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Subway Art Pledge…a Tutorial

I know traditionally red, white, & blue are used with decorations pertaining being patriotic, but those colours didn’t match my classroom. I stood in the paint aisle for 15 minutes debating between traditional and coordinating. In the end, I went with coordinating, otherwise the finished product would have bothered me all year long.

This project was inspired by a post from Infarrantly Creative and a July 4th post on how to make a distressed wood subway art pledge of allegiance sign. Since stumbling across the post, I’ve spent a little time exploring the blog and have found some interesting projects.  I was spurred into action by Michael’s Crafts Create 2 Educate sweepstakes. I probably won’t win, but at least I completed a project for my classroom.

Supplies Needed:

  • Stretched Canvas 12×24
  • Acrylic Paint in Blue, Pink, Purple, and Green (or your preferred colours)
  • Paint brushes (I used foam brushes)
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Studio
  • Contact Paper
  • Transfer Paper

To begin, create a studio file using various fonts to type out the pledge of allegiance (make certain to spell the words correctly!). Or if you contact me, I’ll gladly email you my file.

Next, begin to cut the contact paper, I set my speed to 2 and my blade to 2. I ended up dividing the file into 4 sections to do the cutting. I also discovered that you need to select cut not cut edge when choosing a specific portion of the design. If you select cut edge, you are telling the machine to cut the edges of the lines, so it will cut inside and outside your letters. We don’t want that!

Once a section is cut, you can attach it to the canvas. This takes a little bit of work. First, stick the transfer paper to the non-sticky side of the contact paper. Second, peel the backing off of the contact paper and any part of the design you want painted. You will be left with what looks like a stencil. Third, using the grid on the transfer paper, place the contact paper on your canvas. Fourth, carefully peel off the transfer paper making sure the contact paper stays firmly adhered to the canvas.

Before painting, make certain there are no air bubbles in the contact paper. I used my fingers to smooth around the edges. Just before painting, I smoothed the edges again.

Now the fun begins. I began at the top and painted all of the pink first, then blue, then green, and finally purple. Where the words are close together, be careful not to mix the paint colors. Let the paint dry and determine if you need another coat of paint. I think I did about 3 coats.

Let the canvas sit for a few hours before peeling off the contact paper. If you pull it off before the paint is completely dry, you may accidentally pull up the paint as well. I wish I had a photo of this step, my fiance looked cute doing this step for me!

Finally, spray a clear coating over the entire canvas to help protect your wonderful work of art!

I think I have a little touch up work to do, a few of my o’s and a’s lost their center during the weeding process.

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Plus Logo Hoodie a Tutorial

This project was intended to be a Christmas present for my fiance. I never finished it, until now! I’ve had the supplies, just not the time to complete it. The plain black hoodie hung around for six months, he even wore it a few times before I was able to make it cool.

To complete this project yourself (though I recommend using a logo or picture of something you like), you will need:

  • zip-front hoodie
  • contact paper
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • acrylic paint
  • foam brush
  • cardboard

Let me explain the acrylic paint. I know there is fabric paint available, you may even prefer to use it. I, however, don’t like to spend $4.00 for a small bottle of paint. I have found that acrylic paint holds up quite well on t-shirts, even after many washings. The Binary Love T-shirt is a great example. The paint does fade just a little after the first washing, but after that I haven’t noticed any problems. My fiance wears this shirt on a weekly basis.

If you haven’t already, wash your hoodie. This will make sure there isn’t any dirt or other things that may keep the paint from sticking properly. It will also take care of any shrinking that may happen.

While you are waiting, open up your Silhouette software and create a file of the design you are painting on the hoodie. You will not need to mirror the design since we will be using the contact paper as a stencil.

Once your design is complete, take your contact paper or transfer paper and affix it to your cutting mat with the paper side down. You will be cutting the sticky part. Send the design to the machine to cut your design. I use the speed setting 3 (Anything faster seems to create problems) and a cutting depth of 2 or 3.

Once the hoodie is washed and dried and you have your design cut, it’s time for the fun part. Slide the cardboard between the layers of the hoodie just in case the paint bleeds through. Now carefully pull the outline of the design off the paper. You should be left holding the sticky part of the contact paper. This is your stencil.

Position the stencil on the hoodie where you want to paint it. Press it down really well around the edges to keep the paint from seeping under the contact paper. Make certain you have it positioned exactly how you want it before you start painting.

Using the foam brush, apply paint to the hoodie inside your stencil. I usually do a thin first coat. Then apply thicker second and third coats. Let the paint dry before removing the stencil.

When the paint is completely dry, I recommend washing the hoodie before wearing.

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Framed Washi Tape

Washi Tape Storage

Way back in March, just before the end-of-the-school year craziness began, I participated in a crafty package pal swap. It is a yearly event hosted by Stars & Sunshine and a few other blogging ladies. The premise is simple, you sign up, they pair you with another crafter, then the rest is up to you. You should spend some time getting to know your pal by emailing, checking out their blog, etc. Then at the end of the month, you send them a package with a surprise you think they will enjoy.

This is a great activity, but I wasn’t a very good pal this round. I didn’t contact my pal until she emailed me and even then it took a few days. With a few emails and a little blog stalking, I discovered her love for Washi Tape (really, who doesn’t love Washi?).

My bolt of inspiration came when I stumbled across a marvelous tutorial on how to organise baker’s twine by Damask Love. I thought, with a few adjustments, it would also be a good way to store Washi Tape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After making my shopping list, I grabbed my backpack and hopped on my motorcycle to Michael’s craft store for supplies. I was delighted to discover that they had a smaller frame available  for two reasons. First, the smaller frame would be suitable for the Washi tape. Second, the larger frame wouldn’t fit in my backpack! I made a second stop at Lowe’s for dowel rods and cup hooks.

My final supply list included:

  • 4 Laser cut frames from Michael’s
  • 3/4″ brass plated cup hooks (4 packages)
  • Square Dowels
  • 1/2″ circular dowels
  • small nails
  • pink spray paint and sealer

To begin, I sanded the edges of the frames just a bit. Then I attached the square dowels to the back of the frame. I was a little confused about this part, but then realised it is to keep the frame away from the wall to make space for the rolls of tape.

I first spray painted a white base coat on the frames. This is the color I left my package pal’s frames so she could paint them a different color later. Then I painted my frames bright pink! This took a few coats to get the color just right. Finally, I sprayed a clear coat sealer.

To attach the cup hooks, I first measured where to put the hooks. Then I drilled starter holes with our tiny hand powered drill. I’m a bit scared to use the electric drill and I didn’t want to mess up the frames. By hand, I screwed in the cup hooks and made sure they were all facing the same way.

Finally, I had my boyfriend cut the dowel rods into 6 inch long pieces. I slid them through the cup hooks. I then hung them in my crafting room with thumbtacks and ribbon.

Now that I have my Washi tape on display, that means I’ll remember to use it! As an aside, all of my Washi tape has come from Pick Your Plum. If you don’t already know about this site, you should check it out!

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