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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / HELP! What do to with a round metal tin on: October 08, 2006 08:29:17 AM
I have had a beautiful round metal tin with a lid staring me in the face for the past week, but I can't think for the life of me how to decorate it.

I want to fill it with chocolates and have a sort of nice label or something on the top, but I do NOT want it looking like a possible wedding favor. Maybe something sort of old fashioned? The thing is, I'm running desperately out of time. I only have a few days left to complete anything!

Some info:

- This is for a man
- This is a "just because/thank you" gift to show how awesome he is

Can anyone help me out? Thanks much! Smiley

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / "Distressed" transfer look? on: August 02, 2006 06:46:49 PM
Is there any way to make a transfer look "distressed" (without ruining it too much) to make it look like all of those "oldie" type 80's tees that are out these days?

Sorry if this has been asked 5 million times before.  Embarrassed

If anyone can direct me to a tutorial I'd be extremely grateful. Smiley
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Many Moods of Dr. Herbert West shirt on: March 08, 2006 07:08:52 PM
This is my most ambitious project to date, mostly because of all the planning. Every square is a separate piece, including the text above.

I did 3 "passes" on the shirt - 1st 2 rows + lettering, then next 2 rows, then last row, letting each "pass" cool before moving on - which made it easier to set up, but it still took longer than anything else I've made. It was a labour of absolute love, so I enjoyed every minute. Cheesy

And here is the final product:

For anyone who doesn't know, Dr. Herbert West is the "mad scientist" from the Re-Animator series of films, played by one of my favorite men in the universe, Jeffrey Combs.  Cheesy

This is going to be proudly worn at the horror cons I'm attending later this year. Cheesy
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Mad Scientist Shirt on: November 06, 2005 03:21:07 PM
Phew. This took me forever! I did the photos and text as separate pieces and for me, who can't see in straight lines, it took what seemed like lifetimes to line everything up. I love the final product though.

The "mad scientists" are all my new favorite actor, Jeffrey Combs in his many incarnations of Dr. West and Dr. Ek. Smiley

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Master Shake t-shirt on: October 10, 2005 07:20:20 PM
I already made a Meatwad shirt (see the thread somewhere below) and everyone really seems to like this design on my magnets I make, so I made a shirt of it as well.

I think it came out okay. Smiley I used the Avery Dark T-shirt transfers on a white shirt again.

The shirt is definitely white. I was just lazy when I took the photo. Undecided

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / [adultswim] coasters on: August 17, 2005 11:20:56 PM
Heartily inspired by jan_on_ice's awesome pin-up girl coasters, I made my own [adultswim] themed ones.

I made them slightly differently - I used sticker paper (from BigLots) and ModgePodged the top of it to make it waterproof. I guess time will tell if my variation works. Undecided I got the awesome coasters at Big Lots - $1.49 for 6!!! Cheesy

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Yes, it works! Dark t-shirt transfer on white shirt on: August 13, 2005 05:46:02 PM
I tried a test of a dark t-shirt transfer on a white shirt and it worked just as well as doing one on a dark t-shirt.

Here's my test shirt (It's "The Many Moods of Tom Peters", a character from the cartoon, "Tom Goes to the Mayor" on [adultswim]:

I will never go back to white t-shirt transfers again!!! Cool
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bumper stickers & fridge magnets on: July 29, 2005 09:41:44 AM
I've recently gotten into building graphic stuff in Photoshop and QuarkXPress (husband is a graphic designer) and I do signatures for the different messageboards I'm on. I was in Big Lots and found some super cheap sticky paper and my little brain said, "Hey, what about bumper stickers?" And it just got addictive from there... Wink

Since I'm a big fan of [adultswim]'s show "Tom Goes to the Mayor" and its creators, Tim and Eric, I made a set of bumper stickers of their stuff first:

I made magnets too. Smiley

The sticker paper is Hammermill Outdoor Labels that I got at Big Lots. It's v. sticky and is supposed to last in outside conditions. The magnet paper is awesome! It's Avery Magnet Sheets. I got it at Walmart and you just send it through your inkjet. It prints like a dream!

If anyone's looking for a great printer to do this type of graphic work on, I just bought a Canon Pixma ip3000 and it's heavenly! I got it for $49 after rebate. Cheesy The ink is really cheap too and really lasts!

9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Meatwad shirt on: July 15, 2005 05:35:34 PM
I just found this place and I can't believe there's a whole forum for iron-on transfer fans!  Grin

I've been doing transfers for a little while, but am still learning. I also know now I need a better inkjet printer. Undecided I'm considering the Canon Pixma ip3000 or 4000, but recommendations are welcome. Smiley

This is a favorite shirt of mine, and I've had to make one for two other people after they saw mine. A lot of people ask where I got it, and I get all proud when I say I made it. Smiley

Here's an artsy shot of me in the original Aqua Teen Hunger Force Meatwad shirt I made for myself (Sorry I can't find the original shot. The shirt is light blue):


Here's the one I had to make for my friend Jerica:


After over a year of wear and dozens of washings, my Meatwad shirt is only starting to crack now. I used the Avery dark t-shirt transfers on a cotton/spandex shirt.

This Morrissey shirt I made is from a magazine cover and I had to Photoshop out all the text. I think it worked out well:


I make iron-ons for probably the same reason a lot of you do - because you can't find what you really want on a t-shirt in the stores!  Roll Eyes I want to start getting a little more artsy with my designs. I'm so impressed by everyone on here! Smiley
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