Fabric is such a great surface to stamp on!
I use natural or white coloured linen, calico or muslin. Muslin has an open weave and it is not easy to get a clear impression, it does give a vintage look to it. To give calico and linen fabric a vintage look you can dye it with tea or coffee. I sometimes add some vanilla for a nice fragrance :)
A huge advantage of stamping of fabric is that you can use the stamped pieces in many different projects. Cards, altered art pieces, fabric collage / books and so on. It is my favourite technique!
I had some questions about this technique, this is what I keep in mind when stamping on fabric:
- It is easier to colour the images with (distress) inks on a thinner fabric but the ink is most likely to bleed.
- When using distress inks your project is not washable.
- Acrylic paint is more opaque and can cover the lines, project will be washable.
- You get the best impression when using a foam mat (for example mouse pad) as stamping underground.
- Contrasting colours like black on light fabric give a good and clear stamped image.
- The tighter woven the fabric, the better the stamped result.
- Most stamps are suitable for stamping on fabric, rubber stamps however give the best result.
- Ink that can be used to stamp on fabric are Ranger Archival inks or Stazon.
- To enhance the image you can outline with a black marker (I use Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen).