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Friday, December 9, 2011

{steelers girl tee} Plaid Simply Screen Kit

We are a football family.  We love watching football, and we definitely have {our} teams (the best ones, of course ☺).  My husband has long been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and when we got married, I inherited them as my own.

I have really been wanting to make myself a Steelers tee shirt, and the opportunity came a few weeks ago when I was sent a new product by Plaid to sample and review.

This is how it works:

1.  You design your image on your computer--you can use any program that allows clip art, and any font on your computer.  That means that are literally thousands of options! Print it onto regular paper--I love that!

  2.  The kit comes with different sized screens, and you find one that will completely fit over your design--not the whole paper--just the design.  Tape the screen into place--it's important that artwork not separate from the screen.  I also placed a piece of glass (from a 5x7 frame) over the top, just to keep it secure and flat.  I think this made a huge difference.   Slide it into the box that transforms into a light box!

 3.  It sits in there for 25 minutes, working its magic!  When it's done, open the box, and remove the tape and paper design.  The kit comes with this plastic water tray that you fill with tepid water, and a small sponge that you use to very gently scrub away the blue where your design was.  The light broke down the screen in those areas, the sponge and water takes it off.  

4. Place your screen on the item that you're printing on, and use masking tape to hold it firmly into place.  I used a long sleeve black tee (pre-washed) that I found to work really well.

5.  They have so many great colors of silk screen paint to choose from--I was thrilled to see that there was a metallic gold color, perfect for my Steelers tee!  See that blue space above the word "Steelers"?  You just squeeze a line of paint right above it along the top, then use this white squeegee to pull the paint straight down over your stencil. There is no blue left where your design is, but there is still something there--like a clear screen material.  The paint soaks quickly into that area, leaving your design behind! Immediately remove the screen and tape to reveal your design.

6. The final step is to let it dry for 24 hours, then heat set it with your iron.  You can wash it after 72 hours.

My overall opinion? I really liked it.  It was a few more steps than I'm used to, but I didn't find them difficult, and I love the end result.  Honestly, I thought it was easier than I had originally guessed before opening the box! I did discover a few things along the way...


*Using a piece of glass to put down over the screen/artwork while in the light box kept them sealed tightly, allowing for crisp lines and detail.

*I placed the tub they provided into my sink--I splashed more than I thought I would, and this helped keep the water contained.

*When I first painted over my stencil, I didn't use enough paint, and the design didn't show up very well.  I thought I would just line my stencil up and go over it again, but that did not work for me. You couldn't even tell what it said!  I thought I had ruined my shirt, but I discovered that the paint easily washes out if you do it when it's wet.  I got all the paint out, put it in the dryer, and then started over again when it was totally dry. Worked like a charm!

I'm excited to wear my new shirt, and make even more fun designs! 

If you would like to purchase the kit, you can find it at Hobby Lobby (the only retailer who sells it!). Once you have the kit, you're good to go--you just need to buy refill screen kits, and any paint you want.

Disclosure:  Please find my full disclosure here. Although I was provided with the kit and received compensation, as always, all opinions are 100% mine.


Blogger Laurie said...

Amazing! I am also a steelers fan! Although I married a Ravens fan and didn't convert fully. He is told that when it is Steelers Vs. Ravens Day I am and always will be a Gold fan... any other time I would gladly help root on his team. Once a Steelers Fan always a Steelers Fan! Love the shirt!

December 10, 2011 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Woot Woot! Go Steelers! :)

December 11, 2011 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Awesome shirt! We're Steelers fans too! Go Steelers!!

December 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Lily said...

Love that skirt, so pretty xx

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May 14, 2012 at 2:32 AM  
Blogger Rogn1 said...

I too have been a Steelers fan for more than 40 years. My wife however, couldn't care less about football. I am just lucky to be able to watch it. I wish she would wear something like this. Go Steelers!

May 20, 2012 at 11:56 PM  

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