A stamp is a great way to add a little pizzazz to paper or fabric crafts, isn't it? You can get a nice, uniform design but it has a more handmade feel than screen printing. Stamping also requires fewer special materials than screen printing, so it's a good way to print without all of the up front investment.
Of course, it's even more fun to stamp if you're using a custom design rather than something you picked up at the big box craft store, right? A custom stamp lets you print your projects with designs that are totally unique. Fun, right? If you're a little daunted at the idea of carving your own rubber stamps, try whipping up a simple felt stamp instead! It's cheap, easy, and best of all it's eco-friendly!
- scrap paper and pen or pencil
- fabric scissors
- paper scissors
- a Sharpie
- reclaimed cardboard (I used an empty 6 pack)
- recycled felt
- white glue or fabric glue
- paint of your choice
1. Sketch your design out on scrap paper. You'll want to go for something pretty simple to start.
2. Measure your sketched design and cut your felt and cardboard so the length and width is about 1" larger than your design. So, if your bird is 2"x1", you'll cut your cardboard and felt to 3"x2". Set the cardboard aside.
3. Copy your design onto the felt using your Sharpie and cut it out.
4. Put plenty of glue on the back of the cut felt and glue it to the cardboard. Let it dry completely.
5. To stamp, use a paintbrush to spread a small amount of paint evenly on the felt, being careful not to get any paint on the cardboard. Blot a little bit, and then stamp away!