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How to Print on Cellophane

Use a homemade stamp, spray adhesive and acrylic paint to print on cellophane. Cellophane is a very thin, slick plastic that wrinkles with the slightest movement. The process of printing on cellophane is not as difficult as securing the cellophane to a surface to prevent wrinkles. Prepare the surface of the cellophane with spray adhesive prior to applying the spray paint. Complete the printing process in an area that is well ventilated. Use the stamp printing method to print on cellophane. Make a stamp of a jack-o-lantern and print on cellophane.

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  1. Use a pencil and draw a jack-o-lantern on the surface of the flexible carving sheet.

  2. Use small carving tools and cut out the area that is not wanted in the print design. This area is the negative space. Suggested areas to remove include the area around the outside of the jack-o-lantern, facial features and the lines separating the sections of the pumpkin.

  3. Lay the cellophane on a flat piece of newspaper. Use masking tape and secure the top edge to the newspaper. Remove all wrinkles from the cellophane. Tape the bottom edge to the newspaper surface.

  4. Cut a piece of cellophane 2 inches larger than the one to be printed. Center and lay the cellophane over the taped cellophane. Place the carved stamp in the desired printing location. Fold the cellophane around the stamp and pick it up, making sure the stamp does not move from the desired location. Use a marker and draw a 1/4-inch border line around the carved design.

  5. Unwrap the carving. Cut out the line on the cellophane.

  6. Center the cut-out cellophane on top of the taped cellophane. Spray a very light coat of spray adhesive over the opening. Let the spray adhesive dry for 15 seconds.

  7. Squeeze acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Dip the carving into the acrylic paint. Make sure the entire design area is covered.

  8. Center and place the carved design in the cut cellophane opening. Make sure the carving is on a perfect horizontal. Use your palm and evenly press the back of the carving. Pick ip the carving, making sure to keep it on a perfect horizontal plane.

  9. Remove the cut cellophane. Let the paint dry. Remove the cellophane from the newspaper.

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Things You'll Need

  • Flexible carving sheet
  • Carving tools
  • Pencil
  • Spray adhesive
  • Acrylic paint
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Ultra-fine permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Cellophane
  • Paper plate

About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."

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