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DIY Shirts and Signs OH MY!


I am a thrifty and frugal individual. There is seriously nothing that I love more than being able to find multiple uses for one product. Something about it makes me feel like I have hit the jackpot. If I can find more than one use for something, it is GAME ON! AmIright?


Well, in January it was JACKPOT CITY! Chalk Couture released a new line of creative kickstart transfers that made my heart sing. These three work so well alone, and even better together, that I started creating like a mad woman. It took minutes to bring them to life in a way that could showcase my goals and personality. Now, I am able to kick off this year in a huge way with a little creativity and a TON of inspiration.


Let's start with workout tanks. I hate plain tanks when and if I decide to go to the gym. Now, you can take one look at me and realize I am not a fitness guru. But, every now and again I like to pop into the gym for a little cardio and some hydro massage. And, if I am going to show up, I am going to do it in style.


I picked these tanks up on sale at one of my favorite clothing stores. I paid $6 for each one, which I thought was a steal. They had so many colors it was hard to pick just three, but I did it, and you should be proud of me.


I wanted to only use one transfer on each of the tank tops. It was important to me to show you how to use each of these transfers separately, as well as how to use them together. Check out the instructions and the video below to see how I made them, and how you can too. There's a quick shop link included for you so you can purchase all of the Chalk Couture products easily from my site and get to creating ASAP. I've included the colors I used, but don't feel you have to stick with my color schemes. The beauty of Chalk Couture is that you can make these in any colors or styles you wish to. Let your creative juices flow!

Supplies Needed For Shirt Project

  • Tank Tops or Shirts - Whatever you feel comfortable putting these on that you would wear

  • Chalk Couture 11x23 Ink Mat {{Purchase Link Below}}

  • Chalk Couture Creative Kickstart Transfer {{One or ALL}}

  • Chalk Couture Chalkology Ink {{Purchase Link Below}}

I used shimmer silver on the red shirt, bright white on the grey shirt, and shimmer copper on the black shirt.

  • Squeegee {{I prefer the mini or the small squeegee for these}}

You can easily purchase the whole bundle from my site to create all three shirts {{and so many more}} by clicking here: SHOP THE SHIRT BUNDLE

Directions For Shirt Project

Step 1: Insert your Chalk Couture Ink Mat into one of the shirts. If you don't have a mat, you can use cardboard in its place. I love the mat because it's adhesive so your fabric doesn't wiggle around on you. **ProTip** Make sure that your fabric is stretched nice and tight across the mat without any bubbles or wrinkles. This will give you the most crisp lines in your design.


Step 2: Apply your transfer to the shirt and smooth everything out. Air bubbles will make the design bleed, and unlike chalk paste - ink is permanent. You want to make sure that you don't have any bubbles at all. **ProTip** I like to use a large handled squeegee and run in vertically in sections over the transfer to make sure I don't miss anything if I feel like I might have a bubble or two.


Step 3: Apply your ink onto the transfer and cover all areas that have silkscreen. Fabric is very porous, so I like to add a thin layer first and then add another thin layer on top of that. **ProTip** Shimmer inks need more. Don't ask me why, because I am not sure. But I always feel like Shimmer inks need a few more layers, so I go over them a LOT to make sure I have pushed as much of that beautiful glittery goodness through the screen and onto my design as possible.


Step 4: Peel back your transfer and VOILA! Let it dry for a good 10-15 minutes. **ProTip** I get super antsy to rock my new shirts right away. Clean your transfer off while you wait for your project to dry. It should be all good by the time you come back. If it's not, grab a blow dryer and give it some heat to speed up the process.


Step 5: Heat set your design. You don't need a fancy heat press if you don't have one. Place some parchment paper over the design and iron on low for 20-30 seconds on each side. That will get it all set in place.

See It In Action


Check out this video I uploaded for you to see how easy it is to make these shirts come to life. Please make sure to like the video and subscribe to my YouTube channel. If you love the video and want to see more fun, easy, DIY tutorials, make sure that you also:

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Did you try this? What did you think? Share your experience with me along with your photos in the comments.

Supplies Needed For Board Project

  • Chalk Couture 12x18 Sylvie Board {{Purchase Link Below}}

  • Chalk Couture Creative Kickstart Transfers {{Purchase Link Below}}

  • Chalk Couture Chalkology Pastes {{Purchase Link Below}}

I used couture teal, bright white, and shimmer gold.

  • Squeegee {{I prefer the mini or the small squeegee for these}}

You can easily purchase the whole bundle from my site to create this beautiful board {{and so many more}} by clicking here: SHOP THE BOARD BUNDLE

Directions For Board Project

Step 1: Apply your first transfer piece to the board. Since this is a mix and match project, you can follow along with how I did this, or you can mix the phrases up to make it what you want it to be.


Step 2: Chalk your first phrase and then lift the transfer.


Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the end of the board. **ProTip** If your next transfer looks like it might touch the previous chalked phrase - let it dry first. Alternatively, you can take a blow dryer or heat tool and speed up the drying before you apply the next phrase.

See It In Action


Check out this video I uploaded for you to see how easy it is to make these shirts come to life. Please make sure to like the video and subscribe to my YouTube channel. If you love the video and want to see more fun, easy, DIY tutorials, make sure that you also:

Like my page on Facebook ❣

Join my exclusive Community on Facebook ❣

Join my opportunity group to learn how to start your own DIY business❣


Did you try this? What did you think? Share your experience with me along with your photos in the comments.

Until next time, happy creating!

xoxo

Nicole

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