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Cancer Free Tee Shirt

Celebrate the day you or a loved one become cancer free with this beautiful Cancer Free Tee Shirt from Gloria Uhler.  Participating in a Race for the Cure event?  Make this tee for everyone on your team to help honor those still fighting.  The beautiful butterfly embellishment on this tee is a lovely reflection of freedom and a healthy spirit.  If you know someone who has won a battle with cancer, this meaningful tee shirt design would make a well-deserved gift.

cancer free tee


  • Shirt
  • Stencil
  • Paper towels
  • Painters tape
  • Lace
  • Repositionable stencil adhesive spray
  • Decorative scissors
  • Gold rhinestones
  • ColorArtz airbrush kit and paint pouches: Bronze Have More Fun, Mango Tango, Blonde Ambition
  • Pattern



  1. Match up the shirt’s side seams and shoulders and pin them together. This will help you find the accurate center front of the shirt. Iron a soft crease in the shirt from the neckline to the hem to mark the center. Slip cardboard between the shirt front and back to avoid transfer of paint between the layers.
  2. Download and print out the stencil. With a craft knife cut out the butterfly on the red stencil outline. Make one continuous cut. You will be using the cut out piece later so be sure it is not sliced or separated in any way. Set aside.

    cancer free tee
  3. Spray the back of the stencil with repositionable adhesive stencil spray.
  4. Place the stencil on the shirt, aligning the centerlines of the stencil and shirt. Press down on the cut edges.
  5. Paint the open stencil section with streaks of Mango Tango followed by Blonde Ambition paint. Spray diagonally from one outside edge to the other. Try to leave a little white of the shirt showing.

    cancer free tee
  6. Trim off the four wing borders “A” from the wing section using decorative craft scissors or pinking shears. Spray adhesive on the back of the four “A” pieces and the single “B” piece.

    cancer free tee
  7. Place the “B” section inside the stencil to protect the wings during the next step.

    cancer free tee
  8. With regular scissors, cut a few tiny odd shapes from painter’s tape and adhere them to the exposed wing borders. Paint the borders with a light spray of Bronze Have More Fun paint.

    cancer free tee
  9. When dry, you will create a Bronze outline at the top and bottom of the wings by positioning the “B” section about a quarter of an inch away from the stencil. Spray the space with the Bronze Have More Fun paint. Repeat at the wing bottoms.

    cancer free tee
  10. Set aside section “B”. Put the four section “A”s back in place. Position a decorative stencil or lace over one wing after applying adhesive to the back. Spray with Bronze Have More Fun paint to create designs inside the wings. Repeat on the other wing.

    cancer free tee
  11. Place the “B” section on the cutting mat and cut out all the grey areas which will separate the wings. Return the two “B” pieces to the dry shirt and press in place. Spray with a rich coat of Bronze Have More Fun paint.
  12. When dry, carefully remove all the pieces. Use the point of a craft knife to lift up the tiny pieces of painters tape.
  13. Cut the black areas of the lettering out of the stencil. Adhere to shirt and spray with Bronze Have More Fun Paint.
  14. Create antennae with a few hot fix rhinestones. Adhere with an iron or rhinestone applicator after 24 hours.


  • For best results when cutting out letters, do not remove the tip of the knife from the card stock to work around corners and curves. Instead, hold the tip down and pivot the paper to work around curves and angles.
  • My decorative scissors were from Fiskars and called “Majestic”.
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