iLoveToCreate Glitter Cupcake T-Shirt

iLoveToCreate Glitter Cupcake T-Shirt
Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter™ Teen Craft
“Mom crafted, kid approved.”

My mission was to make two coordinating fashion items using Tulip Fashion Glitter and Stencils for a print ad going into teencentric magazines. I took the resident teen to the craft store. Avalon loves muffins and cupcakes, so when she saw this cupcake stencil she simply had to have it. We decided on black long sleeve t-shirts and did a black, pink and silver look. I love the way the cupcakes pop against the dark background. Tulip has a huge array of fun stick on stencils from which you can select the one that suits your style. Here’s how to make the cupcake shirt! (Mine is a simple variation on the theme with two flame heart stencils.)

Bad Shirt Prototype One: Circus Clown Chic!
Bad Shirt Prototype Two: So many colors, so many wrinkles, so little style!

Before I got to the ‘Mom’s shirt is going to be black and match’ final version, I thought maybe Mom’s shirt should be white and contrast the black. Alas these two incredibly horrid 80s inspired t-shirts above were the result of said bad idea, I think I can save one of them but I’m not quite sure yet. E...gads. I managed to mess up the first version of the black shirt with an unfortunate glue globbing incident just as I was dabbing on the last bit of glitter, sigh. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and realize that design is a process and even good designers sometimes go horribly, horribly wrong.

Black long sleeved t-shirt
Tulip Cupcake sticky fabric stencil
Tulip Fashion Glitter Bond with applicator sponge
Tulip Fashion Glitter Silver
Tulip Fashion Glitter Black
Tulip Fashion Glitter Pink
Tulip 3D Fashion Slick Paint Poppin’ Purple

Tulip 3D Fashion Glitter Paint Ruby
Tulip 3D Fashion Pearl Paint Peppermint

Sea sponge or bubble wrap
Tulip Fashion Form

1. Pre-wash your shirt to remove sizing. Put shirt on cardboard shirt form and pin arms
together in the back.
2. Use a sea sponge or some bubble wrap to dab layers of paint on the left side of the shirt. Use one color at a time building up the layers. The paint will look much brighter when wet, allow to dry.
3. Decide where you want to put your images. We selected three cupcakes moving down the left side of the shirt. Adhere your stencil to top area (the stencil has a sticky back so just place it where you want it and smooth it down.)
4. Use sponge to apply adhesive to open areas on the stencil. Take care not to get glue on outer edges of stencil.
5. Generously sprinkle glitter on areas you wish to glitter spreading it out to fill area with your fingers. Allow to set for several minutes before dumping off excess.
6. Clean your stencil and dry and repeat two more times.
7. Allow shirt to dry overnight and shake off any excess glitter.
8. You can use a lint removal brush to remove any stray glitter after the shirt has dried.


Stitch 'N More said...

Love the cupcake T-shirt .. You just give me and idea for Christmas gift!! :) THX! :)

Cyndi L said...

I just adore that picture of your with your darling daughter! Isn't it great to have someone to share your passions with?

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

All's well that ends well.

I love the final versions - both the cupcakes and the wings. You're right - the pink designs really do pop against the black.

Very stylish and a great photo of the two of you!

Tammy said...

You both look wonderful! What a great way to work together with your daughter.

Linda Augsburg said...

Great projects. And I love that you shared your oopses with us -- I usually figure it's just me who has to experiment so much! You both look fabulous in the ad! hugs to Avalon!

Stacy McQueen said...

Love the ad! AND the projects are all kinds of YES! Go Margo Go... wait marGO!