September 13, 2010

Thunder! Thunder! Thundercats! and a Stencil Winner

I'm going to be honest with you here.  My son Rex likes weird stuff.  Mustaches aren't even half of it.  He is currently completely addicted to Thundercats.  Please tell me you remember them.  They were around about the same time as Transformers.  Well, you can catch these old episodes through On Demand which we have with our cable plan.  If Rex had it his way he would sit on the couch all day watching those 5 episodes over and over while I brought him the neccessary food and drink.  Yup, it's like he's a grown man already.


Anyhow, I've tried to explain to him that we can't buy Thundercat stuff because they don't make it anymore.  Then, I came up with a plan that I knew would make him ridiculously happy.  I got out some photo transfer paper and went to work.  Rex is now the proud owner of a Thundercat t-shirt.

Here' the process.  I did a search online until I found a Thundercat picture that was a decent size.  If you pick something too small and try to enlarge it you won't have the quality you need and it will be all pixelated. 


Once I had this image, I went into Paint and flipped the image horizontally.  Since there is text in the picture, I needed to do that so the shirt wouldn't say Thundercats backwards.


I printed the image onto the photo transfer paper and cut out the image as close as possible.


Then, I followed the directions on the package and ironed it on.  That's it!


It was easy, fast, and really fun.  (You were right Stacey - it's going to be addictive!)  It's pretty cool to be able to turn anything into a t-shirt using full color and all.  Best of all, my little Thundercat is thrilled with his new shirt.

He's now got Thundercat speed.


Here's his "sword of omens" pose.  Yeah, he has skills.


I might be washing this shirt every night.

We have a winner for the Cutting Edge Stencil:
# 65 Nick and Trisha who said, "Love that you outlined it in black. What cute, easy artwork."  Send me an e-mail and we'll get you hooked up!
Thanks for dropping in.  See you tomorrow!

27 comments:

  1. I know it isn't girly, but Thundercats and G.I. Joe were my favorites!

    Thundercats HO!!!!!!!

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  2. My boys would love that! Thanks for the idea!

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  3. I was a total Thundercats Fan! And Transformers, and G.I. Joe (they did have jane!)
    Love the photo transfer idea. So many possibilities!

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  4. I loved Thundercats! Definitely going to have to try the photo transfer idea...already thinking of shirts in my head :0)

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  5. That is AWESOME! I totally remember Thundercats! My husband would kind of die for this shirt. LOL! :)

    Erin :)

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  6. Love the thunder cats! I remember playing thunder cats all the time when I was little.

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  7. My brother and I faithfully watched Thundercats every Saturday morning! I sooo wanted to be Cheetah! (don't remember if that was her name)

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  8. I loved Thundercats! Did you find this for the little guy yet? http://www.thundercatsfans.org/tcmemorabilia/books.php

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  9. Awe! Awesome idea! I loved Thundercats as a kid, hubs and I have all the season on dvd and now our 4 year old loves them too!... Along with She-Ra and Braveheart lol.

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  10. Love it. Rex is not alone! My bro-in-law (who is 6) is addicted to all kinds of crazy old cartoons. I just might have to try that for a christmas present :)

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  11. My husband loved this post. He said he might like a shirt that just features his favorite character, Panthro. I have been using the t-shirt transfer paper for years. My husband loves t-shirts but it's hard to find some with interesting pictures. I prefer to use the transfer paper for dark fabrics (you don't reverse the image before printing) because it lasts longer and holds up better in the wash. The few shirts I have done using the transfer paper for light fabrics has broken down in the wash more quickly than I would like.

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  12. Thunder, Thunder, Thunder Cats, HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Way too cute! I love it.

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  13. I used to LOVE that show. We got it a few years ago on netflicks for the kids and they loved it too. It's a little slower than I remember but it's still pretty fun. Snarf is my favorite. Enjoy!

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  14. My friends and I made 80's Girls shirts for a night out using transfers and images we found on the internet - all the good ole' cartoons like Vultron, Kissifer, Carebears, Strawberry Shortcake, Fragal Rock, Transformers, He-Man... I miss that shirt. ;)

    My 3 year old loves Thundercats as well... plus all the old Transformers episodes we bought him on DVD.

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  15. We sometimes have a "boomerang" only day. Then we catch He-Man and Thundercats and such. Its fun, but I also realize how different cartoons are now.
    Great shirt!

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  16. I did that last year for my son's Madagascar birthday party, because all of the Madagascar t-shirts I found were ridiculously expensive. And yes, I remember Thundercats! Now I will have to see if we have it on our On Demand, because I bet my son would love it too.

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  17. My husband loved Thundercats. And my son latches on to funny things too. So I think that just makes them really cool. (we have a channel called "boomerang" and he watches all kinds of cartoons from the 70's)

    I Think that transfer paper is genius. I always keep it around for a quick iron-on project. So fun to be able to make what ever you want!

    I love how it turned out. You're a stellar Mom!

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  18. Transfer paper is addictive. I go through phases with it. Your finale project at SYTYC is amazing. It got my vote.

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  19. I'm sure Jeff is so proud! Rex is getting so big. Tell him Auntie loved him!
    Way to go Cheri!

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  20. Photo transfer paper brings out the best in me. The possibilites are endless and the result is always a super cute article of clothing. But Thundercats...that's downright radical!

    Jodie
    thecountrychronicles.blogspot.com

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  21. Just a tip I found out the hard way: when you're first washing and drying it, take it out of the washing machine quickly when it finishes and also take it out of the dryer quickly. Usually the transfer paper sheets are a little stiff at first, and if you don't take them out quickly they can crack. I made my little man an awesome Schrute Buck T, and I didn't take it out in time and it ended up cracking. Which was fine because it was a Shrute buck and the cracking gave it "character" but it was a little disappointing.

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  22. Wow, blast from the past. Cartoons after school.. math homework on my lap... I'm feeling old.

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  23. I had to read this out loud to my husband. He said there is a sight where you can get oldies T-shirts:

    80stees.com

    I typed in thundercats and a few cool shirts popped up. check it out! We can all get our favorites.

    But, I have to say, I love making my own t-shirts, too!

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  24. I thought I was the only one with this issue. My boys love Thundercats, Transformers (cartoons), GI Joe, Inspector Gadget, M.A.S.K., Wacky Races, basically every old school cartoon ever made. Thanks for showing me what to do. I know what they'll be getting for Christmas!

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  25. So cool!

    I didn't know PAINT had the photo flipping. I think maybe my Paint is the super old version...



    Just Better Together

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  26. I totally remember Thundercats! My mom even loved them. Enough that she recoreded them ALL on VHS. I wish we had them still. My mom even has (and maybe still has) Lunchbox, Game, Posters, ect. I'm telling you she loved them more then we did! I'd check Ebay I'm sure you can find Thundercat stuff on there.

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  27. Oh, I TOTALLY watched and loved Thundercats! My younger brother is still way into them. He even has this t shirt-not vintage but he found it somewhere a few years ago-and he has worn it so much it is falling apart. Like literally holes and everything. He still wears it. And now that I think about it, we have photos from at least 2 wedding receptions where he's wearing it. Anyway, I keep thinking that he needs a new one but if I happen to see them (my Wal Mart had some a while back) they're never in his size. He's a big guy. It never once occurred to me to make one. But I have now added it to my list of Things To Do! Thanks!

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