April 30, 2012

Subtle Superhero Shirt

Thanks for your input last week on what you'd like to see more of here.  I realized it has been a while since I'd posted a boy idea.  I kind of get on kicks, you see, and lately I've been finishing the entryway and craft area, so I've been in home decor mode.  

So, one of you mentioned that you also like the less-in-your-face character tees, which are hard to come by.  So, I designed this subtle superhero tee.  It's superhero enough to keep Rex happy, but less offensive than many of the tees you see in the stores.  It showcases his favorite superheroes from the Avengers (which I am nerdy-excited to see this weekend even though he probably won't get to see till he's a LOT older :)


From left to right it's Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, and Ironman.  (Hulk didn't make the cut because he doesn't really have an identifiable symbol and the Black Widow is out because Rex is too young to like hot girls in tight clothes.  He thinks girls are yucky - except mom.  Gotta appreciate that for now :)
Alright, so here's how it went down.  I scoured the world wide web to round up some images I could use.  I gathered them, manipulated them, and changed them to black and white so that my Silhouette could easily make them cutable shapes.  If you are cutting by hand here's a jpeg you can print out to use.  (If you're using a Silhouette you can also save the jpeg and then import the files.  You have to play around a bit with the threshold.)


I also added this one to the back of the shirt:


If you want to cut freezer paper with the Silhouette you can find my tutorial on that HERE.  After cutting the stencil I ironed it onto the shirt.  If you've never tried freezer paper stenciling, you MUST.  It's crazy fun and I have a video tutorial for it HERE.


I ended up using silver metallic fabric paint mixed with white to create a soft gray.  (Once again, I was trying to keep the shirt more subtle.)


After painting it you remove the stencil and then heat set the paint after it's dry.  (Heat setting is done by placing a cloth over the painted area and ironing it for 30-40 seconds.)

I tried to get Rex to model it, but he was Cranky McCrankerson yesterday.  Baden volunteered instead, flashing his version of smiling at the camera.  Ha, I love this kid.


And here's the Avenger sign on the back.


This little guy has grown a lot since his Captain America tee.  

And there you have it.  A cool, superhero-inspired tee for a cool little man.


Anyone else going to see the Avengers this weekend?  I think Rex's superhero obsession has really worn off on me over the last couple of years :)

Thanks for reading.

44 comments:

  1. This shirt is so awesome and I love the freezer paper stencil idea. You always give us such realistic project ideas! Thanks momma! Hope your weekend is full of superhero fun!

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  2. Cheri,

    You are the best! What an awesome idea and you always make your instructions clear and easy to follow. Thanks!

    Maureen

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  3. Love the idea, but I have to tell you I am CRACKING up here because I am looking at the superhero symbols and I have *pretty* much no idea who any of them are. I have my allllmost two year old sitting in the highchair beside finishing his muffin and I have the sneaky feeling that in another year or two I am going to get thoroughly schooled in this subject!

    I really love the shirt though - it's just lovely. I'm actually thinking about a tinkerbell version for my daughter (with all of the fairy symbols).

    SO fun!

    Christy.

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  4. Love this shirt and can't wait to see The Avengers myself. It has had some rave reviews over here too.

    Time to crack open my freezer paper stash!

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  5. It came out this past weekend in the UK, and it's gooood!

    I love this shirt, although I shall have to think of a Hulk variant as my son is Hulk-obsesses. Thanks for the idea!

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  6. Love this!!!I think I need to make one for the little guy AND the hubs. They are for sure going to see the Avengers this weekend and they would love to rock these.

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  7. Love, just Love!

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  8. My 10 year old is obsessed with the Avengers. He will love to have a shirt like this for his own. Thanks for sharing the Jpeg!

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  9. haha, cute face!!! and i love this idea!!

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  10. I absolutely love it!! I think I will make them for the whole fam, me included! :)

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  11. Thanks for the jpeg, can't wait to make the boy one I kinda want one myself:). Can't wait to see the movie!

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  12. Awesome! Thanks for sharing, pinning it now!!!

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  13. Love the shirt, but I love the expression on Baden's face more!!!

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  14. Thanks so much! I love any project superhero related, as my 4 year old is superhero obsessed. I don't have a silhouette, so I'm going to attempt to cut that by hand with an exacto, wish me luck, looks tricky to cut by hand. Thanks again!

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  15. Just curious how you cut freezer paper with your Silhouette...my paper always rips when I take it off of the sticky mat. It'd make my life much easier to not have to cut by hand, I have triplets and making 3 of anything is quite time consuming ;)

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    1. There's a link on my tutorial for there here:

      http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/2011/09/cutting-freezer-paper-with-silhouette.html

      I give some tips in the post for it.

      Cheri

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  16. As someone who has spent her weekend watching, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man 1 and Iron Man 2, I WANT TO MAKE THIS SHIRT FOR ME!!!! I cannot wait for The Avengers.

    I also found on IMDB.com that they are considering a Justice League movie along with a Wonder Woman and Aqua Man movie. :D :D I cannot even stand how awesome that is.

    Okay, I'll stop nerding out now. That shirt is adorable and I really do think I need to make one for myself.

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  17. Fun! Nathan is too young to really request things (plus Grandma just bought him a bunch of Lightning McQueen shirts) so maybe I'll steer him in the direction of superheroes :-) I'm psyched to see Avengers, too, mostly because I LOOOVE anything that Joss Whedon is remotely involved in!

    P.S. I loved meeting you at Snap, after the Blogging Basics panel! I've been listening to your CD in my car--I keep getting "Connect the Dots" stuck in my head! Is that weird? :-p

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  18. I love it! We are all superhero nerds in this house. My husband was just 'discussing' with me how we were going to take our 10 month old twin boys. (Most people would get a sitter, but this is a superhero house.)
    Anyway, making 4 t-shirts, and 2 onsies.
    Thank you!

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  19. Love this! I have four boys, all Avengers mad, so this will definitely be making an appearance in our house! Thanks for sharing.

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  20. My little dude is turning 2 in May and guess what our theme is...Superheros! I found these adorable Fisher Price Little People as Batman and Joker, Wonder Woman and Super Girl, Superman and Green Lantern!!! I've become a bit obsessed(scratch that) A LOT with superheros! Hubby and I have always been nerdy with Star Wars and all of the other (too many to name) Superhero movies and we too are super excited to see the Avengers!!! No pun intended!

    Anyways I'll wrap my novel up: I'm currently making your Superhero puzzles right now for the kids goody bags. It's so much fun and I think I'm gonna have to get my freezer paper out next and make him a shirt! Thanks for all the great ideas!

    P.S. I'm totally psyched reading Nessa the Procrastinator's post! They totally need to do those movies. Especially Wonder Woman, us girls would totally go see it!!! :)

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  21. I am so geeked about the movie! My husband is a youth pastor and I made him PROMISE to take me to see it before he takes his students:) I also love the shirt and am so grateful for your subtle creativity! I don't have a silhouette, no matter how hard i have tried to win one:)- so I am going to attempt this with an exacto knife and the freezer paper! Thanks Cheri!

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  22. LOVE IT! Ah, again with coveting the Silhouette.

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  23. Love it Cheri!!! Thanks for sharing your boys and their love of superheroes!!!!

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  24. I really love that idea! Thanks for posting it!

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  25. I think this will be the perfect compliment to the Super Hero Mugs I etched for my son in December...thanks by the way. At some point I've got to stop sending him movie hero stuff. Where can I buy the freezer paper. That sounds easier than a sticky vinyl for the stencil?

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  26. Hi Cheri! I LOVE this t-shirt!! I think I may even want to make one for my boyfriend.

    I was able to see a sneak peak of the Avengers last night and it was AMAZING! It was action packed and I felt that each Avenger had their own moment in the spotlight. I go agree that Rex should probably wait until he is a little older to see the movie :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Just use caution as these symbols are copyrighted and the comic industry is getting nasty about it.... USE CAUTION. Even artist are being sued for selling drawings of the copyrighted characters.

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  28. Made this for my boyfriend yesterday (we've already been to see the film twice!) and he loves it! Thanks for the template :)

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  29. We were invited to a birthday party and the mom was telling me how into superheroes the birthday boy is...so I will be making this for the gift! Thanks so much! (I made your Captain America ones....I can't believe that was almost 2 years ago!)

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  30. That is so cool!! My boys, heck, my girls, too, would love shirts like that!

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  31. Oh my. I LOVE this Cheri! LOVE it.

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  32. This is so cool that I just had to share it in my Ode To Avengers post today. Such a fun idea!

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  33. Question...getting ready to try my first silhouette project. Had to look all over for freezer paper. Anyway. Do you just lightly dab the paint on in several coats or heavy one coat? AND should you remove the stencil when wet or after it dries? Just tried one with a spray paint...but I sprayed too heavy. But the stencil worked well.

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  34. Cheri:

    Thanks for the wonderful, wonderful idea. We had already done freezer paper stencil shirts before:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/107602759139677368610/ArtsyCraftsy?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCL6Xwd7srJPY5wE&feat=directlink

    But your design came out great, and everyone enjoyed their shirts! http://www.m0mmacat.com/2012/05/07/movie-geeks-we-are/ (My wife's blog)

    And the movie, well, was just plain awesome.

    (It's a shame my little ones aren't quite ready for The Avengers, but we'll watch the cartoon versions until they are...)

    So thank you very much for helping to make my birthday weekend a great one!

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  35. Just saw these printables for Avengers masks and such. Thought of your boys. Check it out:
    http://family.go.com/disney/pkg-disney-character-fun/pkg-everything-avengers/

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  36. I love, love, love this!! Where did you find that adorable v-neck shirt?!?

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  37. I'm going to need to try this! My son would freak.

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  38. Love this. I think I'll make my husband one for Father's Day!

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  39. I don't remember how or where I saw you linked, but I have 6 and 2 year old super hero crazy boys. We have been loving your page! I saw the Captain America freezer paper tutorsial recently and decided we should make one. I was unable to open the file to your design, so we had to make our own. We have made Flash, the Avengers "A" and my husband is currently (as I type this!) working on Green lantern. (still haven't made it to poor Cap yet, who started this entire process). My 6 year old is so excited because he can now have shirts for some of the less famous heroes (ie Iron fist). And even better, we have been cleaning out my Grandmother's house and she had 2 huge rolls of freezer paper! Since we just made a shirt with the "A" I think I will put this across the back. Thanks so much for sharing the fun!!!

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  40. SO.COOL. yay for subtle superhero stuff. :)

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  41. Thanks so much for posting this! Thanks to this idea and your fabulous video tutorial for freezer paper stenciling I was able to make one for my daughter. Love it! http://griffithsrated.blogspot.com/2012/08/diy-avengers-shirt.html#
    -marie

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