If you just got the Ikonart Custom Stencil Kit and you don't know what to do next, you are in the right spot! We've broken the whole process into separate videos to make it easier to digest. We will be adding more videos soon! You can also find more project ideas and how-to videos on our YouTube channel.
Here are some helpful links to get you started as well:
- Ikonart Quick Start Guide pdf (instructions in case you lost the one that came with the kit)
- Exposure Time Cheat Sheets pdfs (print and hang by your exposure unit)
- Stencil Care & Instructions pdf (print it out!)
- The Importance of High Quality Artwork
- Artwork FAQ
- Free Artwork Files - get started right away!
- Inkjet Printer Tips
- Laser Printer Tips
- What Paints & Inks to Use Based on Surface
- Storing Ikonart Stencils
- Tips for Screen Printing on Fabric with Ikonart
- Tips for Using Ikonart on Wood Signs
Ikonart 101: What's In The Box
Unbox your Ikonart Custom Stencil Kit 3.0 with me!
Ikonart 101: Setting Up The Exposure Stand
The first thing to do after you receive your kit is to get the stand setup. It's super easy and this video takes you through it step-by-step.
Ikonart 101: Make Your First Stencil
Every kit has an artwork sample in it and we recommend making a small stencil using that artwok to get started. That way you can see the magic happen right away!
Ikonart 101: So Fontsy Card Redemption
Every Ikonart Custom Stencil Kit includes two So Fontsy redemption cards. The first card is for the Ikonart Stencil SVG Starter Bundle which includes 30 free pre-selected designs. The second card is for $100 to the So Fontsy Design Shop Card Redemption Page with over 3,000 designs to choose from. Watch this video to learn how to use them.
Ikonart 101: Artwork For Beginners
For basic artwork editing we recommend Vectr. This free online editor can be done right in your browser window (no download required!). This is perfect for arranging multiple SVG files on a page, resizing SVG files, and adding cut lines. Check out our Artwork For Beginner Video Series for more videos.
Ikonart 101: Print Artwork & Adjust Print Settings
Printing your artwork as dark as possible is critical in the stencil making process. The darker your artwork, the easier your stencil will watch out. This video shows my exact print settings (although each printer will be different).
Ikonart 101: Tips For Exposing Stencils
use these helpful tips when exposing our stencil film using the Ikonart Exposure Stand.
Ikonart 101: Tips for Washing Out Stencils
Try these tips for washing out your Ikonart stencils.
Ikonart 101: Drying Ikonart Stencils
You can let your stencils air dry, or use these techniques to dry them faster.
Ikonart 101: Post-Expose Stencils
After your stencil is completely dry you need to put it back under the light to finish hardening the coating. This makes the stencil more durable.
Ikonart 101: Clean Stencils After Use
Use these tips for cleaning your stencils after you use them.