Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Stamping on Fabric

I love the Iris that our design teem has been using. Each one so different from the last. Don't forget to comment on them and let our design teem know they're loved.

Now...on with the show...

Sometime in January I did a little lecture about stamping on fabric. It was very well recieved and I think there were a few converters from fabric to stamps. It was a blast and the ladies were very excited. How cute would it be to have kitties and labradores on a quilt...very very cute of course. So...this week I decided to add a little ink to fabric and then die cut for a great card. Join us and play along.

Here are the basics to stamping on fabric...

* ink: pigment (thicker, takes longer to dry, needs to be heat set)

* stamps

* heat tool or iron (I'm not sure where my iron is...I think I'll stick with the heat tool)

* cuttle bug or sizzix (can also use a cricut if the fabric is fused first)

When stamping on fabric, make sure your stamps are clean from other colors and you have a good large flat serface to stamp on. I fould it was easier to use a foam pad (fun foam or the like) under the fabric to keep it from moving around. Using a pigment ink, stamp your fabric and heat set. you want to move your heat tool around constantly to avoid over heating or burning your fabric. If you are using a fabric that can burn easily, use limited heat and pull the heat tool away from the fabric often. If you are using an iron to heatset, use a paper bag or old sheet between the iron and fabric to avoid ink transfer onto your iron. Frost white (by color box) is a great white pigment ink for darker fabrics. Finally, when you've stamped your heart out and your ready to make a card, die cut in the shape of your choice and assemble fabric with a fabric glue such as Fabri-Tac.

*Tip: To keep edges of fabric from fraying, fuse fabric to a freezer sheet or fusable web. This will also help die cutting in an automatic die cut machine such as the Cricut
For this card, I've used Floral Background for my main focal point, spellbinders scallop oval for my die cut and a few odds and ends to finish off the card. I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Now go find some fabric scraps and give this a try. Have a great week.

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