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Friday, November 27, 2009
And here it is Saturday - the final day of my Guest Designer week with the Christmas with the Cricut Blog HERE. It's been an absolute honor and pleasure getting to show you my designs this week, and I must say that all of your comments and support have absolutely warmed my heart and made it all worth it. Hugs to you all!!!! And a huge thanks to Joy, Tammy and Melanie at CWTC - you ladies are incredible, and I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed this! And to my fellow Guest Designer, Mandy, you are one seriously talented lady. Thanks for sharing your work this week - your designs have been so creative and gorgeous!! Be sure to check out Mandy's blog HERE.

One of my absolute favorite things to do with my Cricut is to make T-shirts. Yes, really. I know a lot of people have used the freezer paper method, but I once read of someone trying out vinyl, so I gave that a shot, and I feel like it works WAY better than freezer paper! Plus you don't have to iron anything, and you don't have to worry about trying to flip your image since you have to flip freezer paper when you iron it on, but you don't have to flip vinyl! So I think that vinyl ROCKS!!!! And btw, I get all of my vinyl HERE. They have the best prices I've found, super fast and cheap shipping, and the same type of vinyl that PC sells - but loads of colors to choose from.

First of all, I used Design Studio to layout this design. You can try downloading the cut file HERE. I should point out, though, that some of my cuts I used the "Hide countour" feature, and I do believe that when you save and share a file, those hidden contour lines will show up again, so you'll probably need to go and make them disappear for you before cutting. But even if you don't use my design, these basic steps will certainly work for your own, so have fun!

Here's a picture of all the vinyl pieces I used. Most are stencils with the pieces weeded out so I can paint in them.

I first applied this yellow circle as a place holder. It's just a guide to help me get my circle title positioned right. To apply your vinyl, use transfer tape (clear contact paper works great!) over your image, then peel off the vinyl's backing and stick your image down. Use a vinyl application tool to go over the image and remove the transfer tape. Then press the vinyl down even better with your fingertips.

Because my title stencil is so huge, I cut it in half and then applied it with transfer tape. Vinyl is different than paper in that the bigger the vinyl, the harder it is to work with. Smaller is easier!

I then added the rest of the title stencil. then I removed the yellow inner circle and added the bunny stencil.

Time for paint! I use Jacquard brand fabric paint that I purchased at JoAnn's. They make several metallic colors which are such fun! I painted purple inside of the bunny stencil and the title - but not the snowflakes or heart just yet. Helpful TIPS: Don't apply paint too thick or it'll seep under your vinyl. After first coat, use a heat embossing gun to dry the paint for a minute, holding it 6" away and moving it around. Then apply a second coat. One coat just doesn't seem to hold up well.

After my 2nd coat on the bunny was dry, I removed the stencil and added the next stencil for the other layer. I then painted this layer pink - again 2 coats and dried both coats with a heat embossing gun.

Here's what the cute bunny looks like at this stage.

Next, I added the eye/nose stencil to the bunny's face and painted a slightly darker purple here. I also went back over the title with a swirled blend of purple, pink and silver paint. Then I painted the snowflakes silver, with a hit of pink swirled in, and also painted the heart a bright pink.

Here's a close-up of the almost finished bunny. Isn't he just adorable? Next, after all of your paint is dry, go ahead and remove all of your vinyl carefully. Keep in mind that as you pull it away from your shirt, you can use your scissors to cut off the vinyl pieces to make it easier to handle.

Finally, I used the BACK TIP of my paintbrush to add a bright pink dot to the center of each snowflake, and then also added white dots to the bunny, and dried them with my heat embossing gun. Ta-da!!!! You'll need to let your t-shirt cure for at least 24 hours, and then heat-set it with an iron on the highest heat that your shirt can handle, putting a cloth inbetween the image and your iron. Wash as you normally would, and hang to dry. How fun is that?

Thanks again for following my blog this week. I hope you had a blast and maybe even picked up a helpful tip or two. Happy Holidays!!!


Brens Designs said...

How cute. Love your shirt and thanks for the instructions!

Unknown said...

Oh Boy! I like this technique much better. I see a new wardrobe coming on. TFS! Holly Hudspeth

Mom2Fiveplus3 said...

Great shirt. I've loved all of your projects this week.

Marlene W said...

how adorable..great job.

Unknown said...

This is so cute, I love the colors you chose!! You make it look so easy, thanks!!

Grandma Nancy said...

Simply amazing!! What a wonderful job. I would love that beautiful shirt.

~HappyScrappinMama~ said...

This t shirt is too cute! Great project! Thanks so much for sharing your talents this week. I enjoyed your projects on CWTC and now follow your blog!

Deena said...

I am going to have to try making a shirt this really does seem easier to me! All of your projects have been wonderful! You have so much talent and I thank you for sharing it with us!

Scrappin' Playground of Dreams said...

Super cute Tee. What an awesome idea. Fabulous job!

Jessica said...

You make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing your talent with us this week. Everything was amazing!
I hope you have a wonderful Holiday season. Jess

Amber said...

I love the shirt, and thank you SO much for the tip about the place to get vinyl! I have been wanting to do a big project with vinyl but it seemed too expensive, and like I didn't have enough color options to put in the detail I wanted! This solves that problem :)

Anonymous said...

Really cute. If we ever had snow I could make in Louisiana that won't happen. Thanks for sharing

Karen said...

What a cute shirt. Great job!

Anonymous said...

Cute idea!!! I love it!! Thanks again for sharing your wonderful ideas & talent with us this past week. It was such a joy!!! I love your LO's, so plan to continue following your blog!

Lisa Sturgill

Sharon said...

What a super t-shirt! Love it! It's been an awesome week seeing all your creations! :)

Mandy said...

Awwwwe, your shirt is soooo adorable!! I love the method you used to make the shirt. I will have to try this next time my dd wants a shirt for homecoming. Thanks again!

Susan said...

Can't wait to try that out!! Toooooo clever!! Fabulous work this week. I'll be back to view more!

Snowmanlover said...

Monique, this is soooo adorable and will look so cute on your darling little girl!!

dianne said...

So cute and adorable. This is a must to try with my grandkids. I need shirts, So off to town I go.... Thanks for sharing. I follow your blog now.

Crafty Sue said...

What a cute idea! Never thought of using vinyl. TFS

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh how cute is that.. I love the snowflakes with that touch of bright pink. You always make everything look so easy.

Live Love and Scrap said...

WOW MONIQUE!!! You really outdid yourself...your talents are endless girl!!!
I cant believe your week at CWTC is over..sniff sniff!!! You did a fantastic job!!! Keep those videos coming =)


Anonymous said...

Monique All your projects this week were amazing! You know how I feel about layouts...but yours are the best...I am going to make the one you did this week too and I am waiting for the other one! You are evil! love ya tons...Kiss Up!

4kids4 said...

Your t-shirt is simply adorable!! My 6 yr-old dd would LOVE this! TFS!


lavendarrose29 said...

This is an amazing project. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

Cricut Critter said...

Super CUTE!! I am soo glad I took this class from you. Already planning on making some as gifts for the kids,

Vanessa said...

That is absolutely adorable! I have truly enjoyed the projects you shared on the Christmas with the Cricut blog.

Brenda said...

This shirt is soooooo cute! I LOVE it!! You did an amazing job! I can see my granddaughter wearing this!! :)

Thank you for sharing your talent with us all! :)

AndreaA said...

Wow Monique, I agree with all the rest. You did a great job this week.

I would love to do a shirt like this one for DGD. SAnta may be bringing her a bunny rabbit for Christmas. Thanks

Anonymous said...

wow monique how freakin cool is that! i am so going to have to try that!

janst said...

love your work. TFS said...

I love that pink and purple bunny! I have never tried vinyl, but I have tried freezer paper and I wasn't happy with the results. Now I will have to try this! Thanks so much for sharing your designs this week, you're very talented and inspiring!

DonnaMundinger said...

wow that is just FABULOUS! Adorable design and great technique! TFS xxD

TxLonestarAngel said...

Adorable shirt, thanks for all the helpful tips on making a t-shirt with vinyl!


Unknown said...

That is just Adorable! You are so creative!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I love every project you make! This week on CWTC was awesome. I love your work. Thanks for all the great projects!
Bughappy from cmb

socal smitties said...

do you teach a cricut class locally in Orange County CA? I have a cricut but I use it mostly for banners - but I'd like to learn how to use it in other you do classes? how does it work?

Monique Griffith said...

In response to the comment above, I teach Cricut classes in Northern California - near Sacramento. But I also ship kits all over the country. My directions are very well-organized and easy to follow. Feel free to email me at if you have more questions. Thanks!

Meshell said...

I've never tried the vinyl, but I'm getting so many cute ideas, I'm going to have to work on it ASAP. Love all your designs for CWTC. Great stuff.

Jenifer said...

Hi, Monique.
What brand of fabric paint do you use? Mine always fades and cracks!


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Elements post on Dec. 26, 2009. Thanks again.

Andrea Padilla said...

Thanks for the detailed directions! Great job!

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That is such an awesome Idea and it's actually the very first time I've seen this done!! Thanks for the step by step instructions!! LOVE IT and can't wait to get started!

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Monique Griffith
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The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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