Keep Calm and Jingle On {Plaid Simply ScreenKit}

Hello my friends!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Colorado!  The snow has been falling, and I finally have my Christmas decorations up.  This holiday season, "JOY" has been my mantra.  I am trying to avoid being overwhelmed and focus on spending quality time with my family.  So I decided to make a little something for me!  Not for the house, not for a gift, not for Little Man, but for me!

I think it will be fun to have a shirt I can wear each Christmas season!

Keep Calm and Jingle On!

I had so much fun creating this shirt.  I had the chance to try out something brand new to me:

Recently, I was selected to review Plaid Crafts' Simply Screen kit.  I couldn't wait to try this out!  I've made shirts using freezer paper stencils and flocked heat transfer vinyl before, so I was interested to see how this kit would stack up to the other methods!  After conquering the learning curve of this simply screen kit, I am excited about all of the possibilities!

Creating the screen

The most difficult part of the process was creating the screen stencil.  I read and re-read the directions over and over again.  But it still took a bit of practice.  Here is what I did:

1.  I started with a plain red t-shirt found at my local Hobby Lobby.  I created my "Keep Calm and Jingle On" artwork in Microsoft Word and just printed it out on regular printer paper.  I love that I can customize my artwork!  Plus I didn't need to reverse the image or have to print it on some kind of transparency. It really was simple!

2.  I followed the instructions to stick my artwork to the blue screen, and then used the squeegee included to be sure that it would stick well.

3.  With the paper side face up, I used painter's tape to secure it to the bottom of the actual exposure box.  I realized that the only way I could get crisp, clean lines on my stencil was by placing a sheet of glass on top of everything.

4.  It took about 25 minutes to expose the screen.  I followed the directions to soak the screen in water and scrubbed away until the screen revealed crisp, clean lines on my stencil!


The instructions recommended using 10-lb paper, but I only had 20-lb paper on hand.  So I experimented with the test strips until I found the right exposure time.  I just needed a couple of more minutes than the instructions recommended.

I found the the screens that came in the refill pack actually worked better than the other screens.

Placing a sheet of glass on top of the artwork/screen in the exposure box was key to my success!  Finding a piece of glass that would fit across the entire screen was a little tricky, but it made all the difference for me.

Instead of using the attached plastic tub in the box, I found it easier to scrub the screen gently in my kitchen sink.

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