Thursday, April 14, 2011

Screen Print Shirts using Your Digital Cutting Machines

We just had to try an idea we got from a really talented customer, Shelly of Marina, CA. You can see her post to the idea gallery here. Since we didn't have any flocking on hand, we decided to try freezer paper stenciling.


  • Freezer paper
  • Fabric paint
  • Foam Brushes
  • Iron
  • T-shirt or onsie
  • Digital Cutting Machine or Exacto Knife and Cutting Mat

Using the tie from the Funny Face SVG and a mustache from Mustach Mania SVG, we began by laying a sheet of freezer paper (dull side down) onto our cutting mat. From there we cut out our images. Try to make sure you cut your image in the middle of the freezer paper, to ensure you have lots of protection when you are stenciling. If you don't have a cutting machine, you can use an exacto knife and a cutting mat to cut out your stencil. The only difference for this one is place the freezer paper waxy side down so that it sticks to your non-sticky mat.

We used these settings:

  • Pressure: medium
  • Speed: medium
  • Depth: 5
Carefully remove your image from the cutting mat. Make sure you put another piece of freezer paper or a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to protect from any paint that might seep through. Position the image onto your shirt shiny side down and iron it on. Do not use steam when ironing.

Now use your foam brush to gently apply the paint onto the shirt. Make sure you wait for it to dry before you remove the stencil, you may want a 2nd coat of paint. 

Thank you to Shelly for the amazing idea! And don't forget, all of our SVG sets are only $2 right now, so hurry and get yours now, and start painting!

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