I made a round tablecloth which I had sewn by myself because they seem to be impossible to buy. For my design I chose flowers I “picked” up from my mother’s china. I photographed one plate, enlarged the design and printed it out. Then I cut out the flowers I wanted to make stamps of:
I took a soft pencil (2B) to outline the flower and then I pressed it on the foam to have a stencil to use for cutting:
I took my roller glue applicator and rolled the glue on the glass and then put my finished design on it:
For a smaller stamp I was able to use some wood left overs:
After the stamps were made it was time for some coloring. I used fabric colors and I though the brayer will do the trick but it didn't. It made a total mess so I had to come up with something else to use for applying the color to the stamps. Luckily I had some stencil foam brushes and I tried with one and it was perfect! You simply dab the color on the stamp and you can see it pretty well because it leaves tiny dots on the surface (with brayer, I had problems lifting the color up from the tray and leaving it on the stamp).
Time to start stamping:
After I was done with stamping the tablecloth looked like this:
It was a bit too plain for my taste so I mixed myself three more colors, took a tiny brush and added some detail to all of the stamped designs:
This was it. Pretty simple, a bit time consuming but one of a kind! And my mom loved it which made it all worth it (did I mention the sore muscles I had after all those squats because I had to work on the floor? :) )
I will definitely be using this technique again. I will however use double foam because the one I have is a bit too thin and it makes printing cleanly quite a challenge (there are many marks left from the acrylic plate because it touched the fabric).
The foam can be gently peeled off from the acrylic glass and reused later (if the design is not too delicate because in this case it will probably tear apart). I need to find smaller pieces of acrylic glass or just go and buy some of those that are sold for stamping ;) (a bit expensive though)
I hope this little tutorial will be helpful to you and that you will share your creations with me if you will try it out. Have fun and please share if you like it.