Monday, July 20, 2009
Glittered T-Shirt by Nancy Ward
Art Glitter Dries Clear Fabric Adhesive
Art Glitter Ultra Fine Glitters: Azure (Transparent); Carnation (Opaque); Crystal (Transparent); Heather (Opaque); Vine (Opaque)
Sizzix Bigz Die: Flower, Daisy #4
Die cutting machine (BIGkick, Big Shot, Cuttlebug, etc.)
Blue painter’s masking tape
Reynolds Freezer Paper
Iron, ironing board, scissors, scrap paper or round coffee filter, white wrapping tissue, roller type lint picker-upper with tape (optional)
1. Wash and dry shirt; do not use any type of fabric softener in either the wash or dry cycle. Press smooth.
2. Turn the shirt inside out and place a piece of freezer paper (shiny side of paper on shirt) under the areas of the front of the shirt that will have the glittered flowers. With a med hot iron, press the paper securely to the wrong side of the shirt. Allow to cool. Turn the shirt right side out.
3. Cut four pieces of freezer paper in the size of the top of the Bigz die. With the shiny sides together (there will be two stacks of paper), cut the papers with the Flower, Daisy #4 die. Separate the stacks and set the die cuts aside for another project. The negative cuts are the stencils that will be used for the shirt. Set one stencil aside.
4. Trim excess paper from the outer edges of the stencils. Leaving the stem and leaf in place is optional.
5. Position one flower stencil in the center front of the shirt; the shiny side of the paper is on the front of the shirt. Press all areas of the stencil with a medium hot iron to firmly secure the stencil to the shirt. In the picture below, the open stem area was covered with the masking tape after the stencil was pressed to the shirt.
6. Apply an even coat of Dries Clear Fabric Adhesive to the open areas of the stencil; immediately sprinkle Heather glitter over the wet adhesive at the tips of the petals and to the center area of the flower; sprinkle a blend of Azure and Carnation over the areas of the petals that do not have glitter. Carefully lift the stencil from the front of the shirt; set aside the stencil. Shake off excess glitter onto either a piece of scrap paper or a coffee filter that has been flattened.
7. Position the remaining two flower stencils adjacent to the center flower on the front of the shirt (Note: in the picture, the flower stencil on one side was placed slightly lower than the other side); the shiny side of the stencil is against the front of the shirt. Press all areas of the stencils with a med hot iron to firmly secure them to the front of the shirt. Apply the adhesive and glitter to one flower, as directed in Step 6; do not apply either adhesive or glitter to the stem and leaf. Shake off the excess glitter onto a piece of scrap paper or a coffee filter that has been flattened. Repeat for the second flower.
8. Blend a small amount of Vine into the excess glitter that has been removed from the shirt. Apply adhesive to the stem and leave of one flower; sprinkle the blend over the wet adhesive. Repeat for the second stem and leaf. Carefully lift the stencils from the front of the shirt; set the stencils aside. Shake off excess glitter onto either a piece of scrap paper or a coffee filter that has been flattened. Do not remove the freezer paper from the inside of the shirt. Store remaining blended glitters in a labeled container for use in another project.
9. Lay the shirt flat and allow to dry overnight. Turn the shirt inside out; place white wrapping tissue inside the shirt over the glittered areas. With a med hot iron, press on the freezer paper to heat set all glittered areas on the front of the shirt; the shirt should feel warm to the touch. Allow to cool. Remove the white wrapping tissue and the freezer paper.
10. Turn the shirt right side out. Use either masking tape or a lint picker-upper (the roller type covered with tape) to remove glitter that is not secured with adhesive and glitter remaining on the shirt front.
11. Do not launder for two weeks. To launder: turn the shirt inside out and place in a pillow case; secure the open end of the case with a twist tie; launder in lukewarm water; either air dry (remove the wet shirt from the case) or in a low heat dryer (remove the shirt from the case when dry). If wrinkled, press on the wrong side with a warm heat iron.
12. The stencils can be reused. Protect the iron by covering the stencil with white wrapping tissue when pressing the stencils to the shirt front.