Thank you so much for your kind comments yesterday!! They really made my day!
Another one of my recent discoveries is freezer paper. How did I not know about this before?! No, I do not use it in my freezer. I have been using it for painting some cute shirts for my cute little guy. At first I was a bit annoyed about the large roll, but I think this will be my lifetime supply! I let my son play with the box, so it's a little awkward, but still intact.
Yet another reason to love my cricut: It can cut freezer paper stencils. You could also print out your desired shape off of the computer, and use a razor blade to cut out a stencil. I've done that before and it works beautifully. But this saved me a lot of time and effort! It was a little tricky to not lose the "donut holes" on the insides of the B, e, a, etc.
After I had my stencil, I ironed it on--shiny side next to the fabric--onto my t-shirt. The paper almost yellowed from the heat, but it was good and stuck. I also ironed a larger piece of freezer paper--again shiny side DOWN on the fabric-- onto the opposite side of the shirt. This keeps any paint from bleeding through. Genius. I feel this method is pretty foolproof. I should know. I mess up plenty, especially when painting. Definitely not an artist!
Then I got into Picasa mode. I used real fabric paint this time, Tulip brand. I painted right over my stencil, still on the ironing board. I was worried at first when the paint seemed a bit too pinkish....
Phew! By the time the paint dried, it came out a good shade of red. I don't think my hubby could handle his son in pink.
It looks much better on him, don't you think?! Yes, he stole my sunglasses out of my purse.
He will be sporting this on V-Day. Thank you freezer paper. Thank you cricut!