Fancy papers for printies

by brae  

I like to make a lot of my own artwork and design elements such as rugs for the Newport since it is so easy.  Printing on fabric is also something I've tried with good results overall.  I bought some specialty papers from The Crafty PC to try, and they ended up being great materials.

First is the Velour Card Stock.  I am trying my hand at needlepoint and punchneedle embroidery for rugs, but I also have found images that I want to reproduce as exact as possible.  Printing on paper creates a good look but the paper is often shiny.  Printing on fabric doesn't necessarily achieve the right texture for rugs, either.

Here's an example printed on fabric and then adhered to felt.  The rug is a print of JCPenney's Floral Vine Rug by Chris Madden.  I had to pump up the color in PhotoShop to make up for the color loss when printing on fabric.

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Here's the same image on the Velour Card Stock.  In this instance, I used the original (not color-corrected) image.  Much better texture and very close to the coloration of the actual rug (I have this rug in my real life house).

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Unlike fabric printing which requires ink jet printing for the best results, you can put these specialty papers through a laser printer.  The color isn't as vibrant when you use a laser printer, but that is easily remedied by pumping up the color in a photo editor before printing.  If you can, I would suggest using an ink jet printer because the color is just richer overall.

I also bought Fuzzy Paper and Adhesive-Backed Velour Paper.  They both have similar surface texture, though the Fuzzy Paper is slightly thinner than the Velour Card Stock.  I haven't printed on the latter two yet, but I am guessing they will have similar properties as the Velour Card Stock.

The other type of paper I bought really isn't a paper.  It's called Art Canvas.  It's a flimsy material that has a texture like canvas.  It was difficult to get this to load in the ink jet printer and the color streaked.  I had amazing results with the laser printer, though.  The artwork is Plum Tree Panel III by Rodolfo Jimenez.  The material is thin, so I've backed it with white paper to show off the colors.  I recommend sharpening the image in PhotoShop before printing since the canvas texture blurs it slightly.

It looks just like a painted canvas.


Comment from: syphon79 [Visitor]
Oh I love the effect! I'll have to try this too for the bungalow I'm trying to finish.
03/13/10 @ 05:41
Comment from: parisbabe [Visitor]  
WOW!!!! that is way too cool...where would i get paper like that?
03/15/10 @ 12:17
Comment from: Grace [Visitor]  
This is a great post, thank you! My first attempts at printing on fabric weren't very successful so it's really useful to see how it looks on different materials/papers. I hope you'll post the results of your Fuzzy Paper and Adhesive-Backed Velour Paper tests when you do them!
03/15/10 @ 12:21
Comment from: brae [Member]
I wasn't able to find the papers locally so I bought them from
03/15/10 @ 12:24
Comment from: Butler Estates [Visitor]
I have only used the fuzzy paper. I love it! I think the Velour Cardstock sounds great as well. I wondered what the difference was. What brand of Art Canvas was it that you used? I tried running it through the laser printer and it turned out horrible. In the inkjet it was perfect. Did you adjust the settings on the ink as well? I did notice also that you have to let it dry really well or it just smeared right off. I have only found these papers at the CraftyPC does anyone know of any other places that may offer them?
03/15/10 @ 23:22
Comment from: brae [Member]
All the papers came from The Crafty PC, including the Art Canvas. It came out of the ink jet printer streaked. I then tried the laser jet printer, and it was vivid and perfect.
03/15/10 @ 23:45
Comment from: Jennine [Visitor]
I wanted to let everyone know how awesome The Crafty PC is! I ordered some art canvas and velour cardstock on a Saturday afternoon and they shipped it within a couple of hours. Amazing! I can't wait to try these out...
04/03/11 @ 08:50
Comment from: Angie Martin Hall [Visitor]
What an education you just provided. I'll try this at home.
01/12/12 @ 07:35
Comment from: Jodi Hippler [Visitor]  
Brae - Since The Crafty PC is no longer in business, have you found another source for velvet paper? I found it at SEI:
12/03/15 @ 00:34
Comment from: brae [Member]
I didn't realize they went out of business. I see the website is down. I'm not sure if the SEI paper is printable...not much info there. I did a quick search and found this. I can't speak to the quality or the company since I haven't ordered or tried it.
12/03/15 @ 07:43
Comment from: Jodi Hippler [Visitor]  
I know! I am so sad that they are out of business! In researching the SEI stuff, I found other sites and blogs that said it is made for inkjet printers. It would have been nice for SEI to provide more info, though. MCG Paper was currently out of stock, but I found it here: I ordered both papers and will test the results. If it's okay with you, I'll reference your post and include a link to it when I publish the test results from both papers. Thank you! Jodi
12/03/15 @ 10:46
Comment from: brae [Member]
Sounds good to me! :>> Good luck!
12/04/15 @ 07:38

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