Sometimes, we would like to personally design the paper napkins – a design that will suit the occasion. And we can actually do this with the use of an inkjet printer.
The advantage of personally doing it is: it is not expensive unlike when getting professional printing services. And, the cost gets higher when you ask them to print on a few items. Plus, doing it yourself allows you to manage time. The procedure here takes only 30 minutes for printing each napkin.
A printing procedure follows below.
- Choose a design from the computer or from the internet. If you have your own design, scan the image and save it as a digital file in your computer.
- Here you need cut-to-size pieces of freezer paper onto which the napkins are to be ironed. This freezer paper, when heated, adheres to itself the paper napkins. The result is a firmer paper that can be easily passed through a printer.
Cut the freezer paper according to the length that’s allowed by the printer. Make sure that the napkins are heated on the glossy side of the freezer paper and side where the design will be printed should not be subjected to heat. That side should be facing outward during heating.
Determine the right amount of heat. It should not burn any of the paper pieces. The goal is just to form thicker sheets so check on the level of iron heat before proceeding.
- Printing. This step is just like the one you are used to when printing documents from the computer. There’s not much difference, only that you are using paper napkins instead of the usual printing paper or bond paper.
Check the first printing output. You might want to do some changes in the way that the picture appears or on the specifics of the printing like intensity of colors, sizes and fonts.
- The last step is to peel away the pieces of freezer paper from the paper napkins. This one is a delicate step. Take care not to tear the napkins in the process. After this, fold the napkins as desired. You can not use the freezer paper in the same way again. You may discard these pieces or use them for a different purpose.
Tips and Warnings
This procedure is also applicable for tissue paper. Before printing, make sure that the freezer paper and the napkin completely adhere. Loose parts can jam the computer. Laser printers shouldn’t be used for printing. They will just burn the paper napkins.
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