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Valentine Screen Print

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Follow this simple screenprinting tutorial to create a Valentine's Day design with contact paper. You can use this technique to make your own designs for any occasion, but this example is very cute for making Valentine's Day clothing and other items with screenprinted fabric.

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Valentine Screen Prints

Materials:

  • Blank Screenprinting Screen
  • Screenprinting Ink
  • Squeegee
  • Contact Paper
  • Craft Knife
  • Fabric
  • Iron
  • Pen

Steps:

Step 1: Start with a blank screen printing screen.

Screen Print Screen


Step 2: Cut a piece of contact paper slightly larger than your screen.....

Contact Paper


....and draw out your design on contact paper. Note: either draw your design on the front of the contact paper or make sure you reverse the design if you are drawing it on the paper backside. I made this heart design for Valentines day dresses:

Heart Design on Contact Paper


Step 3: Cut out your design using a razor or Exacto knife.

Cutting Out Design


Step 4: Adhere the contact paper to the bottom of the screen (on the non-recessed side).

Adhering Contact Paper


Step 5: Lay the screen down on the fabric you want to screen the design onto (recessed side up):

Screep Print on Fabric


Step 6: Place a small glob of screen printing ink on your screen and using a squeegee pull the ink across the design. (I used Versatex ink for these prints because there are more colors available).

Applying Ink to Screen


So easy a 2-year-old can do it!

Applying Ink 2


Step 7: Carefully lift your screen off and you have your finished design!
 

Design on Fabric


Let your design dry and then use an iron to heat set the ink.


Cleaning: I use a sink sprayer to make sure all the ink is removed from the screen....and as long as the contact paper remains on the screen you can reuse it!

 

Find more screenprint tutorials at Ashley's blog, Lil Blue Boo.

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This is awesome! I love all the info in such few words and thanks for explaining how to "set" the ink. This is GREAT! thank you!

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