This breaking story features guest writer Shaun Sanders and a brilliant idea he had for the upcoming Colbert “Keep Fear Alive” Rally in Washington, DC:
“My goal was to create the ultimate Colbert fan shirt for the Keep Fear Alive rally tomorrow (10/30). I’ve been doing these types of shirts for a little while now, but only for individual people. I couldn’t figure out how to make it work for someone other than the person wearing it until I was watching the Colbert show per usual and saw him grab his chin — bingo.”
Now… how to make this fashionable piece of apparel. What you’ll need:
- A red shirt. – I got mine for $3 at one of the many random shirt places in my area
- Iron-on Shirt Transfers – I personally used a brand called “June Tailor Iron-On Dark T-Shirt Transfer,” but you can likely use another brand. I haven’t had much luck with Avery (seems to be really poor quality), but other than that just make sure you get Dark shirt iron-ons, as ones for white shirts wont work.
- An Iron.
- An Exacto knife or razor blade – I wouldn’t recomment using scizzors, especially on the iron-on sheet, as it can scratch easy.
- A sheet of card-stock paper for the mask
- A latex glove – You’ll likely need to hold the transfer paper down as you cut it, and I’ve found that the oil from your hands is enough to stain the paper, so make sure to use protection. No glove, no
That’s basically it. I recommend doing some test prints before you use any expensive paper. I printed mine with the “borderless” setting.
Here is a zip-file containing two high-resolution, CMYK designs: http://www.mediafire.com/?xs5a8js2ljjbo4h
This is being offered only for personal use. I think it would be awesome to see a bunch of people at the rally with these shirts, infinitely increasing the epicness of the event.
On a side note, if you think this design is worth paying for, all I ask is that you consider pitching a couple bucks towards Colbert’s favorite charity.
Have fun, and let me know what you think! =)
E-mail: me [at] shaunsanders.com