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« on: November 14, 2005 04:49:29 PM »

Didn't get a response last time, so I'm asking again....

What kind of printer does everyone use, and what kind of contact paper?

I designed my first stencil and fed contact paper through my inkjet to print it, but then I couldn't cut it out because the ink never dries (just smears)

Any suggestions?Huh

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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2005 04:59:27 PM »

I've never stenciled before, so I'm no help, but the last time you asked, did you put that in the subject line?  A lot of people only look at the subject, and if it's not interesting, they won't read.

Maybe try something like "Which printer and contact paper for stenciling?"  or "What contact paper works with an inkjet?"

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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2005 05:03:50 PM »

Here are a few methods. 

1. Draw the design on the contact paper with a pen or sharpie. Do not use a printer at all.

2. Print the design onto regular paper and tape it onto the contact paper.  Cut through both layers with a razor blade.

3. Print onto the contact paper.  Then carefully trace over the wet ink with a pen. Then wipe away the wet printer ink.  This should leave just the pen markings.

I prefer the second method.  I use an inkjet printer. 

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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2005 07:24:58 PM »

I use an inkjet printer and freezer paper.  Never had a problem with the ink not drying.  I've never used contact paper (don't even really know what it is actually!)
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2005 07:53:14 PM »

I stencil on heavy paper, like tagboard, that's meant for the printer.  I use a light coat of spray adhesive on the tagboard, stick it to the fabric, paint, and remove.  It's worked better for me than using contact paper (which never quite stuck down well enough to give me straight lines and crisp corners--I got a lot of bleeding under the stencil with contact paper).

Usually, though, my stencils are measured and cut, or traced (by holding them up to the window during the day, or over the TV at night.  I'm so high tech--haha   Cheesy).

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