.
Edited to add: I sort of glossed over the fact that while, yes, you could simply print the image onto patterned paper, you can’t PLACE the image precisely. The beauty of the Safmat is you can see thru it to highlight a specific area of the paper (in this case some little circles that look a bit like the markings on butterfly wings) which I think you would struggle with if you tried to place the printed image with your printer!
Look – clear wings, zero effort!
I wanted the wings to have a subtle pattern. And I just love this paper scrap.
I applied the Safmat to it and cut the wings out. It ALMOST makes it look like you stamped over patterned paper, but with a lovely sheen.
Those went behind my figure.
Shame the card doesn’t fit the challenge (clear, yes, sort of, but def. not Acetate! So I’ll have to do another one) – and I was experimenting, after my Copic class, with cutting out my stamped figure with a halo on one side, then colouring that with grey ink so it looks a bit like a shadow, but am not sure it was totally successful.
I did use the traditional application of Safmat, printing the text on that then applying it over a piece of the same patterned paper, but I could have just as easily printed directly on the paper. The Safmat does give it a bit of a sheen, which is nice, but now I know this cool way to use it, I don’t really want to waste it when something else works as well.
Edited to add: in this photo you can see, I hope, more clearly the circles I mentioned before.
So, Think about all sorts f images with white backgrounds that you could use!
This one is on my list, also from The Graphics Fairy:
Oh, and the rest of the quote? My sister should look away now…
You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar…
I thought it might work well for a teenage girl, or maybe even for one going off to college soon.
So there you have it. I think a new way to use Safmat for adding images to tricky or time consuming to edit, merely printing to remove the background.