Friday, April 25, 2014

Screen Printing With my Cameo

Hello my crafty friends! Today I have something awesome to show you, you will want to try this one!

My husband's ex wife is participating on the Walk to End Lupus Now and she wanted to make some "team" t-shirts. I offered her my help and my step-daughter joined me in the fun too. I didn't have HTV to make 10 shirts but I thought, how about fabric paint? I saw some tutorials online about using my cameo to cut the stencils but I wanted to make something that would last me at least the 10 shirts I needed to paint and I remember my parents do screen printing, duh!

After watching several YouTube videos on screen printing I was set on going that route until....I realized I needed so many supplies I didn't have! Starting by the paint, booo!! Then I bit the bullet and went to Hobby Lobby where I found this beauty!


It's a screen printing starter pack! OH.MY.GOSH!  But the bummer was the price, $79.99!!! I had a coupon but still, I wasn't going to spend that much. So I had plans on making my own screen out of pieces of wood DH has in the shed and an old shower liner and then...hiding behind the paints and squeegee I saw an already made screen, wahoo! $16.99 minus my 40% off discount? SCORE! The paint was $8.99 but I could have used a coupon if I drove across the street to Michael's but I was running late to pick my DD up from school, so I went ahead and paid the full price for it. (speedball white)


Then I came home and cut my "stencil" using my cameo and 651 (outdoor grade) vinyl. Don't be scared, the vinyl is super sticky so it will stay in place but it won't be permanent, it was easy to remove with some warm water. Use transfer paper to lift your vinyl and apply it to your screen.

The Big Ben and Smiles are shapes I got from the Silhouette store and the smile shape behind the sentiment is from a freebie I got from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. I made a compound path so the words could be seen as part of the smile.

Here is a collage I made. Sorry for the pictures but I didn't want to bring my nice camera out and get it dirty with paint, so we used an iPhone for the pictures.


(yes, that's my son on my back...I absolutely LOVE my Ergo baby carrier, it has been my best friend for almost 5 years now, after I started working on the shirts, my son fell asleep on my back. how sweet is that?)

And here is one of the t-shirts all done :)



One big difference I noticed is that if you use a screen to print, you will get a clearer image, you won't see the grain lines from a sponge or brush and it will be even, besides you won't have any ink running under your stencil and onto your material. It also dries faster than if you applied the stencil directly on the shirt. Makes sense?  Overall, I prefer this method and I will use it from now on.

Here is a picture of two HTV applications I also made yesterday. Can you tell I was on a roll? lol


The HTV application, allowed me to make a detailed print of my design. You can see every bit of the Big Ben you can't on my painted shirts. I am still happy with my new screen printing skills. And the other shirt is just an extra I made for my son, he will be 15 months tomorrow and I always take pictures of him at least once a month to keep track of his growth in pictures and too document it on my Project Life album.


If you have any questions about HTV or screen printing using your cameo, just ask away. I will be happy to help.

Have a crafty week!


Files used:
PPPR Lamb
Big Ben
Smiles
The train is from the Happy Sil Facebook Group.

23 comments:

  1. I have this Speedball. Bought it a couple years ago but never used it. Looked too difficult..haha

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    1. Get it out and start playing with it!!! Your cameo will make thing a lot easier :D

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  2. This is so cool! I'm pinning it so I can try it out too. Thanks for the idea, Cecilia! {p.s. love that the baby fell asleep on your back. So sweet! }

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    1. Thank you Jin! I can't wait to see what you create.

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  3. New follower! :) This is great! I am intrigued to say the least. Time wise, which is quicker? I have only done HTV a few times, I have a Cameo. I imagine you can do layers with the screen also, though it may be a pain? Glad I found you, I am also on Happy SIL group, :) This post grabbed my interest from the word Lupus. (My daughter was diagnosed with it about 5 years ago.)

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    1. You got to let the paint dry, a heat press is helpful but you could also use a hair dryer within layers and then apply the other colors.

      My step-daughter's mom was diagnosed three months ago, she's just getting to know what her life will be like living with lupus. Good lock to you all :)

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  4. Awesome, I love it. Your a vert crafty lady. Congrats.
    Hugs
    Helen

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  5. Super idea Ceci! I love the way you think. Screen printing and saving some big $$ what more coudl a crafter ask for. Oh yeah, a great tutorial with th results of a gret looking shirt. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. Big hugs, Debbie

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    1. My first plan was to use an embroidery loop and my old shower liner but I didn't have time and after using my coupon, I thought buying an already made screen was the best way to go.

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  6. P.S. The cute and sweet factor was nice to see. How adorable for your son to be so relaxed with his mommy's crafting that he drifts off to sleep. On a scale from one to ten on the cutie scale this is a 10.

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    1. Aww, <3 thank you Debbie :) I will post more pictures of him when I start posting pages of my project life album. My son completes our family, he makes me so happy.

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  7. Hi CeCi!
    I love this.. I have this kit too and I tried using it but was using it to print on the wrong material. How did you get such a clean print?

    Thanks!

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    1. The cut was done with my Silhouette cameo and I used speedball screen printing ink, It is thicker than fabric paint. I recommend you use that brand.

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  8. These are great, Ceci. Wonderful creativity.
    tine (Addie24)

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  9. Is the vinyl on the top of the screen (where you put the paint) or is on the bottom of the screen (touching the shirt). I've screen printed for years but have yet to try this method.

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    1. Yes, the vinyl is on top of the screen.

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  10. Hi
    i just bought a portrait and im struggling to get it to cut vinyl for heat pressing onto shirts when i select heat transfer material smotth in the cut menu it says 2 is the number for the balde but when it cuts it never cuts the vinyl just the palstic backing, so i flipped it over and its till isnt cutting! What am I doing wrong..pls help

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    1. Are you cutting on mirror? Sounds like you are cutting the carrier sheet. If you are using a mat you shouldn't have problems. Make sure the plastic side (shiny) on down on the sticky part of the mat and the matte side on top and that your design is on mirror.

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  11. I am doing "Welcome" bags for my step-daughters wedding, 24 of them. So, I was wondering when doing multiple projects of the same design, do you wash the screen in between each one? I don't want to ruin any of the bags.

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    1. I made 10 shirts, no need to wash in between shirts. But make sure you wash and dry it really well before putting it away when you are finished.

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