Fabric Stamping

Basic Tips for Stamping on Fabric

You can use wood mounted, cling rubber, or clear stamps with inks, markers, or paints intended for fabrics.
  1. Prewash and iron fabric and stretch on cardboard. This removes the sizing in new fabrics. This prevents the ink from washing out when the item is laundered. If you're creating home decor that won't be washed, you can skip this step.
  2. Ink stamps with fabric ink pads, Crafter’s inks or Acrylic Paints. Special additives like DecoArt SoSoft Transparent Medium can make acrylic paints soft enough for wearable fabric items. A cosmetic sponge loaded with paint then offloaded to nearly dry makes an ideal stamp inker.
  3. Stamp design with firm, even pressure. Allow to dry completely.
  4. Use fabric paints or inks to paint in sections of line art type stamp images.
  5. Stamp clean-up is easy with running water in the sink. An old toothbrush or vegetable brush can be used to remove stubborn paint. Blot dry.
  6. Heat set fabric with hottest possible iron or by running through the dryer on hot for 20 minutes before wearing and/or washing.