Screen Printing With Vinyl and Speedball Ink

Screen Printing With Vinyl and Speedball Ink

September 3, 2019By Kayla10 Comments

Hey crafty gals! I’m so excited for today’s post! I just tried screenprinting with Speedball ink and vinyl for the very first time and I am OBSESSED with the outcome. I may never use heat transfer vinyl again. Like, ever. It’s that good. Keep reading to learn how!


First let’s chat about Speedball’s products. Since this was a new thing for me I started small and ordered the 10×14 screen, the 12 inch squeegee and fabric ink in black and white. Speedball has a ton of colors to choose from though and I immediately clicked “add to cart” on all of them when I finished this project. Need! They also carry various sizes of screens and squeegees but if you’re a newbie I would recommend starting small like I did.

Here’s What You Need:

1. Cut Design From Oracal 651 Vinyl

Start by choosing a design and cutting it out of the vinyl just as you normally would a decal. Don’t reverse the image or anything like that.

2. Weed Letters To Create Stencil

After your design finishes cutting, weed away the letters (or whatever) leaving behind a stencil.

3. Apply Transfer Tape To Vinyl Stencil

Apply a piece of transfer tape over the vinyl stencil and use a scraper tool to make sure it sticks really well.

4. Transfer Stencil to Speedball Screen

Peel the transfer tape and vinyl off of the vinyl’s paper backing and transfer it to the screen. Use the scraper tool again to make sure the vinyl is fully adhered to the screen.

5. Remove Transfer Tape

Peel the transfer tape away from the vinyl. This part is a little tricky because the vinyl wants to stick to the transfer tape instead of the screen but if you take it slow, it’s fairly easy. If you have any bubbles or creases just press them back down after the transfer tape is fully removed.

6. Mask Edges With Painters Tape

Use painters tape to mask off the rest of the screen around the vinyl stencil.

7. Apply Ink To Edge Of Screen

Apply a generous strip of the speedball ink down the side of the screen, right on top of the painters tape is fine.

8. Apply Ink With Speedball Squeegee

Line the squeegee up so that you arent missing the top or bottom of your design and then, in one swift movement, drag the squeegee over the ink and right over the stencil.

You’ll want to hold the screen down firmly with your free hand and use a decent amount of pressure when dragging the ink over the stencil.

9. Remove Screen To Reveal Design

Carefully lift the screen to reveal the screen printed image. I probably could’ve gone over this one once more to get solid white letters but I actually love the vintage look of it.

That’s all there is to it! It took me less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

*Speedball fabric ink has to be heat set so, once the ink fully dries, use a household iron or a heat press to heat set the ink into the fabric from both sides. You’ll want to cover the design with a thin fabric or sheet of paper and then apply heat for 3 minutes (if you’re using a standard iron) but keep the iron moving to avoid scorching.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment down below or shoot me an email.

Happy Crafting!

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10 Comments on "Screen Printing With Vinyl and Speedball Ink"

  1. Face
    September 10, 2019 Reply

    I just got my screen printing supplies,m. I’m a HTV junkie so I’m excited to try this. One question, how do you wash the ink out of the screen?

    1. Face
      September 12, 2019 Reply

      Just rinse with water while it’s still wet! I hope you love it!

  2. Face
    Doug B
    September 18, 2019 Reply

    Wow, I mostly do print on demand designs and don’t produce my own stuff. Recently I’ve been dabbling with screen printing but this looks WAY easier that messing with emulsion, cleaning screens, removing emulsion etc. I’m definitely going to look into getting a vinyl cutter. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  3. Face
    December 8, 2019 Reply

    What is the font that you used for this?

  4. Face
    Jennifer Allen
    December 8, 2019 Reply

    This is AMAZING!!! I had no idea screen printing could be this easy. How many times can you use the same design on the screen?
    Thanks so much for being so generous with your ideas and talents!!

    1. Face
      December 9, 2019 Reply

      Thank you!! I’m so happy you found my post helpful. You can reuse the same design on the screen multiple times! I’d say 20-30 times with no issue.

  5. Face
    January 13, 2020 Reply

    I have been wanting to try screen printing for awhile – you’ve made it look so easy and now I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for the great directions!

    1. Face
      January 14, 2020 Reply

      Yay, thank you!! So happy the post was helpful!

  6. Face
    January 21, 2020 Reply

    This is great! Can you clean your screen with the vinyl on it so that you can print more of the same design at a later date?

    1. Face
      January 24, 2020 Reply

      You can! I just use the sprayer in my kitchen sink and I spray the ink off of the non sticky side of the vinyl.

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