How To Screen Print Your Own Christmas Tree Cards

As the holiday season approaches, many people look for unique ways to express their festive spirit. One thoughtful and creative option is to craft your own Christmas cards using the fun and versatile technique of screen printing.

With a bit of preparation and some simple supplies, you can create personalised cards!

In this tutorial we shall be showing you how to screen print your own Christmas cards with a basic yet effective design.

But before we get started we just wanted to share some essential tips on screen printing.

  • Practice on scrap paper before printing onto cardstock.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Clean up any spills immediately.
  • Experiment with different designs and colour combinations.

Screen Printing onto Fabric vs Paper

While screen printing can be applied to various materials, including paper and fabric, there are subtle differences in the techniques used for each surface.

Fabric, being a porous material, absorbs the ink during the printing process, allowing for a bit more flexibility in ink application. Beginners might find it easier to experiment with screen printing on fabric first, as it offers a more forgiving approach in case of excess ink application.

The Speedball Screen Printing Vinyl Kit provides a comprehensive set of tools and materials to kickstart your screen printing journey.

Unlike fabric, which absorbs ink, screen printing on paper involves the ink sitting on top of  the surface. So, screen printing on paper requires careful ink application to avoid bleeding under the stencil.

Here are a few tips on how to avoid your ink from bleeding:

Squeegee Selection and Design Alignment

For fabric printing, a squeegee with a rounded edge is ideal for pushing ink through the screen. However, for paper printing, a squeegee like our 15cm aluminum squeegee ensures a thinner ink layer.

 

 

Securing your paper

To prevent paper from shifting during printing, secure it to the board with masking tape. Lift the screen only, leaving the paper in place.

 

Ink Application

Apply a generous amount of ink along the design’s top, using excess ink for subsequent prints. Sufficient ink coverage is crucial to avoid bleeding. Aim for a single squeegee stroke to print on paper.

 

 

 

 

Equipment needed:

  • Screen printing kit: This typically includes a screen frame, squeegee, and emulsion remover.
  • Screen printing ink: Choose ink colours that complement the Christmas theme, such as red, green, gold, or silver.
  • Cardstock: Select high-quality cardstock that can withstand the printing process.
  • Design template: Create your own design or download a template from the internet (we have a wide variety of templates you can use).
  • Masking tape: Use masking tape to secure the design template onto the screen.

First things first, prepare the screen

Clean the screen thoroughly to remove any debris or residue.

 

Once dry, place the design template onto the screen and secure it with masking tape.

 

Printing the Cards

Pour a small amount of ink onto the screen. Using a squeegee, firmly drag the ink across the screen, ensuring even coverage. Carefully lift the screen to reveal the printed design.

 

Add your Personal Touch

Once the ink has dried, you can add embellishments like glitter, ribbons, or stickers to personalise your cards.

 

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There you have it, how to make your own screen printed Christmas cards. It is that easy!

 

If you enjoyed this project but want to advance further, our Intermediate Screen Printing kits are great for progressing your screen printing knowledge and expertise.

 

Merry Christmas!

 

 

Mastering the Art: Top Tips for Cutting Paper Stencils in Screen Printing

Mastering the Art: Top Tips for Cutting Paper Stencils in Screen Printing

 

Screen printing is a versatile and creative craft, and cutting a paper stencil is a fundamental skill every enthusiast should master. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to refine your technique, these expert tips will guide you through the process.

  1. Choose the Right Paper: Select a sturdy, high-quality paper for your stencil. We use either copy paper, Yupo Paper or Freezer paper as they are less likely to tear during cutting.
  2. Design with Simplicity in Mind: Keep your design relatively simple, especially if it’s your first time creating a stencil. Intricate details can be challenging to cut and may not transfer well onto the substrate.
  3. Use a Pencil or Fine Marker: Sketch your design lightly on the paper with a pencil or fine marker. This allows for easy adjustments before committing to the final cut. Or Download one of our free designs
  4. Focus on Negative Space: Remember that you’re creating a stencil, so you’ll be cutting out the areas where you want the ink to pass through. Pay attention to the areas you’re leaving intact.
  5. Secure Your Paper: Use a Low Tack tape to secure your paper stencil to a clean, stable surface. This prevents it from moving while you’re cutting.
  6. Sharp Cutting Tools: A precision cutting tool like a craft knife is crucial for clean, accurate cuts. Ensure the blade is sharp for the best results.
  7. Start with External Edges: Begin by cutting the outer edges of your design first. This provides a clear outline and helps establish the boundaries for your stencil.
  8. Work from Large to Small: Move from larger areas to smaller, finer details. This approach helps maintain stability in your stencil as you progress.
  9. Use Short, Controlled Strokes: Instead of trying to make long, continuous cuts, use short, controlled strokes. This gives you better control over the cutting process.
  10. Rotate the Paper as Needed: If the design has curves or intricate parts, it may be helpful to rotate the paper rather than trying to manoeuvre the cutting tool.
  11. Check and Adjust Frequently: Regularly hold your stencil up to the light to check for any missed cuts or areas that need refining. This helps catch any mistakes before you move on.
  12. Test the Stencil: Before using it on your final project, do a test print to ensure the stencil covers the area correctly and that there are no leaks.

By mastering the art of cutting paper stencils, you’re unlocking a world of creative possibilities in screen printing. Remember, practice and patience are key. With time, you’ll develop a steady hand and an eye for detail. Happy crafting! 🎨🖌️