For my project, I used this antique frame that was in my garage. It’s a beautiful filigree and black glass frame, that was kind of dusty and groady, so I cleaned it up a bit first.
Next: The Printing Primer!
Step 1: The Paper – The best paper to use is Photo Paper. This type of paper is makes a huge difference in your print quality. I like to use “Matte” paper. Matte finished paper has no shine to it, and gives you and old fashioned looking print. There are loads of brands to choose from, including ones that are specific to your brand of computer.
Step 2: Printing – For the best quality you want to select a setting on your printer, that is made to give you the best quality. I’ve taken some screen shots of how it looks on my computer, yours may look a little different, but it should be pretty similar. After clicking on the “print” button, a little screen will pop up. Instead of hitting the “ok” button, like you normally do, this time hit “Properties”.
Next: On my computer I end up back at the first screen again, then I hit the “ok” button.
And your image will start to print.
Optional Step 2: Antiquing- To be honest, if you follow the printing steps above, you probably won’t need to antique your paper, as the high quality print, includes the original ageing and really looks like an old print. But of course the back of the print will be white, and if for some reason, that just won’t do… then you can take a tea bag and tea stain the back.
Just for fun, I decided to tea stain a plain piece of photo paper, and print on it (after it dries!). You can see it at the top of this photo. It was quite rumpled and my printer, didn’t love printing on it, but it did work. Next time around I would probably iron it first, as it could jam up the printer! In the end I liked the print better with out the tea dye, but I thought I would include it so that you can decide for yourself.
I’m linking this one up to:
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Made by you Monday at Skip to My Lou
Get Your Craft On Tuesday at Today’s Creative Blog