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Freezer Paper July 4th Shirts

Freezer paper is every crafters’ best friend and I can now see why.

I have made shirts for the boys before using Heat Transfer Vinyl and Printable Heat Transfer Material, but never using fabric paint.

For this month’s Silhouette Challenge the theme was patriotic.  Seriously you could go anywhere with that theme, but I decided the boys needed custom shirts to wear on the 4th of July.

I wanted to make a stencil out of freezer paper that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  I didn’t want the basic plain old flag, but I wanted something kinda flag related.

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So I cam up with this shirt for Sid.  It says “Stars and Stripes” and has coordinating graphics with the words.  And it was done in Red, White, & Blue.  Tots Adorbs huh?

Since I didn’t actually want them to match I decided to make Ian a Capt. America shirt.  Because who is more patriotic than Capt. America?

The process

Create and cut your design, you don’t have to use a cutting machine to make a shirt out of freezer paper but it sure is helpful.

 

Freezer Paper Stencil

In the cutting machine the freezer paper can be cut with shiny side up or shiny side down.  However, the shiny side is the side you will iron to your fabric, so if you cut shiny side up, you will need to mirror (flip horizontally) your design.  I used a blade of 2, speed of 3 and thickness of 10.  But there has been a variety of recommended settings on-line, so make sure to do a test cut first.

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Iron on your stencil.  Put the shiny side down on your fabric and use a dry iron on the setting for your fabric.  Use lots of pressure, and pay extra special attention to the edges.  You don’t want paint to bleed under the stencil.  Freezer paper and transfer tape don’t mix, so you will have to put all those little letter innards back by hand.  I made font decisions with this in consideration.

Use a sponge to paint

Here is a little confession.  I don’t paint much, so I didn’t have any paint sponges or foam brushes or anything at home.  You know what I did have though?  Make-up foam applicator, which worked just fine.

Make sure you place a piece of cardboard or a few pieces of cardstock between the layers of your shirt.  The paint can bleed through, and you don’t want it showing up on the back of your shirt.

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Make sure you dab and lift, do not brush.  Brushing can lead to paint bleeding under your stencil.  The idea is have many thin layers of paint instead of  one thick one.  I decided I wanted the ‘and’ to be a mix of red and blue, because I didn’t want too much of one color.

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Let your paint dry and peel up your stencil.  You may have to hold down the shirt to avoid stretching the newly painted fabric.

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Most fabric paint requires you to heat set it, running the iron over the design so the paint doesn’t wash off.  The fabric paint I bought did not have that on the instructions, but I did it anyway.  I ran the iron over the front of the shirt, with a pillowcase in between, after is had dried for a couple of days.  I turned it inside out and washed it after that.

If you notice above the word “stars” you can see a little smear of red pain because the frame of my stencil was too small.  I didn’t run the iron over that part, and it was mostly gone after washing it.  So I am glad I did heat set the rest of the shirt.

Stars & Strips Shirt

The Captain America shirt seemed like it was going to be easy, but I forgot about the fact that there is a red circle next to a blue circle with no white between.

So I had to paint it on two different days.

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The stencils were different circles, so the inner white circle is actually two.  After all the above was dry, I removed the circle next to the blue, but left the one where it should be white.  I then added another circle to cover the blue center.  This one didn’t stick as well because I was afraid to mess up the paint, so I didn’t press to hard or long.

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This lead to some bleeding of the red paint in to the blue circle.

But it only looks bad close up.

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My older son then informed me he no longer likes Capt. America, so he wouldn’t wear the shirt for me.

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He did tell me he was a Mystic Forest Ranger Zombie Hunter though.

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At least Sid was cooperative.

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Happy Crafting

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Hand Made Floral Cards for Mom

This month’s Silhouette challenge had to involve flowers.  With it also being the month of Mother’s day I decided to combine the two topics.

This year I made three mother’s day cards and one Grandmother card (but the Grandma one doesn’t have flowers on it).

All of these cards were made with the help of my Silhouette Cameo.

The first card I made was a shape in the word MOM, but I replaced the O with a heart.  I added a layer of floral scrapbook paper and to give it more depth I cut out a two layered flower which was attached with dimensional foam tabs.  Because of the font I used for the letters, there wasn’t a whole lot of room to write inside the card, so the sentiment is a simple “Happy Mother’s Day.”

This was my first shape card and while I am pleased with the results, I won’t make the Ms so thin next time.

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I came up with this next card after seeing the quote “There are two gifts we should give our children; one is roots and the other is wings” on-line while looking for mother’s day quotes.  Turns out my mom has had this quote hanging in her house for decades….and I had no idea.

 

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I used a champagne metallic paper for the top layer and on the inside of the card.  I used Silhouette’s print and cut feature to write the sentiment and cut out a frame that matches the one on the front of the card.  I used different colors for behind the butterflies and the tree.  I only had the machine make a cut on the outer edge of the butterfly wings, so they just pop out a little.

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The sentiment on the inside says “Mom, Thank you for giving me roots to grow and teaching me to spread my wings and fly.  Happy Mother’s Day”  While this one was probably the easiest to put together, it is my favorite.  I think it is elegant in its simplicity.

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When I decided to make a floral themed mother’s day card, this next card is what I had in mind.  I wanted to make a vase of flowers on the front of the card.  The tulips would have been too difficult to put together if I had made them any smaller, and at that size, only two would fit in the vase.

In the end, two was the perfect number, because it didn’t clutter up the card.  I used pre-printed mother scrapbooking paper for the background and a silver sketch pen for the faux stitching. For the “Mother” banner I used the champagne metallic paper and the print and cut feature.  I tried using sketch pens, but it just wasn’t the right look.

 

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I originally had thought about using velum or some kind of clear paper for the vase, to give it the look of glass, but then you could see the floral wire in the vase, and all the hot glue.  Not a pretty sight.

I still didn’t like the vase, just made with plain paper, so I used the sketch pens to add some dimension to it.  In the Designer Edition there is a sketch feature that allows you to fill in shapes, or change lines, to make the shape look more hand drawn, which is what I did to the vase.

I am very pleased with how this card turned out.  On the inside it says “May all the love you give to others come back to you on this special day.  Happy Mother’s Day”

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I didn’t want to leave the Grandmas out.  So I made this card too, although it doesn’t have any flowers on it.  I also made one in different colors.  It is very cute, but thick, so it doesn’t really mail well.

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Inside it says “Only the best moms get promoted to Grandmother.  Happy Mother’s Day”

 

 

 

Happy Crafting

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Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party

This past month I have been busy making Ian’s birthday party decorations.  I wanted to share a few of the items I am making.

I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so this is just a sneak peek at what I can do now that I have my Silhouette Cameo to help me.

Ian had decided he wanted a pirate birthday party this year.  I wanted his invitations to be pirate chests that open up to revel treasure, and a treasure map.

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I quickly gave up trying to draw a treasure chest and just purchased a cut file from the Silhouette Studio Store.  After which I ran it through my Cuttlebug to emboss the paper with a wood grain.

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I went to Photoshop and created a picture of coins and jewels that matched the shape of the card.  I imported that image into the Silhouette Studio software so that my machine would cut around all the little shapes for me.

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I also created a cut out that would contain all the information on the card.

It says

“Avast, me hearties!
Join us for a swashbucklin’ adventure
Shiver me timbers! Captain Ian is turning 4
Board ye ship ‘n follow ’tis old map
to find a buried birthday treasure!”

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I used the digital graphics from Just So Scrappy‘s YoHo Pirate kit (as I will do for various other items I made for this party) to make cut out a treasure map.

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The three elements inside the card were made with the Silhouette’s Print ‘n Cut feature, which I think is da bomb!

I cut the treasure chests out in a light brown and dark brown cardstock.  I also cut the straps in the same two colors, I then used the light straps on the dark chest and vice versa.  The buckles and locks were cut out using a gold-colored cardstock.  I glued all the elements together, except the map, which I attached with a brad so it can be moved.

Using the same digital graphics I created a pirate flag topiary  table decoration.  I had to create my own cut file for the flag portion, cutting out the skull and crossbones.

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I sandwiched a white piece of cardstock in between the two flag pieces, which I glued to a paper straw.  The base is made using the print and cut feature, it is an adapted cupcake wrapper shape.

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And what it just wouldn’t be a party with out party hats!

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For the pin wheel I used the sketch feature that can only be found in the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.

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I ‘hand’ drew the skull and bones, and by hand I mean I used the draw polygon tool.  I used the sketch tool to make the skull look more hand-drawn.  I used a black Sharpie Marker to draw the lines with the Cameo and then made the cut around it.

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This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to decorations that can be made using a personal cutting machine.  I would never have been able to cut out all the pieces to make forty invitations, if I had to do it by hand.

I have much more planned and will revel more after the party.

Happy Crafting

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