Did you know that your can use your printer to print on fabric? You can Print and Frame your own art!
I’m picky–I rarely like what I find in the store and usually have to make what I want for my walls.
I have copied and printed calendar pages, enlarged and framed note cards, even framed fabric–
to get the look that I want. I have wanted to try printing on fabric
for a while now and this flea market frame gave me the opportunity. There are plenty of beautiful
pictures/graphics that can be sized and printed in one or two steps but, true to form, I couldn’t find one to match what I had
envisioned in my head (yes, I do this with clothes shopping too).
Sooooo, my instructions combine a few more steps than need be because I combined images to make the picture.
This is what I did and I’m going to tell you how you can do it too!
Gather Your Supplies
1. Picture frame (mine is from a yard sale and I painted it black)
2. Find the image you want to frame (I combined three–more on that later)
3. You will need one (1) Whole sheet (8.5 x 11″) label (it’s just a” full sheet of paper” size label)
4. Burlap for the background
5. Light colored fabric to print your image on (I used some leftover drop cloth from another project)
6. Ink jet printer and computer of course!
7. Iron-on hem tape or sewing machine
Steps One to Four – Your Image
Decide what you want to print and frame!
I would suggest a trip to The Graphics Fairy at www.thegraphicsfairy.com , and take a look at the beautiful images on her site.
There are the 4 components to the picture that I wanted.
1. Step One -I chose a background paper that I loved. I printed it full size (8 x 10″) onto a plain white piece of computer paper.
2. Step Two– I opened my word processing program and chose a font that I liked. I typed the word “Nesting” onto the page, chose the font I wanted and adjusted the size . Nest, I moved the text up and down the page and to where I wanted it to be when printed onto the background page. Of course I centered it too.
3. Step Three– Then I printed it onto another piece of plain computer paper. I checked to see if the text was where I wanted it (**)and made any adjustments till I got it right. Checking it (**) till the word “Nesting” was where I wanted it to be.
4. Step Four– I printed out the nest graphic that I wanted to add to the picture and then cut the nest out.
**HINT: if you lay the printed page with “Nesting” beneath the background page
and hold them in front of a light source you will see how it lines up!
Now I have all the components of the picture–all I need to do is make them into one document so I can print it.
Steps Five and Six — Combine into One Graphic
1. Take the background paper chosen and place it in the printer so that, when you print, the word “Nesting” is printed on the face of the background paper-as if it came with the word on it already.
3. Take the cut-out nest and a glue stick and very lightly glue the cut-out onto the background paper in the position that I wanted it.
4. Then I copied the entire thing onto yet another piece of regular computer paper.
Step Seven–Placing Label on Fabric
Trim the extra paper (the white around the edges ) on the printed graphic off.
Okay–now that you have your graphic ready, grab you fabric. Make sure you iron it nice and smooth.
Your going to want to cut the fabric a little bit larger than the 8.5″ x 11 ” label sheet.
Place your fabric FACE DOWN on a flat surface;
peel off the back of the label and stick it to the BACK of your fabric (press it really well around the edges).
This will provide stability so the fabric can go through your printer.
Trim the excess fabric away very close to the label and remove any strings.
Now you can decide whether you want to “copy” or “scan” the combined image and then print the image onto your fabric. I flat scanned and then printed right onto the fabric.
Print, Let sit for a minute in case its damp (probably won’t be), peel off the label and you have it! Your image is printed onto fabric.
As you can see, I used my sewing machine to stitch the fabric (you could iron it on with iron on hem tape, or hand stitch) onto a burlap
background piece of fabric to form a sort of matte effect.
Then I took the entire thing, placed it onto a thin piece of cardboard that fits the frame making sure its straight, glued it down around
the edges being sure to work out any creases on the front and popped it into the frame
(the frame is shown in gold in the photo just above this, but I did paint it black).
It really was a lot less involved than it seems, especially if you aren’t combining images!
If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you!
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