T-Shirt Card & Template

Tie-Dye T-Shirt Cards
By Kim Victoria

Supplies you will need: T-Shirt Template, Mat Card Stock or Mixed-Media Paper, Watercolor Markers (Crayola work great) I used hot yellow, hot pink & light blue or turquoise, Large Blank Rubber Sheet or Craft Sheet, Fine Spray Water Mister, Brayer, Scissors, Pencil, Bone Folder, Black felt-tip marker

Step 1:

Make a T-shirt template or get both the A2 and 5” X 6-1/2” for free –  TEMPLATE

Step 2:

Using template for the size you want, fold card stock well with a bone folder, place template “shoulders” on fold, trace around template with pencil, cut out both layers at once.

Step 3:

When using a craft sheet – slip template underneath so you see where to color.

When using a rubber sheet – trace around template with a watercolor marker, remove template.
Idea: If you plan to emboss an image on top of the tie-dye later, slip a stamping of that image under the craft sheet in the location where you want it on the T-shirt so you can see where to put the yellow center.

Step 4:

Now is the fun part. Using the lightest color marker (yellow), lay color down on the rubber or craft sheet in the pattern of tie-dye leaving a wide white space between the yellow spiral. Lay down the next color in pattern by scrubbing a jiggly, irregular, back-and-forth movement, going into the yellow. Add the third color in the same way. Don’t worry about the ink drying, you have lots of time to get the pattern the way you want it, and you do want a lot of ink.

Step 5:

Tricky part. Clear away everything around the rubber or craft sheet, hold the water mister well away from inked surface and spray lightly OVER the surface, not on it. You want the surface evenly moist, not runny. You don’t want the colors to start merging together.

Carefully line up your T-shirt card folder and lay it down in one go. Lay scrap paper over the top and brayer firmly to transfer the ink to paper.

Step 6:

Pick up card from sheet and voila! You have tie-dye. Let paper dry, or use heat gun.

Step 7:

Remember to add “stitching” lines along the hem, sleeve and neck edges with a black felt-tip marker.

Tips & Ideas:

Experiment with small pieces of your card stock and small scribbles of marker. I found heavy-weight card stock or mixed media paper work best. You might need to coax the card flat again when it dries, but not by much.

Once dry you can emboss a design on top so it looks just like a T-shirt.

Of course, now that you have a T-shirt template you can make lots of T-shirt cards with images and sayings and . . .

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