Monday, August 23, 2010

More Stenciling

Well I don't know where the time has gone this last week or so. I really thought I could get more done, but for some reason I just could not find the motivation. Good news though, my husband installed locks on our kitchen cabinets so at least I don't have to worry about the little man squishing his fingers. (They're the magnetic kind so the door won't open at all without the 'key' - just what we needed!)

Anyway, I made another cute saying shirt for my son with the same freezer paper technique I showed earlier. I skipped the 'carbon copy' step and just went straight to tracing my idea on the freezer paper, it works well either way. I think it turned out pretty awesome!

Hopefully, this week will be more productive. I'm working on a couple onesies for some family members, but I just can't decide on what fabric to use so we'll see how that goes.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Adventures in Freezer Paper Stenciling #1

A while back I saw this tutorial on using freezer paper to create your own stencils. This week I finally put it to use. When we were in Oregon, I saw this idea for a onesie in a gift shop. It had nothing to do with Oregon or the beach so it was kind of out of place, but I just thought it was hilarious!

So I started by making a word document to recreate it. Luckily I was able to find the same font. I made the document and formatted it the way I wanted it. Normally this is where you'd just print it off, however, my print is not in working order, so I just traced it off the computer screen (if you do this, don't push too hard!). Then I went over it again to make the lines darker.

Then I made a quick carbon copy by turning over the outline and scraping a pencil back and forth.

Then I went back and retraced the outline with the freezer paper underneath.

Then I used an exacto knife to cut out the stencil, ironed it on the onesie and mixed my paint. I didn't have the exact color I wanted, but I did have blue and yellow and brown. 

Then came the painting, be sure to put some cardboard inside whatever you're painting to prevent any kind of bleeding.

And finally after a couple of coats and many hours of drying, I began to peel off the paper.

I love how it turned out!

Now that I got the ball rolling and I've tried this project, I've got a ton more ideas that I just need to make myself follow through with. Share your ideas and freezer paper projects with me! I'd love to see what everyone else comes up with!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I heart Mom shirt

I don't know about you guys, but sometimes I feel like I need a vacation to recover from my vacations. : ) Anyway, between laundry, teething, and making arrangements for our ward craft activity I have not had the time to get my own project done. So I'm pulling a project from the archives of my family blog to share.

This project was pretty simple, just some felt sewed on a t-shirt. I saw the ideas in two different Etsy shops. This one and this one. They were just soooo cute I had to make one myself. 

It was basically just cutting out the felt and hand stitching it on.

I sure think it turned out cute!

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