When I was asked to be a part of this blog hop to promote a new environmentally friendly product, I can't tell you how excited I was. Neenah EPC Film is a vinyl free, cuttable film from Neenah Paper Inc. It comes in red, blue, green, white and black but as soon as a received by product, I knew straight away that I would be using a ton of the black. Currently, it can be purchased on Amazon.com.
I love to die cut, specifically using products by Sizzix. So I grabbed a few of the newer dies I recently recieved and my big shot machine and went into action. I also used Rit dye to customize white t shirts that were stained and needed a face lift.
I used Apple Green and Fuschia to dye my shirts in a container filled with hot water. These are two of my favorite Rit Dye colors and I knew I would be pleased with the result.
You can use Rit powdered or liquid dyes in the washing machine as well but I like to maintain a certain degree of control over the intensity of the shades so I usually dye using water that is at least 140 degrees and heat set my fabric in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl with the fabric wrapped in plastic. Along with ringing and rinsing the excess dye from the fabric using an old towel, this seems to prevent the dye from fading or bleeding in the wash. Another tip is to always hand dye using latex gloves. This saves a lot of time washing dye off your hands and from under your nails!
I chose Sizzix Bigz Die in Bird images and Chandelier to cut images from the EPC Film along with Serif Essentials die cut set. It is very important to note that you must die cut with the paper side facing up when using symbols like letters or numbers or when you want your motif to face a certain direction.
Here are my birds facing different directions. I added some Elegant Flourishes to resemble branches after seeing them all laid out.
Tranferring the EPC Film to the fabric is very similar to using iron on t shirt transfers. If you follow a few rules, its easy.
Never use an ironing board. You will need a firm surface, preferably waist high so that you can apply firm, two handed pressure to the images. Use the highest heat setting on your iron. Work patiently, the larger the image, the more time it will take to transfer. Let the images cool completely before peeling back the paper to make sure the film has transferred.
I can see lots of possibilities for using this product with fashion and home decor items. Tote bags, canvas shoes, hats and aprons to name a few. How about pillows, tea towels or even custom curtains?
Looking forward to see what the other designers come up with? Every Thursday from now until October 18th, you can see a cool project from some of the industries most talented designers. Here is the line up-
Thursday September 27 Ann Butler- www.creativitystirsthesoul.com