Clean and Clear Images
with Rubber Stamps on Fabric
I've seen several pretty adorable projects that include some pretty messy rubber stamping of words. I think it can really down-grade the quality of an otherwise beautifully stitched project.
Therefore, I feel compelled to provide a tutorial to hopefully help the less experienced fabric rubber stampers to retain the quality of their sewing skills by enhancing a project with clean and clear rubber stamping. Whether it be with lettering or just an image or both.
It's really a very simple process.
So, get out your stamps and pads.
Be sure to stamp on a firm surface. I use a cutting mat. Also stamp the project before layering and quilting.
"Messy" is easy to accomplish.....look familiar?
Ok, my 'messy' is a bit over kill. It's harder to 'messy' on purpose than by accident.
'Messy' is caused by pressing your stamp into the ink pad too far or at an angle which gets ink on the rubber edges.
'Messy' is also caused by then pressing the stamp onto the fabric with too much pressure or at an angle or by rocking the stamp, transferring the ink on the rubber edges onto the fabric.
The secret cure is too carefully ink only the raised rubber image evenly. While inking the stamp, should ink get on the edges, have a small rag handy and just wipe off the edge before stamping the fabric.
When pressing the stamp to the fabric, don't use an over amount of pressure, and be sure to distribute the pressure over the entire image to be sure to imprint the entire image.
Store ink pads positioned upside down. This keeps the ink at the top of the pad where you want it and it's much easier to ink a stamp.
Happy clean stamping!
...and this Scrappy Swirl was mailed to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt