This was so much fun! For the contest I thought I'd try something with fabric to show you how versatile the images are. I've only used the Fabric transfer kits once before so this was a little bit of a challenge. I thought I'd try my hand at creating an Easter Egg Hunting outfit. This would consist of a Tee-Shirt, Hat and canvas tote for the kids to use for their Easter Eggs. Here's how my completed project looks.
We had so much fun with this. She just had to do the modeling pose with her new outfit.
Since this was for Jordan everything had to be pink, her most favorite color! So off I went to find my supplies. I purchased the tee-shirt, hat and canvas tote at Hobby Lobby. I sure had good timing because everything was 50% off. Boy you can't beat that kind of a deal! I found the Fabric Transfer Kit at Walmart. It comes in two types one for light fabric and one for dark. Since everything was pink, I choose the light kit.
So now I was ready for the design phase. For the tee-shirt I wanted to wind up with an image that would cover almost the whole front of the tee-shirt. I found that if I designed it to print on the entire sheet of fabric transfer paper (8.5 x 11) it would fit perfectly and be the right size. So with the size in mind, I knew I wanted to use the bunny music above and below the bunny and include a few Easter eggs as added embellishments. Since her tee-shirt was pink, I didn't think the green music would look right so using Photo Shop I changed the green color to black. I wanted the bunny to take up most of the room on the 8.5 x 11 sheet, so I didn't include the eggs on the bunny sheet. So here's the completed tee-shirt design.
I did a test print of the design on regular paper to check that it would look right and fit correctly on the tee-shirt.
I created the eggs and used Photo Shop to color them to match the colors in the bunny. I needed two different sized bunnies for the hat and tote, so Photo Shop to the rescue again. I also decided to use a little creative license and using Photo Shop's clone utility I replaced the music with a little flower bouquet. So now I was ready to create sheet 2 with the two bunnies and all the eggs I would need. Here's how it looked.
As an after thought I decided to add her name to back of her tote. So I went hunting for a cool Easter font that would make it something special. Here's what I came up with. I found it at this site fancy fonts . Originally the font is just plain black and white but I wanted it to be different colors so using Photo Shop again I created the text and then flattened the image and colored in the different areas. I think it turned out pretty cool! Make sure you click on it so you can see it big.
So all in all it was pretty easy once the design process was completed. Things I did learn from this... Most important... don't trim your images too close on the fabric transfer sheets. The ink has a tendency to bleed a little as you're ironing it. You can see that primarily on her completed tote image. I trimmed really close so the iron picked up the ink and spread it around a little bit.. lol. Also, make sure your iron is not too hot for the fabric. It has to be really hot for the transfer to occur but you don't want it to scorch the fabric. You can see where this also occurred on the tote. lol... Poor tote! One more thing, if you're printing text remember to change the print to mirror. Otherwise it will be backward on your item. Mirror print is usually found in your print window. If it's not listed on the main window, check in the advanced area for it.
I can't make something like this for Jordan without also doing one for Kaiden so check back next week to see what his Easter Egg Hunting outfit looks like. His has a cutie Duck image.