This week is Silkscreen week over on Silhouette UK, so I have another post for you using the Silkscreen starter kit from Silhouette to create a silkscreen printed cushion. I have done two previous posts on using the kit, one the unboxing showing you what comes with the kit and also how to cut and print your first design. Check the end of the post for more Inspiration. Now I had in mind to create a cushion, however, I knew the design I wanted would be a one of design – I wasn’t going to be printing this more than once. Instead of using heat transfer vinyl to create a permanent screen I have used regular adhesive vinyl for a temporary screen which is removable. This allows you to apply another design to the screen and print through that as well. Now, bear in mind, you will get ghosting, which I have pictures below, but the screen is still usable. If it stretches your supplies, there’s no harm!
PRODUCED AS PART OF MY DESIGN-TEAM WORK FOR Silhouette UK - SEE END OF POST FOR MORE DETAILS
Silkscreen printed cushion
To start off, add your design in your design space. I use the Antelope font for ‘create’. The aperture of the screen measures a US letter size, so select this in the paper size drop down menu in the Page stupe window.
As I wanted my text as large as I could, I wanted to orientate my page in the landscape orientation which is in the same Page Setup window.
The beauty of making these adjustments to the page size allows you to position your design within the centre of the page using the transform window.
Now I decided, I wanted my text even bigger and therefore separated the two bits of text from one another. The using the rotate feature (little green circle above the text), I could rotate the word at a diagonal across the design space. This gives more room to enlarge the design.
Therefore I flipped my design horizontally so I could adhere the design onto the back of the screen and for the word to print the correct way round. If you design to adhere your design to the top of the screen you do not need to do this.
Once cut, weed out the positive aspect of the design as seen below.
I then adhere this down to the underside of my screen. I had a few areas where there was no vinyl cover the screen around the edges. To prevent pain accidentally going through where it isn’t wanted added non-porous wash tape around the edge to seel the screen.
Once flipped over, you can see the vinyl through the screen and the phrase reads correctly. My wooden slats were a little loose on the edges, so I kept them in place with some micropore tape.
After the first print:
Once I had printed the first design, I removed the screen from the frame and removed the adhesive vinyl. Next, I washed the screen and dried it. As you can see below, you can see a ‘ghost’ of the screen I just did. The screen is coloured but this does not add affect the screens ability to print in those areas as long as you wash your screen straight away.
Below I adhered my second design to the screen – you can see the ghost of the previous screen but you are able to see the newer design over this.
The gold fabric paint printed beautifully and is such a strong opaque gold. I had a little slippage with my screen when printing and unfortunately got a double printed ‘s’. Oh well, it’s just for my craft room anyway!
Silkscreen printed cushion
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wHERE YOU’LL FIND Full details on how I made this card AND LINKS TO SUPPLIES
Supplies sent to me as part of my various Design teams creative work:
- Silkscreen starter kit
- Silhouette Fabric Ink
- Silhouette Adhesive Vinyl
Supplies purchased at my own expense:
- Cushion cover
- Washi tape / micropore tape
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This post was produced as part of my design team work for Silhouette UK have not been paid to make this post, but I am given supplies from Silhouette UK to use. However, I create projects with creative control and produce projects I am proud of and with products that I love. The information provided is based on my own personal experience – I am not an expert.