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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Stamping revisited!

Sorry I've been neglecting you all, but when I say I'm flat out on this big project that I'm working on, I'm not lying! I'm hoping to have it all ready to go early this week, but in the meantime, I've had a bit of a muck around with a random idea that I've had, and struck gold!
I'm sure lots of you are like me, in as much as that you've got a whole stash of fabulous stamps, that you never use enough.
I'm a bit of a stamp hoarder, I fall in lust, then I HAVE to have them... so I've got quite a collection.  I've often thought "oh, wouldn't that gorgeous stamp look great on a t-shirt!"  So I've finally gotten around to having a shot at it... and guess what!!! It works!
If you're going to try this, you'll need a shirt (I just used one of Stephie's that had a few marks on it, I thought the design would hide the little stains a bit!), some stamps (and acrylic block) and an ink pad.  
For this I used a permanent ink, I chose Ancient Page, but I'm sure StazOn or something similar would work well.  I only have black, at the moment, but rest assured, I'll be NEEDING a rainbow of these inks soon!
I popped a magazine inside the shirt to stop it bleeding through, and to give the stamp a firmer surface to work on.
 I chose my design, 2 butterflies and a flourish, and then stamped each section individually, making sure each time I stamped, I had an even cover of ink on the stamp.  No going back with this type of ink!
 Once that was all done, I ironed the shirt (to heat set it - it didn't really need to be heat set, but I think better safe than sorry!)  It's machine washable, ironable, and SO much prettier than just a plain old purple t-shirt!  If you wanted to you could add some glittery fabric paint or whatever you like to it, but I like the simple print for this one.
Now... what else can I stamp onto.... hehehe
Hope you're having a great week!
x Rita
I just thought I'd add a photo of my little model showing off her nice new old t-shirt :)
She's pretty impressed with the butterflies, and every time I see her, she throws her hands up in the air and yells "Ta Dah!" hehe


allis said...

OMG - What an awesome idea! So quick so simple and yet SOOOO effective! Well done on another brillant post :)

Sars said...

What a brilliant idea! Looks fab!

Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess said...

Genius! Is it bad that I kind of want to do this to my own shirts?? Too cute to reserve these stamps just for the kids! :-)

Rita said...

Tanja, stamp away! I have a few plain singlets that I'm planning on stamping onto. The big "thing" that's got me excited, is just getting some cheap plain cotton or poplin, and stamping all over that to make customised summer pyjamas for the girls, or even super sweet little outfits. You can get ancient page ink in tons of different colours, so the sky really is the limit! :D