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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome once again to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm so glad you're here and I am certainly looking forward to seeing everything shared at this week's party. Here's a few of the awesome posts shared at last week's party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
No-Bake Strawberry Banana Cheesecake by Kleinworth & Co.
Terra Cotta Pot Wind Chimes by Crafts by Amanda
Berry Patriotic Poke Cake by The Frugal Foodie Mama
Farmhouse Mudroom Makeover by Homestead 128
Cozy Home Office Makeover by Life on South Pointe Drive
Salted Caramel Pretzel Extreme Shake by Momma DJane
Mason Jar String Art by Find It Make It Love It
Strawberry Mint Tea Lemonade by Try Anything Once

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Yoda Father's Day Shirt

This a sponsored post with Expressions Vinyl and may contain affiliate links.

Make dad a Yoda Father's Day Shirt with HTV from Expressions Vinyl and free cut file!

Use HTV from Expressions Vinyl to make dad a Yoda Father's Day Shirt with free cut file!

My daughter and I have given my husband a superhero shirt of some kind for every Father's Day since she was born. We've also given hime some for Christmas, birthday, and just for fun. Needless to say, we're starting to run out of t-shirt options.

For this Father's Day, we decided together that we would MAKE him his very own shirt instead. Yoda from Star Wars may not be your traditional superhero, but he IS pretty awesome!! So with some help from Expressions VinylCricut, and our incredible love of puns, we were able to create the coolest shirt in the galaxy for the best dad ever!!

Use HTV from Expressions Vinyl to make dad a Yoda Father's Day Shirt with free cut file!

All you need to make this shirt is a blank gray (or white) t-shirt, Stretch Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) (black and green apple), and a cutting machine like the Cricut Explore Air 2.

Upload the Yoda Father's Day Shirt cut file into Design Space and size the image to fit your shirt. Don't forget to mirror the image before cutting!!

*Here's a great tutorial on how to upload your own images into Cricut Design Space.

Use HTV from Expressions Vinyl to make dad a Yoda Father's Day Shirt with free cut file!

After the vinyl has been cut, you'll need to "weed" the vinyl. Start by carefully peeling away excess vinyl (or the largest parts of the design that you won't be using) with your fingers. For smaller areas like the insides of letters you'll need to use a weeding tool.

Use HTV from Expressions Vinyl to make dad a Yoda Father's Day Shirt with free cut file!

Now the design is ready to be placed on the shirt! The heat transfer vinyl has a tacky liner on top of it so that you can place the vinyl on your project and keep it in place. I often have trouble getting the vinyl centered on the shirt, so I've been using this little trick to save me some time.

Fold the shirt in half and iron to make a crease down the center of the shirt. Fold the HTV liner in half and make a crease at the top and bottom of the liner (NOT the vinyl). Line up the HTV liner fold marks on the crease in the shirt. Voila! Now your vinyl is centered! Press the liner down so it sticks well to the shirt.



Use HTV from Expressions Vinyl to make dad a Yoda Father's Day Shirt with free cut file!

Getting the vinyl to stick to your shirt is easy!
  1. Set your iron to the cotton/linen setting with the steam OFF.
  2. Lightly preheat the area with the iron for 10-15 seconds. This really does help!
  3. Place your HTV liner side UP on the shirt. You can iron over the liner, or place a light cloth on top.
  4. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 15 seconds.
  5. Flip the shirt over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back for an additional 20 seconds.
  6. Carefully peel up a corner of the HTV liner. If you have any vinyl that didn't stick or if edges are flipping up, press the liner back down and re-iron the pieces or loose edges with the iron tip for 10 seconds.
  7. Peel up the liner while it's still hot, or you can let it cool first if you are worried about burning your fingers.

Use HTV from Expressions Vinyl to make dad a Yoda Father's Day Shirt with free cut file!

My daughter and I really enjoyed making this shirt and are thinking of even more ideas for fun superhero shirts to make for him in the future! The vinyl holds up great in the wash. If your vinyl appears to be coming off at all, you can iron over it again (with a cloth on top) and it should re-stick.

Grab the Yoda Father's Day Shirt cut file* to make the dad in your life a shirt of his own!

*My cut file images are free for personal use. If you are wanting to sell products made with this cut file, please contact me to purchase a commercial license.

What Father's Day project would you make with vinyl?

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Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page

Welcome summer with this Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page!

Welcome summer with this Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page!

My daughter and I love coloring, and enjoy word searches even more. Summer is just around the corner, so I created this Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page for everyone to enjoy. It's the perfect mix of brain games and a coloring book!

Welcome summer with this Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page!

My husband loves taking these kinds of activities to school to entertain the students and keep them busy. With school coming to a close, this is the perfect worksheet to get ready for summer vacation!

What are you waiting for?! Go grab some colored pencils and a pencil sharpener, and get to work!!

Welcome summer with this Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page!

The top section is filled with fun summer images like a sun wearing sunglasses, flip flops and a palm tree, as well as the word "summer" to color. Not only has my daughter had a ton of fun with this printable, but I've found it to be pretty calming myself!

Welcome summer with this Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page!

There's 30 summer vocabulary words that are lots of fun for both kids and adults to look for! Words will be horizontal, vertical, diagonal and backwards. Good luck!!


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

What's your favorite part about summer?