I've been on an image transfer kick lately. I've used freezer paper stencils for my tree skirt here, a gel medium transfer technique that I learned over at How About Orange, but the one I used for my Christmas "Stockings" was a simple iron on transfer.
You can buy image transfer paper at almost any craft store, you can use it in a regular old ink jet printer, it's super easy.
I found these great graphics over at Just Something I Made, if you are a crafter, scrapbooker or just like to play with graphic design, you really must check out JSIM. Written and designed by Cathe Holden, it's just bursting with ridiculously fun inspiration and downloads, there are just endless possibilities:
She designed these lovely labels to use on bottles of glitter:
What do glitter bottles have to do with Christmas Stocks? Everything! Duh.
I downloaded this graphic, added a little Illustrator magic and suddenly had a fun image to use on my stockings:
My first idea for the stocking was to do iron these on small burlap sacks, but the weave of the burlap was too wide to take the graphic. So I found these similar muslin bags, applied the iron on, and here's how they came out:
So far my entire tree was DIY and inspired by other blogs in blogland. So, thank you creative bloggers for all of your work. I hope someday I can provide as much inspiration as I receive.