But you are intimidated by having to use an exacto knife and don't trust yourself to be able to use it to make a satisfactory freezer paper template.
All is not lost!
You don't need mad exacto knife skills to make way cool freezer paper stencils. All you need is a cool paper punch. Fiskars and Martha Stewart sell loads of different lever and press punches of all different shapes and sizes. I grabbed a few coupons for Joann's and picked out 2 press punches, a large star and a small star.
- Some kind of paper punch or punches
- Freezer paper
- Fabric paint or fabric spray paint
- Heavy paper folded to fit your t-shirt (from a paper bag), or cardboard t-shirt form
Here are my Fiskars star lever punches.
Punch a few or as many as you want. Can you imagine how incredibly easy an American flag would be this these suckers? I mean, shoot, stripes are easy.
Now, there is a positive and negative image.
I chose to use the negative image of my stars and placed and ironed my star cut outs in a random pattern along the under arm seam of a plain girl's t-shirt that I had in my stash. Because I was using the negative template, I decided that I would take advantage of my Tulip fabric spray paint. You don't need fabric spray paint. You can use regular old fabric paint and a brush if you want. I've done it, and it too can look good. It is all a matter of taste.
After the paint dries, remove your stencils slowly and carefully.
I love the spray fabric paint. It can be just as fun as the regular fabric paint, and it can really leave a great and unique silhouette of your stencil.
Now, there's the money shot. Most girls I know would think this t-shirt was pretty cool. It sure seemed to please my niece.
Hopefully, this tutorial gave a few more crafters the courage to delve into waters they thought were too deep.
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