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Friday, February 3, 2012

Tissue Paper Plates

This is the project I've been dying to try. If napkins can be decoupaged onto things, why can't tissue paper? What if I printed the tissue paper first?



 I have a large stash of white plates I've picked up at thrift stores for less than $1 each. I've been wanting some plates with vintage black and white labels for my daughter's black and white bathroom, and the Graphics Fairy has a large collection of beautiful labels. I used four vintage apothecary labels in black and white (here, here, here, and here).



I resized the images in Photoshop Elements and printed them out onto regular white tissue paper. This is the type of tissue paper you wad up and throw away after you've opened a gift. Stop doing that! Run a hot iron over that wrinkly tissue paper, and it's ready for art.

As I mentioned yesterday with the napkins, a flat piece of paper needs to be snipped to provide ease when gluing it down to a curved surface. I snipped around the blank areas, avoiding the writing as much as I could.



Again, I used varnish to glue the tissue down to the plate. Wrinkles are unavoidable. I used a very wet flat nylon craft brush to smooth out the air bubbles and smooth the wrinkles as much as possible. A dry brush will tear the tissue.



After the plates were dry, I gave them several coats of Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel spray, hot glued a few pop tabs onto the back, and actually got them hung in the bathroom on the same day I finished them.


And yes, it was worth the effort.

Update: I use a Kodak ESP 5250 printer. Here's how to print on tissue paper the easy way!

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Update 2: Want a matching sign? Here's how to make a large vintage sign with clip art.

Thanks,

Aimee

41 comments:

  1. I never dreamed you could print on tissue paper!!! You would think it would just bunch up on you. This is soooooo cute and I have some blank colored plates that are just beging for a special touch. Thanks!!!

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    1. Thanks, Denise! If you make sure the tissue paper is tight against your printer paper you should have no problems with jamming. I'd love to see what you do to your plates!

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  2. I love these plates, they are so pretty to use as wall decorations. I saw a video tutorial on using a letter size acetate transparency (the kind used with projectors) as the carrier for the tissue paper to go through the printer. It was at artfulaffirmations.com (i think). She said you can reuse the transparency over and over, she used a glue stick to temporarily attach the tissue paper and ran them both through but needed to immediately take it off before they stuck together permanently. I tried it and it worked but I need to go now and put my printed tissue paper onto a plate.
    Thanks for sharing, visiting from the cissyandfranshow.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks!
      I'm going to have to find some transparencies. I've seen so many uses for them with inkjet printers. I'd love to see what you do with your printed tissue.

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  3. These look great! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. wow I love these plates. I've done some decoupage on plates with regular paper but I like yours so much better. Will give this a try.

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    1. Thank you, Linda!
      I think using tissue paper is easier than using regular paper because the varnish dries much quicker than glue does, which is great for us impatient types. :) Can't wait to see you put your talent to this project.

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  5. They turned out great! You've inspired me to want to try this :)
    <3 Christina

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  6. Very pretty! I would've never guessed you used tissue paper to make those plates :) They look great grouped together like that also ~ very inspirational ~ have a great day!

    ~ Megan @ Lilac & Lavender

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  7. This is simply fantastic! Thanks for sharing!!

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  8. What a beautiful project!! i love decoupaging on plates , too!! behind glass though I WILL try your way!! seems amazing and great for decorating bathrooms!!! I will definitely copy that , too!! By the way which sort of varnish do you actually use to glue on?? I will try to find out reading other of your posts here .
    I will love if you visit my blog and see my way of decoupaging in glass..
    thanks for a great project!

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    1. Hi Marie, thanks for your compliment. I generally use whatever water-based craft varnish I have closest to hand. I used Folk Art Artist's Varnish in Satin for this project. I used an ancient bottle of Aleene's Right On clear acrylic finish in gloss for my napkin decoupage plates. Send me a link to your blog. I'd love to see your reverse decoupage!

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  9. Hello, I'm a new follower and I love decoupage projects. I do 3D decoupage, if you want to see one of my projects, you can visit http://colorsofalllife.blogspot.com/2012/02/kardese-pano.html
    Loves from Turkey:)

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    1. Welcome, and thanks! Your work is lovely. No wrinkles!

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  10. These are so beautiful...love them!

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  11. These are beautiful....does it matter what kind of ink the printer uses? I will now be scouring yard sales for plain white plates!!!! TFS

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    1. Thanks, LeAnne. I would definitely experiment with your printer ink. Some brands are more water-soluble than others. I use the el cheapo Kodak ink. I do know the HP Vivera color inks will run if they get sopping wet. Good luck!

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  12. Wow! I love these! can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Really pretty!!What a fun idea! Thank you!!

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  14. Found you in Graphics Fairy. I love this! reminds me of old printed pot lids that people collect. I wonder if a crackle effect could be added...

    And thank you for the info about printing on tissue paper. Do you have a tutorial in the works?

    new follower :))

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    1. Thanks, Rhissanna. I do have a tutorial! It's here: http://suzycucumber.blogspot.com/2012/02/how-to-inkjet-print-on-tissue-paper.html

      Love the crackle idea! You'd probably want to find the goo that makes the fine crackle effect to get an authentic aged look.

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  15. Very nice plates! I have seen a few videos on youtube about tissue paper printing. I find that making the tissue paper 1/4" larger than plain paper and then adhering the tissue paper all around to the plain printer paper is a bit easier. I tried it and it worked well and it's really easy to do...

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    1. Thanks! I love YouTube how-to videos. They're like bite-sized craft shows. Glad you found a method that works well.

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  16. I love these plates...perfect for the powder room!

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  17. These are great I will get some tissue paper and give it go. I am thinking if you can print on tissue maybe on a organza material? You have certainly got my mind going. Thank you for sharing Nd isn't Karen from Graphics Fairy such a wonderful persons to take the time and share with us all?

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    1. I agree, Karen is so generous to share her stash with us! Your idea is fabulous! I would imagine the principle of keeping the material tight to the carrier paper would be the key to success. Let me know if it works.

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  18. These are fantastic! Just visiting from the Graphics Fairy site... I really enjoy your work!

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  19. This is such an adorable project. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I'm so glad you stopped by.

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  21. This is good idea, there are look gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you. Looks like you're a napkin decoupage aficionado too. Gorgeous paper napkins work great on plates.

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  22. This is an awesome project, and the finished plates look amazing hanging in a group. Thanks for the tips.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda. Printing on tissue paper really opens up a world of decorating possibilities with all the gorgeous vintage labels out there.

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  23. Love your project! I already have a tissue paper obsession and recently bought gorgeous french printed tissue paper at TJMaxx. Wow, can't wait to try these with my own designs. My last attempt at printing on tissue paper was successful, so there is hope :)

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    1. There are some beautiful printed tissue papers available, but it's fun to personalize your own. Have fun!

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