Friday, December 26, 2014

short-cuts, but only when desperate

I can still remember the year I had to admit that my winter holiday mailing list had grown too long to send original hand-made cards to each person on it. I was swallowed by guilt at the time, but the list grows longer every year.

Getting my favorite seasonal etegami made into glossy postcards by a professional printer is one solution that I've tried, but many of my friends and family have expressed a strong preference for the tactile qualities of original washi etegami. And hating to disappoint, I've cast about for a better solution to the problem. For a while I printed my chosen image on the thick washi cards that I generally use when I hand-paint the originals. This produced printed cards that were hard to tell apart from the original etegami, but I gave it up after it wrecked my printer head twice in two years.

Recently I tried printing my holiday etegami image on iron-on washi sheets. I sell pads of these on my Etsy shop and I always keep a stock for my personal use. They are intended for converting ordinary blank postcards into washi cards for etegami, but I never meant for them to be used with a printer. Still, the results were pretty good. They were thin enough to go through the printer without excessively burdening the printer head, and after I ironed them onto ordinary blank postcards they retained the soft, slightly fuzzy feel of washi. The self-adhesive washi sheets work well for this too, but they're a bit more expensive. I pass the sheets through my printer one sheet at a time to prevent their getting stuck inside.


  1. I'm so behind in etegami that I'm thinking about trying the self-adhesives, and if it works well for me, to use the idea again at next Christmas & New Year's... I have never tried to print anything other than 8x11 paper on my printer, but I am sure there are different options-- I'll look at the manual. Thanks, Debbie!

  2. Sometimes I've printed things on more printer-friendly paper and then glued them onto the thicker stock. I've put almost everything through my old printer and not had very many problems. I bought a new printer but abandoned it when it didn't take my abuse. I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  3. Quite a number of solutions which get better and better with the years passing by.

  4. thanks for my card and interesting to read about the iron-on sheets!

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