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« on: March 26, 2009 11:27:23 AM »

If I print out an image from the computer and embed it in resin will the ink part bleed? I'd like to use this method because it is an intricate design so I need the white paper to become transparent, but not if the ink is gonna bleed or fade or anything.  Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2009 11:38:24 AM »

Hi there! In the past when I have worked with resin and embedded printed images I have found that the ink does fade, but I don't remember any bleeding causing the colors to turn the resin anything other than clear. I think to be on the safe side I might suggest printing your design on a transparency, sealing it with a lacquer, and then embedding that. I think that way everything other than your design would be nearly crystal clear and the design would stay vibrant.

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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2009 07:36:29 AM »

Ink that's not permanent (as in regular inkjet printers, not the ones with the special inks) need to be sealed before using in resins (usually regular inkjet ink printed onto photo-type papers are permanent though).
Heat-activated "toners" on the other hand, are permanent (those are used in photocopiers and laser printers) and don't need pre-sealing.

If you want the paper to be translucent though (not sure it will be transparent unless you use something else), you can't seal the paper, so the only way I know to do that on paper would be to print your image onto regular paper in a photocopier, laser printer, or inkjet with special ink, then embed it.

(Pigment fading is a different thing... that's usually caused by exposure to ultraviolet light or heat.)

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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2009 02:25:09 PM »

There are transparencies out there you can use in inkjets. If you have an inkjet that uses pigment inks all the better. Then you can seal in the ink with modge podge or something (brush strokes disappear under the resin) and still have transparency.

If you want to use white paper, maybe just carefully seal the parts that are printed with modge podge but leave the white areas blank.
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