Printing On Envelopes and
Flat Bags

by Debbie-Anne
(Ontario)





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:



For Wendy's tips on printing on glassine bags, watch her video here.

Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Thanks!

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Flat Bags

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Apr 21, 2017
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Thanks from a newbie NEW
by: Robyn Corben

Hi Debbie,
This was such a great video and has given me much more confidence to get going on making some junk journals. I was so nervous about doing the wrong sizes but with this videos and the other one that I watched I am raring to go.
Thanks Debbie.

Feb 25, 2017
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Response To Karen
by: Debbie-Anne

Hi Karen, if you follow the 'Printer Tips' link in the menu on the left you'll find out more about my printers. Thank you!

Feb 25, 2017
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Printer?
by: Karen

I love all your ideas and sparks my imagination, thanks for the inspiration! But was wondering what printer do you use? Do you find one better than an other?

Sep 02, 2016
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Glassine bags
by: Francine

Love your journals and your collections! Thank you for sharing these tips for printing on enveloppes and glassine bags. I have a question for you. I also live in Ontario and where do you find the glassine bags? I can't find them at Michaels. Do we have to order them on the web and if so would you share your contact? I would understand if you prefer not to share the information. Thank you

Jul 14, 2016
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Great Tip!
by: Deb ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art

Fabulous tip, thanks for sharing it! Deb xo

Jul 14, 2016
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Printing
by: Tora

This is so cool and now I know why I saved all these see through bags that I got and did not know what I was going to do with LOL.
Thank´s for sharing I really love your videos and this site.
Hugs
Tora

Jul 09, 2016
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Thank You
by: Deb

Thank you so much Debbie for sharing with us. You inspire me every time I look at something you make and all of your tutorials. Thank you again.

Jul 08, 2016
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Beautiful!!
by: Carol

I love your journals and all the tips you share! The envelopes and bags look beautiful...I will be giving this a try! Thank you so much!

Jul 08, 2016
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Fantastic!
by: Julie

Thanks, as always, for sharing your beautiful works of art, and for giving us amateurs some hints on trying out these techniques. Your instructions and still photos always demystify these processes!

Jul 08, 2016
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Beautiful
by: Anonymous

Love the idea of printing onto other paper sources. Here in regional Australia it is not easy to go out and purchase glassine bags so after watching I raided the pantry cupboard and used the 505 spray to print onto a piece of baking paper. Fantastic result and with some pinking shears and a little glue you can turn out whatever size paper bag you want. Looking forward to trying out a myriad of other bits and pieces. Thank You for the inspiration

Jul 07, 2016
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Great video
by: Lucille

Thank you for these tips and telling us how to print on other items besides paper. This was very helpful.

Jul 07, 2016
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Wonderful tip
by: Gwen Casteel

This is so great, love all you projects. Thanks for sharing your talent...Hugs

Jul 07, 2016
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Printing on envelopes
by: Rossie

Shall be trying this method, I love it. A great idea, thank you.

Jul 07, 2016
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Thank you
by: Gill

Thank you so much for these tips, I am inspired to try them myself. Love how all the different bags and envelopes turned out.

Jul 06, 2016
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Love it!
by: Luci M.

I already have MLF and I cannot wait to try this on envelopes and glassine bags. Thank you so much for your instructions and great ideas!

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