How to Print Lettering Delights and Other Printable Scrapbook Paper
Well… has been a great summer and time to dust off my craft supplies! I LOVE the Fall because not only is it my favorite weather but LOVE starting up new craft projects. For me it kicks off a new craft “season”.
I have been reorganizing my craft room to accommodate some new toys. Packed up my beloved Silhouette and KNK Element to make room for my new KNK Groove-E and will most certainly pick up the Zing when its released in the next few weeks.
How to Print Lettering Delights for Papers Scrapbooks and Card Making
My ADD kicked in big time while tinkering with Print and Cuts. To be honest I have avoided Print and Cuts like the plague because looks so fiddly.
I recently got Make the Cut software mainly because of its ease of use AND apparently in simplifies the Print and Cut process. I got side tracked with the concept of “printable papers” I have a paper fixation and love the idea of being able to print my own paper patterns.
I did a bit of hunting and found so me free sites that offer paper for you to download but I really wanted to try out some of the adorable Halloween paper packs at Lettering delights. The pack is called Spooky Soiree
I was pretty skeptical at how well my printer could print out paper that I would use for scrapbook or cards but more than willing to try something new.
I have pretty basic colour printer, an Epson NX210. I get ink CRAZY cheap at 123inkcartridges.ca so no worries on using up my ink.
I was pretty short on white cardstock so ended up using plain old inkjet paper. I think I could get a really nice effect using a glossy photo paper and will try that sometime.
The printable papers from Lettering Delights come in paper packs for 2.00 and have 6 coordinating patterns. The paper images are in jpg format and12x12 inches. The download was quite large-almost 20 MB.
What is Best Application to Use to Print Printable Paper Packs from Lettering Delights?
I wanted to play around with different application for printing. My instincts told me that using Make the Cut would probably be best way to print the paper because Lettering Delights is so closely aligned with the 3rd party cutting machine software.
I was wrong!
Below you can see results from worst to best.
Printable paper test Results
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Make the Cut was actually pretty cumbersome to set up and not sure I would recommend cutting printable paper from that app. Involved several steps and the result was mediocre at best. To be honest if that was only way to do it I think I would abandon the whole printable paper concept. I am sure if I spent some time i might get better results but I wanted something fast and easy.
As you can see from 2nd samplefrom left in picture above the paper printed from MTC was off centre with lots of white border. (Click image for better and larger view)
Make the Cut wasn’t actually the worst- I used one of my photo editing programs, ACDSee Pro
and horrible results. Colours were off and image did not fill page despite my tweaking the settings.
Best results were from Adobe Photoshop
. Also was easiest to use. All I had to do was open image and change image size to refit for 8 1/2 x 11 paper. The paper printed perfectly and very little white space.
I also used Adobe Photoshop Elements
knowing that that would be more common program for people to have- was surprised that everything came off without a hitch- but colours were way off- if you look the aqua color in the others is a deep teal when printed using Adobe Photoshop Elements
Best Way to Print Printable Papers ?
I may do some adjusting with colors but I wanted to try and see what would give people best result right out of the box with minimal effort.
Here are rest of papers printed out with Photoshop CS
I would like to hear from others about their experiences with printable papers and what method they find works best.
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