I’m wanting to go transparent with my print. In fact some parts are completely 100% transparent, others 30-60%. Reason being is the image is going to rest on red oak which actually brings color to the image and highlights certain parts (was part of the plan) so what would be my best route for printing on something that isn’t going to be all glossy and take away from the transparency?
Noontide, I like to use a cardstock that isn’t completely matte but definitely not photo-glossy. Something smooth with a slight sheen to it. If you go to kinkos they have sample books of their different papers that you can browse through. Just my personal preference.
You can use your inkjet, just don’t use high gloss paper if you laminate. They make matte inkjet paper. There is an HP brand I believe.
You can print color onto a transparency. You’ll have to test it out to see how it looks (it’s meant to be lit from behind). But depending on the color of what’s behind it, it could work. Also if you’re only going to have a few spots that are transparent, you could use a white sheet of paper behind the transparency to brighten it up.
Art and office supply stores have all sorts of spray adhesive. Elmers and 3M make a ton of different kinds, most should work.
The sheen comes from the toner, which (when printed correctly) is layed on top of the paper. Just make sure you select a nice quality thickness paper, and if they know what they’re doing it will look good.