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If you are selling your screen printed t-shirts (or any products), adding your logo to the mailing envelope is a simple way to add a professional touch. Did you know you can screen print on poly mailer envelopes to DIY your own branded mailers? This tutorial will show you how to personalize your mailing envelopes using your Cricut or Silhouette to create a stencil for screen printing.
How Branding Will Help Grow Your Side Hustle
Whether you are selling your handmade items on Etsy or just to friends and family, branding is a great way to grow your side hustle into a thriving small business. Branding is just as important for independent creators and makers as it is for big companies. Branding gives your business an identity – something your customers can remember you by. And by consistently using your logo and company message on everything from your website to business cards to your mailing envelopes, you establish credibility as a business.
I use poly mailer envelopes to mail my screen printed t-shirts. These easily fit 3 adult size shirts. You can apply this same process to mailing envelopes of all sizes. Screen printing works great on paper envelopes too!
The wonderful part about screen printing is that you can print your logo on a small batch of these or print 100 at a time! With one piece of vinyl, you can personalize exactly how many you need. When you need more, it's easy to cut your logo another time and screen print again.
If you are new to screen printing with your Cricut or Silhouette, this is a great place to start to learn the process.
Supplies Needed for This Tutorial
- Speedball 10×14 Screen Printing Hinge Frame
- Speedball Acrylic Ink
- Oracal 651 Vinyl – any color
- Painter’s Tape
- Transfer Tape
- Masking Tape
- Cricut Maker
- Poly Mailer Envelopes
How to Screen Print on Poly Mailers Video
Tips for Screen Printing on Poly Mailers
- I used Speedball Acrylic Ink. This ink dries nicely and doesn't crack or scratch off easily. You don't need to heat set this ink. Just let it air dry!
- I found that one coat of ink (one swipe of the squeegee) was enough to cover my design competely. If you push too much ink through, it will bleed under your vinyl. If this happens, wipe off the ink and try again.
- I mixed my Speedball ink to get a custom color that matches my branding. If you are new to mixing inks, here are some guides to help you get started.