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Cricut Silk Screen

Learn to use vinyl and your Cricut to screen print on a variety of materials.
20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Angie Holden

What You Will Need

  • Cricut machine
  • Speedball Screen
  • Speedball ink
  • Squeegee
  • Permanent vinyl
  • Masking tape
  • Weeding tools
  • Surfaces I am going to use a shirt, zipper pouch, banner flags, and a tea towel.

Instructions

  • Cut your adhesive vinyl just like you would adhesive vinyl for any other project, except you will want to mirror your design. So similar to the way you do for iron-on, but we're using adhesive vinyl here. And then you see how I moved my design towards the middle which leaves more room around the outside edge for taping. Once cut you can weed your design. Weed away everywhere that you want the ink to go. You can use any design with this method.
    using vinyl to make a silk screen
  • I'm using some transfer tape from Vinyl Ease. Put the transfer tape over the top. Burnish over the top with a squeegee or scraper. Then peel back the backing paper leaving the vinyl on the transfer tape.
    apply vinyl to a speedball silk screen
  • Turn the screen over so the lip is down and you can see where the screen is attached to the bottom. Make sure this is pressed in well and the screen is tight. Then just put your design on the screen. Flip that screen over and burnish the design down well from the front. You will want to put the design on your screen approximately in the center.
    making a silk screen with vinyl
  • Then flip the screen back over and attempt to remove the transfer tape from the vinyl. flip this over. And we're gonna attempt to remove this transfer tape. The vinyl should be on your screen, and the transfer tape should just peel back.
    adhesive vinyl silk screen
  • Once everything's on our screen, tape off all of the areas around your design. You don't want ink to get in this area and get on your surface. The tape should touch the frame and touch the vinyl. You may have to use two pieces in some areas.
    vinyl screen print
  • Flip the screen over and burnish the tape down as well. Now your screen is ready for some screen printing.
    cricut screen print