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Use a StencilPro Stencil

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HowTo Use a StencilPro stencil

Use your StencilPro stencil to screen t-shirts.

HowTo youtube conpanion video - https://youtu.be/Czu-FVgscKE

Supplies/Equipment

StencilPro Stencil.
Silkscreen Ink & Squeegee.
Cardboard Insert.
Repositionalbe Adhesive and Masking Tape.
T-Shirt.
Stainless Steel Pan.
Paper Towels.
Parchment Paper and Iron.

• Completed StencilPro Stencil
• Silkscreen Ink
• Plastic Spatula
• 6" Poly Blend Squeegee
• Cardboard Insert
• Repositionable Spray Adhesive
• Low Tack Painters Masking Tape
• T-Shirt
• Stainless Steel Pan with Lid (from amazon.com)
• Paper Towels
• Parchment Paper
• Cloths Iron


INTRODUCTION

T-Shirt silkscreened using StencilPro stencil.

In this "HowTo" we show you how easy it is to use your completed StencilPro stencil from our "Make a StencilPro Stencil" guide.


STEP 1: PUT A SHEET OF CARDBOARD IN YOUR T-SHIRT

Repositionable spray adhesive.
Spray on one side of cardboard.
Insert between t-shirt.
Cardboard prevents ink from bleeding to back side.

Place a sheet of cardboard between the front and back of your t-shirt to prevent ink from bleeding to the other side. Optionally spray one side of the cardboard to help prevent t-shirt from sliding around.


STEP 2: TAPE STENCIL TO T-SHIRT

Tape StencilPro to t-shirt.
Tape also helps prevent ink from getting on t-shirt.

Using low tack painters masking tape, secure StencilPro to your t-shirt.


STEP 3: PUT A BEAD OF INK ON SQUEEGEE

Put a bead of ink along edge of squeegee.

Put a healthy bead of silkscreening ink on the edge of your squeegee. Use plenty to prevent voids during squeegeeing. Excess ink can always be put back in the jar.


STEP 4: SQUEEGEE ACROSS STENCIL

Squeegee across stencil.
Squeegee back across.

Starting from one end, keep your squeegee at a 30 to 45 degree angle and squeegee across your stencil at a steady pace. Once you reach the other end, turn your squeegee around and go back. It's important to keep your squeegee at a 30-45 degree angle to prevent ink from bleeding underneath your stencil. Using your squeegee like a paint brush to force ink through will cause bleeding. So will moving your squeegee too fast over your work.


STEP 5: LIFT STENCL

Carefully lift one corner and inspect.
Lift entire stencil off.
Put used stencil in pan for cleaning.

Starting from one corner, carefully lift StencilPro while inspecting results. If you missed any spots replace stencil without shifting and repeat steps 3 and 4. Once satisfied, completely lift the stencil and place it in the stainless steel pan.


STEP 6: CLEAN YOUR STENCIL

Use sink sprayer to help clean stencil.
Let dry on paper towel.

Clean your StencilPro stencil as soon as possible. DO NOT LET INK DRY ON YOUR STENCIL. Dried ink will permanently clog and damage StencilPro.


STEP 7: HEAT SET INK

Use parchment paper to protext design.
Place over image after ink has dried.
Iron according to manufacturers recommendation.

Most silkscreen inks must be heat set before washing your t-shirt for the first time. Be sure to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Wait for the ink to completely dry, place a sheet of parchment paper over the imprint and go over with a hot cloths iron.


FINAL

Done!

Be sure to check out our other HowTo Guides for more useful StencilPro tips!


RESOURCES


Be sure to check out our other BASIC GUIDES:

• HowTo Make your StencilPro stencil
• HowTo Assemble your "Display Case" contact frame from amazon.com(coming soon)
• HowTo Assemble your sooo simple contact frame from amazon.com(coming soon)
• HowTo Assemble your exposure unit from amazon.com(coming soon)
• HowTo Make/Use your PhotoEZ stencil(coming soon)

Sources:

FILLER KIT from CraftyPrinters:
Filler Kit with StencilPro - https://bit.ly/2xdwQHG

CONTACT FRAME from Amazon:
Two Timbers Display Case Oak 2"x12"x18" - https://amzn.to/2kosWCE

LIGHT TIGHT DEVELOPING PAN from Amazon:
Stainless Steel Pan - https://amzn.to/2KRxo7P
Stainless Steel Lid - https://amzn.to/2GMq3UV

HowTo youtube conpanion video - https://youtu.be/kO5Ah75kr6Q