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Color Changing Vacation Tote

Color Changing Vacation Tote by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Main

Hi there!  It's Annie, and today I'm sharing a quick tutorial to make this fun color-changing tote bag that's perfect for summer travel using one of the border stencils and a clear word title from Clear Scraps.

Color Changing Vacation Tote by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Stenciling

Start by securing the Hibiscus Border Stencil to a medium tote bag using tape or stencil spray adhesive.  Insert a piece of cardboard into the bag (to prevent leakage to the other side) and apply different colors of fabric ink through the stencil using a brush or foam applicator.  Here I'm using two colors of UV sensitive fabric ink because I thought it would be a fun touch for beach trips!

Color Changing Vacation Tote by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Inking

While the fabric ink dries, peel the protective plastic off of both sides of the Vacation Small Clear Word Title and lay it down on a protective surface like a craft sheet.  Randomly drip bright colors of alcohol inks over the acrylic word to create a tie-dyed appearance.

Color Changing Vacation Tote by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Before Sun

Punch a hole through the brightly colored word using a heavy duty hole punch and string the embellishment around the handle of the tote bag with natural twine.  (This picture also shows what the stenciled border looks like just as it starts to darken in the sunlight.)

Color Changing Vacation Tote by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Detail

When the light hits the design on the bag it begins to turn a fun pink and yellow, but I love the mixing of the coral and pink flowers when part of the design is out of direct light too.  I can't wait to take this little tote to the beach with me...it's the perfect size for a small towel, phone, and flipflops!

I hope you enjoyed this fun tote project and thanks so much for stopping by today.  Have you tried using any of the border stencils on fabric projects yet?

~ Annie

Additional products used: medium white tote bag, pink and yellow UV sensitive fabric ink, painters tape, alcohol inks, craft sheet, hole puncher, natural twine

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