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CraftingCon: Captain America Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

*this tutorial originally appeared on Gracious Threads as part of her Embellish for Boys series*

Even though I’ve only seen Captain America once, I love to make things with the Captain America logo for my boys. They were inspired by this tutorial.

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I super duper love freezer paper stenciling. Not only is there a wide scope for the imagination, but it’s so inexpensive! I have tried stenciling with vinyl as well, but I still prefer freezer paper. Especially after discovering that you can successfully cut your freezer paper stencil out using your silhouette.  I cut out two, so that I didn’t have to iron too much on painted stencil. You may want to cut out three copies of the stencil, one for each color of paint. If you don’t have a silhouette, it’s very simple to print out a picture of the logo, trace it onto your freezer paper and cut it out using scissors. I did that for my first two shirts.

I have a few different .studio files available for you to download here.

 

 

Captain America Silhouette File

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You will need:
– Fabric paints, or acrylic paint and textile medium.
– A plastic bag. I like to use the smaller bags from the produce section.
– You freezer paper stencil(s)
– The clothing you wish to paint. I prefer to paint before I sew.

 

 

 

Embellish for Boys Guest Post | Mae & K First, iron on your entire stencil. It will not hurt the stencil to be ironed on, peeled off and then ironed on again. By ironing on the entire stencil and peeling away what you want to paint, there is less chance of your design being off.

 

 

 

 

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Peel away the area you wish to paint. I started with the blue. If you do your shirt on blue fabric like I have previously, you don’t need to worry about painting this part of the stencil.

 

 

 

 

 

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Apply your paint to your plastic bag. I dipped my bag into the blue, but later poured the red and white paint directly onto the bag.

 

 

 

 

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Apply your paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There is a good chance your paint will go through your material. I always place a sheet of paper underneath my project. This shirt is upcycled from one of my husband’s t-shirts. The other two blue shirts are made from very thin knit. I love the way the thin knit gives the stencil an extra vintage look, but quite a bit of paint bleeds through to the back.

 

 

 

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A sneak peek of the blue paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You need to iron you stencil onto the part you have already painted. I usually wait about 5-10 minutes to do this. I’m not a very patient person, but if you’re nervous feel free to wait longer before continuing on with the next color.

 

 

 

 

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White paint next. I have colored in the stencil in the silhouette file for you to use as a reference, but you can pull up any Captain America logo on Google to make sure you paint the right colors in the right places.

 

 

 

 

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Red Paint. I should have put extra freezer paper around the edge of my stencil for the outer ring. You can see I got a little off the paper on the right.

 

 

 

 

 

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I love creating unique looks for my boys using this technique. If you would like to see more, here is the full blog post about my Captain America Jammies, and here is the post from the blog tour. I used a foam stamp to print the avenger’s logo on the pajama bottoms, and a small stencil for the back of Mack’s shirt. If you want to download it:  Avenger’s Logo Silhouette File

 

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