A happy accident: Print over Print

Sometimes accidents can lead to very positive outcomes like this one.. Here’s something you can do even without any fancy graphics software.

I’ve been working on this card inspired by an “accidental” printing over an already printed photograph. I printed the photo as is, then accidentally printed a background paper over it lending it a ghost-like blur that I quite liked..

Handmade card: Photo on Photo 1

I know this effect can be achieved by using a “transparency” with the proper graphics software, but that dilutes the original picture in a way that I wouldn’t want. Here it looks as if the original picture had been printed on a transparent background.

For effect, I then printed a clear black and white version of the same photo and cut out a “window” and put it on top of the bigger printout. You can see the difference in texture here. Voila!

Handmade card: Photo on Photo 2

To add some “texture”, I “mod podged” the top of the black and white photo giving it a linen-like coarseness. Then I applied some gold acrylic paint edging on the four sides of that piece, and the bottom edge of the bigger card

Handmade card: Photo on Photo 4

I like the depth that layering provides — so instead of printing the black and white as part of the bigger picture, I did it separately and it’s an obvious addition to the whole frame. The gold edging also adds a different dimension to the black and white picture.


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