Notes on Canon Transfer Paper

Based on notes taken June, 1996, after an experiment with Canon's transfer papers.

Let me first say that I didn't exactly follow the directions. I did't have a color printer. I had a BJ-10e, which is a little bitty bubble jet, probably designed to be portable, with weird euro voltage requirements to boot. The hardest part was finding the transformer...

The transfer paper package directions said to put the paper blank side up into your printer. They _don't_ tell you which side the printer is supposed to print on. There is a shiny side with green lines, and a matte side which is blank. You want to print on the blank matte side. I had to put the blank side down for my printer.

The instructions said to iron on a firm non-porous surface, NOT an ironing board. I suppose, if your ironing board is very soft, you might want to use the pillowcase setup they suggest. I have a firm ironing board and used it regardless. While I had harder surfaces, they weren't ones I was willing to subject to my iron on it's hottest setting.

The instructions do not mention whether you should use a dry or steam setting. I suggest dry. My iron only steams, and it still worked, though.

The instructions say to iron for 15 seconds on your highest setting. At 10 seconds I had brown paper under my iron, and wasn't thrilled with the idea of ironing it anymore.

The instructions say to trim away as much of the surrounding unprinted paper as possible. Do this! The transfer is stiff, and will leave a noticeable "ironed on" space anywhere you do not trim. The resulting ironed on print will be stiff, as well. Take this into account when planning large pictures.

The transfer irons on and gives you a reverse image. Plan for this if you are using text in your image.

Margaret wrote to share: PWas browsing thru quilt pages this evening and spied your page on iron on transfers. I realize that the update date on your page is pretty old, but just though I'd pass this on. I've been making photo quilts with transfer sheets from Mallery Press. First heard of them in a book by quilter Ami Simms a few years ago. These transfers are great, the paper doesn't brown no matter how long you iron it, and you can even iron on top of the picture after the transfer is done. The nicest part is that these transfered images stay soft, and can actually be quilted through.

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This page last updated on: June 28, 2000.