So with my transparency finally printed I was able to run through all of the steps to screen print with my Yudu. I am happy to report that it was a mini success!
First, I read through all of the instructions, watched some tutorials and printed out some tips and tricks that I gathered from various blogs and forums. Then I set up my work space.
I was most nervous about applying the emulsion to the screen and exposing the image. But the entire process went pretty smoothly! There is a lot of down time, though, in between steps when you have to wait for the screen to dry. For my test print, I picked out a hankie that had some Native Americans embroidered in the corner. Although cute, it doesn't really go with our rustic, vintage, garden style wedding.
In case you can't tell from the photos above - our fuzzy names aren't the result of me trying to Photoshop out our personal information. Unfortunately, the script I chose (which I LOVE and am not getting rid of) is a bit delicate for the screen. At the very bottom of my design I had "formal invitation to follow" in size 12 and that didn't even come through at all. I think the other font I chose, Artisan 12 for anyone who's interested, turned out beautifully. These photos don't really do it justice, because in person they look incredibly crisp.
All in all, I am very pleased with the process and the outcome. I plan on reworking my design, and am hoping that it will be a simple fix of making our names slightly larger. The one part I'm not looking forward to is printing another transparency. I told a good friend about my experience and this is what she posted on my facebook page a few days later:
Let's hope it doesn't come to that. Were your STDs or invites DIY? Did you experience any mishaps or frustrations during the process?