Friday, February 3, 2012

How to Inkjet Print on Tissue Paper

Printing on tissue paper opens a huge world of collage possibilities. The problem is, how do you do it without destroying your inkjet printer?

I used to print on tissue paper by ironing it onto freezer paper. It worked, but the process was time–intensive. A too–hot iron meant the tissue paper was not coming off the freezer paper.

The main issue is keeping the tissue paper from tangling in the inkjet printer's rollers. The solution is easy and quick.






Watch your print area!
Success!
Trim out the image while it is taped to the carrier paper.
Come see the project I did using vintage labels.


Thanks,
Aimee

27 comments:

  1. Thank you for a very clear demonstration!

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    1. Megan, thank you! It's super easy. Look for me on Pinterest because I LOVE your boards.

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  2. Aimee,

    YOu are the first person I have seen do this. I tried it out myself on a piece of furniture....an old sewing cabinet. It turned out pretty well but you have to really be careful to not tear it. I just recently tried decal paper. Worked well.
    YOur plates turned out great!!

    ♥charlotte

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Charlotte. I agree that tissue paper is finicky. I've had good luck by keeping a very wet brush when smoothing the paper down with varnish. I don't know if the printed tissue paper would be as vibrant as your decal slides. Your table is lovely.

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  3. WoW !! First I will play with the tissue prints and then run around like mad for plain white plates. Thank you so much for this wonderful project. Mary

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    1. Thanks, Mary. I've used the printed tissue on paper collage too. The plates are my favorite, though. Have fun!

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  4. What a fab idea. You really got me wanting to try it out now. Fantastic!
    Sharon x

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. Once you start, you can't stop thinking of the possibilities!

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  5. Saw you on graphics fairy- fab idea, I'm going to an antiques fair end of month, may well look out for plain plates or even jars and try decorating like this! I will have to see if my printer will behave though, it's basic so hopefully following your method it will take the tissue paper- also fab way to decorate boxes instead of just plain printing decoupage, gives it a different feel.

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Sarah. Great ideas! My printer is lower end. I've run finished collages through without causing trouble. I'd love to see what you do with your antique finds.

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  6. Thanks for this great tutorial, Aimee! Yesterday I went looking for 3 new plates to put in my plate rack. I had in mind plates with script on them, in black and white. Everything I saw was too expensive, and then here today I find this site! Can't wait to try it. Judy

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    1. Judy, I'm so glad you found inspiration here. Send me a picture when you're done. I'd love to see what you do.
      ~Aimee

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  7. Awesome! I've been on the hunt for printed tissue paper for my kids' grad announcements. Super excited! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    1. What a great idea! It'll be so much more personal than the preprinted ones you buy from the school. My youngest is graduating soon too. You're right, graduation is bittersweet for the parents.
      Thanks,
      Aimee

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    1. Definitely! I've printed on tissue paper and collaged it to inkjet paper and then run it back through the printer. Kids could have fun with preprinted images. Great idea.

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  9. Thanks Aimee for the tips! Have been hesitating to continue my decoupage projects since it squeezed out my pocket. I am so relieved I found your website. Thank you so much for this wonderful post!

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    1. Thanks, Plaka. Printing on tissue paper really opens up a world of decoupage possibilities. Have fun!

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  10. Hi Aimee~I am wondering if you could help me.... My black shows up as a very deep purple.....It did it even on regular paper too but not as much.... I tried it in colour too but the colour ran too much...... thanks for your help

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    1. Hi Marilyn, I've had this problem when printing too. It might be that your printer is printing B&W with the color cartridge. In your print dialog box, you should have the choice of printing with color or B&W. Hope that helps!
      Aimee

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  11. Thanks Aimee~When I go back to the lake where my inkjet printer is I will try that.... I have a laser printer at home & just don't want to risk ruining it....

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  13. hi
    which option of the paper type and which quality you choose when you print on tissue paper

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I use the auto paper and regular ink settings. Some tissue papers are more absorbent than others. I try to choose the smoothest side of the paper to print on. Good luck!

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    2. thank you so much for your answer

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  14. Thank you for the instructions. I really want to try this. I wish I had read your instructions before Mod Podging a paper napkin to a board last week. I think the wet brush would have worked with that too.

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    1. Thanks, Marti. I do think a wet brush is more important than the glue you use when dealing with thin papers.

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