My boyfriend loves video games and one of his absolute favorite characters is Link from the Zelda games. I love making things. Soooo... I made him a stenciled t-shirt with Link on it as an anniversary/Christmas present.
Images are being resized somewhat so if you want to see it a little less pixel-ly and warped, go here:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/wooleyduck/crafty/linkshirt1.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/wooleyduck/crafty/linkshirt2.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/wooleyduck/crafty/linkshirt3.jpg
I am so proud of myself because it turned out WAY better than I thought it would, especially after several mishaps.
My sister's in town and she helped me cut Link out (I was getting a cramp in my neck from looking down at it) and also helped me make sure the picture was centered. The paint matches the navy-ish blue on the shirt sleeves and that's totally my sister's doing because she can mix colors far better than I can.
I tried using hairspray to keep the stencil down but it was actually some kind of "hold spritz" or something (I don't know even know why it's in my bathroom closet) and it didn't work at all. Luckily, I happened to have some spray adhesive and that worked great.
A little bit of paint ran on the bottom of his tunic but I was able to cover it up with some detail work using a small brush.
I made the stencil from a picture I found through google, I think. Printed it onto cardstock, cut it, and painted with a sponge brush. It's kind of been heat set with a hair dryer because I was trying to make it dry faster, and I'm planning on probably ironing to set it again.
The boyfriend loves it.
He just stared and laughed over and over and keeps asking me how I did it. He's talking about wearing it to MagFest and how his gamer friends will say "Dude, that's a cool shirt, where'd you get it?" He'll reply "Oh, my girlfriend made it." Hehe.
And due to popular demand, the stencil: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/wooleyduck/crafty/linkstencil.jpg
I'm not sure if I made any last minute adjustments to it before I printed it so you may want to make double check and make sure it will work before you use it.