How to Print on Tissue Paper (and Why You'd Want To)

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Cardstock is great for standard paper crafts such as making handmade greeting cards, die cuts, gift boxes, etc. But sometimes you need something thinner and more delicate, especially if you're going to decoupage. Because decoupaging with cardstock can lead to messy drips and uneven surfaces.


Sometimes you want something so delicate that it almost "melts" into the decoupaged surface. Tissue paper to the rescue.

I'm not talking about the kind you stifle a sneeze with. I'm talking about the kind you wrap gifts with, that lovely filler paper. Tissue paper makes perfect decoupage paper. And with these tips, you'll learn how to run tissue paper through your printer with no mishaps, leaving you with the perfect paper for decoupage.

It only takes a handful of supplies (listed below) and 3 easy steps to make this lovely paper.


Step 1. Cut a piece of tissue paper 8" x 10 1/2". This is slightly smaller than regular copy paper. You need that little edge of copy paper for the printer to "grab" onto as it rolls through.

Iron the tissue paper with a warm, dry iron. (No steam!) This will help keep wrinkles to a minimum.

Step 2. Adhere the tissue paper to the copy paper at all four corners, dull side up. The ink won't stick to the shiny side (and yes, tissue paper actually has a shiny side - who knew!) (See my Notes below for adhering options.)


Step 3. Feed the paper through the printer as normal, and print.

A note on image placement: arrange your digital images on your computer as it suits you. I use my Silhouette Cameo's design process to place them, but you can use Photoshop or any other digital image processor. If you're only printing digital paper, no image placement is necessary.


Leave space between the images for cutting. I leave more space because sometimes I like to tear my images apart to get a more "vintage" feel, depending on the project.

Voila, printed tissue paper. I've printed digital paper on the left side, and some vintage images on the right. If you've got digital stamps and papers, this is an excellent time to use them.

A few notes:


  1. Don't worry about a few wrinkles on the edges of the paper, they won't be noticeable when decoupaged.
  2. There are several ways to adhere the tissue paper. I used to use artist's tape, which is lightly sticky, and it would come off of the paper cleanly. But that was when I had a printer with a manual feed. My current printer doesn't have this feature, so to avoid the risk of a paper jam, I use the tiniest spot of glue stick in the corners. Even if the tissue paper has to tear away, it's in the corners and won't be a problem. You can also use the freezer paper technique, but I've never had success with it and don't recommend it.

Here's a photo of my vintage Christmas blocks using some of the printed tissue paper pieces. For more details on these blocks, you can see the whole project at


https://glitterandbonbons.com/vintage-christmas-blocks/

And a photo of an area on a Mother's Day canvas. Both the "Mother" stamp and the "my friend" text boxes were printed on tissue and decoupaged to the painted canvas. You can see the whole project at


https://glitterandbonbons.com/painted-canvas-for-mom-the-queen-of-everything/

Candle decoupaged with printed tissue paper

And here's a candle I decoupaged with printed tissue paper.

Here's the finished, printed tissue paper. On the left is an entire sheet of printed digital paper on tissue, on the right are some vintage images printed on tissue.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and print some tissue paper of your own. Once you do, you'll want to print more and more.


For more images and a list of other ways to use printed tissue paper, please visit this project in the link below. Plus you can get a free copy of it to print out and take with you to the craft store or your craft room. (Makes learning so much easier when you don't have to go back and forth to your computer.)


Happy crafting!


P.S. Some other projects using printed tissue paper...

Painted Canvas for Mom - the Queen of Ever'thang

DIY Decoupage Wood Christmas Block

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  • Lisa Dawson Lisa Dawson on Sep 25, 2021

    Thank you but how did you use the iron to transfer the images?

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 05, 2021

    Did you print the vintage greeting cards directly from your computer (images saved)?


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  • Leslie Leslie on Sep 26, 2021

    Hi Shea, great idea and execution thank you for sharing this idea and process.

  • Bertie Bertie on Sep 26, 2021

    I was wishing for information about printing on tissue paper. I have an idea for a sun catcher using the paper and laminating it.

    • SheaMc62 SheaMc62 on Sep 26, 2021

      I'm glad this was what you were looking for - sounds like it will be a beautiful project! Thanks for reading!

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