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2691  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 2011 r3 mini 13 days of Halloween(signups CLOSED. Send outs 25/9) on: August 16, 2011 10:04:43 AM
I actually made some progress this weekend (how, I'm not sure since I made a large birthday cake and two freezer paper stenciled shirts for my nephew and went to his party)!  I finished one day, and have a bunch of partial days done, and I started a large project last night.  I messed up part of it and got frustrated w/ my silly mistake.  The hubby reassured me and said that I shouldn't just skip it and should try again since it will make it look really cool.  Thank goodness for a supportive husband.  I think I will be ready to give it another go tomorrow.  After all, he is right, the large item will look better w/ this one piece.
2692  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Whipped Body Butter on: August 16, 2011 09:50:40 AM
Oooo that does look heavenly!  Are you able to share the recipe?
2693  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC swap discussion thread--3.0 on: August 16, 2011 06:48:00 AM
I write everything down in a notebook, since I'm not always at home when I make claims.  I write the claim number, the person's name, and the theme idea and underneath all of that I put down their address.  I put the sent date and received date and then its easy to count how many active claims I have and where I am at.  Its a smaller notebook so it fits in my purse.  I usually doodle ideas in it as well.
2694  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Annie - girl in a blue dress (picture heavy) on: August 15, 2011 03:52:17 PM
What a cutie!!!  You do some amazing work!
2695  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap for July 2011 on: August 15, 2011 11:49:25 AM
Oooo!  I love that WoW card!  I miss WoW with a fiery passion.  But w/ WoW, its an all or nothing kind of thing.  I wouldn't be able to play WoW and do swaps.
2696  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Work Your Theme ATC Swap Round 1 (SIGNUP 8/10/11-8/22/11; MAIL BY 9/20/11) on: August 15, 2011 11:08:55 AM
Finally sent in my questionnaire.  I borrowed MargiePoo's Harry Potter ABCs theme after much deliberation with the hubster.  YAY YAY!  We both love us some Harry Potter.
2697  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 6 Gallery O' Goodness on: August 15, 2011 07:33:12 AM
omg you two are just too funny!

Birdbones, I love that you used the only Star Trek reference I knew.  That is the one episode that I've seen and lol.  My husband will love this response.  lol
2698  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Zelda and Mario Stitch Markers on: August 15, 2011 07:23:28 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments!

Cute. What did you use for clear coat?
I used Folkart's Artists' Varnish Gloss.  Its a polyurethan protective sealer.  It worded pretty well for what I wanted.  Made 'em nice and shiny and gave a nice layer between my paint and world.

I use gloves for certain things (the latexy non-latex kind :3)  You might want to try that!  Made life a lot easier for me XD
oooOoooo good idea!  Thanks!
2699  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Go go Spiderman and Mario T-Shirts! on: August 15, 2011 07:18:08 AM
Thanks everyone for your kind words!

Really really great. What kind of paint I want to try this. Was the freezwe paper like wax or butcher paper? I love this. Must expand my crafty mind. LOL Grin

I used fabric paint and a foamy brush/foundation sponge/regular sponge to apply the paint.  Freezer paper is a combination of butcher paper and wax paper.  Its something of its own.  You can find it in the same area as the wax paper and parchment paper.  It has a waxy side on only one side, and when you cut our your design you leave the waxy side down and then iron it onto your shirt after you cut our your design.

These are amazing! I am scared to try freezer paper stencilling but these are so neat I may just have to try. Well done!

I was scared to try it, too.  This is only my 5th and 6th time at it, and i found it an amazingly fun and easy way to do it.  Try a simply design to start off with.

You mastered the art of paper stencil How do you achieve lines so clearly defined?
Lucky nephew. Maybe you would adopt me as your niece, aunty, grandma, whatever...
After the stenciling I usually clean up anything with a regular small fine tipped brush.  I fill in here and there to make the lines look nicer.  I freehanded the lines inside of Mario, and all the small lines around and in Spiderman.  I find its easier that way then having to iron on a million little pieces and with all the color the paint might bleed anyway.  This way is easier and cleaner.
2700  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Go go Spiderman and Mario T-Shirts! on: August 14, 2011 06:21:20 PM
It was my nephew's 6th birthday party today.  Along w/ a cake, I also made him two shirts w/ a couple of his favorite subjects on them.  I did the freezer paper method of stenciling.  The first that I made was Spiderman, using a pictures I found on the interwebs. 

I unfortunately didn't take any progress shots of this one.  I did three layers of stenciling.  I did the red first, then blue, then black.  I added in the details (including all the spiderwebs) by hand w/ a paint brush. 

I did, thankfully, get progress shots of the Mario shirt.  For the Mario shirt, I had Mario coming out of a warp pipe from the bottom of the shirt.  I, again, found my images online.
I started w/ the pipe.

So the first layer was regular green and the second layer of stenciling was a lighter green for shading.

Here is what it looked like w/ the two colors.

Next I put on the black outlines.  Afterwards, I cleaned it up a bit w/ the stenciling.  The layers get a little messy when they are applied on top of each other, but they are easily fixed.

Next was mario!  I didn't really have a clear way of adding the layers.  I kinda just cut out the layers as I thought fit, and not in certain blocks of colors like I normally do. 

I started out w/ Mario's hat, boots, mustache and side burn.  Next was the white on his hat, his top white glove, overalls, and the soles of his boots.

Then I added his mouth, shirt, and buttons.  The next layer was the M on his hat, his skin, and the bottom glove. 

I then did a stencil for the thick layer of black that went all the way around Mario, and I didn't take a picture of that step.  Afterwards, I added the rest of the black details on Mario's body by hand and cleaned up any of the areas that needed cleaning up.

TADA!  Mario shirt!  (yes, I did hum the Mario theme song to myself as I made this.)

Thanks for looking!
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