Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Printing and Coloring Digital Stamps without Smearing

Today’s video is on how to print and color digital stamps without having the ink smear. The reason I created this video is because I was so tired of having my printed digital stamps smear when I tried to color them with water and alcohol based markers. They even smeared when I used a watercolor technique that makes your colored pencils look like expensive alcohol markers. Click here to see my original video on how to make your water color pencils look like expensive markers.

I started with an Epson Stylus Photo Printer and no matter what technique I tried, I could not keep the black outline ink from smearing when I colored the image using alcohol or my colored pencil technique. I tried using my heat gun, waiting 12-24 hours and also using an iron. Nothing seemed to work.

I am pleased to say that I found several solutions to my problem. A couple solutions involve buying a new printer. Don’t panic….. I also have a couple of inexpensive ideas that will not require you to buy a new printer. Thank goodness!



Thanks for visiting and have a great day!!
Linda

16 comments:

Crafting Katie said...

You always come up with the coolest comparisons to try! Now you have me wondering how it would work to print one on a regular printer and then use a copy machine to copy onto card stock. Did you happen to try that method?

SueZee Alg said...

Thanks for all this research. FYI---I've been coloring my digis on my HP color laser printer for quite some time. I've had my HP printer for over 7 years and it is really worth the investment because in a long run it is cheaper to run.

Coelle said...

Linda, your videos are GREAT ... you do such a professional job explaining techniques...thanks so much for sharing this!

Momof4inArlington said...

Excellent information, as usual! I'm sorry your trial and error led you to spending for a new printer! I hope you were already in the market!

salleys said...

Linda, I just love coming to your blog. Always great information here. Thanks!

Norma said...

Hi Linda:)
Thank you for the info! I agree with Salleys that you always have great information! Have a fantastic day!!
Hugs,
Norma

Anonymous said...

Linda, what was the brand of colored pencils that you used? You said Crayola but there was another one you used? Denise J.

Linda Kaiser said...

Katie, what a great idea! I am going to try it today and will let you know. My guess is that it will work!!

Thanks again.

Linda

Linda Kaiser said...
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Linda Kaiser said...

Katie, I finally did a test with a Konica Minolta copier and it did not work. It smeared when I used my Tombow marker.

Let me know if you try it with a different copier.

Thanks,

Linda

cdm317 said...

Great video! Thanks for the info!

cleversomeday said...

Love your scientific approach and friendly presentation!
Did you try spraying with a light coat of fixative? That seems to be pretty much the universal workaround for all types of printers and all types of coloring techniques. You also might try both kinds of black ink (photo and standard) ink on your Epson if you have 2 kinds).

Angi said...

Finally, a solution! Fab tutorial.

RockinRenee said...

Thank you so much for sharing this well researched and presented info. You rock!

Sweet Fairy said...

Great post. Can i print Plastic cards by any laser printer?

shamraiz said...

that is amazing, and simple!! I am really going to have to give it a try.
www.plasticcardmonster.com/help.php

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