August 03, 2010

I Love to Create: High Voltage Tee

I'm going to be doing a post on the I Love to Create blog once a month.  I'm really excited because they make all of my very favorite products for making t-shirts.  Actually, they make a ton of different products for a ton of different crafts.  Anyhow, when you see this banner on my post it's because the post is for their blog too.  Alright?  Let's get started.


Today I'm going to show you how to make this little "High Voltage" tee that I made for Baden.


I started with a Fashion Graffiti stencil that looked like a chain link fence.  I have never found stencils I thought were worthwhile until I opened this pack.  There's a cool old school car, there's a stencil of headphones, and a whole lot more.  They are really easy to use.  I taped freezer paper around it so I wouldn't get the whole shirt.


I was also really excited to try the Fashion Graffiti Spray Paint Kit.  It works just like spray paint, but it's not aerosol.  You pump it instead.  For the purposes of this shirt, you could just use the Fabric Spray, but the graffiti spray stuff is pretty fun and I'll be experimenting more with it in the future.


So, I set the stencil on the shirt and sprayed.  I moved the stencil to a new location and sprayed again.  I did this until I was happy with the amount of coverage.


 I wanted to make it look like there was a sign hanging on the fence, so I created an image I liked.  Here it is as a jpg.  Feel free to use it if you'd like.

I used this image to create a freezer paper stencil.  If you've never tried this out, click HERE to watch my in-depth tutorial on freezer paper stenciling.  You'll be a pro in no time.  Warning: You might also become an addict as well.


I ironed my stencil onto a scrap piece of white fabric.  I painted the background black and removed the stencil.  To give the letters a shaded look, I took my brush and wiped off most of the paint.  Then I made some messy strokes with it towards the botton of the lettering.


I used the Tulip 3-D Slick paints on this part.  They are a bit thicker, but they cover really well.  I filled in the lightning bolt with yellow.


I took this fabric and ironed on some fusible adhesive.  I cut out the image, but I left a bit of white for edging.


I peeled off the backing, ironed it on, and sewed it on as well just for extra security.


Lastly, I forced my child to model it for me instantly.  I do get a bit excited when I finish my project.


That's it.  Now feed him a big piece of chocolate cake and you'll see what high voltage is really all about.

Thanks for reading!  See you tomorrow.

25 comments:

Cortnie said...

LOVE IT!

Joanna - To a Pretty Life said...

What an awesome shirt! I love that chain link stencil.

Sharon@thisthriftyhouse said...

I love this one!! The chain link is SO cute! And what a cute little model!!

Lynette said...

I love it...great job!

Jess said...

love this shirt! i've decided my 3 kids need one of these! it explains them so well!!!

Kerstin said...

I totally love this. Your little boy is about the same age as mine. So everything you do for him, I have to have for mine. I have been wanting to try freezer stencil for a while, this is the perfect project to start with! Thanks

Taylor Swim said...

Those are amazing products. I'd love to try the spray paint and stencils. I think it would make my projects a little easier. I still haven't mastered the freezer paper too well. Bade looks so big in that last picture. His hair is really blond-ing up. wow!

Jenna said...

I love it!!! It looks like you bought it at a store!!! Very professional looking!!!! Can't tell it was handmade at all!

jacque4u2c said...

this is just so adorable!

Trudy Callan said...

Very cute.

Trudy
www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

ellie g said...

Hello? Could your t-shirt skills please stop making me green with envy? Everytime I see them, I think they couldn't possibly get any cooler. WRONG!! I really REALLY am vowing to try my hand at t-shirts in the NEAR future. I just love them! You are amazing.

Tasha said...

This one is so cool. I love all your shirts. Love.

berg4 said...

This shirt is so cute! Your isntructions are always so wonderful.

Rachel said...

I love that! Having all boys I always love seeing things like this that are so "boyish".

Jenifer said...

Very clever tshirt! I love the chain link stencil! Nice work!
:)
Jenifer
Cantaloupe Corner

Tiffany said...

You nailed it on this one Cheri.

Kourtney said...

Very cute tee... Cute finger nails too! ;)

Alison @ mommadidit.blogspot.com said...

I love it. Want to make my new kindergartener a shirt with a black electric guitar & hot pink crown that says Rock On? I have all the stuff, including the graphics. I am just feeling a little intimidated by the project. I need to just suck it up and Roar, right?

Tricia said...

Very Cute. Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks.

Tricia

petalbelles said...

Excellent tutorial. And the little ones can certainly be high voltage. I wish I had that much energy.

Unknown said...

That is an amazing shirt! I never would have thought it was "home made." Looks way too professional and detailed!

Sew Much Ado said...

Okay, that is seriously adorable! As soon as I saw the thumbnail on We Did It! Wednesday, I had a feeling it was your project, so I had to laugh when I found out I was right!

Rachel said...

You really do create the coolest tees!

Jill said...

Wow, that turned out so cute! And what a cute little model too!

Tanja @ beauty4ashes said...

How awesome!

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