I wanted to share how I print on other paper supplies besides matte photo paper. I was inspired by an idea I saw recently by Wendy Roberts on YouTube. It reminded me of a mixed media 'image transfer' project I did a while back using my printer and deli paper in a similar way.
One thing I have in large quantities at the moment is security envelopes, so I'm using them in a variety of ways in my junk journals. This particular project involves printing images on them to create double-sided journal pages or pockets/envelopes.
Here's how I do it:
1) I cut off about 1/8" at both ends just to be able to open and flatten my envelope completely.
2) I then cut off a piece from the 'v' shape that corresponds to the flap if the envelope was closed. I cut it so that my fully flattened envelope fits on the 8.5" standard sheet.
3) Then it's time to adhere the envelope to a sheet of medium weight cardstock. I use temporary fabric adhesive. The brand I have on hand is 505. I spray the sheet lightly and place the envelope, white side up. I use this allover adhesive because it works best on my printer as opposed to other methods such as taping the edges only.
4) I place the envelope on the sheet where I estimate my image will be best showcased, pressing it down everywhere - especially at the bottom where it feeds into the printer.
5) After the print is done, I let is sit a few minutes before pulling the envelope off. I also wipe away the ink image from the clear window as many inks won't dry well on this part. You can test your printer and see if it dries nicely.
6) If there's a sticky residue left on the envelope, I wipe it down with a bit of talcum powder on a rag.
7) To use it as a page in a journal, the envelope is ready to go as soon as I've trimmed it to the size I need. However if I want to use it as a pocket or envelope that I can close, I need to add a strip of paper on the back where I first made my cut (see pics above) so that it will be fully closed again, and glue the sides. That's it!
This also works great on paper bags, glassine bags, time cards, luggage tags, etc. I've even printed on deli paper.
In this junk journal, I used envelopes that I printed with images from the Miss Lady Fay collection and made pockets at the center of each signature. If you want to skip to the end, I show bags and other envelopes I've printed: