Tuesday, October 25, 2011

F.R.O.G. Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

My projects this week are mainly going to be centered around  my trunk for our church's 
Trunk or Treat Event. 
I have soooo much still to do! 
I have until Sunday night to get it all finished though so I think I have time...at least I sure hope so!
 Keep your fingers crossed for me!

My theme this year for my trunk is F.R.O.G. -Fully Rely On God. 
 I blogged about it HERE in case you missed it.
There's also other trunk ideas HERE in case anyone needs a last minute idea for their trunk.


Today's project is my FROG shirt.
I think most of you craft bloggers probably already know how to use Freezer Paper to stencil a shirt, but I'm going to go through the steps just in case there are some of you out there who don't know  :0)

To start, I drew out my design and traced it onto Freezer Paper.
Make sure and draw your design on the dull side of the paper.
 You can find freezer paper in your local grocery store in the same aisle as the wax paper, aluminum foil, etc..

Then I carefully cut it out using my x-acto knife.
 Of course I didn't take pictures of these two steps..sorry!

 Once it was cut out it looked like the picture below.
 Place your design on your shirt slick side down, 
and iron it to your shirt using a hot, dry iron.
Pay special attention to your corners, and the small centers of your letters, etc...
to make sure that it seals well to your shirt.
If it doesn't then your paint could run outside of your stencil onto the shirt where you don't want it to.

I prefer to use Tulip paint, but any fabric paint will work. 
For this shirt I used Tulip slick paint in black.

I used Saran Wrap dipped in paint to dab it on my stencil. 
I did this so it would give it a lighter vintage look to the design and also since my sweatshirt has a faded, comfortable, worn look to it. 
Since the stencil outline was so thin in places, and I was afraid the design would turn out too light, I ended up going back over it a second time with paint to darken it up. 
I like the way it ended up dark enough to read, but the paint on the shirt isn't thick at all...
Almost feels like it was printed on there, not painted.

Once I had the painting finished,  I left it to dry.
It's so hard to leave it alone to dry, but I was good and I actually did leave it to sit overnight.

Once your paint is completely dry, carefully peel away your stencil.
If you're extremely careful taking it off you can actually reuse your freezer paper stencil a couple more times. 
I usually end up tearing a piece of the stencil though...
I think it's because I'm too impatient to see if it turned right...lol

Once you have your stencil completely pealed off, lay a thin piece of fabric down on top of your design and iron over it to set the paint using a dry iron.
And that's all there is to it!
It's so easy.
I love to use freezer paper to make shirts!

My shirt is plain and simple, but that's what I was going for.
I think it's going to look great with my Knit Frog Hat

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  1. This is awesome.. Great neat idea..I love it... I would LOVE for you to share this at my Pin'Inspirational Thursday linky party if you dont mind pweeease :))-- TY,, http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/10/pininspirational-thursdays-linky-party_26.html -- Officially following ya with smiles.. SO much creativity here.. : )) Officially following ya with smiles.. Lovely blog..

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  2. Cute! And yes, the hat will totally make the outfit. ;) I have never gone to a Trunk or Treat but they sound like such fun. Hope you have a great time! Thanks for linking at OAM!

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