The agony of crafting defeat. I should have listened. I wanted to save a few dollars. . . .
Learn from my mistake.
So I'm hear to tell you that you *do* need to use Bubble Jet Set when printing onto fabric with an inkjet printer. I took a picture of Maddie's watercolor painting:
I cleaned it up in Photoshop Elements, resized it and everything. Then I prepared my fabric -- Kona Cotton in some shade of white. Snow, maybe? I cut it to about 9" X 11 1/2" and ironed it. Then I cut a piece of Renyolds Freezer Paper (the kind that has one side that is coated in plastic) to size -- 8 1/2" X 11". I did all this cutting with a rotary cutter and a ruler, by the way. Super quick and easy! Then I ironed them together. After that I cut off the extra fabric and made sure there weren't any bubbles in the fabric. The final step was a quick going over of the fabric with a lint roller to remove any stray fuzz that might come between the ink and the fabric.
I ran the paper/fabric sheet through my printer using the "normal" paper setting and it worked great! The fabric looked great! I was so happy! Maddie was excited about the tote I was going to make her. I ironed the heck out of it on *hot*. I figured that might set that ink. Doesn't heat always set a stain? And what is ink on a fabric, if not a stain? Hmmmmm? I ask you?
Well, I left it to set for a few days until I got up the courage to plunge it into a sink of cool water. (I wasn't planning to wash the bag I made for her, but I worried about rain, spills and what not, so test it I must.) You can see the results.
So learn from my lesson. And now I'm off to purchase a bottle of Bubble Jet Set. And probably some Bubble Jet Set Rinse. I've angered the gods and I must pay retribution.
And if you like books and reading, please check out the latest episode of Booga Talk! Pete and I wax nostalgic about our first childhood reading experiences and other such nonsense. It's a hoot!