Steps to Creating an IKONART Re-useable Stencil
If you create certain projects over and over again and spend a lot of your time weeding vinyl for your stencil projects, you are going to love these IKONART Smart Screen Stencil kits, and creating an IKONART Stencil is probably just what you need!
This system allows you to create a reusable stencil. It has texture options for clothing type items and general stencil for other items.
My first try with this is going to be a shirt. I have to admit my vinyl shirts usually don’t last long and the vinyl starts to come up. I don’t have a big clam heatpress and this was less than the cost of one.
For my shirt, I’m going to use the Be Kind SVG in the new SVG Bundle creative pack. We have an adorable FREE SVG set to get you inspired to get creating! Here’s how it looks line in Cricut Design Space. Click the eye icon on the right to remove the one you want to use.
After you hide the items you don’t want to use, next size the image to the size you want your stencil.
Printing your Image for the IKONART stencil
Next, you’ll need to print the image for your template. It just takes a few quick steps.
- Select the image
- Click the dropdown from the FILL menu
- Print the image and trip off the black box around the image you want to use. (Cricut adds that for the print and cut feature).
When you place images to burn your stencil paper, be sure to leave some space around the image to squeegee the ink. I like to leave about an inch.
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Let’s go through the steps to creating an IKONART stencil.
Simple steps to create your IKONART Stencil
- Size your artwork/SVG and print on the special paper using a laser or inkjet printer.
- Inkjet printers you do not need to mirror the image!
- Burn your stencil for 35 seconds – layer in this order:
- IKONART Textile File (shiny side down)
- Printed artwork, dark side up
- Clear overlay (to help it all lay flat)
- Rinse away! Find good water pressure and rinse your design clear.
- Let dry for 45 minutes.
- You can blow dry it on medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to overheat or stretch the stencil or your design won’t look right.
- Cure under the light for 60 seconds to creating an IKONART stencil.
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Burning the stencil didn’t take long at all. This film only took 35 seconds. It went very quickly between printing the design and burning this stencil to washing it off. It did take about 45 minutes to dry before I could use it. You can use a dryer on medium heat to speed that up, but that can stretch your stencil so I just let it dry. Then cure it again under the light to help it last longer.
You need some good water pressure to clear the film away. I ended up taking it to our shower to spray it off better. If you don’t have good water pressure they have kits for that! Also, you can find attachments at your hardware store to use on your sink if needed.
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