Wednesday, 18 January 2012

What's on your Workdesk? Wednesday 137 - Safmat !!

I'm using my other workdesk today.  The one where my computer and printer sit.  I started out tidying the space it as things have got out of hand.  There is a pile of paperwork waiting to be filed and a bill to be paid.  As always I got distracted and I haven't done as much as I'd planned, but I felt I had made progress so I thought I'd give myself some time to play this afternoon. 

I bought a pack of Safmat and have been keen to try it out.  Have you come across it yet?  If not, it is self adhesive printing film which you use like rub ons.  You pop it into your printer (wax side down) and print directly onto it. I hoped it would be as good as it sounds....

After printing I cut out the word that I wanted to use, then realised that I should have printed it in mirror image.  I thought you rubbed it on, you see, and I didn't read the instructions before using, which is typical me!  But having the printed words I thought I may as well experiment, and that's when I discovered that you simply peel off the backing.  And this reveals a sticky back clear plastic with your printing on. 

You can see it here on my page.  The word 'first' is a bought rub-on, and the year and word 'sleepover' are Safmat.  You can see the clear film a little, but overall I am pleased with my new purchase.  If you want to give it a go yourself, here are a few tips I have picked up:

1.  Read the instructions before using a new product!

2.  Safmat is not cheap (I paid £8.25 for 10 A4 sheets).  So print as near to the top and edge as you can, to make good use of each sheet.  I printed across the top and after cutting it off I still have the best part of the sheet intact.  It's an idea to experiment on plain paper first if you are not confident with positioning your text.

3.  Cut close to the word or image so that there isn't too much film showing around the edge.  I learnt this after applying my first word.  My second attempt is much better and there is much less reflection.

4. Peel off the wax backing and stick your word onto your page.  Put a piece of paper over the film and rub. Once burnished the film becomes almost see through.  Again, I learnt by my mistake and rubbed straight onto the image first time.  This lifted some of the ink, so second time I did as suggested and it looks much better.

So, that's what I have been up to on my workdesk today.  You can see what others have been doing over at Julia's and I'm interested to know if you have used Safmat.  If so, what tips you have picked up?  Please share, and  have fun whatever you are doing!


  1. Gorgeous LO page. I have used Safmat, but it was a while back now - I hope you have lots of fun trying it out :)

    Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Karen #86

  2. What a great idea, I have not heard of this, Great job, thanks for sharing, Hugs May x x

  3. I love Safmat....I discovered it a few years ago, and always have a supply of it!
    Alison xx

  4. Well that's so useful for the rest of us, thank you...and hey, isn't clever, and more to the point, aren't you clever!!!

  5. It sounds like a really useful, clever product. I'd never heard of it and probably can't think of a use for it in my line of crafting, but, you never know do you? Fun LO!!
    Hugs, LLJ #43 xx

  6. This is a new thing for me - I'm very intrigued! Mind you, positioning things to print where I want them is always a stumbling block for me and I'd need to practise a lot before I'd be up to your standard!

  7. I'd forgotten I've got that stuff! Must dig it out and try it again. I have it in several colours but preferred the clear. I have just dug out Dry Rub off Decals by don't think I have ever used it so might give it a try. Thanks for the prompt!! M x

  8. ooops! what happened to my comment?

    1. Well, get digging in those cupboards Moira because Belstead is coming up and we are meant to be taking materials and equipment we forgot we had or don't use! I have only just discovered Safmat and didn't know they did it in colours too. Think I'd prefer the clear too.

  9. Not used any Safmat, but it looks intriguing and your sleepover page is lovely. Mind you, I used to think they should be renamed 'wake'overs'...

  10. Ah, yes, I'm another one who is guilty of not reading the instructions first and then kicking myself for wasting time / money / patience etc. Well done for trying something new though.

  11. Thanks for the tip! I've never tried Safmat, but it looks like a lot of fun!

    Happy WOYWW (on Monday!)
    Katie #16

  12. heehee..I a smiling and happy to have found someone else who doesn't read instructions before ploughing ahead! A girl after my own heart!
    Oh and I just had to come over and say a huge heartfelt thankyou for the lovely words you left. So glad to have you join in my giveaway and so soo grateful for all the support you send. It really does mean a HUGE amount xx Hope you're having a lovely weekend :)x


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