This post is part of the Silhouette Challenge Facebook Group’s blog hop. This month the theme is Apparel or Fabric so this was a great opportunity to try my hand at stenciling with Freezer paper.
Bear with me, as this is rather a long post but if you get down to the end it’s definitely worth it I’m also sharing my files from today’s project and there’s links to all the other Fabric posts to explore.
I’ve Stenciled this cheeky Cushion for our bed. Recently my husband has taken to flopping down on my side of the bed if he’s taking a little break to read or nap or play Candy Crush! For him, it’s convenience – my side is closer to the door and he’s only there for a short while but for me, it’s um….irritating – he has his own side!
Trivial? Why Yes – definitely a first world problem and I should focus on more important things! LOL! However, this project should help get the message of my discontent across, though I fear the extra cushion will just make his daytime trespassing on my bed side more comfortable.
This was my first time using Freezer paper and I love it! Here’s how it all went down:
I cut the paper shiny side up, using the Vellum Settings as suggested by Eff from Whatchaworkinon.com. The Freezer paper cut through like butter, weeded nicely, and adhered to my cushion cover beautifully when I dry ironed it on the Cotton Settings.
I was very careful with my paintwork, I had a small puddle of paint on a plastic plate , dipped in my sponge and blotted it on the plate and then again on scrap paper before applying it to my cushion in a pouncing motion. I did 2 thin coats to get an even coverage.
Sounds like I did everything right …except….when I peeled off the paper the paint job had bled at the edges.
Aaargh! a bit more practice and a bit less paint may be in order or it could have been the slightly bumpy weave of the fabric. No matter, it hasn’t deterred me – I’m looking forward to more freezer paper projects.
Luckily, after my initial panic at the not so good results, I was able to save the project. I took a black permanent marker and “coloured” in the white ragged paint edges. Might not have worked with a cushion in a different colour but it did the trick for my black one – Phew – Save!
Credit Where Credit’s Due
- This project wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of my fellow blogging friend Eff from WhatchaWorkinon.
Eff noticed a comment I made on another Silhouette Challenge Blog Post many months back lamenting the lack of Freezer Paper here in Australia. so, she sent me a roll as a Random Act of Kindness. So a huge thank you and shout out to Eff who went to much trouble and expense and then waited patiently for news of the package’s arrival.
What a thoughtful person with a generous heart she is, and although I know she didn’t do it for the recognition, I wanted to publicly thank her anyway 🙂 I was blown away by her kindness and generosity. So Thank You Eff. I’ll be sure to pay it forward as the opportunity arises.
If you visit my site because you love everything Silhouette related then you’ll love Eff’s Blog too. I’m sure you’ll become a frequent visitor there if you aren’t already!
- I also used a fabulous free resource created by another of the Silhouette Challenge Bloggers. To make the arrow in my design I used the font Arrow Crafter by Kay from Clever some Day. You can mix and match the arrow heads, the shafts and fletchings to make your own unique arrow.
You could use these files and cut from Vinyl or HTV too.
The Silhouette Challenge
My Silhouette Challenge Friends and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peek the projects below for lots of Silhouette inspiration!
1. Cutesy Crafts // 2. Mama Sonshine // 3. Morena’s Corner // 4. Simply Kelly Designs // 5. A Time For Seasons // 7. Architecture of a Mom // 8. Where The Smiles Have Been // 9. Haberdashery Fun // 10. The Thinking Closet // 11. The Crafting Nook // 12. Get Silvered // 13. Tori Grant Designs // 14. From Wine to Whine // 15. Create & Babble // 16. Curly Crafty Mom // 17. unOriginal Mom // 18. The Small Stuff Counts // 19. The Experimental Home // 20. Creative Ramblings // 21. Adventures in All Things Food // 22. Minted Strawberry