If you family is anything like mine, then you quote A Christmas Story nonstop throughout the holiday season. Of course, one of the things we say the most is You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out. To celebrate one of our favorite lines from the movie I just had to make this darling shirt with Ralphie’s cracked glasses.
You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out Shirt
For this project you will need:
- a blank white shirt
- Green heat transfer
- Red heat transfer
- a Cricut
- Cricut EasyPress
- Cricut Brightpad
To make this project really easy, you can use my cut files found here.
Using Cricut Images
Your new project will open up for you as a blank grid. Click on the images tab on the left-hand side of the screen to start this project. Search for your keywords in the top right corner search bar. Some of the key words I used include cracked and glasses. The Cricut images I used for this project include:
Cracked Cobblestone Square(#M23585B7)
Once you have inserted the text into your project you can resize it and move it around. Resize the image by clicking and dragging on the double arrow symbol that appears when you have the image selected. There is also size box at the top of the screen that lists how big the text or image is, you can adjust the width and height here if you don’t want to manually toggle the blue arrow key.
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You will now use the slice tool to crack the glasses. Resize the cracked piece until it fits over the glasses. Select both the glasses and the cracked piece and select slice in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Pull the cracked pieces off of your image and you see it has now cut through the image. Grab the cracked piece again and pull the second set off as well. Now your Cricut will add the crack glass.
Layering Heat Transfer
One of my favorite features of Cricut Design Space is that when you change the colors of elements in the layers pallet, the program will assume that you want to cut those items out of a different kind of material. To change the colors of something, go over to the far right side and find the element you want to change. For text boxes, they are usually represented by the first letter in the line of text. For images, if will show a small version of the image. Click on the colored black dot and a color menu will pop up and you can change it to another color. Change the colors of the elements to the colors you are actually going to use, this will help Design Space know how many colors of vinyl you are going to use.
When your project looks the way you want it, it the Make It button in the top right corner of the screen. Hit the mirror image button on the left-hand side of the screen. Make sure you hit the mirror image button for EACH of the mats you have in this project. To do this, you just click the mat to select it and then hit mirror. Start with the 1st color, place the iron-on shiny side down onto your Cricut mat and then load your mat into your machine. Hit continue and then select your material in the drop down on the screen. In this case, we are using regular iron-on
Lay your first piece of heat transfer shiny side down on the mat. Slide it under the feet of your machine and hit the flashing go button. After it is done cutting, pull the mat out of the machine and repeat with all of the colors. We used green and red.
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Peel the heat transfer off of your mat and then weed (peel apart) the heat transfer until just your design remains on the sticky backing. This is where you use the Cricut BrightPad to help you see any cut lines and weed the project properly. Cut apart any of the designs that have multiple pieces in one sheet, so you can place them on the shirt separately. Make sure when you cut apart the designs that you trim the carrier sheet (sticky clear sheet) really closely.
Add the first layer of iron-on face down on your shirt. The first layer includes the green words. You will be able to see through the plastic backing so you can put your project together just the way you want it. Just make sure that none of the letters or images are touching the plastic backing of another element or it will fuse to that instead of the shirt. Heat your iron up to the hottest setting or you EasyPress to 305 degrees. Iron straight onto the plastic, making sure each element of the design gets 30 seconds of pressure and hit. Start pulling up the plastic backing and if any of the elements pull up at all, put the plastic back down and iron that area again. Peel the plastic sheet off and place down your second layer of heat transfer.
The second layer of heat transfer includes the glasses. Place those items where you want them on the shirt and then place an iron protective sheet over the entire front of the shirt and iron the design again, then peel the plastic off. Repeat these steps.
Do you have A Christmas Story fan in your house?