What is the difference between a "transfer" and a "template"?
A transfer is a finished "design". A template a "stencil or template" that you use to make your own "transfers" with. You will need loose stones, transfer paper and a template brush along with your template to MAKE your transfer.
How do I make a rhinestone design with a rhinestone template?
Step 1. Break in your template brush. Your brush will work better over time. When it's new the bristles are firm. Before using your brush rub it several times on the edge of the table or take your fingers and rub them through the nap of the brush. This will help to start loosening up the bristles so your brush will work better. It's also a good idea to "de-lint" your brush to avoid "brush lint" from mixing in with your stones or sticking to your transfer paper. "De-lint" your brush by applying transfer tape to the nap of the brush and removing it. Repeat this several times to get the "loose fibers" out of your brush.
Step 2. Using your template brush, brush the stones into the "holes". This is a "learned technique", you'll get the hang of it. Try brushing in a side to side or circular motion. Apply medium pressure to the brush. You will soon discover how much pressure is not enough or too much. Keep practicing. The brush will automatically brush out any stones that are not face up. Keep brushing until all the holes are filled with stones and all the stones are upright. Brush away excess stones. You can use tweezers to drop or turn any stubborn stones into place (there shouldn't be many once you get the hang of it.)
TIP - If your design has more than one size, start with the largest stone size. Repeat with each stone size from largest to smallest until the design is complete.
Step 3. Now that you have all the stones in the "holes" and the excess stones are brushed away you need to lay your transfer paper down on top of your design. To do this cut a piece of transfer paper that is roughly 2 inches wider and taller than your design (this will give you some room to practice with. As you become more experienced you won't need so much excess paper). Remove the white backer from the transfer tape, set aside but do not discard. Hold the transfer tape with both hands. Move your hands toward each other creating some slack in the center of the transfer paper. This will make a slight "U" shape in your transfer tape. One you have the "U" shape to your transfer paper, position the center of the "U" over the center of your design. When you are "ready" quickly place the center of the "U" down on the design and then quickly lay down the sides of the tranfer paper you are holding in your hands. You want to do this in one quick motion. Once you start, don't change your mind. Commit to it and don't turn back. Again, practice makes perfect. You'll get the hang of it. After laying the transfer paper down on the template, rub your hand over the designs so that the designs make contact and stick to the transfer paper.
TIP - if you have trouble with your stones "jumping" up to your transfer paper you are probably experiencing "static". If this happens, spray your template with an anti-static product such as Static Guard. Spray the template, rub it dry with the template brush. This will usually eliminate any issues caused by static. The weather conditions play a large part in "static". One day you may not need to spray your templates and the next day you may. Re-spray template as needed. We find Rhinestuds tend to be more "staticy".
Step 4. Slowly peel your transfer paper off your template. Your stones will transfer from the template onto the transfer paper. If a stone stays in the hole, lay the paper back down and rub your finger on the "stubborn stone" to stick it to the transfer paper. This should remove the stone from the hole. Continue lifting tranfer tape until design is removed from template. Now you can put the white backer back on the transfer and use the transfer later OR you can apply the transfer directly to your garmet for application (iron-on or heat press). NOTE - it's always a good idea to inspect your design for wrong color or defective stones before pressing onto your garment. Make sure your design is perfect, once you heat press or iron it to the garment, it's permanent!
TIP - On occasion, there can be a "stubborn hole" where the stones seem to get "stuck". This is usually caused by the adhesive on the back of the template material that holds it to the backer board. If you find you have a stubborn spot, sprinkle some baby powder into the hole. Brush out excess baby powder. The powder will stick to the adhesive so the stones no longer get "stuck in the hole".