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Playing with my Altered Pages Collage Sheets with my Printer and Alternative Papers

Welcome to Altered Pages! Susan here bringing you some fun tips on using your Altered Pages Digital Download Collage Sheets. I have ordered several collage sheets from and today I am playing with some of them to make some fun tags.

I have a stash of cardstock that I have color coordinated so I quickly flipped through to find some 8 1/2 x 11 sheets to print some collage sheets on. Why print on white when you can print on colored paper, too???

It's no secret that I love purple and I came across this sheet of purple cardstock that half the sheet was wrinkled. Well I had an idea to try and print on this so I gently wrinkled it all up and flattened it out as flat as I can get it. I prepared this zebra from AP-778 Color ATC Black and White and a section of black and white checkers from AP-1724 Collage Backgrounds Black.

I copied and pasted them multiple times on one sheet to get enough for the five (5) tags I will be making. I did not alter anything about them except making multiple copies. And then I put the crumpled purple paper into my laser printer manual feed tray and let the magic happen.

**PLEASE NOTE** I have extensively tested feeding many types/textures of paper through my printer prior to doing this so I know mine won't jam. Each and every printer is different - each with their own limitations! PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS UNTIL YOU TEST your printer's capabilities before attempting crumpled paper - I do not want you to jam or damage your printer!!!

Here's the awesome unexpected result! Some of the toner did not stick to the areas of the crumple and my zebra is perfectly grape striped!!! He's gonna get fussy cut out of the background. This is OK because look at all the time I saved having to hand color by printing on purple paper. My checkerboard is uber distressed looking...I could have never created it myself this way. A blissful "Happy Accident"!!!

OK also - I printed out two sheets of Tag Alphabet AP-568. One on a sheet of label paper and the other on a shimmery pale purple cardstock. Again PLEASE TEST that you can print on these substrates on your printer before attempting. Printing on an uncut sheet of label paper saves me a step of having to put adhesive on something I'm going to glue down anyway. The purple ones will already have a nice color on the back for a Mother's Day greeting and I won't have to paint the back or adhere another paper. Here's some of my finished lavender beauties...the word day - the "Y" is turned over so you can see the backside.

Now that I've been playing around... here is my completed tag using all my goodies from my purple zebra collage image, a blank manila shipping tag, a red diamond check section of Glitz patterned paper and some painted book pages using Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers finished off with some roped border trim and fuzzy fibers. Happy Sunday!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to go and alter something. Please visit the Altered Pages website for the new Terri Sproul Mixers, Collage Sheets, Rubber Stamps, blank items ready to alter, Project kits and more! If you would like to see more of my work Click HERE.

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