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No 80 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 4

CUTTING STAMPS from different materials. Easy and fun.

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

Before we can start printing designs and patterns on fabric items, we first have to buy, find or create a suitable stamp.

The stamp production process can be more or less complex:

Various categories of stamp production:

  • Using commercial stamps (example project in Post No 36)
  • Using simple objects as stamps (see example project in Post No 74)
  • Creating composed stamps (see Post No 79)
  • Creating cut stamps
  • Creating carved stamps

We know now that – besides using ready-made commercial stamps – there are many easy ways to organize or create our own stamps.

But the stamp-producing process can, of course, also be more demanding.

Carving stamps, for example, needs a lot of practicing and experimenting. We will soon start to learn more about the necessary preparations and the carving tools and materials.

Today, however, we focus on the fourth category of stamp production:

Creating cut stamps

There are many different materials which can be used to cut stamps:

We can cut simple shapes from vegetables such as potatoes, apples or carrots.

fabric painting - creating a stamp is not difficult - here: cutting a shape into a potato
fabric painting – creating a stamp is not difficult – here: cutting a shape into a potato

We can also use rubber blocks or erasers and cut them into smaller differently shaped pieces.

fabric painting - another easy way to create a stamp - cutting shapes from a rubber block
fabric painting – another easy way to create a stamp – cutting shapes from a rubber block

And we can use foam or cardboard sheets to cut and compose printable designs and patterns:

Using craft foam sheets to create stamps

Foam sheets are very easy to work with.

We can use a craft knife to cut shapes out; sometimes a pair of scissors also works.

Cutting out simple geometric patterns is an easy option but we can also draw more complex designs directly on the foam sheet and then cut them out.

Some brands offer adhesive foam sheets or shapes, then it’s especially easy to fix them to a stamp base. But it is also possible to use glue.

The stamp base doesn’t have to be expensive. We can stick the cut-out foam to wood or plastic blocks or to cardboard or cork sheets.

Project 1 – Using pre-cut adhesive pieces of craft foam to create a pattern

First, I cut the foam shapes into smaller pieces which I then attached to a wood block.

Fabric painting - preparing a stamp made of pre-cut foam shapes
Fabric painting – preparing a stamp made of pre-cut foam shapes

The test printing went well:

fabric painting - stamp made of pre-cut foam shapes
fabric painting – stamp made of pre-cut foam shapes

And printing on the T-shirt was fun!

fabric painting - printing with self-made foam stamps
fabric painting – printing with self-made foam stamps
post80-fabric painting - printing with self-made foam stamps on t-shirt-97
post80-fabric painting – printing with self-made foam stamps on t-shirt-97
Project 2 – Using a stencil to draw the design on the foam sheet

Instead of using simple pre-cut foam shapes, we can also draw a design on a foam sheet and then cut it out.

In this project, I created a snowflake stencil which I then used to trace its patterns on the foam sheet.

fabric painting - preparing the snowflake stencil for foam stamp
fabric painting – preparing the snowflake stencil for foam stamp
fabric painting - tracing snowflake pattern on foam sheet
fabric painting – tracing snowflake pattern on foam sheet
fabric painting - using glue to stick snowflace foam piece to stamp base
fabric painting – using glue to stick snowflace foam piece to stamp base
post 80-fabric painting - printing snowflake pattern on tote bag - 96
post 80-fabric painting – printing snowflake pattern on tote bag – 96

 

Next time, we’ll cut simple but differently sized geometric shapes from a foam sheet and combine them in different ways.

This will demonstrate again how easy and inexpensive it is to create unique stamps which offer huge flexibility in the printing process.

Have you ever cut a stamp? Which kind of material did you use? Did everything work according to you plans?

Please, share images of you work with us! (Send them to margot@your-colourful-mind.com).

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Cheers,

Margot

3 thoughts on “No 80 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 4”

  1. Hi Margot,

    beautiful new examples. The geometrical forms (pre-cut foam shapes) look stunning. Best Ferdie

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