Being a hybrid scrapbooker, I have tried printing on LOTS of different surfaces. Sometimes with great success, sometimes… not so much – LOL! But I love to try new techniques and my printer is one of my all-time favorite scrapbooking tools. So when the inventor of ScraPerfect, Amy Roszac, sent me her “Perfect Printing Pouch” I couldn’t wait to start experimenting with it! Here’s what she sent me (not actual size):
The pouch is roughly 2.5″x2.5″ inches, and has a soft piece of felt on top to hold it with. It’s filled with a fine white powder. Some instructions for how to use the pouch are printed right on the back of the package (above), also more detailed instructions and tips are included in the FAQ section of Amy’s site. There is even a step-by-step tutorial with photos for how to print on vellum. To use this product, all you need to do is rub a light coating of the powder onto your printing surface, then blow/shake off the excess powder before printing. The pouch is meant for virtually any difficult to print on surface and virtually any type of ink (not just for printers, but stamping, markers etc).
Before and After ScraPerfect Comparison
Of course I tried it on a few different Prima flowers right away. For a couple of my experiments I tried stamping on flowers, and although you can see a slight improvement if you look closely, it was not noticeable in the photos I took (I don’t have a very fancy camera). But there was a HUGE difference when I tried printing on silk flowers! Now, before I continue, I need to put in a disclaimer here: printing on big bulky silk flowers is probably not the safest thing to try with your printer! I had visions of the flower getting stuck in there or coming out all mangled and torn. But my printer is getting pretty old and worn out these days, so I put it through its fair share of abuse anyway :). Luckily nothing broke, but please only try this at your own risk and don’t blame me or ScraPerfect if something tragic happens – LOL! OK, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about printing on silk flowers!! As you can see in the photo above, I have printed some word art (by Weeds and Wildflowers) on one of my big silk Prima flowers. First I tried printing on one of the flowers without treating it (top flower in above photo), then I treated the next flower with ScraPerfect before printing (bottom flower in above photo). What a difference! I included darker colored flower in the photo because it shows the rippled surface of the flowers better. They are by no means flat, so with each pass of the printer head the edges of the flowers were brushed with a little extra ink. On the untreated flower the ink instantly started to bleed and smear, whereas on the treated flower the extra ink that brushed over the edges and bumps stayed put :)!
Here’s a card I made using the printed silk flower:
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Tutorial for Printing on Silk Flowers
Please Note: Printing on materials not specifically designed for your printer may damage your printer and/or the material you are printing on. Scrapbook Ideas is not responsible for damage caused by risky printing techniques!
- Choose a digital image or text you wish to print on your silk flower. Re-size the image if necessary so it will fit on the flower. Print a test image of the design on a regular piece of printer paper.
- Using temporary double sided tape, adhere the silk flower to the test image, lining it up over the image so that the design will line up just the way you want it to when reprinted. TIP: Use plenty of adhesive, to ensure that the flower stays in place as much as possible.
- Tap the ScraPerfect printing pouch a few times to saturate the felt with powder. Brush the ScraPerfect pouch over the entire flower. Blow/shake off any excess powder.
- Place the test page (with attached flower) back into the printer tray facing the same direction it was during the test print. Reprint the image!
- Allow the printed flower to dry before removing it from the test page.
Note: If you use a bulky flower, like I did, you are likely to have some extra ink spots on the edges and raised areas of the flower. Personally, I thought the extra ink spots added to the design :).
OK, there you have it! Thanks again, Amy, for sending me this great product!! There are more examples of how to use ScraPerfect on Amy’s site: ScraPerfect.com (the pouches are also available for purchase there).
Have you ever tried printing on any unusual surfaces? I’d love to hear all about it :)!