Thursday, November 6, 2008

A cool gift idea -

I am the hybrid editor and contributor for the ScrapMatters Newsletter, and last month, I got a chance to share a project I think would make a great Christmas gift (or for any occasion, for that matter).

Andilynn Designs' Flora Brushes are so lovely - they screamed for something more than to be used on a normal digital layout. So, I decided to embellish this old turtleneck my daughter had in her closet:

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You can actually embellish textile, really. On bags, blankets, you name it.

Here are some supplies you'll need:
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Open an 8.5"x11" document in Photoshop and place an image of choice. I offset the brush to the right:
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You'll be printing the above image on the paper side of freezer paper. The easiest way to do this is to cut a piece of freezer paper 8.5"x11" and adhere it to a regular piece of paper. Use double-sided tape on the WAXY side.
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Once the design is printed on the freezer paper, you will cut it out using your Xacto knife. My design was very intricate, so it took me forever:
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Don't forget to keep the negative space pieces. Because my pieces were tiny, I collected them in this cup and numbered each piece:
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Now iron the freezer paper onto your garment. Do you see where I noted the placement of the negative pieces?
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Place a piece of freezer paper under the place you will be painting, then lightly load your brush and stipple the area (If you add textile medium to your acrylic paint, I hear the design will last through many more wash cycles without fading):
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Peel off the freezer paper design once the paint is dry:
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And voila, you're done:
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6 comments:

Julie said...

The shirt is so adorable! What a great gift idea or just to jazz up a plain shirt! You have endless talents!

Tiffany said...

That turned out gorgeous!! I can't believe the patience you had to cut that design out. Amazing work!

Kimberly White said...

that is so pretty! What a great idea Heather!
Kim

Brenda said...

OK, I intended to comment on this project when I first read it, but didn't get it done. How do you find time to do it all--cutting out that design must have taken hours! But the end result is beautiful. Again, I'm in absolute awe of you...

Joanie said...

Oh My! You are so creative! I love this shirt. It is darling! What a lot of work!! Crazy the things we do.

I came over to you blog because I noticed you were featured on Gallery Standouts! You do the cutest pages.
{{Hugs}}
Joanie

irishkathy said...

What a great idea - thanks so much. I have a couple of tops that have a stain or two on them and now I can salvage them from the "use for painting" box and wear them again!
Yours is so pretty - and the time...

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