Supplies you will need: T-Shirt Template, Mat Card Stock or Mixed-Media Paper, Watercolor Markers (Crayola work great) I used yellows, pinks & light blues or turquoise, Large Blank Rubber Sheet or Craft Sheet, Fine Spray Water Mister, Brayer, Scissors, Pencil, Bone Folder, Black felt-tip marker
Step 1: Template
Make a T-shirt template or get both the A2 and 5” X 6-1/2” for free – www.HighlanderCelticStamps.com/t-shirt-card.pdf
The link should work. If you have difficulty please email me and I’ll send it to you..
Step 2: Make the card
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: Set up your ink surface
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: Ink the tie-dye
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: Do the print
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 too much.
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. (The back of a spoon works well too.)
Carefully lift card from sheet and voila! You have tie-dye. Let paper dry, or use heat gun.
Step 6: Add details
Remember to add “stitching” lines along the hem, sleeve and neck edges with a black felt-tip marker.
Step 7: Add a feature image
Add words, an image, or multiple images. I found embossing an image made it stand out from the tie-dye best.
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.
Of course you can go wild and try all sorts of colors and designs with this technique.
Have fun! ! !
Thank you RubberStampMadness Magazine
for featuring my design in issue #200. It is a great honor to be published.
Owner/Artist/Wearer of all hats at Highlander Celtic Stamps