February 4, 2010

Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial - Two Color

Since I had so much fun making the Uno shirt for the birthday boy, I thought I'd put together a little tutorial for you.

If you've never tried freezer paper stenciling, it is so fun and so easy. Perfect craft for a quick birthday present. And with a little bit of help, it's great for kids to do too.

So here we go!

T-shirt, onesie, tote bag, whatever fabric item you'd like to use.
Freezer paper
Utility blade or knife like X-acto
Image or shape you'd like to use
Fabric paint
Paint applicator - this can be a sponge, paintbrush, piece of cloth, really anything works

Now for the fun part!

First thing you'll want to do is tape the image to your kitchen window. or TV while it's on. or a fancy light box if you have one of those.

Then you take a piece of freezer paper that is bigger than your image, and tape it on top of the image on the window. Trace your image onto the PAPER side of the freezer paper.

(I think I forgot to mention that freezer paper is shiny and waxy on one side, and paper on the other. The shiny side will stick to your fabric, which is why we trace the image onto the paper side)

Holy cow, whatever you do, don't look too close at these photos and notice my really ugly backyard. Focus instead on the cute little girl making a cameo. Trust me.

Okay, now keep in mind that you may have to trace your image a couple of times. Because this is a two color stencil, we'll need to cut out the shapes for each color. Here's what I did:

Now that you have the images cut out, you need to iron the freezer paper to your fabric. This part is magic. You don't think it's going to work, and you get all nervous about the waxy stuff melting into your fabric and ruining it, but trust me, it'll be fine.

Let the shirt and paper cool off for a bit before you start with the paint. The first step on this shirt is the white border of the card and the white background for the word UNO. Since it is going on a black shirt, I'm going to do a couple of coats of the paint. Also, make sure to put a piece of cardboard or something inside the shirt to keep the paint from bleeding through to the back.

Once the paint is dry, it's time to peel the paper off the fabric. I think it's easier if the paint is just barely dry because it seems to peel better than when I let it dry overnight. Once the paper is peeled off, place your iron on the paint to heat set it and to complete the drying process. Don't worry, the paint won't stick to your iron, as long as the paint is dry to the touch.

Now it's time for the second color. You'll do the same thing you did for the first color; trace the shape, cut it out, iron it to the shirt. The tricky part about this UNO card is that the red paint goes right on top of the white paint. The freezer paper sticks to fabric better than to paint, but it still works, just be aware that there may be some seepage of the second color.

I did have to go back and do a little bit of touch up with the white, but I'm kinda picky like that. This brand of paint (Jacquard textile paint) is really easy to work with.

That's it folks! Super easy.


kimbuktu said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial, this looks easy and like a lot of fun. I will have to try it.

Lindsay said...

Yes, great tutorial. I especially love your choice of model!

Glenda said...

Your tutorial makes it look easy; bookmarking for future use!! Thank you, ma'am :).

Lafe's Hidden Treasures said...

great tutorial thank you so much for sharing.

Cherish @ My Cup of Tea said...

This by far one of my favorite crafts to do.

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

Love it! Come link your helpful tute at my party: Thursday's Treasures!!

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

Thank you for sharing your awesome project at Thursday’s Treasures last week! Come share your crafty projects in this week’s Thursday’s Treasures too!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I would love to post your tutorial on my blog for my Make It Monday post.
Please stop by & take a look & let me know if you have any objections!

Jessica said...

This looks great! I am helping my best friend throw an UNO party for her son and I would love to get the same look on a shirt that you did. The UNO cards they sell now are a different design though, and not as classic-looking and cute! Would you be willing to email me a scanned image of the back of one of your UNO cards? I would love it so much- it would be so helpful! Thank you!!!


sootfoot5 said...

wow, great tute, well written, easy to understand, and I'm going to do this for sure. I wonder...if you could use this method for stenciling on your wall. You'd have to iron on your wall, but hmmm...maybe. Will let you know if I try it.

Lori Apgar said...

Awesome shirt! Thanks for the tutorial!