Melisa gives lots of details about how she made this tag with our new Classic Pattern stamp. Check out her blog post here for more info and images.
Your stamp collection is a great resource for embroidery patterns. Using a nice smooth linen, almost any stamp can be transferred to the fabric and then the embroidery begins!
Lisa Pace created these pretty little apron girls using embroidery and her Antiquated Collection Misses' Aprons stamp. These would be so cute as a gift on the corner of a dish towel for a Christmas Gift (or a hostess gift).
Melisa Waldorf made this adorable trio of cards and matching gift bags using a variety of Pink Persimmon stamps. The black and white theme with just an accent of light pink is perfect for Valentine's day. Pull out that paper pad of black & white paper and have fun creating these cards and bags.
Melisa trimmed the edge of a white paper bag with decorative scissors, then folded over the edge and secured with a ribbon. Punch two holes in the bag and thread your ribbon through the holes and tie in a knot.
Tutorial By Christy Lindeman
Featured Model: Allie Lindeman (Look out Heidi Klum - this girl has STYLE!)
As soon as I saw the Style Girl stamp from Pink Persimmon I knew I wanted to find a way to get it on a shirt for my little one, it was just a question of how. Stamping ink didn’t seem like it would be
permanent enough, and fabric paint was too thick for the fine lines of the stamp. So I decided I’d try my hand at screen printing.
I got a screen printing kid from Jacquard Products that included everything I needed, along with a jar of silver paint. (the kit comes with Red, Yellow, Blue and White). The process takes some precision, and a bit of trial and error to get the hang of, but the result was well worth the effort. Unfortunately, a lot of the steps involved require 2 or more hands and/or darkness, so it was difficult to get photos of every step. I’ll try to provide as much detail as possible.
The first step was to coat the screen in a photo emulsion. This is a chemical that remains water-soluble until its exposed to light. Since it’s light-sensitive, this process needs to be done in the darkest room you can manage to work in. I used my bathroom in the evening, so that a little bit of light could come in through the hall, but there was no light from the window. The photo emulsion comes in 2 parts: a small bottle of diazo sensitizer and a larger jar of blue paste. Add water to the diazo bottle, shake well, and then stir into the paste. It will turn green.
Once the paste is prepared, pour a couple tablespoons worth onto one end of the screen. Then drag the included squeegee through the paste and across the screen until you have even, thin coverage. This takes a few minutes, and requires squeegeeing both sides of the screen. You really want to coat it as thinly and evenly as possible.
The next step, which I found is the most important, is drying the screen completely. It’s been incredibly rainy in my area lately, and my house is more humid than normal. On my first couple attempts I didn’t allow the screen to dry all the way, and I had to start over. Of course, the screen has to stay in the dark for the whole time it’s drying as well. I ended up storing mine in a closet with a box fan pointed at it for nearly 48 hours. This is probably a little overkill, but it worked. I’ve read that using a dehumidifier near the screen helps it dry faster as well.
When you’re confident that your screen is dry, it’s time to prepare
your image. I used Stazon ink and stamped my image onto two sheets of
transparency paper, and once they were dry stacked them perfectly on
top of each other, as in the picture below.
It’s important when you burn the screen to make sure that absolutely
no light gets through the image, so the double-layered image was
insurance that light would be completely blocked from the screen.
I placed my image BACKWARDS on the top of the screen. This is especially important because my image contains words. The printing is done from the opposite side, so you want to make sure it will read correctly when printed. Then I placed a piece of glass from an 8x10 photo frame on top. This was just to make sure the image didn’t shift or blow away while I exposed the screen.
The Jacquard kit includes instructions on how to burn your screen indoors using a utility light, but the sun works faster (as long as you have sun…I had to wait for a break in the rain). I walked outside
with my screen and stood in direct sunlight for just 10 seconds, then I ran back inside to a dim room. I removed the image and the glass from the screen. The areas of the screen that had been exposed to the sun had turned darker green, while the areas covered by the image were
still light. Using a cup, I gently poured cool water over the image for a few minutes, then lightly rubbed at the image with my finger. After a little while, the emulsion started washing away from the
unexposed areas, and you’re left with a perfect stencil of your stamped image. You can use a hose with a spray nozzle, or a shower or sink to do this, but I found if I used too much water pressure early on it would start to take away the exposed emulsion along with the unexposed. My method takes longer, but I think it results in a cleaner image.
Once the image was fully washed out I let the screen dry overnight. The next day I taped off the edges of the image and then used a paintbrush and a little of my emulsion paste to patch a few areas of the screen where too much emulsion washed away. Then I had to let THAT dry overnight.
But then, oh yes, then it was time to print! Since I was printing onto a onesie, I put a few sheets of paper between the front and back just to make sure the ink wouldn’t bleed through. Then I laid the
onesie on a foam stamping pad (any flat, slightly cushiony surface will do). I laid the screen face down over the onesie so that the screen was flat against the fabric and the frame formed sortof a tray to keep my paint contained.
I poured about a teaspoon of paint in a line just above (not on) my image, and then used the squeegee to pull it evenly across the screen. As soon as the whole image was flooded with paint, I was done.
I peeled screen away from the onesie and let it dry for a bit, then I turned it inside out, stuffed a piece of scrap fabric between the layers, and ironed the back of the image to heat set the paint. All that was left to do was try it on my cute, but reluctant model.
Kate Yetter is working her mixed media magic again on an old photo box. Using gesso, stamps, lots of paint and sprays, this box now looks nothing like its original state. Follow Kate's instructions below on how to alter your own book, box, or any type of container to create a one-of-a-kind gift.
Kate Yetter made this elaborate Santa Gift box with just a few supplies and some creativity. The lime colored accents are a fun surprise on this package. Create your own vintage inspired box by following Kate's directions below.
We've got two new stamp sets for you that are perfect for the upcoming gift giving season. Special Delivery is a 3x4 set stamp that is perfect for gift tags, scrapbook journaling tags, or just a fun stamp for the outside of an envelope.
Parcel Post is a 4x6 size stamp that will be perfect for your holiday gifts. This set stamped in red is the cutest gift tag for Christmas!
Of course, I think of the obvious gift usage for these sets, but Lindsay Weirich looked at these stamps and immediately saw a kid's Postal Playset! So adorable and fun to put together. Take a hop over to Lindsay's Blog "The Frugal Crafter" and watch a video on how to make this cute playset for your kids.
Lindsay will even show you how she made the mailbox out of a cereal box. It's always a good day when you can craft and recycle at the same time!
Kristii Lockart designed this beautiful wall hanging that would make a great gift for a new mom, or a beautiful gift for a special little girl in your life. Kristii used our new Sweet Little Girls stamp set and printed the poem on a linen-type cardstock. She was nice enough to share the printout of the poem, you can download your own copy below!
Print the poem on an 8.5x11 cardstock of your choice. Using scalloped edge scissors or an edge punch, cut a decorative border from a coordinating cardstock that will fit just inside the frame edge. Stamp the girls from the Sweet Little Girls stamp set and color with copics. Cut out with fine tip scissors and adhere to your cardstock above the poem. Decorate your frame to coordinate with the image.
Download a PDF of the poem to use on your own project: Download Little Girls Wall Art_edited-2 Thanks for sharing this great project Kristii!
(Note: if the PDF opens in your browser, scroll down to see the poem, it is on the bottom half of an 8.5x11 page).
Ronda Palazzari created this very modern looking tote called the Pointy Circle Tote. I did not think this was the sort of project that would use a stamp from the Antiquated Collection, but look closely at how she added a background texture on the "pointy circles" using the Pefumery stamp set.
The text from the stamp adds a nice texture, and some visual detail to the bright colors. Ronda is a genius with paint and you will definitely want to look at all the other beautiful techniques that she used on the individual shapes. For more details on how Ronda made this beautiful design, visit her blog here. Ronda uses a Blazer Designs stencil for the "pointy circles" and you will love how she creates all the individual leaves using paint and Maya Mists on the background.
Nancy Grant made this card with the Holly & Mistletoe stamp set. Look at the detail she added to the card with her beautiful coloring using copic markers.
INK: Palette Ink Noir Black, VersaMagic Gingerbread, Hint of Pesto, Midnight Black
PAPER: Blank Cream Notecard, Basic Grey Wassail Designer Papers
COPIC MARKERS: G99, BG93, B60, R37, R59, Y28, W7, E71
EMBELLISHMENTS: Miscellaneous Lace and Pom-pom Ribbon
Nancy also altered a simple paper bag with paper, tags, and embelishments.
STAMPS: Pink Persimmon "Santa's Sleigh"
INK: Palette Ink Grey, TAC Luscious Lips& Riverstone, VersaMagic Jumbo Java and Gingerbread
PAPER: Paperbag Lunch Sack, Cosmo Cricket Lena & Hans and Flip for Fun
EMBELLISHMENTS: Shapeabilities Parisian Accents and Nestabilities Poinsetta, May Arts Silk Ribbon, Miscellaneous Ribbon and Twine, Making Memories Antique Copper Brad, Xmas Red Stickles, 3-D Scribbles Winter White Paint