This has been another busy week at the Red Scorpio. I will be heading out on a road trip next week to San Francisco to be in the studio once again at CreativeLive. So exciting! The  workshop I’m participating in this time is called “Marketing for Crafters – Successfully Sell Your Handmade Goods” and I am very much looking forward to it. My goal is to have a fabulous Holiday season this year by somehow getting people to find out about my amazing necklaces.

Last time I went to CreativeLive, I decorated some shirts with a scorpion. They turned out pretty cute, but this time I wanted to make some fresh shirts with a gigantic scorpion. First I blew the design up really big. I am a big girl and I wear big shirts, and they need some really big scorpions representing.

big scorpion!

big scorpion!

After putting the pieces together, taped it to an appropriately sized piece of freezer paper and, using my window as a light box, traced the design. I tore off five more sheets of freezer paper and stapled them into a neat stack with the outlined one on top. Then I attempted to cut the stencil.

"light box"

“light box”

It was a little ambitious of me to try to cut six stencils at once, especially since my x-acto knife has an ancient and dull blade and I could not find any replacement blades. I even went to a store, though I know for a fact there are some here somewhere. No place I looked, unfortunately. So I muscled through as best as I could but ended up having to break out a box cutter for the last few cuts.

cut stencil

cut stencil

 

If you’ve never used freezer paper, it is magic, and when you press it with a warm iron onto, say a t-shirt, it miraculously bonds to it. But, then when you want it to come of, you simply peel it away. Magic! It makes great stencils because it is coated. Super easy to use, no bleeding or seeping colors.

press it on

press it on

Today, while decorating the shirts, I had a brilliant idea to use a reverse stencil technique with one of the red shirts. It worked perfectly. I can’t wait to wear these shirts in the front row at CreativeLive! Watch for free starting Thursday, July 17th at 9am. RSVP for the course and get access to the course workbook. Mandatory!

Reverse Freezer Paper Stencil Sneak Peek

reverse stencil sneak peek

Tomorrow I am going to attempt a new way of stringing bracelets. You will just have to wait til Monday to learn how that experiment turns out. See you then!