I made 3 screens today. It said on the website to use 84 brightness paper. It also said that the 88 brightness paper from WalMart would work. Guess where I was yesterday? Yes, I stopped off at WalMart to get my son some Legos. The LegoLand only had a limited selection and they were outrageously priced. Back to PhotoEZ. If you don't know what it is, it is a simple of way of making silkscreen type stencils. You can do the same with a thermofax machine (tattoo artists use the same printer). They are expensive though - about $1000 or more even for the refurbished ones.
The cost is not in the kit itself. The cost is in the stencil sheets itself. I got the starter kit (not the hires one though. HIRES mean high resolution. You only need that for very detailed screens). The standard kit will work fine. Buy some extra papers while you are at it to save yourself shipping costs. The 2" squeegee (sp?) works fine. It gave me a lot of control when I was applying the fabric paint. While you are at it, you can also buy their plastic canvas. You may have seen it in the craft stores. It is a plastic grid for embroidery, cross-stitch, or something like that. The plastic grid does not come with the kit.
The first one I did was using a sheet of the 88 brightness copy paper from WalMart. I juiced up my black StazOn pad and stamped images randomly on the paper. Make sure it is nice and black. The second screen was done with die cuts that I had gotten at the Scrapbooking Expo. I bought the die cuts specifically for making stencils. You need to make sure the die cuts are rather thick (but not too thick). If the die cut is really thin, then color with a black marker like a Sharpie before making your screen. The 3rd screen was done using some number stamps and some text stamps. I will use larger, broader text stamps next time because some of the fine lines in the text clogged up after the first couple of go-arounds.
Give yourself about a 1/2" margin all the way around the edges. You need the margin to clip down your stencil to the fabric when you are applying the paint. You don't want to go over the stencil and get random paint on your fabric unless that is your intent. The clip gets in the way. I did some of my stencils to the edge and that was kinda a waste.
Fine lines on the stencil will get clogged with paint after the first couple times you use the stencil unless you wash the stencil out after each piece of fabric. I colored several until I cleaned it. The fine lines were lost but the more broad lines and larger areas were fine. Make sure your lines are more broad and dark so your stencil comes out.