How long has IKONART been around?
We introduced our IKONART Custom Stencil Kits in January 2019 at the Creativation show in Phoenix, AZ.
Although IKONART is a new product, our parent company, the IKONICS Corporation, has over 65 years of experience developing imaging products and technologies for a variety of industries. IKONICS is headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota.
Do you offer wholesale/distributor options?
We would love for you to carry our products in your store! If you are interested in wholesale options, please contact us today.
Do you offer an affiliate program?
Yes! Our Affiliate Program went live in April of 2019. If you are interested in becoming an affiliate, please register today! NOTE: You must fill out a W9 in order to be an affiliate for IKONART.
I live in Europe. Can I order your products?
Yes! Please contact our European distributor, HARKE Imaging for information about ordering IKONART in Europe. Our European kits have a light with an EU plug, as well as A4 size inkjet film. For more information, please contact HARKE Imaging today!
What paints can I use with IKONART Stencils?
There is a wide variety of paint and ink available on the market. Water-based paints and inks are recommended. We have tested our stencils with acrylic paint, chalkboard paint, glass paint, screen printing inks and more, and all have worked great! Do not use oil-based paints with IKONART Stencils.
Note on etching cream: We have done testing with Etchall Etching Cream on glass and have gotten great results. Please note that the etching cream will break down the stencil faster than regular paint, so you may not get as many uses out of your stencil. Other brands we tested seeped underneath the stencil creating a haze effect around the image, so you may need to test different brands to achieve the look you want.
What surfaces can I use IKONART Stencils on?
We have tested IKONART Stencils on a variety of surfaces - including glass, whiteboard, chalkboard, wood, fabric, clay, leather, canvas, stone, metal, and burlap - and they have all worked great! We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Fabric Note: Although IKONART Stencils do work on fabric, they were not designed for high-production screen printing runs. You may need to use a fabric tape to keep your shirt secure and tape the stencil on the shirt to keep it from moving around. Using a squeegee designed for screen printing can also help. The adhesive on the back of the stencil was designed to be used with a wide variety of surfaces, and is not aggressive enough to stick to fabric on its own.
Food Safety Note: We have received questions about using these stencils to decorate cookies and cakes. We have not tested our product as a food stencil, nor do we recommend it. There is a light adhesive on the backside of the stencil and we have not gotten it approved for food safety by the FDA.
Where do I get artwork from?
Exposing your IKONART Stencil Film works by using artwork to block the UV light, hardening the areas of the film that aren't blocked, and leaving the areas that are blocked water-soluble. Therefore, anything that will block the light from hardening the film can be used as "artwork".
The great thing about creating custom stencils with the IKONART Custom Stencil Kit is that you have complete freedom over what design you create! You can create your own artwork in a design program such as Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, etc. You can also purchase artwork from a variety of clipart sites or use svg files that you may already own. There are also a lot of sites online that offer free clipart and svg files.
Please Note: If you already own a vinyl cutting machine that comes with software, you can use that to print the artwork to a film positive (or some offer their design software for free). Or you could create a vinyl stencil and then use that as your artwork, if you prefer that method. Anything that will block the UV Light from exposing your IKONART Stencil Film can be used as "artwork."
How should I print my artwork?
Every printer is different, but if your printer allows you to adjust ink and paper settings, we recommend adjusting the ink setting on your printer to print in only black ink and adjusting the paper setting to glossy. This will give you the most density when printing. High density artwork that is 100% black will give you the best positive to block out the UV light.
Both the Cricut Design Space and Silhouette Design Software are FREE to use, even if you do not own the Cricut or Silhouette machines. Both design spaces are easy to use and include all the features you need to print artwork, including arranging multiple items on a page and printing in mirror image.
Important Note: When printing on the Inkjet Printer Film that is included in the IKONART Custom Stencil Kit, it is important that you print on the EMULSION side of the film. The emulsion side is the side that is NOT shiny. There is a special coating on the emulsion side of our Inkjet Printer Film that we add to our transparencies in order to increase the density of your final artwork and give you the best positive possible for creating your stencils.
What does "high density" artwork mean?
When you print your artwork, it is important that the black areas can block ultra-violet light. Toner that looks dense on vellum paper may actually be closer to translucent in its ability to block UV light. A simple test: hold the artwork up to a light source (sunny window, lamp, etc.). If you can see any light through the black areas, the artwork is not dense enough and will not produce a good stencil. For an example of high density, hold a piece of black construction paper up to a light source. No light will bleed through. This is the density your artwork should provide.
How should IKONART Stencil Film be stored?
IKONART Stencil Film is photosensitive and should remain in the packaging it comes in until you are ready to expose it. The unexposed film has a shelf life of at least one year if stored and handled properly. After the film is exposed, your finished stencils should be stored flat in a dry area.
For storage of the IKONART Stencil Film before it is exposed, we recommend storing in a cool, dry place. Temperatures should not be below freezing or above 85°F.
Do I have to use the whole sheet of IKONART Stencil Film at once?
IKONART Stencil Film comes in a resealable package of either 5 or 10 sheets. You would remove one sheet at a time, then reseal the package. You do not need to use all 5 (or 10) sheets at once.
In addition, you do not need to use a full sheet of IKONART if your artwork size doesn't require it. You can remove one sheet from the package, cut a piece of film that is the size you need, then return the remaining film to the package to be used at a later date. As long as you don’t leave the unexposed film sitting out in the light for an extended period of time (over 20 minutes), the film will be okay.
How many times can I reuse the stencils I create?
There are a number of factors that affect how long a stencil will last. These include storage, how you wash out the film, what type of paints you use, etc. We generally state that you can reuse a stencil up to 10 times before the details on the stencil will start to break down.
Is the blue UV LED Light safe to use?
The UV LED Light included in the IKONART Custom Stencil Kit is essentially the same as a black light that is sold for home decor, party decorations and aquariums. It is safe for in-home use and repeated use when used according to the instructions. Our product is recommended for ages 12 and up. Do not look or stare directly into the UV Light. We do not recommend the light for people who are highly sensitive to UV light.
You can turn the light on or off by plugging the cord in or out. We recommend plugging the light into an outlet power strip and using the on/off switch on the power strip. The light will last over 50,000 hours.
I ordered an item that is on back order and the pre-authorization charge on my credit card disappeared. Where did it go?
If you ordered an item that is on back order, we will not charge your credit card until your order ships. Every bank treats pre-authorization charges differently. Some banks will only hold a pre-auth charge for a few days, some for longer. Once your kit ships, you will see the charge on your credit card.