Monday, January 15, 2007

Printing on Ribbon and Twill

I forgot to add a note about the twill tape that my page title was printed on. It is really easy to print on ribbon or twill tape. You can use whatever program you use to create documents, photoshop, print shop pro, whatever you want to use to create your text. Print the text like you normally would on paper. Keep the size of your ribbon or twill in mind when you choose your font and font size. After printing on paper, use some repositionable tape or glue stick (I use glue stick) to adhere the ribbon or twill to the paper. Place it over the text and make sure both ends are flat on the paper with no loose threads hanging. You don't want the ribbon or twill to get hung up in the printer. Place the paper back in the printer and print again. When I print on fabric, twill, ribbon, etc., I change my printer properties and select "best" from the print quality. Your printer may give you that choice or you may have to choose between text, photo, etc. Choose whichever will give you the best quality. After printing I iron the twill or ribbon to set the ink since I am using an HP printer. My Epson is not that fond of the thickness of the twill but would probably be okay with ribbon. Give it a try. I think you will find it is an easy thing to do and adds a little something to fabric projects.

2 comments:

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

I have been using this technique with small pieces of fabric but not on ribbon. I will give it a try. Thanks for the hints.

jenclair said...

I tried this on both ribbon and twill a few months ago. Strangely, I found the page I'd saved for checking font size, etc. just this morning while straightening up.

Enjoyed the visit; loved the Cowgirl!