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Silk Screened Paper Gift Bags {Simply Screen Silk Screen by Plaid}

Craft shows.  Lately I’ve been eating, sleeping, and downright living craft shows.  I have my fourth and final (for 2011) show tomorrow.  I have been stamping some little lunch size paper bags with snowflakes for customers, which have been a hit.  

I received this nifty and quite useful little kit…the Simply Screen Kit to try out and review for you.  I thought I’d try my hand at decorating some bags for this show.

Simple, understated, yet festive.  The first step you take is to print out your design out on your computer.  You can also draw your design with a sharpie.

I chose a fun font and printed my phrase, along with some snowflakes from The Graphics Fairy.  I didn’t know how well these would work because of all of the detail.

The kit box itself becomes the light box, and includes the light bulb and the silk screen sheets.  The sheets are backed by white paper which you remove when you are ready to create your image in the light box. 

The instructions say to tape the image down onto the blue screen.  Some of my fellow bloggers who tried this kit, used the glass from a frame to hold everything down.  I also highly recommend this step.

The top of the box covers everything and you put the light on for 25 minutes. I actually like to see how many chores I can finish during this time.  Turns out I can clean the kitchen, unload and load the dishwasher, throw in a load of wash, and refill the dog’s water! That’s talent right there.

The kit also includes a plastic tray to submerge your exposed screens, and a sponge to gently scrub them.  If all goes well, the blue comes away easily from the design.  My phrase came out perfectly.  The snowflakes were not so successful.

I believe that if I had drawn over the snowflakes with a sharpie, these would have come out better.  I will try that, and follow up with you about the outcome.

After you rinse away the blue, dry your screens really well. I used the included squeegee to push the paint through onto my paper bag.  Always tape your screen so you don’t smudge your project.

My final thoughts on this kit?  Overall, I think it’s great.  First and foremost, I love a product that allows me to be as creative as I want to be.  The possibilities for design are endless! 

For instance, we make graduation T-shirts for our preschool, and I’ve already offered to silk screen them because of this kit.  I have no doubt that they will be very professional looking.

I also love that you can use each screen so many times.  I think the value in that alone is worthwhile. According to some blogging friends, Plaid was extremely helpful with any questions that came up.  

I already have a few more ideas on how to use this kit…stay tuned!

 I received product and payment for this post – all opinions are my own.

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