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Embellish with Handmade Stamps

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Bird stamps were carved from potatoes and stamped with fabric paint onto a ready-to-wear dress.
Cut sponges with sharp scissors to make affordable, reusable stamps.
Try crosshatching or other simple shapes for a quick stamp option.
Bird stamps were carved from potatoes and stamped with fabric paint onto a ready-to-wear dress.

Bird stamps were carved from potatoes and stamped with fabric paint onto a ready-to-wear dress.

Photo: Jack Deutsch
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Fabric paint isn’t just for kids’ projects anymore. Here, we show you how to create stamps from staples like potatoes and from everyday items in your kitchen, including sponges, corks, and more. We’ll explain how to elevate stamping projects to create high-fashion garments by covering the basics on paints and inks, and then how to carve your own stamps. Soon you’ll be making stamps from countertop finds. Then, you can choose to print on fabric before you sew, or print on a garment that’s already made to get a unique look.

The Scoop on Supplies
Most of the supplies for making and using stamps can be found at your local crafts store, online, or in your kitchen.

Paints and Inks
Fabric inks and paints are available in myriad colors and textures, including glossy, matte, metallic, glitter, and more. Experiment with the inks and paints to see which works best with your stamp. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s heat-setting and washing instructions. Some fabric paints come out in the wash, or require lengthy drying times, so double-check the bottle’s information before selecting it for a washable garment.

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thestitchinchicken writes: Great ideas! Once you start making and stamping you find it is so easy , and can add such a creative touch to so many things! Great idea for making quick gifts as well.

Thanks for the inspiration!
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