When I first saw this line of fabric inks and stamps at CHA* in January I went totally bananas! Seriously, not a little gah, gah but completely, madly in love. And I’m not gonna lie, when this package showed up on my doorstep several weeks ago I did a creative gal happy dance.
Guys, this stuff is TOTALLY up my alley. Bring on the Indian Bazaar and Hippy Dippy Bohemian goodness. You know I’m all about this global vibe and usually the hand carved wood block stamps are kind of spendy (I’ve been looking at them for a while now) but these are much more reasonably priced. The other thing is that they aren’t actually carved wood but a resin – that means they will not absorb the paint or water (during clean up) and will last a good, long time. Yay!
Anyway, it wasn’t until recently that I really got to play with it (Do you know how hard it was to wait?).
It is so stinkin’ easy to use and creates the most wonderful images. You could create a whole textile for your own use with this line. Imagine the possibilities.
All you need is a little foam sponge (part of the line), a block stamp and the Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Inks (fabric paint).
Dip the sponge into a little of the fabric ink and pat it onto the wooden block.
Make sure to cover the whole stamp but don’t use tons of paint so that it pools in the crevices.
The paint is thin enough to easily transfer from the foam to the block but not so thin that it easily pools and over inks the stamp.
A perfect balance of thickness and thinness.
Place a foam pad (also part of the line) under your fabric and press the painted block onto the fabric.
This is a flour sack towel that I used for practice.
And viola! you have a gorgeous image.
Clean up is super easy with soap and water. The line also includes a brush to help you get into all of the crevices.
If you would like to see a video review my gal Jenny from Craft Test Dummies has a few Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink by Plaid and Overview of Fabric Creation Block Printing Products by Plaid and here Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps by Plaid – Review & Demo.
I really enjoyed creating with these stamps and paints. In fact, I’ve got some cool stuff drying as I type that I will be sharing soon so stay tuned!
*CHA is the Craft and Hobby Association trade show held each January.