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MrsOverTheRoad · 17/07/2017 13:03

I have some printed's done on inkjet and I want to make it stiffer without resorting to glueing it to cardboard. Any ideas? I don't want to laminate it as it's too shiny.

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SilverDragonfly1 · 17/07/2017 13:34

Possibly mod-podge (or watered down pva which is the same thing) painted over the back? But I'm not sure if that would make it crease like when book pages get wet. Doing it on both sides might negate that but then the ink might smear... I'm really not sure if there is an option! If you do find one, let me know.

Oh, maybe spray adhesive on the back and allowed to dry?


BewareTheUndertoad · 17/07/2017 13:39

Could you print it on card? If you bought it printed and don't have it saved and are therefore unable to print it, could you scan it and print on card? Or take a photo and save it and print on card?


bridgetreilly · 17/07/2017 13:39

Varnish will make it a little bit stiffer, but still shiny. Otherwise, the option is to glue it to something. I don't think there's a product or method which does what you want.


diymania · 17/07/2017 13:40

Possibly starch spray or mod podge?


MrsOverTheRoad · 17/07/2017 13:49

Thanks everyone. I think I'd better try PVA which is the same as ModPodge I believe. I'll water it down and be light handed...can't think of anything else! I don't have a printer and don't want to pay for card printing.

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Assburgers · 17/07/2017 13:55

Spray mount is the only way of doing it without any bumps in it.


LaurieFairyCake · 17/07/2017 14:21

Lick it suggestively


steppemum · 17/07/2017 14:30

Wait !

when I print stuff and then glue it, unless I am careful the in colours run when they get damp from the glue, so no I wouldn't be putting pva glue on the back.
test it on something first.

Can you say what it is or what it is for? That might give us a better idea of how to do it.


Redsippycup · 17/07/2017 14:32

I think you can get matt/non-shiny laminating pouches


FreudianSlurp · 17/07/2017 14:36

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