Stenciled shirt for the gamer in your life.
Korean couples like to mark 100, 200, and 300 day anniversaries. When I was living in Korea, I made this tee for my boyfriend for our 200 days. He loves to play Magic, so I thought he could use a shirt for game or tournament nights. The front slogan is a pun based on gameplay terms...if you know, you know. ><
The first step is to use your computer to print a stencil. I just used Microsoft Word, choosing a solid, straight-edged font in lowercase with periods on either end of the slogan. Never mind those land symbols--I didn't end up using them. I did however find a picture of the Magic logo using Google image search that I used for the back of the shirt.
This is the hardest step in the whole project. BEFORE YOU BEGIN CUTTING YOUR STENCIL, identify all the letters in your stencil that will have center pieces. You cannot just cut the outline of a letter like lowercase a or e, or uppercase or lowercase o. These letters will just fall out of the stencil and you'll be left with a big hole instead of a nice outline to fill in. That's why you must identify all letters with center pieces BEFORE YOU BEGIN CUTTING (got that? ^^). This picture shows how to mark a stencil to keep letters with center pieces intact. The red lines are lines you draw with your pencil on all letters that have center pieces (in my stencil, I had a d, two a's, and a p). The gray area is a "tab" that will be created when you cut out your stencil, which will help hold your center pieces to the whole piece of paper you're using. Create tabs for all your letters with center pieces.
Okay, okay, now I'll let you begin cutting d:. Cut around the outside of your letters and punctuation so that you have nice easy areas to stencil in. Remember, when cutting letters with center pieces, cut along the tab lines you created for yourself to make sure the letter doesn't fall out leaving a big hole. Imagine your paper is the blue field. You cut straight along the top red line, then outlined the p, but instead of fully finishing you cut back in toward the center along the bottom red line. This left you with a mostly finished p that you will freehand to finish later.
Now that you've cut out all your letters, tape the stencil to the shirt and slide a piece of cardboard inside the shirt, between its front and its back. This will stop the wet paint from gluing the two sides of the shirt together as it dries.
Begin filling in the stencil, using paint brushes or cotton swabs.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER you've finished stenciling, peel the stencil carefully off the shirt, being careful not to smudge the paint (the center pieces tend to drag and spread paint if you're not peeling carefully). If you leave the stencil on too long, the paint will dry it to the fabric and you'll have a big mess.
Freehand in all of the blank spaces left by the tabs you created on letters with center pieces.
Allow to dry flat for 24 hours before beginning the second side of the shirt.