Thursday, December 29, 2011

Silhouette Tutorial: Making T-Shirts with Fabric Ink

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Giveaway HERE.

One of the most fun things to do with a Silhouette is make t-shirts. Some of the things I’ve used are heat transfer material, iron-on vinyl, rhinestones, or fabric paint and a freezer paper stencil.
Well I got my hands on a fabric ink starter kit, and guess what?! I used it to make more t-shirts!!!
So let’s continue with our week of Silhouette tutorials
with how to use the fabric ink, shall we?

I got the shirts at Target for $4.99 each, then everything else (including the shape) came in the starter kit.
You can use whatever shape you want, but the starter kit comes with 10 shapes already. I liked the scroll shape, so I went ahead and sized it to fit my shirts then printed it off on the stencil vinyl, which is also included in the kit. I printed two since I needed one for each shirt.
Next you need to peel out the design to make the stencil.
Take a piece of transfer tape (from the starter kit) and press it on top of your stencil.
Remove the backing from the vinyl.
Stick entire thing onto shirt in desired location.
Remove the transfer tape.
Place a piece of cardboard or cardstock in the shirt so the ink doesn’t bleed through.
Now we can start painting. You can use either the sponge or foam brush. I liked the sponge. Dab it in some paint and go to town. Seriously, it’s easy enough that I let my girls do their own.
Let the ink dry. It took about 2 hours for ours.
Once the ink is dry, iron it to set the ink.
Then you are done!
I have to say that I was really impressed with the fabric ink. It looks natural on the shirt (like screen printing).
It’s sold in a lot of different colors, but you can buy just the magenta, cyan, and yellow and make all these different colors by mixing.
I’m definitely going to buy those 3 colors!!!
If you want to as well, all fabric ink supplies are 20% off December 29 – January 5 with code DANGCUTE.

Then remember that you can get the fabric ink starter kit and the CAMEO for only

$299 with the same discount code DANGCUTE!!!

Add both machine and starter kit to your cart, then at checkout use the discount code.
If you have any questions, please let me know!


  1. Beautiful shirts on two adorable girls! The transfer looks easy to make - love it!

  2. I know I may be late in requesting a tutorial but I would really lilke to know how you use the software to cut vinyl wider than 12 inches.


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